HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL MEMBERS OF AMERICAN LEGION
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
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
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
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
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
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
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.
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,
February 12, Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
February 18, (third Monday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
March 23, Sunday (variable). . . . . . . . . . . . . .
May 11, (second Sunday). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
May 15, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . Peace Officers
Memorial Day ***
May 17, (third Saturday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Armed
May 26, (last Monday). . . . . . . . . . . . Memorial
Day (observed) ++
June 14, Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .
. . . . Flag Day
July 4, Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . Independence Day
July 27, Sun.. . .. National Korean War Veterans
September 1, (first Monday) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . Labor Day
September 11, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.Patriot Day ***
September 17, Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
September 19, Friday . . . . . . . . . . POW/MIA Recognition
October 13, (second Monday) . . . . . . Columbus Day
October 27, Monday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . Navy Day
November 11, Tuesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
November 27, (fourth Thursday). . . . . . . . . . .
December 7, Sunday . . . . . . . Pearl Harbor Remembrance
December 25, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
++ 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
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
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
Hope you all have a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE,
Sunny Lavalle, President
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
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.
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
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