Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons And Riders
would like to remind everyone that Election Day for Officers
is June 6 from noon to 8pm. This year the unofficial
results will be announced and posted after the votes are
tallied. I encourage all Legionnaires to come out and vote.
Your vote is important. The next day, June 7, is our regular
General Membership meeting. I would like to see you all
there for the meeting when the official results of the
election are read. We will also be discussing and ratifying
any changes to our Constitution and By-Laws.
Our Memorial Day function was a huge success. I want to thank
the Sons for preparing and serving their outstanding clams
and chowder. Also a big thanks to the volunteers for making
it all happen. I also want to thank our Honor Guard &
Chaplains for their participation in the Memorial Day
service here at the Post. As I said at this service,
“Remember all those who have paid the
ultimate price and veterans of all wars. Honor them by
remembering… freedom is their gift to us.”
Finally, this months’ MEMBER OF THE MONTH is Ray Calnen. Ray
is a member of the SONS. He and his crew did an outstanding
job of resurfacing the sidewalks outside our Post. His
professionalism can be seen in the quality of his work.
Again, thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
Frank Howard, Commander
Jim Burk Denny
Cush Larry Raschell
John Aitken Dana
Lambert John Hager
Gary Schmitt, “Babe” Garneau,
Anthony Palazzolo, 4/9/08; Nvel Thompson, 4/20/08 and
Norman Sampson, 5/10/08
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:
Chuck Norris , Dale Hollopter, Randy
Hunter, Otto Kahl, Robert Mason, Gary
Schwartz, Conrad Tutela, Sheldon Weiss
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
To change your way for the better, change your way of
thinking, your attitude towards life.
Prayers For Our Troops:
Lord, hold our troops in your loving
hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless
them and their families for the selfless acts they perform
for us in our time of need. We ask you to pray for our
wounded warriors who suffer the rest of their lives with
their wounds. I ask this in the name of Jesus, our
Lord & Savior. Amen
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
Sick List: Sick
cards were sent out to the following members,
Roberta Garneau, Ann Hunter 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.
May God put a healing hand on all of you.
MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain, PH# 879-7095
Greetings to the Post members
It’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year as the
Rider Commander. Here is slate of officer for the next year:
Commander - Ed Sandora
1st Vice - Jim O’Rourke,
2nd Vice - Brenda
Secretary - Stacy Jones,
Treasurer - Bill Skyard,
Sgt-At-Arms - Paul
Chaplain - Carol LoGrasso.
Historian & Liason are appointed positions by the incoming
Commander. I want to thank everyone at the Post for their
support of the Riders and I during my tenure as Rider
Commander. I’m looking forward to continuing as a Legion
I would like to remind everyone about our upcoming raffle. We
“Wheelbarrow Of Cheer”
plenty of goodies for gardening & relaxing after a hard day
in the sun. Please see one of the Riders or your favorite
bartender for tickets, $1 each or 6 for $5.
We are also working on our Annual Poker Run
which will be Sunday, July 27. Don’t forget, you don’t need
a motorcycle to participate in the run. We hope to see you
all for a day of fun. Thanks again for your support!
Greg Emerson, Legion Rider Commander
membership dues to
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
Dart League Update
Our Spring Dart League on
Thursday nights was a huge success with 20 members playing
in the 8 week league.
The top three finishers were Harold Barth, Bob Booth and Fred
Mastermaker. Congratulations go out to these three. We will
be starting up our Summer 8 Week Dart League on July 11. If
you have interest in playing in the league I would ask that
you contact Arnie or Kim at the Post or just come in and put
your name on the signup sheet.. Our summer format will be
the same as the Spring, 8 weeks of play, 1 week of playoffs,
award presentations with great food from our kitchen.
Daryl Bowie, Dart League Chairman
- Robin Burk First
Vice - Andrea Pierson
Secretary - Sunny Lavallee
Treasurer - Margaret
Historian - Ruth Loudon
Chaplain - Mattie Kelly
Sgt-At-Arms - Rita Woodburn
- Delores Thomas
Board - Jodi Murphy, Laura Mastermaker,
Thanks to all who
took the time to come to the meeting and vote.
