The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
July 2008 Frank Howard, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons & Riders
    As this is my last Commander’s Message, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your help and contributions during the past year.  It was my pleasure and honor to serve as the Post Commander and I look forward to insuring that VetsFest 2 will be bigger and better than last year. 
    Now that the elections are finally over, I would like to congratulate all the new officers on their respective elected positions. I am sure that everyone will encourage and support these individuals during the coming year. We also discussed and ratified changes to our Constitution and By-Laws. They must now be sent to Department for approval.
    Our Post 318 Day at Goodyear was a huge success! I want to thank Goodyear for their donation of a new set of tires.  The tires were won by Jacqueline McKay. Goodyear will also be donating a set of new tires to be raffled off at VetsFest in November.
    Finally, the month’s MEMBER OF THE MONTH is Legionnaire David Farren. David is the service manager of the Goodyear store and was instrumental in getting their support for the Post 318 Day. Again, thanks and congratulations on a job well done.
                                     Frank Howard, Commander

                         July & August Monthly Legion Meetings

Saturday, July 12 at noon - E-Board - 10AM.
Normally the meeting would be on July 5, but because of the holiday we will move the meeting ahead one week.

Saturday, August 9 at noon - E-Board - 10AM
Normally the meeting would be on August 2, but because of the Installations of Officers the meeting will be moved one week ahead.

PLEASE COME TO THE POST AND PARTICIPATE IN THE INSTALLATIONS OF OUR OFFICERS. It is important that you show your support for your new officers. Let them start off with a feeling that you are behind them.

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

I have visited many sick Comrades, neighbors and friends over the years and it still amazes me how just a few kind words of sympathy can raise and individual’s spirits. Just by taking the time to show a person that someone cares about them and is praying for  their recovery can work miracles.
    When a person is sick or disabled, nothing is more important than a familiar face, a familiar voice and the camaraderie of someone you know; Everyone enjoys talking with their friends, families and acquaintances. Friendships are a precious thing for which there are no substitutes.
    Let each of us be kind to our sick and disabled. Whenever possible offer them a helping hand, warm thought and a comforting prayer. Remember to pray for those who are ill and confined.

 Dale Hollopter, Randy Hunter, Otto Kahl, and Conrad Tutela

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Begin each day planting positive seeds of thought.

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

Auxiliary Unit 318
    To all the members that attended the memorial service at Veterans Park on Memorial Day. In the passed 22 years that I have attended this memorial this was the best showing that I remember attending. It was nice to see the young who are the future of our country there this year. The bank playing all the old songs and the young children singing made one think how proud we are to be an American. There was such a beautiful breeze which made the flags wave like never before. Of course you always have the old timers telling stories of the good old days and how proud they are to be able to attend the service. I saw tears on some of their faces when we saluted the Flag and sang the National Anthem and God Bless America. You could see on their faces how it brought back memories of their comrades of pass wars. Hoping next years service will even be double of this years and may we all keep our service men and women in our prayers to return safely home soon.

Sick List:  Rose Whelan, Shirley Barbara, 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


At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
    I would like to thank all of you who helped me during my two years of being President of the great American Legion Auxiliary UNIT 318.
    This being my last newsletter comments, I would also like to wish all our new incoming and our “staying on” officers well and hope you have a very successful year.
    Remember we are here for the Veterans and their families.
                             ALWAYS A PLEASURE,  Sunny Lavalle, President

Son's - American Legion
Hello Post 318,  I would like to thank all the members who attended our meeting and voted.
                                   Elections Of Officers
Commander: Tom Bowes             1st Vice: Harold Barth
2nd Vice: Andy Saffioti                 Finance: Jeff Emmeluth
Adjutant: Chris Andrews               Historian: Jim McLaughlin
Sgt-At-Arms: Tom Geraghty
Executive Board: Jim McNally, Greg Emerson, Bill Ord
    Congratulations to all the incoming officers. With everyone working together we will have another successful year. Installation of officers will be Saturday, August 2nd.
    It has been an honor and privilege to have served as Commander the past four terms. I have enjoyed working with everyone. I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped on our Wednesday dinners. We served 67 dinners, thanks to all who attended.  On Wednesday, July 9 we will be serving lasagna.
    Anyone interested in going to the Convention July 11 - 12 in Orlando, please contact me. Our next meeting will be Monday, July 7 at 7pm.
                                     Andy Saffioti, S.A.L. Commander

Gas Is Up To $4.00 Per Gallon
    Members why drive up and down U. S. 1. Save your gas! We offer complete dinners every Wednesday for $7.00 from 5 to 7pm. Not only that, but you have a chance to win a $20.00 Gas Gift Card at no extra charge. If your dinner ticket is picked you WIN. Best part is you may be on your way home after a great meal and you get a phone call. You won!
     Plus coming soon Dinner Night at the Races.

Honor/Color Guard
        Hello Ladies & Gentlemen,
    My name is John Aitken and I am the new Sgt-At-Arms for Post 318. Anyone interested in getting in touch with me can find me in the Post kitchen on Friday nights with Larry or leave a note with the bartender who will contact me and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
    As some of you may know, we are starting a color guard, strictly for the posting of colors at the monthly meeting. So far the response has been good.
    We meet every Second & Fourth Tuesday of the month. Any interested parties can come in, see what we do and if interested join us. We are always ready to serve any eligible veteran for services due them. Just call the Post @878-0655 or if you have a computer, our e-mail is  Thank you.

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, July 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.

legion  riders
We are 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 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. We will have our final Dart League sign up and meeting on Monday, July 7 at 6pm. Dart League starts Thursday, July 10 at 6:30pm. Kitchen will be open.
                    Daryl Bowie, Dart League Chairman