The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
October 2008 Jim Burk, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
  I am really having fun as your new Commander! It has given me an opportunity to talk to many more Post members. This helps me to evaluate where we are, where we’re going and how to get there. By the time you read this, the air conditioning will be working at peak performance. The air quality is being addressed and fixed. We are in preliminary talks about a piece of property directly across US 1 for a new Post home. Our State Commander will visit our Post for a dinner in his honor. We will have attended the 12th District Picnic supporting Boy’s & Girl’s State and participated in many other functions. You can’t say that there is nothing to do at 318!
    Which brings me to the following: Support your Post. Attend the events. Come to Wednesday night dinners. You can’t eat at home cheaper. Play bingo. We had a small crowd for the Inaugural Bingo, but had a great time! Tom & Daryl did a great job of organizing & running the games. Drop in for karaoke. It’s fun. Steak night is another outstanding bargain. The list of events goes on and on. But you get the message.
    Lastly, but mostly: The Member of the Month is the energizer bunny! He is a member of the Honor Guard, does the Post Newsletter & runs the Texas Hold’Em. I salute you Dick Boulette! Be sure to congratulate Dick when you see him!

                                       Jim Burk, Commander   

Constitution & By-laws Vote
                A VOTE IS REQUIRED!
Item 1: At the request of the district’s Judge Advocate, we have amended our proposed changes to the Post’s Constitution & now must hold a vote to validate this small change. Note: This proposed amendment was read aloud at last month’s general membership meeting & can be viewed at the Post or by visiting the Post’s website.
Item 2: The property search committee had identified a vacant parcel of land across the street behind the Hess Gas Station. This 1.5 acre tract appears to be ideal for our purposes of building a permanent Post home. The cost is reasonable, it has great access and it’s close by. The “due-diligence” part of this acquisition is not without cost to the membership; and a (possibly non-refundable) deposit will also be required; therefore your board of directors must have membership approval to move forward before tendering an offer to the owners. We encourage you to participate in this very important decision.

November Legion Meetings
Due to financial constraints - getting reports ready, the E-Board & General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the usual times.

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

James Bagamery, Harold Bright and Robert T. Washburn
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our departed comrades, who are now enjoying eternal peace.

   John Aitken, Peter Branden, Robert Hartlep, Otto Kahl, Robert Mason, Greg Clyde, Joe Skerby and Conraqd Tutela

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Develop the habit of thinking about things constructively in order to improve them.

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:  Ann Hunter, Jane Hite, Niki Lawrence and other members that may be sick.

THOUGHT  FOR  THE  DAY:  Life is like an elevator, it takes us up and down. Let us all keep up for the year 2009.

    I would like to add a note to all of you out there that Mustard Seed could use some food for their food bank: We have lots of folks out there out of work & in distress. If any of you have more than you need, bring it to the Post & I will be glad to take it from there or if you are capable and want to, you may take it to the Mustard Seed which is located on US 1 just north of the post on the left side. Don’t forget to mention you are from Post 318.

    If you know a AUX member that need prayer or just a chat PLEASE give me a call...
            MATTIE KELLY, Chaplain,  PH# 879-7095

Very Important message from Nikki Ruschell
 A little note to all of you at Post 318. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and prayers during my hospital stay and my recuperation. A special prayer to you, Robin Tucker. Bless all of you and I hope to see you soon!

Honor/Color Guard
    First let me congratulate Jack McCarthy for getting the Honor Guard Member of The Year Award. Jack is always there for us for any task, from cleaning the rifles, doing funerals to flag disposal.
    The Honor Guard really shined at the PGA Patriot Day festivities. We will try to get photos to put in the next newsletter, great job men.
    The purpose of the Honor Guard is to honor the veterans who have been assigned to Post Everlasting, whether is the full graveside honors, funeral parlor or even at times at the homes of the survivors. If the veteran is eligible we can and will be more than  ready to assist the families.
    I want to thank the new members of the Color Guard for posting the Colors for the new officers.  Come to the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm to check us out.
          John Aitken, Sergeant-At-Arms

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Hi Ladies!
Autumn is upon us & there is much to be done & much to enjoy! Starting the 1st of October, we will be selling Halloween “hang ups” for a $1 donation for veteran’s programs. Be sure to ask the bartenders for one, or two!
    The District held a training session at Post #126 last month, which gave the officers a lot of information about our work-plan for the year. On that note, I am looking for committee volunteers. The plan of work covers a number of Veteran, Children, Education & Patriotism programs, as well as committees to help us operate the best Unit in the District! I would appreciate your participation. Just give me a call.
    I also attended the District meeting at Post #117 in Palm Bay. The report on membership puts us at 98% for last year. Get the word out & let’s all do our best to make sure our current members renew & that we also look for new members as well. I suggest carrying a membership application in your purse for the occasion that you may meet a perspective member. Linda has ordered new application & they should be in the stand on the display case shortly. Hopefully, you have received your renewal notices. Although we all voted to raise the dues this year, that information didn’t make it’s way to National, so we must leave the dues at $20 for 08-09 term. Anybody who has already paid the extra $5, please see our Treasurer Margaret for a refund. When you send in your renewal, please remember to cross off the PO Box #; it is incorrect.
    “It’s loving and giving that makes life worth living” Anonymous
Call me if you need me… @561-371-7240
                              Robin Burk, Auxiliary President

Auxiliary Cruise Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 7 - 6pm.  I will be going over insurance, what to pack, & answer any questions you may have. Questions? Call Linda @344-6474.

Son's - American Legion
To The Members of Squadron 318
Hi everyone, just want to take a minute & tell you about my first meeting as Commander. We had a great turnout, & I was touched when Andy presented me with the S.A.L. Member of the Year Award! This was to be presented to me at the Commander's Dinner, but I was unable to attend. Thank you Andy & Members!
    We are already planning our Thanksgiving & Christmas events. Once again the SAL will be involved in feeding the less fortunate. We will be working with local organizations. If there is any family truly in need that you know of, please see me at the Post and we will see what we can do.
    This year our Christmas Party will be for approx. 40 foster children that are desperately in need. NO child should go without at Christmas & we are going to make sure they don’t. We’re going to throw them a party like they never seen before! We will be putting up a donation board in the Post  for anyone who would like to donate.
    We decided to purchase a laptop computer with a printer, router, the whole package. We will be selling tickets now till the last Saturday of Nov. Brenda will purchase this for us. THANKS Brenda.
    Planned Activities: A B.B.Q., bus trip to gamble while visiting other Posts, fishing trip?, & a few other surprises. Lasagna Dinner—huge hit! It takes 3 days to bring this meal that is all homemade. Thank you Andy & Brenda. Thank you all!
                              Tommy Bowes, SAL Commander

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, October 21 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.

Purple Heart Memorial
       “To Honor All Combat Wounded Veterans”
  Memorial is being sponsored by the United Veterans of the City of Pt. St. Lucie & the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 566 of St. Lucie County, Fl.  United Veterans & VVA Chapter 566 are asking for donations. Donations are tax deductible.
    Please make your donation to:
VVA Chapter 566 of St. Lucie County, in the FOR section of your check, please write Purple Heart Memorial. Send your donations to: PURPLE HEART MEMORIAL, PO Box 9153, Pt. St. Lucie, FL 34985. Contacts: Bill Arnold @772-335-0464 or Roy Brewer @772-359-3428.
     We, United Veterans &
VVA Chapter 566 want to say THANK YOU for your donation!!