The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
June 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons And Riders
    I 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

Post Elections
Commander                  1st Vice                2nd Vice
Jim Burk                        Denny Cush           Larry Raschell
                                                                  Daryl Bowie

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

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

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

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.

 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 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,
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

legion  riders
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 Peterson         Secretary - Stacy Jones,
    Treasurer - Bill Skyard,               Sgt-At-Arms - Paul Scozzafava,
    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 Rider.
    I would like to remind everyone about our upcoming raffle. We have a
“Wheelbarrow Of Cheer”  filled with 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. Good luck!
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  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

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
Auxiliary  President's  message
President - Robin Burk               First Vice - Andrea Pierson
- Sunny Lavallee        Treasurer - Margaret Trocki
- Ruth Loudon             Chaplain - Mattie Kelly
- Rita Woodburn     
Asst Sgt-At-Arms - Delores Thomas
- Jodi Murphy, Laura Mastermaker, Mary McLaughlin
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 festivities.
    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 is correct.
    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 presidency.
    Convention is July 18, 19 & 20 in Orlando & several committees will be attending along with our new President, Robin Burk.
    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

Son's - American Legion
    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 - Bob Baldwin
    Sgt-At-Arms - Tom Geraghty         Historian - 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 review.
    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.

Honor/Color Guard
    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 At the Honor Guard section there is a form you can fill out and send to the Sergeant-At-Arms.

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, 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 Cheer!


Regular  Meet…...….........1st Saturday……......12PM
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