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Â Sons In Retirement, Inc (SIR) is a Public Benefit Non Profit Corporation whoseÂ objectiveÂ is to assist retired men in northern California to maintain old friendships, form new ones and avoid the boredom of retirement. The SIR organization was Incorporated in 1959 andÂ now has about 19,000 members in 150 branches. There is no espousal of political, religious, Â fraternal organizations, or the like, at any time. Branch 8, Mount Diablo, was chartered in 1965. Â We have about 290 members andÂ meet on the second Monday of the month for luncheon at the Concord Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Boulevard, ConcordÂ (click on the MOVE INFO menu above for more information). Â At the luncheons we have invited speakers who present a wide range of subjects. In the past year the topics have ranged from the Science of Beer, developing a Local Arts Center, to a review of Calâ€™s football team! Every year we have two Ladies Day Luncheons. The first is in June, the second one in December. Ladies are also invited to a number of our activities, please check with the Activity Chair to see if that is appropriate. Thanks to a very active membership we have an incredible choice of activities, just look atâ€¦
Branch 8 Officers
Big Sir Derek Southern 2011 Branch 8 Officers â€“ Big SIR:Â Derek Southern 253-1646 email@example.com Little SIR: Gary Plisco 939-2483 Â firstname.lastname@example.org Secretary: Erland Persson 932-5328 email@example.com Sec. Membership: Bill Barnard 939-8927 firstname.lastname@example.org Sec. Attendance: Bill Peterson 676-5295 email@example.com Treasurer: Leo Barrella 933-2372 firstname.lastname@example.org Asst. Treasurer: Paul Laderer 943-1392 email@example.com â€“ 2011 Directors: Ed Benson 943-7011 Â firstname.lastname@example.org Wally Freeman 673-1191 email@example.com Bill Hunter Â 947-6947 Â firstname.lastname@example.org Mike Long 930-8401 email@example.com Jim Sowell Â 939-4670 Â firstname.lastname@example.org Bon Wadors 937-8160 email@example.com 12/29/2010
Sons in Retirement-Mt. Diablo SIR Branch 8-2009 2009 was an eventful year for our Branch 8. Our 32 activities received more than 80% participation from members. Trips to Ireland and San Francisco, golf at home and many great nearby courses, fishing in the ocean, bay, Mexico, Sierras, a day at the horse races at Golden Gate Fields, exploring unique locations in the Bay Area, reading and discussing books , wine tasting of expensive and everyday wines, bocce ball, bowling, pool, hiking and walking the hills and trails in the Bay area, bridge and poker, dining out at different restaurants, learning about astronomy, computers and technology, cooking, investing, photography, singing, seeing plays and writing life stories kept our membership busy during the year. All made possible by our corps of volunteers who gave generously of their time and talent to make our activities interesting and worthy of the high level of participation In retrospect, the Branch has always been an active one. It was first sponsored by the East Bay Branch 2 in 1964, and then chartered and incorporated in 1965. Meetings were held at the Boundary Oak Restaurant until 1979 when they were moved to the Walnut Creek Elks Lodge.â€¦
How to join Branch 8
To become a member of Branch 8 you need to have a sponsor and regularly attend the monthly luncheon meetings. If you donâ€™t know a Sir already, we will introduce you to a potential sponsor and he will guide you through the simple process. To obtain an application form click the link below and print both pages of the application form.Â After completing the form sign and mail to: Bill Barnard SIR Branch 8 Membership Secretary 3214 Tamworth Ct. Walnut Creek , CA. 94598 After receiving your application, a Branch 8 member who will become your sponsor, will contact you to arrange for you to attend a luncheon meeting. We meet the second Monday of each month. Download an Application Form (2 pages) here If you have questions please call (925-939-8927) orÂ E-mail me (Bill Barnard, Membership Secretary) atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org
Sir Ernie Sherne plays Taps, November 8th in honor of our Fallen Service Men and Women
