Pacifica American Legion Post 238
555 Buel Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044
Hall Phone: 650-355-4346
AL Auxiliary Meeting - First Thursday of the Month - 7:30 p.m.
Executive Board Meeting - Second Thursday of the Month - 7:00 p.m.
General Meeting - Third Thursday of the Month - Dinner at 6:00, Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
Post Work-Party Second Wed of the Month 9:00 a.m. - Noon
The present Pacifica Post 238 was a result of a merger in 1962 of Coastside Post 571, chartered in 1952, and Linda Mar Post 615, chartered in 1956. Both earlier Posts were established before there was a City of Pacifica.
The merger of the two posts was accomplished after a meeting involving District Officers and leaders of both posts at the late Jack Hill's home located in Shelter Cove on Pedro Point in January of 1962.
Jack Stevens, Commander of the Linda Mar Post, was appointed commander of the new combined post and served until the end of his term,in June of 1962. Russell Kelly was the first elected commander of the new post.
The founding of the larger merged post coincided with a period of local history when a new freeway was being planned from Daly City to Fairway Park. A committee of Legionaires was formed by the post to establish its own hall in the community. This group included Tom Wisby, Gerry Schumacher, Russ Kelley, Don Neathery, Marvin Perrigan,Glen Berg and Gerld Daily.
Ken Royce, who built the Sea Bowl in Pacifica, donated land to the Legion in Rockaway Beach as a site for the Post's new home. The land was rezoned by the Planning Commission and the City Council to permit the establishment of a Legion building and its use as a lodge, a project not without controversy at the time.
The former Eureka Federal Saving and Loan Association's building, where it had established its first ever out of San Francisco branch, was purchased by the California Division of Hiways and moved to Rockaway Beach. The buildings former location, north of Andersons Liquor Store in Sharp Park, was utilized by the new freeway and frontage road.
The legion had foundations built, sewers installed, improvements made to the building and additional parkings areas constructed. Final approval by the city came in November of 1962. A mortgage of the Post was paid off in less than 10 years.
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