The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
May 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
    The summer and hurricane season is just about here again and I hope everyone is prepared for both. By the time you read this message, we will have celebrated the Post’s 24th year of existence. It was a well-attended event and from all the smiling faces, it appeared all had a good time.
    During the month of May the Post will have POST 318 DAY at the St. Lucie Mets Field. The event will take place on May 3 starting at 4pm. If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets please see Brian in the kitchen or any bartender to purchase them. Cost is $20 and includes the Beer Bash hosted by Rolling Rock, free music, free hot dogs & BBQ and also admittance to that day’s baseball game.
   The final day for nominations for any Post position will also be at the General Membership meeting on May 3rd. If you or someone you know wants to run, this is your final chance to be nominated. The actual election will take place on June 6 between noon and 8pm.
    Speaking of elections, I will be seeking re-election as your Commander. In the 3 years that I have been associated with this Post, I have always given 110% in everything I do. I think this is evident in the “Wall of Remembrance, “ Vets Fest, and my association with the Color/Honor Guard. I therefore ask for you to VOTE in the upcoming election.
    Finally, this months MEMBER OF THE MONTH is Paul V. “SCOZZ” Scozzafava. Paul is the current Sergeant-At-Arms for the Legion Riders, Post 318. He is there preparing and cooking dinners on Wednesday; he is 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

Post Elections
Commander                  1st Vice                2nd Vice
Jim Burk                        Denny Cush           Larry Raschell
Frank Howard

Sergeant-At-Arms       Finance Officer        Chaplain
John Aitken                  Dana Lambert            John Hager

Historian              E-Board
Open                    Gary Schmitt, “Babe” Garneau, Ron Zimmerman

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

While it is my pleasure to report that we did not have a Legionaire report to Post Everlasting this past month, we did have an outstanding member of the SAL Squadron depart us - John R. K earns, 4/08/2008
  Our sincere sympathy is extended to the families and friends of our departed comrades who now enjoy eternal rest.

Andy Collins, Norris Chuck, Dale Hollopter, Randy Hunter, Otto Kahl, Robert Mason, Anthony Palizzo, Gary Schwartz, Conrad Tutela, Sheldon Weiss

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  A Peace filled mind will attract, filled people and life 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.
Sympathy Card:  A sympathy Card was sent to Dorothy Kearns for her husband John Kearns.  May God Bless you Dorothy.

Please call me if you know someone sick or in distress.  May God put a healing hand on all of you.
            MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Jim Burk for Post Commander
My name is JIM BURK, 1st Vice Commander of Legion Post 318. I recently made the decision that this was the right time for me to run for Post Commander. I am a Veteran of the Coast Guard, serving most of my 4-years at search and rescue off Cape Hatteras.
    As a 2-term Past Commander of the Legion Riders, the membership increased from a few dozen to well over 100 members. This has contributed to the increased membership at the Post since all Riders are members of the Post , Aux. and/or S.A.L. I have had the privilege of serving on the E-Board for the past 2 years. If you ask other officers & E-Board members, I’m sure they will tell you my contributions have always been positive & for the good of the Post.
    One of my proudest achievements is being named to the Salvation Army Advisory Board. I am involved with their Soup Kitchen, Annual Mash Bash (where Post 318 presents the military museum) and other programs slated for homeless veterans.
    As membership chairman, I have spent many hours processing and soliciting Post memberships. Behind the scenes, I also made contact with many members & applicants whose paperwork needed corrections or was missing documentation. There was no follow-up system in place to deal with these problems. I developed a correspondence program to rectify these issues that will certainly require much less time commitment from the next membership chairman, & get new members & transferees on board with us much sooner. I am happy to report we recently achieved our goal of 100%, representing 848 members.
    I presently am a Business Banking Officer for a local credit union, in charge of marketing for 4 branches. I have always been involved in the finance industry and served in management positions.
    Those of you who know me, know that my door is always open & I am receptive to all ideas on how we can improve our Post. Those of you that don’t know me yet, please feel free to call me anytime & I will be happy to discuss my qualifications.  You can reach me at 561-354-8355.  Most importantly, I ask for your vote in June.