Installation of Auxiliary Officers will take place toward the
end of July. Read your newsletter calendar for time of
installation of officers. We welcome you to join the
Sincere gratitude to Maureen, Jen, Ruth, Robin, Brenda &
Marion and all others who participated in making the golf
tournament held on May 18 at Gator Trace so successful.
These Auxiliary members worked so hard organizing this
event. When you see them in the canteen please congratulate
them for their efforts and accomplishments. Deepest
appreciation also to all the ladies who provided the
wonderful home cooked food and service for the golfers.
As you know the dues have now been raised to $25 as of August
08. Once again, please make sure the Auxiliary has your
right address and phone number. National will be sending out
the notices for dues and we want to make sure your address
We do not hold meetings in July & Aug. so let’s wish everyone
a good & safe summer. Thanks to all those members who made
my 2 years as President enjoyable & successful. To my
officers & board members - I am sincerely grateful for your
friendship, volunteerism, support & kindness throughout my
Convention is July 18, 19 & 20 in Orlando & several
committees will be attending along with our new President,
Once again, thanks to all of you who participated in our
events & who helped out in those events. We all are looking
forward to having an outstanding and productive year but
will need your volunteer time and efforts to do so. Have a
safe and happy summer.
ALWAYS A PLEASURE,
Sunny Lavalle, President
Our next meeting will be Monday, June 9 at
7pm. We will be having our elections. Please attend and make
your vote count.
Commander - Tyler Schmeer
1st Vice - Harold Barth
Adjutant - Chris
Andrews 2nd Vice
- Andy Saffioti
Finance Officer - Jeff
Emmeluth Chaplain -
Sgt-At-Arms - Tom
- Jim McLaughlin
Executive Board: Jim
McNally, Tom Bowes & Bill Ord
I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on our
Wednesday night dinner. We thank all 65 who enjoyed our
lasagna dinner. Our next dinner will be Wednesday, June 11 &
we will be serving lasagna once again.
Congratulations to our S. A. L. Laptop winner: Scott “Elvis”
Norton. We raised over $800 & the proceeds have been donated
to Children’s Hospitals and homeless veterans in our area.
Thanks to everyone who supported the raffle. I want to thank
Bill & Shirley Ord for helping sell the raffle tickets &
being there to draw the winning ticket.
Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander
If you don’t
vote, then don’t complain about those that were voted in or
how they are running things. Remember, that if you don’t
vote you are giving free reign to those that do. It is
vitally important that you vote for not only our post
officers, but in every election that comes down the pike.
Apathy is the best friend our enemies have. Some of us have
fought them on the battlefield, and have since laid down our
arms. But, never should we put down our guard. Americans
don’t have any reason to fear any outside enemy, but should
be ever vigilant for those that would weaken us from within.
Veteran’s Employment Outreach
On Thursday, June 12 from noon to 4pm, the
Post, in conjunction with the Work Force Board of the
Treasure Coast, will be putting on a Veteran’s Employment
Outreach event. The Veteran’s Representatives from the Fort
Pierce One Stop Career Center will be on hand to assist
local Veterans seeking employment with job searches,
registration in Employ Florida Marketplace and resume
If you are a veteran looking for work, I encourage you to
attend. While there are no guarantees that you will walk
away with a job opportunity, these guys really know their
stuff and will be available to help you be successful in
your employment search.
We know it has been a while since you heard
from us, but we just want all of our members to know, that
we are still going strong and are available to honor any
veteran that is entitled to it. All you have to do is call
the Post @878-0655 or go to our website
www.americanlegion318fl.org. At the Honor Guard section
there is a form you can fill out and send to the
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.
tournament will be held on Tuesday, June 17 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.
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good
LEGION MEETING SCHEDULE
Executive Board…..….......1st Saturday…….... 10AM
House Committee…..........2nd Thursday……..5:30PM
Auxiliary Exec Board.........3rd Saturday………...11AM
Aux. Regular Meet….........3rd Saturday………...12PM
SAL Meet…………….........3rd Monday……….7:30PM
Legion Riders Meet….........1st Friday………….….7PM
Color/Honor Guard..............2nd & 4th Tuesday...6:30PM
10/13 Club Meet……..........4th Wednesday…..7:30PM