The Post Messenger
THE  AMERICAN  LEGION,  POST 318
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
E-MAIL: legion318@aol.com
January 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Ken Moldt, Editor
Commander's  Message
HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL MEMBERS OF AMERICAN LEGION
POST 318. 
    Now that we are in a new year 2008, we can look back on our accomplishment of 2007 and plan for those during 2008. Our membership is up in all elements of the Post and I expect we will improve over last year's figures by convention time in July. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate S.A.L. on their Christmas party for Special Olympics individuals. I also want to thank the Riders for hosting a great Christmas Party for the Post and finally the Auxiliary for hosting our New Year's Bash. You all did a fantastic job and I'm sure it was greatly appreciated by all Post Members.
    If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2008 to your organization, then I ask that you do so now. Don't forget, effective January 1, 2008 your key card will not work unless it is the BLUE ONE and effective February 1, 2008 your canteen privileges will be suspended until you pay your 2008 dues.
    This month our "Members of the Month" are:   ANDY SAFFIOTI, S.A.L. COMMANDER, SUNNY LAVALLEE, AUXILIARY PRESIDENT,  &  GREG EMERSON, LEGION RIDERS COMMANDER.  These three individuals command the three sub-elements that make our Post the "Best Post on the Treasure Coast." Their dedication and esprit de corps is evident in everything they do. Their countless hours of volunteerism is matched by very few in this Post. As Post Commander, I am thankful that I have these great and dedicated individuals to count on to insure we as a Post live up to the high standards expected by our members. Again, congratulations to all three and thanks.
                                     Frank Howard, Commander


Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

 POST EVERLASTING:
James R. Young, 11/19/07 and Fred F. Bushta, 11/28/07
  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:  Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh attitude in all you do and think.

If you know any member sick or in distress PLEASE call:
             JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain  PH# 879-7095

           
Auxiliary Unit 318
Sick List:
 
Ann Hunter, Rose Whelan, and Eileen Lane 
   
Pray for these members of the Auxiliary to get well soon.

 
Please call me if you know someone sick or in distress.
            MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Legion Riders

Welcome to 2008,  Post 318,
    I trust that everyone enjoyed the holiday season. Now it's time to get back into the swing of things.
    The Riders are planning our 3rd annual Casino night for February 22, 2008. It gets bigger and better every year. I hope to see everyone there for the fun and games.
    Congratulations goes out from the Riders to Jeff Hornung who had the winning ticket for the Visio 26" HDTV. We want to thank everyone who bought a Legion Rider raffle ticket.
    We wish every Post member a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
                            Greg Emerson Legion Riders Commander

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
    Our next tournament will be played on Tuesday, January 15 at  7pm. Doors will open at 6:30. We play from 7 till 11pm, if it lasts that long. There is only three months left to win yourself into the Tournament in April.  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 break.

2008, DAYS TO FLY YOUR FLAG
            Let all know, your a proud American
January 01, Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Year's Day
 
January 21, Monday . . . . . . . . . . . Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
 
February 12, Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lincoln's Birthday
 
February 18, (third Monday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Presidents' Day
 
March  23, Sunday (variable). . . . . . . . . . . . . . Easter Sunday
 
May 11, (second Sunday). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mother's Day
 
May 15, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . .  Peace Officers Memorial Day ***
 
May 17, (third Saturday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Armed Forces Day
 
May 26, (last Monday). . . . . . . . . . .  . Memorial Day (observed) ++
 
June 14, Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . Flag Day
 
July 4, Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . Independence Day
 
July 27, Sun.. .  .. National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
 
September 1, (first Monday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Labor Day
 
September 11, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Patriot Day ***
 
September 17, Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Constitution Day
 
September 19, Friday . . . . . . . . . . POW/MIA Recognition Day
 
October 13, (second Monday) . .  . . . . Columbus Day (observed)
 
October 27, Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . . .  Navy Day
 
November 11, Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Veterans Day
 
November 27, (fourth Thursday). . . . . . . . . . . Thanksgiving Day
 
December 7, Sunday . . . . . . . Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ***
 
December 25, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Christmas Day
       ++  Half Staff until noon
       ***  Half Staff until sunset
    If you don't have a Flag, Let's put that on the top of your shopping list.    Also, if the Flag you have is getting old, has seen better days and needs to be retired, bring it to the Post for proper disposal.
 

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!

