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
April 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
    Well, here it is April and I would like to thank each organization for their commitment to Post 318. We have received numerous praises from our District, Area and State Commander. It is through hard work that makes Post 318 what it is today. It is also that time of year when we start looking for members to become more involved in the Post, namely running for office. At our March 2008 meeting we named a Nomination Committee headed by Ed Sandora. This committeeís function is to seek out and identfy qualified individuals to run for office. If you or someone you know is interested in filling any Post position, please let Ed know. Donít sit around and say what is wrong with the Post, get involved and do something about it.
    Also, at our next monthly Post membership meeting, we will be discussing and ratifying any revisions to our Constitution and By-Laws. The recommended changes are posted on the bulletin board and copies are kept behind the bar for anyone who wants to read them in detail.
    In the upcoming months our Auxiliary Unit 318 will be hosting its Annual Golf Tournament, we will have a Post 318 day at the St. Lucie Mets ballfield (5/3/08) and our own Post 318 reunion day will be April 26 at the Post. We will have free ham and potato salad and are asking everyone to bring a covered dish. The Sons will be doing their great job of cooking the clams and other entertainment will be available. Come out and support your Post.
    Finally, this monthís
MEMBER OF THE MONTH is Harold ďHalĒ Barth. Hal is the 1st Vice for the Sons and has never waited to be asked to do something. He is there preparing and cooking dinners on Wednesdays, he always there to help in Post cleanup and does whatever he can to make this a better Post. Again, thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
                                     Frank Howard, Commander

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

POST EVERLASTING:
Charles VanNort, 02/12/2008
  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
John Aitken, James Butler, Andy Collins, Robert Hartlep, Dale Hollopter, Randy Hunter, Otto Kahl, Dana Lambert, Robert Mason, Anthony Palizzo, Norman Thomas, Conrad Tutela and Sheldon Weiss

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Try to look for the positive when faced with negative situations.

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, Mary Cramer 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

Color/Honor Guard
   

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 HoldíEm 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.
                            
Champions 2007 - 2008
 
Mar. - Joe Motherway April - Unknown
Jan. - Wayne Phillips Feb. - Jim Lafferty
Nov. - Tom Vinson Dec. - Gary Schmitt
Sept. - Tom Heinlein Oct. - Brad Crooks
July - Wayne Phillips Aug. - Tom Durant
May - Brad Crooks June - Sue Munyan

All of the above are eligible to play in the 2007 - 2008 Tournament Of Champions.

   
Do You (Not) Want The Newsletter?
    I made a huge mistake. Instead of asking you if you wanted to keep receiving, I should have asked if you wanted to stop the newsletter. There was some worry that if you didnít complete the form you would not be receiving the newsletter. Please donít worry, if you are entitled to receive it, you will. If you donít want the newsletter for whatever reason, please email that information to me at 318editor@bellsouth.net. I donít want to receive hundreds of emails, but if I can help you resolve a problem, please feel free to try to get help by reaching me via the 318 editor email. I canít say for sure that I will resolve the problem, but I will try. If you think there is something that we can do to make the newsletter better, please let me know. Dick Boulette, Editor
 

Auxiliary  President's  message
  GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
    The next Auxiliary Meeting will be held on April 19 which is kind of important since there will be nominations for officers with voting on May 17.
    We are looking for President, First Vice, Second Vice, Secretary, Historian & Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms. Anyone who is interested in holding office should contact Sharon Tagariello, Grace Ricalton or Shirley Barbara.
    Every newsletter I have asked you for your volunteerism,
NOW is a great time to show your allegiance and your commitment to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 318.
    Upcoming Events: April 26 is Post 318 Day from 2pm to whenever, with a drawing for a laptop and printer sponsored by the S.A.L. Ladies please bring covered dishes. There will be ham and potato salad sponsored by the Legion.
    A tentative date of May 3 in for 318 Day at Mets Stadium. Be sure to read the Commanders column for further information.

                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
    WOW! What a big turnout for our lasagna dinner. We served 102 dinners. I hope everyone enjoyed it. I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped. We will be having a clam bake Sunday on May 26, Memorial Day weekend. We will be serving clam chowder, raw and steamed clams.
    Make sure you get your raffle tickets for the laptop computer and printer. Tickets are 1 for $10 or 3 for $20. All donations will go to the Veterans and Child Welfare in our community. The raffle will be on Saturday, April 26 at the American Legion anniversary party.
    Please check out your membership cards for a 2008 card. We are at 89% membership. We still have some members out there who havenít renewed. Please renew as soon as possible. Our meeting in May will be on  the 12th at 7pm. Please attend!
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

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 HoldíUm, 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 ďMoĒ 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.

 

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. TVís 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 troopsí morale get a boost, we are collecting DVDís to send them. Any type of movie is fine with them. We are asking Post members to please go through the stash of DVDís 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.

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

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 canít. 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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