The Post Messenger
8543 SO.  U.S. HIGHWAY  #1
PORT  ST.  LUCIE,   FL    34952-3347
PHONE - FAX 772-878-0655
January 2009 Jim Burk, Commander
 Dick Boulette, Editor
Commander's  Message
    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 THE MONTH.
    For God and Country
                                       Jim Burk, Commander   

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 patronage.

Chaplain's  Corner
        Post 318

POST  EVERLASTING: Frederick J. Michael, 10/15/08; Joseph J. Chalkis, 10/26/08 and Paul Klimetz Jr., 12/12/08
Our sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our departed comrades, who are now enjoying eternal peace.

   Peter Branden, Robert Hartlep, Otto Kahl, Robert Mason, Joe Skerby and Conraqd Tutela

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:  By building and maintaining a positive mental attitude, you can achieve results you never dreamed were possible.

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

Auxiliary Unit 318
 Ann Hunter and Diane Stark.
May 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 Cheer!


Auxiliary  President's  message
Hi Ladies!
    Happy New 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 -
                                                                 Author unknown.

Son's - American Legion
To The Members of Squadron 318
    The 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 really fast.
    Happy New Year and thank you all.
                            Tommy Bowes, SAL Commander

Honor/Color Guard
We 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.
    Thank You
          John Aitken, Sergeant-At-Arms

Texas  hold'em  tournament
   Our 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.

New 2009 Entertainment Books 
    Are 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.
                 Dot Kearns

Your Help Would Be Appreciated 
    The 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.