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
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
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
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.
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
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Dale Hollopter, Randy
Hunter, Otto Kahl, and Conrad Tutela
THE DAY: Begin each day planting positive seeds of
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
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
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
318, I would like to thank all the members who
attended our meeting and voted.
Elections Of Officers
Commander: Tom Bowes 1st Vice:
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.
Plus coming soon Dinner Night at the Races.
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
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, 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.
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
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