The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
November 2008 Jim Burk, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
 We are coming into my favorite time of the year. We just had our first, although weak cold front. It actually dipped down to the mid 60’s this morning. Several of us attended the recent 12th District Picnic held in Wickham Park in Melbourne. It was a fund raiser to benefit Boy’s & Girl’s State. Both very worthy programs, and as I understand a new  record amount was raised. Way to go 12th District. We had the pleasured of hosting the new State Commander, Paul Martel for a dinner in his honor. Paul is a dynamite speaker and really loves his job. He has made a commitment to visit all the Legion Posts throughout the state. At our recent Post meeting we donated $318 to the Purple Heart Memorial Fund to erect a lasting memorial to all area combat wounded veterans in our area. Our Post has many. This is being spearheaded by the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 566 and the United Veterans of the city of Port St. Lucie. There is a lot of upcoming parties & events here at 318. Many of them are free. Please check the newsletter for dates & times. Being free is almost the same as costing no money. Finally, the member of the month is a gentleman who has devoted a large amount of time to our bylaw  revisions, at least a year of searching for a new Post home & handled several legal proceedings. He is our own Bob Booth. Congratulations on several jobs well done.
                                       Jim Burk, Commander   

First Vice
Legionnaires, we ask for your help! We already have one of the best Posts in the District if not in the State. Part of this distinction is our membership drive. Some of you think, why should I renew my membership until I have to? If our members can’t wait to renew their membership then it shows that they can’t wait to show their support for our Post.    Help us to continue to be an example and hopefully and inspiration to other Posts who may not have the support of their membership that we have. Renew your membership now instead of waiting until the last minute. We need 50 more members by December 5 to obtain 75%, and we need 265 more for 100% membership. Thank you!
                                    Denny Cush, Fist Vice Commander

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

Donald Schneider, 10/09/08
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, Fred Mickaels, Joe Skerby and Conraqd Tutela

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  Never give others the responsibilityfor your happiness.  You are as happy as you make up your mind to be.

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

Auxiliary Unit 318
Roberta Garneau, Jane Hite, Ann Hunter, Niki Lawrence and Rose Whelan.  May God bless each of you.
    Sympathy Card: Ann Schneider in memory of her husband Don.
THOUGHT  FOR  THE  DAY:  Have peace, health and be happy

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

Honor/Color Guard
    First let me remind everyone that there will be a ceremony at Veterans Park on 11/11, which is Veteran’s Day. The park is located on Veterans Memorial Drive in Pt. St. Lucie. The time is 11am. Anyone wishing to attend may do so. There are tents, chairs and water provided. The Chaplains from all the different organizations will be there to read the names of all the veterans who have been called to Post Everlasting. For those of you who haven’t been to this ceremony, I highly recommend it. As always, we are here for you, if you are a qualified veteran. Just call the Post and they will get in touch with me or go to my e-mail and I will get back to you.
          John Aitken, Sergeant-At-Arms

At American Legion Post 318
Good Friends, Good Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Hi Ladies!
Fall is finally in the air and it’s time for a District 12 update. Dorothy Walsh, our President is very active in District 12 events. I attended the District Picnic at Wickham Park in Melbourne, which was hosted by Dorothy & Commander Carl Schneider and held to raise funds for Boy’s & Girl’s State. Over $7000 was generously donated by Posts & Units in District 12 for this worthy cause. President Dorothy also shared with the Units a Department communiqué which congratulated our District for being in the top 5 for meeting membership goals for October 1. And, at our Unit, I must send a world of thanks to Linda Geraghty for all of her efforts with our own membership roster. She informed us at  the general  membership meeting that we are at 65% of our goal for the year already! Recently, we have had visits from not only the Post District 12 Commander, Carl Snyder and his wife Lydia, but also Eastern Area Commander, Gunner Dudley and his wife Belinda, along with State Commander Paul Martell and his wife. They love visiting our Post because of the great participation, our generous heart, warm welcome and as they say “We really know to show them a good time.!” That is what we are all about! On that note, I hope to see you at the Post real soon, enjoying one of the many events we have planned for November!
    Thought for the day: “A woman is like a tea bag - you don’t know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Nancy Reagan
     Call me if you need me… @561-371-7240
                              Robin Burk, Auxiliary President

Veterans Day - November 11
    Time to show your pride in American. U. S. car window flags are for sale. Sponsored by the S.A.L. with all proceeds going to the Support our Troops fund. $4.00 a flag which are available at the canteen or from Mary McLaughlin or Jim McLaughlin.

Son's - American Legion
To The Members of Squadron 318
The SAL will be giving a check to the Salvation Army for their Thanksgiving Dinner for the needy. We will also have our Christmas Party for our foster kids Dec. 13 at 11:30. Please stop by and say hi to the kids. Tickets are on sale for our laptop computer and all the extras that go with it. The monies raised helps with the Christmas Party for the kids. So dig deep. It is for a great cause and will help us get great gifts for deserving children. Wednesday night dinners continue to be a big hit. Last month we served over 80 dinners. Thanks all. To Jim & Mary McLaughlin, thank you for the idea of selling the American Flags that will be displayed to show our pride in America. Because you undertook this task, not only did you help show our love for our country, but you also raised a lot of money for the SAL. We thank you.
    I just want to say the Sons are saddened by the passing of our good friend John Michael, a World War II veteran, a diehard Giant fan and a big supporter of the Sons. We will miss you John. Let us see everyone at the Veteran’s Day service.
                            Tommy Bowes, SAL Commander

VetsFest 2008
I am responsible to get the newsletter to each and every one of you who are entitled to get it. I work off of member list of each part of the post. Unless your representative gives me the info, it will not get to you. I am sure that when you send me your name and address you think that you are due a newsletter, but you must work through either the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons. If you send me your information, that is great, but unless I can verify with whatever part of the Post you are connected with, you will not get the newsletter. An example is:  Joe Blow, 111 Main St. PSL. 00000 I didn’t get a newsletter. I have a new card. Quarry? Legion? Auxiliary? Sons? We have over 1200 members. It is important that you get the info to me via your part of the Post.
                                Dick Boulette, Editor

Texas  hold'em  tournament
    Our next tournament will be held on Tuesday, November  18 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.

Open to the public every first (1st) and third (3rd) Monday of the month. Come on in and enjoy a game that we are sure you have come to love.
    All monies taken in by the Post goes towards our veterans and their families. It is vitally important that you and all of our members help to make the Post a place to have fun, but more important, a conduit to help veterans and their families.

Pasta Night
We are going to try something a little different and very, very good. On Friday, November  21 we are going to have our first and hopefully many more of Pasta Nights. Sausage & peppers over penne with garlic toast and salad. All of that for only $5.00. This is a bargain nobody can pass up. Come on down and enjoy.