membership  dues  to  increase
    I would like to take this opportunity to explain to the membership a little history on annual dues. I joined the Post in 1991 and the dues were $20. They remained at that amount until 1995 when they were raised to $25. The membership dues remained $25 for the next 12 years. 2 years ago, National Headquarters raised the dues $4.50 a year at the local level. thus prompting a $5 a year increase by our Post.
    Well we are now approaching our 2009 dues, & at the State Convention in July we will pick up the dues cards for the upcoming year which at that time will include the increase for the coming year.   Allow me to explain how this increase works. Last October the State of Florida American Legion implemented a $2 a year increase. At the time the E-Board did not want to raise the dues so closely on the heels of the last increase so consequently the Post absorbed the increase without passing it on to the membership. It is no longer financially feasible to continue this way. After much discussion the E-Board has decided to raise the dues to $35 starting with the 2009 dues. Let me explain how this $5 breaks down. Two dollars a year will go to the State of Florida American Legion and the other three dollars will go directly into our building fund so that as the Post grows so will our building fund and hopefully (finger crossed) we will finally get the Post home we all deserve.
    Hopefully this explanation will answer some of your questions or concerns. If you have any other concerns please attend the next or any other Post Membership Meeting.
                          Arnie Thompson, Adjutant
Auxiliary  President's  message
    Elections will be held on May 17. Please attend!!
President - Robin Burk               First Vice - Andrea Pierson
- Sunny Lavallee        Treasurer - Margaret Trocki
- Ruth Loudon             Chaplain - Mattie Kelly
- Rita Woodburn
Assistant Sgt-At-Arms
- Katie Lavely, Delores Thomas
- Jodi Murphy, Linda Keifer, Laura Mastermaker
    As of this writing a bylaw amendment will take place on April 19 which will raise the dues from $20 to $25. This will take affect as of August 2008. For those of you who have changed your address or phone number YOU must contact the membership chairperson or the President of the Aux.
    Next time you see Jodi Murphy, Gary Schmitt, Freddie Mastermaker, Robin Burk, Linda Keifer, Sue Carr, Brian Pierson, Kim Bowie, Mattie Kelly or Ron Christian please thank them for all their hard work in fixing up, painting and redecorating the ladies restroom at the Post. It is beautiful!!!
    Dottie Kearns - we are praying for you.
    My “adopted” son Cody Nolan is home from Iraq and will NOT be going back.
    See you at the May 17 Auxiliary Meeting.
                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
    I would like to thank all the members who attended the memorial service for John Kearns. I would also like to thank the SAL Members & the Honor Guard for a memorable service for our departed Son. John was proud to be an American and proud to be a member of the SAL Post 318. John was a loving husband and father to his family. He was loved by everyone and he certainly will be missed by everyone. God Bless John!
    We had a great turnout at our meeting. I would like to thank everyone that attended. I am greatly appreciative for all the members who accepted nominations for next months elections. With everyone’s support, together we will have another prosperous year for the SAL and Post 318.
    We had another great turnout for our Wednesday night dinner. We served 82 lasagna dinners, thanks to all attended. I hope you all enjoyed it. Thanks to all our volunteers. Our next dinner will be Wednesday, May 14. We will be serving lasagna.
     We will be having our raffle for the laptop computer and printer on Saturday, April 26, tickets are on sale at the Post. All proceeds will go to veterans and their families.
     Don’t forget the SAL Clambake on Memorial Day weekend,  Sunday, May 25.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Service  officer
On Saturday, May 3 at the General Meeting of Post 318, Pay Pierson of the Post Traumatic Stress Clinical Team will address the membership. If you are or know any veteran who might need help with this problem, please come to the meeting and talk to Ray. You may also contact Tom Loudon @772-873-0337 who will see that you are led to the right people for help with this insidious ailment.
                             Tom Loudon, Service Officer Post 318

 Sixth Annual Aux. Golf Tournament
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.

January  Cruise by Ladies'  Auxiliary
    There are still some cabins available for the January 17, 2009 seven night ALL INCLUSIVE cruise.  NEW Carnival Splendor sailing to San Juan, St. Thomas, LaRomana and Nassau.  Balcony @$1314/person - Ocean View @$1124/person.  Inside cabins @$1004/person
    Price includes round trip from American Legion Post 318. All your gratuities and your alcohol. Additional information contact Linda Garaghty at Vogue Vacations 1327 St. Lucie West Blvd. (Publix Shopping Center) 344-6474.

Texas  hold'em  tournament
    Our next tournament will be held on Tuesday, May  20 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.

legion  riders
Hello Post members,
    Due to technical difficulties the Riders newsletter missed publication last month so I would like to take this time to thank everyone who attended the Legion Riders Casino Night on February 22. It was a great success. I would also like to thank all of those who volunteered their time to help out, we couldn’t have done it without you.
    The Riders will be raffling a wheelbarrow of cheer in June. Make sure to get your tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5. We are also planning our Poker Run which will take place in July, “Giving Vets A Hand.” We hope everyone can attend and join in on all the fun. Looking forward to seeing you at the Post.
                         Greg Emerson, Legion Rider Commander

Dare Poker Run,  Saturday, May 17
    Dare Program teaches 5th grade students about the dangers of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, peer pressure, gang violence and the importance of making good choices and decisions. Good and bad choices are made way too soon, so help us get to them before they go down the wrong road.


At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!