Auxiliary  President's  message
GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS:
    Hope you all had a great Holiday! And hopefully this newsletter reaches you before December 31st - Don't forget about the Auxiliary sponsored New Year's Eve Party. All you have to bring is some finger food or snacks for everyone to share. Ladies, get out your poodle skirts and gentlemen - your zoot suits!! It's a sock hop/canteen or in other words, it's a 50's dance. There will be noisemakers, 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. There is NO cost to the members except for your canteen beverages.
    On January 1st we will be drawing the 4 day - 3 night trip to the Keys. Tickets are still available at the canteen.  The vacation is 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 basket filled with lots of goodies for your evenings and a 3 piece luggage set. The reservations for the Resort has been scheduled for April 11th through the 14th. You need not be present to win! Thanks again to Brian Pierson for all his help in arranging for the Condo.
    Really wish you all could have been at the Special Olympics Party sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion on December 8th. If you could have just seen their faces as Santa Claus arrived on Carol Lanigan's tricycle lead by Sheriff Ken Mascara and two of his deputies, along with Jim Burke and the Riders with their reindeer antlers and blinking noses. Makes you really think about what the holiday is all about. There was food, dancing, Karaoke, presents from Santa and stockings for all 88 of the participants. Brenda Saffioti deserves a round of applause!!  Many thanks to those Auxiliary members who made sure the children had a good time, served the food and drinks, and made the cookies and cupcakes for the children.
    We are still collecting school supplies and new but small personal items such as: shampoo, combs, soap, facecloths, 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.
    Dottie Kearns still has some Enjoyment books left. They are available at the Post Canteen. The 2 for 1 coupons for dining, recreation, theaters, and services are first-rate and are $35. They are good for the entire year.
    And a reminder that on January 19th, at our regular scheduled meeting at 12pm, we will be having our pinning ceremony. We would like you all to be there to celebrate those who have dedicated all the years of service.
    February 9th is our LUAU Party. Get your tickets early for this one - it is sure to be a complete sellout like last year! The menu includes Roast Pork or Chicken with all the accompaniments. Music for your dancing pleasure and lots of fun games. Join us for a great night wearing your tropical outfits.
    Don't forget...We need your attendance, your volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to accomplish all we want to do this coming year. Remember that we are working together for the good and welfare of our Veterans and their families.
    Hope you all have a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year.
                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Happy New Year Post 318
    I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  WOW!! what a great turnout for the Special Olympics Christmas Party. We served lunch, and everyone with excitement was waiting for the arrival of Santa, who arrived on a Harley trike escorted by Sherriff Ken Mascara, his deputies, and the Legion Riders. Thanks to all, it brought smiles everywhere, children and adults. The children waited for their names to be announced to receive their gifts. Santa gave gifts to over 80 Special Olympics members. There was so much joy and happiness,  That's the true spirit of Christmas!!
    One of our Special Olympics members was not able to make the party, but Santa left him his gift which he will receive on Wed. Night at the S.A.L. dinner.  Alex Perry wanted a set of golf clubs, not only did he get golf clubs, he received two certificates from the PGA learning center, golf balls, shirt, tees, and oh, I almost forgot his sand wedge. His words were WOW! Thanks to PGA, Harold Barth, and Danny Newman for making this possible.
    I want to thank all the sponsors and members of Post 318 for their GENEROUS DONATIONS.  A special thanks to everyone who went out of their way to get us our sponsors. It was very much appreciated. I would also like to thank all the volunteers of the Legion for preparing the food, Ladies Auxiliary for serving,  the Legion Riders for all the stocking stuffer's, AnnMarie McNally, Linda Geherety, Brenda Saffioti for shopping for the gifts and the S.A.L. for their participation.
    The Marines came on Sunday, Dec. 16th, to collect the TOYS-FOR- TOTS for children in our community.  We had an excellent turnout. I would like to thank everyone who brought a toy.
    We had a great turnout for our Wednesday night dinner. We served 70 dinners. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped. GREAT JOB!!  Our next dinner will be January 9th.
    There will be NO S.A.L. meeting in January. Our next  meeting will be Monday, February 18th. Please check your memberships. You must have a 2008 card as of January 1st or you will lose all Post privileges.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

THANK YOU SPONSORS of SPECIAL OLYMPICS Christmas PARTY:
Intl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 627; Wal-Mart;  Plumbers and Pipe fitters, Local 630;  West St. Lucie Elketts;  Iron Workers, Local 402;  St. Lucie Draft House;  St. Lucie County Seminoles;  St. Lucie Mets;  Post 318 Legion Riders;  Post 318 Ladies Auxiliary;  American Legion Post 318 and members  Antonio Castillo,   Joan Green ( Kays Jewelers ) and  St. Lucie Pawn

AMERICANISM, Essay Contest 2006-2007
 "I'm proud to be an American"

    I had 125 essays entered into this contest. The top winner was Christian Medina, 4th grader. His teacher was Mrs. Pam Holmes of Frances K. Sweet Magnet school in Fort Pierce. He won the Southern Division of Florida. A certificate and a $50 Bond, then his essay went to National and Christian won the honor of top winner, a plaque and a $500 Bond.
    Debbie Snyder (Principal) of Frances K Sweet Magnet School presented Christian with a vase of candy decorated with their school colors, and invited me to present the certificate and plaque to Christian. I was so proud and honored to have met Christian, his mother and father.
    In 2nd place was Alex Crespi, 6th grader of St. Anastasia Catholic School. Mrs. Peggy Siegrist was his teacher and he won a $50 bond and a certificate.
                            Rita Woodburn,  Americanism Chairman

THANK YOU
    I have decided after eight and a half years,  to retire as volunteer editor of the American Legion, Post 318  newsletter, "The Post Messenger."
    This being my last issue, I want to take this opportunity to thank all who help me in this endeavor: the officers who sent in their article each month, the people who sent me jokes, articles, items of interest, and especially the "Hole in the Wall" gang, who gave of their time and effort to help me each month to paste the address labels on over 1,200 newsletters. I feel deeply indebted to them, they are Linda Watson, Frank & Connie Cafiso, and John & Dottie Kearns.
    I also want to thank Woody and Pat, at "EXPRESS PRINTING" for their kind help printing this newsletter.  Again, thank you and God bless you all.       
                          Ken Moldt, Editor