December 7 is a day that most Americans will remember for
Pearl Harbor. I will remember it for a different reason.
That is the day my wife Robin and I along with Garry and
Dennis from the Riders, Elly from the Auxiliary and our
Honor Guard were standing at Orlando airport to welcome 150
wounded and injured troops to town for a week at Disney.
With over 500 people there from our and other Posts, VFW
posts, Nam Knights and various other AMERICANS we stood
there to honor these brave men and women. There wasn’t a dry
eye in the place. I gave the standing greeting “Welcome
Home”. One young man looked me in the eye and said thanks
for showing us the way.
Our Thanksgiving dinner at the Post was put on by Larry
and his great crew. Once again, the food was excellent and
the job they do is outstanding.
The Sons party for local kids was heartwarming. June DeAngelo
through her contact with Mustard Seed brought 50 needy kids
to our Post for a meeting with Santa (played quite well by
Jim McLaughlin) as he came in on Carol’s trike escorted by 8
Rider reindeer. And finally the annual nursing home visit
was a great time for all. We sang Carols, gave out cookies
and several of us visited the 14 veterans there and gave
them stocking with gifts from our Post.
Finally, I want to take this time to tell you about my
choice as member of the month. When I see this lady either
working with children in youth programs for the Auxiliary,
picking up candy at Walgreen’s for me to take to the soup
kitchen, or just the other evening, at the Post stuffing
stockings for the Son’s Party, one word comes to mind. The
word is AWESOME. Brenda Saffioti you are my MEMBER OF
For God and Country
Costs Are Up
Due to the increase in costs in almost every category, we
are going to have a 25˘ increase on all items at the Post
canteen beginning on Monday, Jan. 5. This is not a step we
have taken lightly. It is no longer possible to keep the
status quo on prices. Thank you for your continued
POST EVERLASTING: Frederick J. Michael,
10/15/08; Joseph J. Chalkis, 10/26/08 and Paul Klimetz Jr.,
sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of
our departed comrades, who are now enjoying eternal peace.
NEED PRAYERS FOR THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Peter Branden, Robert Hartlep, Otto
Kahl, Robert Mason, Joe Skerby and Conraqd
THE DAY: By building and maintaining a positive
mental attitude, you can achieve results you never dreamed
If you know any member sick or in
JOHN F.H. HAGER, Chaplain
FOR THE FOLLOWING AUX MEMBERS:
Ann Hunter and Diane Stark.
God Bless You and get you well soon.
I would like to thank everyone that attended the Christmas
Sing-A-Long at the Port St. Lucie Nursing Home. Also to all
the ladies for the lovely cookies. This is always the time
of year to make some one happy by giving your time and your
smiles. Have a healthy New Year and keep SMILING and helping
someone in need. GOD PROVIDES US WITH EVERYTHING WE NEED AS
LONG AS WE HAVE FAITH IN ONE ANOTHER.
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
Year to All!! First & most important, I wish to thank all of
the Auxiliary members who gave so generously of their time
in December - for tree decorating, serving meals, caroling
at the nursing home, baking goodies and for the many other
acts of kindness you have extended. It’s extra special
considering the time of year, when everyone is so busy. I
can’t thank you enough.
January will begin our planning session for our major
fund raiser of the year. To make it a real success, we will
need “all hands on!” Please attend the January meeting for
details. Mark your calendars for Saturday, Jan. 31. We are
hosting a Leadership Conference for District 12 from 9am to
3pm. Whether you plan on running for office next term or
plan to accept a committee chairwomanship, please plan to
attend. This will be very informative for all. Breakfast
will be provided & lunch will be available.
Call me if you need me… @561-371-7240
Robin Burk, Auxiliary President
Quote for the month: Treat
everybody as if they were you -
To The Members of Squadron 318
kids Christmas Party was outstanding. They all had a great
time. It was hard to hold back the tears. Thanks to all that
supported the party and our Toys For Tots program. Thank you
Ed Sandora and the Legion Riders for their help with both
events. The kids loved Santa being brought in on the bikes.
We made their day! The toys collected from the Christmas
Party was a big hit. Great idea, Ed Sandora. Kudos! Thanks
to all the Sons that helped make this a truly great event.
Thanks to the Auxiliary! We can always count on you. Thanks
to Commander Jim Burk and the Legion. There is no way to
thank enough Brenda Saffioti, Ann Marie McNally & June
DeAngelo for the endless hours you put into making it a
truly special Christmas for all of us. We thank you! Santa
Claus (Jim McLaughlin), we thank you for putting all those
smiles on the kids faces.
Our lasagna dinner is still pulling them in, last month we
had 112 served. Next month get in early, because they go
Happy New Year and thank you all.
Tommy Bowes, SAL Commander
hope everyone had a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. The
Wounded Warriors welcome home ceremony up in Orlando was a
very moving & wonderful experience. We were proud to be part
of it. In retrospect, if this type of honor was given to the
soldiers who served in Korea & Viet Nam we are sure those
vets wouldn’t have felt deserted by their fellow countrymen.
When you meet or see a vet who served in this era smile and
say welcome home. It is never too late to reach out. At the
airport there had to be close to 1,000 people. We gave the
children of the vets stuffed animals, thanks to Ron
Zimmerman. Other gave candy & cookies, but the best gift of
all was the rousing praise and cheers every vet got from the
crowd. We all hope to be there again, & wish that more of
the members of Post 318 were there to see what it is like to
welcome home these Wounded Warriors.
next tournament will be held on Tuesday, January 20 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 American
Legion (any post), Aux. or SAL.
80% of all donations will be returned to the
players in the form of cash prizes.
Come on down and support your post and have some fun and
possibly walk away a winner.
2009 Entertainment Books
being sold at the Post. The price is $35 which is a great
bargain when you consider that the coupons within are worth
thousands of dollars in almost every venue you can imagine.
Help Would Be Appreciated
Auxiliary has adopted a new program. We are collecting
coupons. They will be sent to a number of different bases to
help our veterans and their families. There is a collection
box at the canteen. After you read your Sunday paper and
clip the coupons you will use, just drop the rest by the
canteen. Thank you in advance for participating.