Service and fun blend for American Legion members

OCEANSIDE — The American Legion Post 146 knows about doing the right thing.At its annual summer picnic in early September, the club had gathered on two picnic areas it had reserved for the day. But early on, Legionaires noticed that another picnic group, Pearl Harbor Survivors, “really needed one of our sites as the average age of the attendees was in the mid-90s. These heroes would have had to walk across the picnic grounds to get to their site,” said member Steve Prusinski. “With Commander George Simon’s blessings, we gave the group one of our sites. We were entertained with some pretty amazing stories, plus balloons for the kids. This really made our day.”

American Legion Post 146 meets at 9 a.m. every third Saturday of the month at the Senior Citizen Center at 455 Country Club Lane in Oceanside. For information about Post 146 or its activities, call (760) 754-9633.

According the group’s newsletter, The Legion Riders motorcycle group rolled by after attending a Patriot Group Riders event. After lunch, the Rider’s President Ken Derr took members for a scenic ride through some back roads at Camp Pendleton and arrived back to the picnic just in time for cake.

Apparently, this group knows how to throw a picnic. “We fed approximately 50 people and met several new friends from the Pearl Harbor Survivors. We didn’t charge anyone for the picnic and spent a grand total of $37,” Prusinski said. “I’d like to thank the ladies of the Auxiliary, Ken Derr, George and Cyndy Simons, my wife Melinda Prusinski

and my sons, Eric and Bryan Prusinski for all their help.

In September, Legion members also went to clean barracks for Operation Help a Hero. Others kept busy serving lunch to in-patients at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in San Diego and a few more worked with the club’s Cub Scout troop, Pack 7146, to kick off the start of their popcorn fundraiser.

Next, the group will be a part of finding a cure for breast cancer. American Legion Auxiliary Oceanside Unit 146 has a team, “These Boobs are Made for Walkin’” and will again be participating in the Susan G. Komen walk Oct. 21 at the Promenade in Temecula. Our team has nine walkers and welcomes any new participants.

Donations can be made at For information, call Kim Crone at (760) 415-8126.