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Three generations cook up a storm at Fallbrook VFW

FALLBROOK – “Mama Rosa” Palculich cooks up a storm of meatballs for Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1924 once a month. She makes 150 of them each month.

Palculich has been volunteering her cooking talent to the organization for four years, which amounts to 7,200 meatballs to date.

Local residents might recognize Mama Rosa as she also volunteers at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop, the Fallbrook Food Pantry, and the Senior Center’s thrift store. Assisting her in the volunteer effort is her son, Mick, who is the entertainment committee chairman for the VFW. Mick does most of the shopping for groceries for the Post, organizes the menu, and cooks several times per month. In addition, he volunteers for the Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol, the Gem and Mineral Society, and is a mechanical contractor on Camp Pendleton.

If that’s not enough volunteerism for one family, add in Mick’s daughter, Jeannie Palculich-Bucher, who also helps in the kitchen and serves meals at the VFW. Jeannie works full time, and volunteers with the Angel Society and Gem and Mineral Society.

The VFW extends an invitation for local residents and guests to meet this wonderful family on June 30 at 5:30 p.m. when they will prepare a spaghetti dinner at the Post, located at 1175 Old Stage Road, Fallbrook. Dinner is $5 per person, open to the public, and will include salad, spaghetti with Mama Rosa’s meatballs, and garlic bread.

Visit for a calendar of all upcoming meals offered by the VFW.


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