have a very simple agenda as your Commander. You see, I
recently attended the state convention in Orlando & realized
several things. A lot of Posts did not make their goal
of 100% membership. We did. A lot of Posts are,
in fact, declining in numbers. We at 318 will continue
to grow & prosper because of our members. A lot of
Posts are having problems just paying their bills.
Because of Danny Neuman, our very able finance officer,
we’ve never had that problem. My hat’s off to him as
he retires. Other Posts are having problems tending to
the spiritual needs of their members. Because of John
Hagar, our chaplain, we’ve never had that problem.
Because of guys like Dana, Dick, John, Steve, Jack, Denny &
Joe, our Honor Guard continues to be where they are needed
24/7. And last and not least, we had our Commander,
Frank Howard, who created our Wall of Remembrance & Hometown
to Heroes - our most successful fund raising event ever!
There are many others that give of their time, money &
efforts that space & time will not allow me to mention all
by name. But you know who you are.
As this is written we have already had an outstanding
installation of new officers & our Commanders Appreciation
Dinner. Although the dinner was not attended by many of you,
we had a great time honoring our many volunteers from the
past year. We are working diligently to get our A/C problems
solved as well as sprucing up the Post.
This month I honor a real gentleman as our “Member of the
Month” he is always ready to volunteer for any task asked of
him. He sits the door more than anyone at 318 & has given
countless hours of his time in other areas. He is our own
SAL member, Dan McGonagle. Congratulations Dan.
My agenda is to simply build on our accomplishments to date.
We are the best Post in Florida & this year all the others
are once again chasing us.
Commander Frank Howard presented the
White Eagle (Volunteer of the Year Award) to AUX Chaplain
Mattie Kelly and Legion Chaplain John Hager at
the Commander’s Appreciation Dinner. When the award was
presented, there was a well deserved standing ovation for
Here are the names of the other winners of
for the 2007 - 2008 fiscal year.
Legionnaire of the Year: Bob Booth
Auxiliary Member of the Year: Jen Ferraro
Auxiliary Member of the Year: Mo Aitken
SAL Member of the Year: Tommy Bowes
SAL Member of the Year: Andy Saffiotti
Lifetime Achievement: “Moose” Horan
Lifetime Achievement: Dot Kearns
Rider of the Year: Paul Scarzafava
Honor Guardsman of the Year: Jack McCarthy
Congratulations and a great big Thank You to these wonderful
members for all that they do for Post 318.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
John Aitken, Peter Branden, Robert Hartlep, Otto
Kahl, Robert Mason, Fred Michael, Joe Skerby and Conraqd
THE DAY: You can always turn setbacks into
comebacks with a positive, faith-filled, mental attitude.
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
FOR THE FOLLOWING AUX MEMBERS: Rose
Whelan, Ann Hunter and Eileen Lane
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Be kind
to each other and pray for our sick.
If you know a AUX member that need prayer or just a chat
PLEASE give me a call...
MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain, PH# 879-7095
At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good
A new year is upon us. Our first meeting of the term will be
Saturday, September 20. Executive Board meets at 10:30am and
the general membership meeting starts at noon. By now, you
should have received your 2008 - 2009 membership renewal.
The new amount for yearly dues is $25. Please send yours in
as soon as possible. Earlybird cut-off is September 30th. If
your membership renewal shows a Post Office Box for the
return address, please cross it out and send it to the Post
street address. Any questions or concerns that you may have,
please contact Linda Geraghty, our membership chairman
@336-7805. Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Call me if you need me… @561-371-7240
Robin Burk, Auxiliary President
To The Members of Squadron 318
I would like to thank you all for electing me your
Commander, I am truly honored. I look forward to a
tremendous & productive year, I will do my very best to not
let you down. I would like to take a moment to thank the
past Commander, Andy Saffiotti for his outstanding job as
Commander of the Sons for the last four years. His hard work
and dedication has made us the
squadron on the Treasure Coast, I can only hope to do half
the job he has done. FROM ALL OF US,
THANK YOU ANDY!
Also with great appreciation, I would like to thank Brenda
Saffiotti for her dedication and hard work she has shown the
Sons with her endless hours of volunteering for us through
out the years, it has been truly appreciated,
THANK YOU BRENDA
from all of us.
The Sons are looking forward to working with Commander Jim
Burk & Lady President Robin Burk, along with Eddie Sandora
of The Legion Riders. Look for some exciting things
happening from the Sons this year, Andy and I are already
working on some things that we think the Post will enjoy.
Please continue to support Wednesday Night Dinners; the Sons
Lasagna is to die for. Thank you Brenda, Andy, Jimmy,
Harold & all that make Wednesday Night a hit with the
members! Thank you again for everyone’s support.
SAL Commander, Tommy Bowes
Americanism Essay Contest
2007 - 2008
“Home Of The Brave, Land That I Love”
We had 27 essays that entered into this contest. The
top Southern Division winner was Austin Routin, a 5th grader
from Frances K. Sweet Magnet School. His teacher is Mrs.
Nuccio. His essay will go on to National. We are proud of
Austin & hope he wins again. This is the 2nd year we’ve had
a winner. I think these children have a gift in writing
Also, we had a “Girl Scout Award Winner” in the Southern
Division of Florida. She won a bond. Her name was Ashley
Smith-Sawka, 16 years old from Ft. Pierce Troop # 182. She
goes to Lincoln Park Academy & is in the 11th grade. Her
essay was very impressive about “Improving Water Quality in
the Indian River Lagoon with Oysters.”
Chairman, Rita Woodburn
will be hosting VetsFest2 on October 25, 2008 from 12 to 8pm
at Tradition Field (Mets Stadium).
Like last year, you too can become an individual sponsor of
this event. All monies collected will be used for the
"Heroes to Hometown” and “Veterans Helping Veterans”
programs. This year’s event will include live entertainment,
arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, a children’s play area
and a classic car show. We will also have the Salvation
Army’s “MASH” tent and representatives from St. Lucie County
Veteran Services Office.
We have selected the following sponsorship levels:
$100 Receive a Parking Pass, a certificate of
sponsorship laminated on cherry wood & 4 drinks at the
Receive a Parking Pass, a certificate of sponsorship in a
silver frame and 2 free drinks at the canteen.
Receive a Parking Pass, a certificate of sponsorship and 1
free drink at the canteen.
Make all checks payable to:
American Legion Post 318 - VF2
Checks can be dropped off at the Post Canteen.
next tournament will be held on Tuesday, September 16 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.