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
March 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
    Feb. was a very good month for our Post. We were visited on the 8th by not only the State of Florida Dept. Commander Warren Post, but also the Eastern Area Commander Charles Rousseau & 12th District Commander Arthur “Gunner” Dudley.
    They arrived at the Post around 6:15pm along with their wives. They had dinner & enjoyed the night’s entertainment as well. The Dept. Commander expressed his pleasure with all  that our Post does to no only support our veterans but also our children and youth programs. Commander Post further stated that if he lived in this area of the state,  “this would be the Post I would want to belong to.”
    The following night, our Aux. had their “Luau” which was attended by many members of the Post. Also we were fortunate to have “Past National Commander John P. “Jake” Comer” in attendance. I wonder when the last time a Post could say that they had the Dept. Commander & a Past National Commander visit their Post in the same month, let alone in two days.
    On Feb. 18 the Legion interviewed (3) individuals to attend Boys State in June. All three were selected from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Naval JROTC program.
    I would like to thank Tom Loudon or Service Officer & Dan Newman our Finance Officer for their quick response in helping a homeless Iraqi Veteran in need. Going through channels would have taken 3 or 4 days, our Post provided funds to get him off the street & into temporary lodging until the paper work could be completed.
    DON’T FORGET MARCH MONTHLY MEETING IS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 8.
    Finally, this months MEMBER OF THE MONTH is Linda Keifer. Linda gets IT DONE. Linda has only been a member of the AUX for (2) years, but has left a lasting impression on all. Again, thank you and congratulations for a job well done.

                                     Frank Howard, Commander

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

POST EVERLASTING:
Matthew J. Apicella, 1/12/08 and Terrence L. Meintosh, 1/22/08
  Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and friends of our departed comrades who now enjoy eternal rest.

NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS
Harold J. Bright, Dale Hollopeter, Randy Hunter, Anthony Polizzi, Norman Thomas, Sheldon Weiss, Edwin Hunter Jr., Bob Hartlep, Otto Kahl,  James Butler, Charles Riley, Conrad Tutela, Robert Mason, Dana Lambert and George Hartigan

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  You can think negatively or positively.  If you are a positive thinker, you will base your decisions on faith rather than fear.

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

           
Auxiliary Unit 318
Sick List:  Sick cards were sent out to the following members,
 
Marion Leisbesberger,  Ann Hunter, Rose Whelan, Tessie Mallavetti and Eileen Lane 
   
Pray for these members of the Auxiliary to get well soon.

  
 I would like to thank all of you that attended the Four Chaplain's.  We had a nice turnout from our Post.  Have to say extra thanks to the Riders because they had a good showing for us.  Our Color Guard and all the others that attended the one hour service.
  Please call me if you know someone sick or in distress.
            MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Color/Honor Guard
   
We had a Flag Disposal Ceremony on Saturday, January 19. This is a very important ceremony that honors The American Flag and all that it represents.
TEXAS HOLD EM' TOURNAMENT
    Our next tournament will be held on Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. We play from 7 to 11pm if it lasts that long. 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. Come down, have fun and help your Post to be better.    
   
TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
    Our Texas Hold’Em Championship for 2007 - 2008 will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 2pm at the Post. We will try to start at 2pm and go until only one player remains. The only people eligible to play are the monthly winners from April 2007 to March 2008. All of the players will be given $10,000 in chips. For this tournament we will be doing the small blind and big blind. This should be a very good championship because only the best players make it this far.

American Legion Auxiliary Cruise
    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

 

Auxiliary  President's  message
  GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
    Many thanks to who attended the Luau. Hope you all had a great time. I had many comments on how good it was & how much fun they had with all the games, music, etc.
A big thanks to Robin Burk, Wanda O’Neill, Margaret Trocki, Linda Keifer, Laura Mastermaker and her wonderful husband Fred, & Judy Murphy. WE COULD NOT HAVE SUCH A SUCCESSFUL YEAR SO FAR WITHOUT YOUR ASSISTANCE.
   
