The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
September 2008 Jim Burk, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
I 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.

Jim Burk, Commander   

    Past 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 both.
   Here are the names of the other winners of
 Awards 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.

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

   John Aitken, Peter Branden, Robert Hartlep, Otto Kahl, Robert Mason, Fred Michael, Joe Skerby and Conraqd Tutela

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  You can always turn setbacks into comebacks with a positive, faith-filled, mental attitude.

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

Auxiliary Unit 318
NEED  PRAYERS  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 Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Hi Ladies!
    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

Son's - American Legion
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 BEST 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 essays.
    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.”
            Americanism Chairman, Rita Woodburn

VetsFest 2008
Our Post 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:
GOLD  $100  Receive a Parking Pass, a certificate of sponsorship laminated on cherry wood & 4 drinks at the canteen.
SILVER  $50    Receive a Parking Pass, a certificate of sponsorship in a silver frame and 2 free drinks at the canteen.
BRONZE  $25   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.

Texas  hold'em  tournament
    Our 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.