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: 318editor@bellsouth.net
February 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
   
As I look at the projects and programs coming up between now and June 2008 I realize that it will take all of us working together as one family to pull them off:
    In February, we have the Auxiliary Luau and the Legion Riders Casino Night. The Legion is running its New Math Raffle with the winner to be drawn during the Legion Riders Casino Night. 
    We are also working closely with the PGA on a three-iron golf project-tournament sometimes in March or early April.
    The Auxiliary will be hosting the Post Golf Tournament in May. Also in May, we are working with the NY/St Lucie Mets on a Post 318 day. This is tentatively scheduled for May 3, 2008. More information and particulars will be forthcoming in next monthís newsletter.
    Finally, we are working with Goodyear on a Post 318 event tentatively scheduled for Flag Day, June 14, 2008.
    As you can see, we are looking to hold numerous events and will need all the volunteers help we can get. I would like to see some new faces volunteering their time and talents to insure these events get off the ground and are successful.
    If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2008 to your organization, then I ask that you do so now. Donít 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 out ďMembers of the MonthĒ are our canteen and food service staff. Their cheerful attitude makes coming to the Post something most of us look forward to. Their dedication and esprit de corps is evident in everything they do. Again, thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
                                     Frank Howard, Commander

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318


NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
Harold J. Bright, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Anthony Polizzi, Norman Thomas, Sheldon Weiss, Edwin Hunter Jr., Bob Hartlep and Otto Kahl

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Give something away daily - a hug, compliment, gift, etc.  It will come back in ways unimaginable.

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

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

Four-Chaplains Ceremony:
    The Four-Chaplains Ceremony will be held this year at the First Congregational Church on Port St. Lucie Blvd and SE Sidonia Street, next to the firehouse.  This will be on Sunday, February 3rd at 3:00 PM.  Need Color Guard and Auxiliary Guard to carry the Post Flaf, Auxiliary Flag and American Flag.  Dr. Richard Dickmann, one of our Post members will be doing the service.  Hope to have as many members of the Post, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders attend this service.  Let us have a big showing this year.

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

Legion Riders

  Greetings Post 318
    Well here we are into February already. Are your Legion dues paid? Are your Rider dues paid? It is very important to take care of this as soon as possible.
   This month the Legion Riders are having our 3rd Annual Casino Night on Friday, February 22. Stop by for some great fun. We hope to see you there.
    The Riders have been spending quality ride time visiting Posts in Sebring, Okeechobee, Palm Bay, Melbourne and Eau Gallie spreading the word about our great Post and its members. We hope to visit some more in the future.
    Our Legion member and Legion Rider, Greg Skinner (Junior) who has been working in Iraq since September will be home for a visit the first two weeks of February. Stop by the Post on the first and say hello. Iím sure he would like to see you all.
    I hope to see you all at the Post in the coming weeks and months.
                            Greg Emerson Legion Riders Commander

TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
     Our next tournament will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. We play from 7 to 11pm if it lasts that long. There is only two months left in order to win your way into the Tournament of Champions for 2007 - 2008 which will be held sometimes in April. In order to play you must be a member of the Post (Legion, Aux. Or SAL). Any member may bring a guest, but that member must also play. Kitchen is open to a little after the 8pm break for your eating pleasure. This is an important program when it comes to supporting the Post in itís many goals. Come down, have fun and help your Post to be better.

 

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!

 

Auxiliary  President's  message
  GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
    I hope everyone had a good time as I did at our New Yearís Eve Party. DJ Sal really  outdid himself. He was great - had everyone on the dance floor. Thanks to all who brought in the food. It was excellent.
    On January 1 we had our drawing for the four day, three night trip to the keys with a basket of cheer and a set of luggage. The winner was GR Gillotti. Thanks again to Brian Pierson for all his help in arranging for the condo.
    On January 19 at our Auxiliary Meeting we had our pinning ceremony and celebrated those who have dedicated years of service. Every Auxiliary member is important - we just wanted to honor those who had 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and Muriel Paquet for her 55 years as a life member.
    February 9 is our Hawaiian LUAU Party. Get your tickets early for this one - it is sure to be a complete sellout like last year! The menu includes Hawaiian Pork or Huli Huli 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.
    Donít forget...We need your attendance, your volunteerism and your great talents and qualities to accomplish all we want to do this coming year which is working together for the good and welfare of our Veterans and their families. Next meeting is February 16 at noon.
    Hope you all have a wonderful, safe and healthy New Year.
ďWhat you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.Ē
                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318
    Our next meeting will Monday, February 18 at 7pm. Please attend so that we can discuss our upcoming events and raffle.
    Our next S. A. L. dinner will be Wednesday, February 6. We will be serving
HOMEMADE LASAGNA MMMMMM GOOD!!!!! Please stop by and give it a try. Please donít forget that attending these dinners does not only help support the Post, but also helps support Veterans and Families in our community.
    Please remember to check your
MEMBERSHIP CARDS!!! The fiscal year for membership is from July to July. Please make sure you have a 2008 card.  Please donít forget that the dues have gone up to $30.00
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Newsletter News
    Our newsletter has changed hands as of this newsletter. Before I go on I want to thank Ken and Linda Moldt for not only doing a wonderful job for the past, I believe 8 years, but for all the help they have and are continuing to give to me to make sure I start off on the right foot. I hope that I can give you the same high quality product that you are used to.
    If you have any suggestions or ideas that may make our newsletter better, donít hesitate to let me know. If I think your idea will make the newsletter better and if it is a feasible thing to do, then I will try to implement it. I am usually at the Post most weekdays from 2 to 5pm. If you canít make it there you can email your ideas or articles to 318editor@bellsouth.net.
    I look forward to hearing from you and trying to be a good editor to this very important part of our Post.
                                             Dick Boulette, Editor


CHRISTMAS SING-A-LONG DECEMBER 23
    I would like to thank everyone that attended the sing-a-long at the nursing home on Dec. 23. Thanks to all the ladies that made cookies too. Thanks to our piano player Andrea. Andrea you are great! It is always a pleasure to go there and see the smiles on their faces and they all love to sing too. Thanks to Jim Burk for taking for taking the stockings to the Veterans. I know they loved them. All you guys are just great when it comes to the nursing home. Hope we can continue doing this for many more years.   Thanks again!
     
Mattie Kelly,  Field Service Rep.
                           

American Legion Auxiliary
    Carnival Cruise - Jan. 17, 2009 - 7 days.
    All Inclusive:
    All alcoholic beverages, gratuities and bus.
    $25 per person deposit due by Feb. 20, 2008.
    Balcony - $1314/person - double occupancy
    Ocean view - $1124/person - dbl. occupancy
    Inside cabin - $1004/person - dbl. occupancy

    Payment plans available.
    No cancellation fees up until 10/30/08.
    August 1/08 - additional $225/person due.
    October 31 - final payment.
    Call Linda Geraghty @ Vogue Vacations,
    1327 St. Lucie West Blvd. (Publix Shopping Center)
    772-344-6474

    Saturday, January 17 - Departs Ft, Lauderdale
    Sunday, January 18 - At Sea
    Monday, January 19 - San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Tuesday, January 20 - St. Thomas
    Wednesday, January 21 - LaRomana
    Thursday, January 22 - At Sea
    Friday, January 23 - Nassau
    Saturday, January 24 - Arrives Ft. Lauderdale