We were so honored to have the National Past Commander, Jake Comer at our Luau along with our 12th District Commander & his wife.
    Mo Aitken is moving right along with the Golf Tournament again this year. Please call her or come down & give her a hand on May 18 - there is quite a bit to do & we can certainly use the help. This is our biggest fundraiser so let’s all join in & make it a successful one. We are still collecting school supplies! See Brenda for some ideas. There is a bin at the Canteen for you to drop them off.
    Regular Meeting will take place on March 15 at 12pm. Remember, we need your attendance,  volunteerism, talents & qualities to accomplish all we want to do this year. 

                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318
    We had a great turnout at our Wednesday night dinner where we served 70 dinners. I would like to thank the volunteers who helped make it possible.
Great Job! I would also like to thank the members for attending. We received a lot of compliments on our dinner. Our next dinner will be Wednesday, March 12 and we will be serving lasagna again, don’t miss out!
   
Our next raffle will be a laptop computer. The drawing will be in April. Tickets will be $10 a chance.
    I would like to thank all the members who attended the meeting, we had a good turnout.
    We will be having our S.A.L. Clam Bake on Memorial Day weekend.
    Elections will be coming up soon. We need new members to step up & take a position. We have about 185 S.A.L. members & the same handful of people volunteer all the time.
STEP UP AND SUPPORT YOUR SQUADRON.
   
Our next meeting will be Monday, April 14 at 7pm. Don’t forget to check your membership cards, if you do not have a 2008 card you will lose all of your privileges.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Dart League
    Starting on Thursday,  March 13 at 6:30 and every Thursday through the month of May. Kitchen will be open for your convenience. Come on in and make a night of it.

 Ft. Pierce Central Honor Society
   
This exceptional group interviewed members or our Post to get an insight into who and what it takes to keep our country safe and to continue our freedoms. They met and talked and hopefully learned that freedom isn’t free. They met with veterans from WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Granada, Gulf Wars and others. We thank those veterans who have done their duty and rarely before this, share their memories of things done bravely and without fanfare. It is so very important that our children and their children learn what the word sacrifice means. All of these interviews will be put in the Congressional Library for future generations.    

Entertainment For The Troops
    We recently learned that troops in Iraq at bases outside of Baghdad have little if any entertainment to help them relax during their down time. TV’s are scarce and VHS non-existent. Usually a couple of the guys will have their own lap tops which have DVD players built in. They do use these to play movies they get from home or buy at the exchange. To help the troops’ morale get a boost, we are collecting DVD’s to send them. Any type of movie is fine with them. We are asking Post members to please go through the stash of DVD’s you have at home and if there are any that you no longer want, please consider donating them to the cause. There will be a box set up in the canteen for this purpose. PLEASE no X-rated movies.

Sixth Annual Aux. Golf Tournament
   
Sunday, May 18 at Gator Trace Golf Club. Last year we had a record number participants and all had a great time after the tournament at the Post. Mark your calendars and sign up early, because we only have a limited number of foursomes.
    Signup sheet is posted at the Post. Please make sure to include your phone # so we can confirm your reservation. We will have putting contest, Texas Hold’Um, longest drive, closest to the pin and much more. Commemorative photos for a nominal fee.
    Cost will be $55 per person & payment no later than May 4, two week prior to tournament. Checks made payable to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318 and left with bartender.
    Hole sponsorships are available for $100 per hole. They are a great way advertise your business or to honor a loved one. Anyone wishing to be a sponsor or make a gift donation should contact “Mo” Aitken @772-879-4859 for more info. We hope you will join us for this fun-filled event. It is an enjoyable day and good way to help our needy veterans.

American Legion Summer Golf League
    We are going to start the league on Wednesday, May ?. The league technically starts at 5pm, but thanks to Gator Trace we are given a certain amount of leeway. Some of us can start earlier & some can’t. We have to work with them. We are going to meet at the Post on Sunday, April 20 at 1pm. This year the entry fee will be $50 per person, which will include closest to the pin or whatever and cash prizes at the end of the year. The first top 3 teams will be on the golf champions plaque on the wall next to the dart machine.

 

At American Legion Post 318
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