As we approach the holiday season, let us all remember those
less fortunate individuals in our midst. There will be
children who will not receive any Christmas presents unless
we help. There are many homeless and hungry veterans who
also need our help. I as your commander, ask each member of
this great Post to contact your favorite charity or
organization and ask what you can do to insure as many
people as possible have a Happy Holiday and a brighter
outlook for the coming year. There are many other ways you
can help and become involved in the celebration of this
holiday season. Why not join us as we go caroling at the
nursing home, visit a home bound veteran that may just need
someone to talk to, or buy some toys for underprivileged
children. Don't forget our service members fighting the "War
on Terror," and please include them in your prayers.
The Post has many activities planned for the upcoming months,
and it would be great if all members attended at least one
of these functions. Many of your fellow members have worked
many hours to insure those less fortunate individuals have a
Our monthly meeting this month
has been changed to Sat. Dec. 8th. It will start at 11:30 am in order to clear the meeting area and set up for the Sons
annual Christmas Party for "challenged" youths and young
adults. That event will be starting at 1:00 pm. Why not join
us and become involved? Check with Andy Saffioti or Ron
Christian for further information.
This month I would like to make Ron Christian December's
"Member of the Month." Ron is a loyal member of the Sons of
the American Legion. His dedication to Post 318 is well
known, and he makes this a better Post through his
volunteering and jovial personality. It has even been
mentioned that Ron was a stand-in for Santa Claus during WW
II because the real "Santa Claus" just couldn't cover the
entire world while it was at War. Good job Ron!!
I would like to wish everyone a
Merry Christmas and a
Happy Hanukkah and
may your New Year be all it can be.
Frank Howard, Commander
Charles H Summers, 11/7/07
and Joseph Perfetti 11/7/07
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and friends of our
departed comrades who now enjoy eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Harold J. Bright, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Anthony
Palzzolo, Norman Thomas, Sheldon Weiss, Edwin Hunter Jr.,
Bob Hartlep and Otto Kahl
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
It doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keep busy and
making optimism a way of life can restore you faith in
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
Ann Hunter, Rose Whelan, Roberta Garneau, Eileen Lane and Jan Verniki
Pray for these members of the Auxiliary for a speedy
Please call me if you know someone
sick or in distress.
MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain, PH# 879-7095
Greetings Post 318,
Our Halloween party was a success thanks to all who
helped out and participated in the fun. We are looking
forward in hosting it again next year.
The holiday season is upon us once again, with Christmas
right around the corner and the New Year right behind. We
are excited about being a part of the Post functions again
this year. The Sons have asked us to escort Santa to the
Post once again for the Special Needs Children's Christmas
Party on December 8th. It makes you feel good to see the joy
in the kids eyes.
The Legion Riders will be hosting our 3rd annual
Christmas Party on Friday, December 21st. with food and
entertainment. We hope to see you at the Post for all of the
Be safe and enjoy the Holidays.
Greg Emerson Legion Riders
FROM THE DESK OF LARRY
Post 318 Returning Snow Birds from Savanna Club,
Spanish Lakes and all Locals:
We haven't seen You? We miss You! Your input, suggestions or
changes are very important to us.
Do you like our Fish Fry, Steak Night, Wednesday Dinners? Or, would
you like to see any time or day changes? Do more Buffets?
Please feel free to call me. (344-3136) or drop me a note.
American Legion Post #318
8543 So. U.S. Hwy. # 1
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
Atttn: Larry R.
Our Smoke-eaters are up and running.
HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
Our next tournament will be played
on Tuesday, December 18 at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30. We
play from 7 till 11pm, if it lasts that long. You must be a
member of the Post (Legion, Auxiliary, Sons) in order to
play. Any member may bring a guest, but the member must also
play. Come to the Post and make a night of it. The kitchen
will be open and you can get something to eat. Most of the
players order around 7:30 and eat during the 8 o'clock
Greetings and Salutations:
So...Have you been down to the Post to say hello lately?
We miss your smiling faces! There are so many great events
coming up in the next 2 months and we really don't want you
to miss out on all the fun. Continue reading the newsletter
to keep track of them all.
Please remember to bring down your canned goods, food
items and unwrapped gifts for the baskets for those in need.
We are also still collecting school supplies and new but
small personal items such as: shampoo, combs, soap, face
cloths, toothbrushes and paste for the "ditty bags" for the
homeless. There are 2 bins in the canteen where you can drop
them off. And a BIG THANKS to all who do that.
Wednesday night, Auxiliary Pot Roast dinners are still
the favorite. But, I really suggest if you are going to dine
with us, you should either call ahead and reserve your
dinners or come early.
The Auxiliary members decorated the Post on November 25
for the Holidays. On Sat. Dec.
1st, the tree lighting ceremony
will take place.
Come on down and join us.
As for the Aux. we are having a raffle in Dec. that
everyone is excited about! It's a 4 day, 3 night trip for 2
at the Matecumbe Resort in the Islamorada Key. It's on the
ocean side at mile marker 76.5. The package we put together
includes a set of luggage for your trip and a basket filled
with lots of goodies for your evenings. The reservations for
the Resort have been scheduled for April 11th. The winning
ticket will be drawn on Jan. 1st. You need not be present to
win, but why not join us anyway!
The Auxiliary is also sponsoring the New Year's Eve Party
this year. There will be hats, noisemakers, champagne at
midnight and munchies. The music will be provided by DJ Sal
for your dancing pleasure. This is a gift from the Auxiliary
to the Post membership.
REMEMBER, we need your attendance, your volunteerism
and your great talents and qualities to accomplish all we
want to do this coming year.
At Holiday time our thoughts turn to family and friends
and the warmth of their love. And, to sharing with them the
joy of the season and best wishes for the coming year. So, I
wish to share with you this greeting and to thank you for
the friendship you have always given to me.
Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year!
May all your dreams come true.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE
Sunny Lavalle, President
I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. The S.A.L.
along with the Legion donated Thanksgiving dinner to fifteen
needy families in our community. The names of the families
were given to us by the St. Lucie County Sheriffs
department. These were truly families in need. All families
were very thankful for the dinners. I would like to thank
Tommy Bowes, Robin and Megan for delivering the dinners to
these families. That is what the holidays are about,
donating your time and helping others in need.
We will be having our
at 1:00 pm.
Please stop by to see the joy and happiness that we
bring to the children and their families. I would like to
thank the members and organizations who made donations to
this Christmas party. If you would like to make a donation
or bring a toy, contact Andy, Brenda or one of the
bartenders at the Post.
Our next Wednesday night dinner is December 12th, we
will be serving baked ham and homemade macaroni and cheese.
Our next meeting will be Monday, December 10th 7:00 pm Don't
forget, check your membership cards, you must have a 2008
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
MORNINGSIDE ELEMENTARY HONOR VETERANS
On Thursday November 8, '07, the 4th grade children of Mrs.
McKenzie did the Folding of the Flag, as some folded the
Flag, we had a group of children recite the 13 folds and the
meaning of them.
The 5th graders sang some beautiful songs for the
veterans in the audience. They also talked about the Poppy's
Soldier's Field, and the taps of what they meant. They also
thanked the different Branches of Service.
At the end of the ceremony the children gave out small
Flags to everyone. They also made some beautiful cards that
said "thank you" to the veterans!
A young student, George Seliga, played "Taps" with his
violin. What a performance.
What a wonderful feeling it was to have been a part of
this program. It was nice to give High-Fives and see the
children smiling. Walter Sawyer and myself have been working
with Mrs. McKenzie's 4th grade class. They were awesome.
I want to thank Commander Frank Howard, Dick Boulette,
Margaret Trocki and Walter Sawyer for attending this
Veterans Day Ceremony. To those who couldn't make it, you
missed a wonderful and touching program!
Americanism Chairman, Rita Woodburn
On behalf of Commander Frank Howard, I would like to
thank the following dedicated Post members for their
participation in the Post clean-up on Saturday, November
10th; Cliff Godar, Brian Pierson, Andrea Pierson, Fred
Mastermaker, John Kearns, Tom Belford (Tom-Tom). Margaret
Trocki, Carol Sassarone, Frank Howard, Kim Bowie, and
Chet. Again, thanks a million!
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!