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Â BEC Agenda â€“ SIR BRANCH 8 February 14, 2011 Call to order at 9:00 am Â Â Â Â Quorum? Welcome Â Â Recognize Visitors/Guests Secretaryâ€™s Report: Â (ErlandÂ Persson) Â Â Â Approval of January Minutes Big Sirâ€™s Report (Derek Southern) Â Â Branch Operations Schedule for February Â Â Feedback and Actions re luncheon Â Â Senior Sir Certificates (90+) Â Â Nominating committee progress Â Â Audit progress Â Â Â Little Sir Report: (Gary Plisco) Â Â Speaker information Treasurerâ€™s Report (Leo Barrella) Â Â Approval of January ReportÂ Â Â Â Â Â Attendance Secretaryâ€™s Report (Bill Peterson)Â Â Â Attendance and Delinquencies ReportÂ Â Â Summary of comments made by membership re month 1 at Hilton, and resultant changes Membership Secretaryâ€™s Report (Bill Barnard) Â Â February Â Membership Â Â Review of Branch 8 membership goals and statistics: Form 27 Â Â At about 10:00 am: Induction of New Members Committee Reports Â Â Activity Chairman Report(s) (Mike Long): Â Â Travel Chairman Report (Bob Hagler) Â Â Membership Relations Committee (Ed Benson MRC) reportÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Unfinished Business (from previous BEC meeting minutes): à¹ Big Sir Southern announced Treasurer Barrella will set up a â€œpostage dueâ€ account at the Post Office â€“ to cover the cost of mailingsâ€¦
Hilton feedback and Actions taken
Well, we made it! And with a record attendance of 262 at the first luncheon in our new venue. Â A few late comers were put-off by the sight of so many members, and some could not see an empty seat. My apologies to anyone who was unable to find a seat and felt they had to leave. We did find seats for a couple of late comers by asking members to indicate empty places at their tables. If you have this problem in a future meeting please check in with the head table and weâ€™ll find you a seat. We plan to fix problems as they arise, so please keep your comments flowing.Â After the luncheon on Monday,Â Bill Peterson and I met with the Catering Sales Manger Â to present our initial evaluation. We discussed some changes and improvements that could be made quickly. There were a number of emails sent to the BEC after the luncheon, and I am pleased to report that many of the problems they reported had already been taken up with the Hilton staff. The concerns we had not identified were addressed by Bill on Tuesday in a phone call to the Hilton. The list belowâ€¦
Lunch drawing for bringing guests
Â FREE LUNCH DRAWING FOR BRINGING GUESTS As an incentive to bring in new candidates for membership, a drawing for a free lunch will be held in January and in July for members who bring guests to meetings during the previous six months.Â You can use the SIR Cards handed out at the February Luncheon to invite guests or pick up some cards at the check-in table in March. For each new guest sponsored during the six month period, a member will have an entry in the drawing.Â Bring one new guest, have one chance.Â Bring 3 new guests, have 3 chances!Â And for your efforts, you do not have to be present to win. Â
Our next luncheon meeting is on Monday March 14 atÂ HILTON CONCORD HOTEL 1970 DIAMOND BLVD. CONCORD BEC Meeting: starts 9:00 amÂ Social Hour:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 10:15 am Meeting Time:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 11:30 am Meal Price:Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â $20 MarchMenu Green Salad Corned Beef and Cabbage Boiled Potatoes Assorted Desserts Coffee/Ice Tea REMINDER: Absences & Bringing Guests CALL Â 925-901-4826Â or emailÂ SIRBR8Hotline@hotmail.com byÂ Thursday noon before Meeting Â Â The Hilton is just off Willow Pass Rd. and across the street from the Willows Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd. Thereâ€™s plenty of parking, and handicapped spaces are located close to the main entrance on your right as you face the hotel. After going in the main entrance, greeters and signs in the lobby will help direct you to our check-in and activity tables and the ballroom where lunch will be served. Also visit the Maps etc page from this drop-down menuÂ for additional information, including a map of the area showing the location. 2/19/2011
Lunch photos 2011
Some initial pictures from our Inaugural meeting (1/10/11) at the Hilton Hotel, thanks to Sir Jock Mackaig Click on a small (thumbnail) image to access a slide show of larger images. To exit the page with larger pictures simply click on a picture! [nggallery id=4] Â Â
The embedded map below loads automatically and shows all SIR branches in â€˜cloudâ€™ clusters. Click on clusters for more detail. In many instances several branches meet at the same address, so the mapping program puts the right number of icons very close together. So close, in fact, that you must go to the highest enlargement (zooming in) to see the separate icons. Click on an icon to see some information about each branch. There are also options to see a full screen map or to search for the nearest branch Â to any address or city (below this embedded map). Remember that clusters of branches need max zoom-in to separate them.Â View SIR Branch locations in a full screen map Â Â 12/29/2010
Click here for the most recent Hotline dated February 2011 For copies of Hotlines from the previous 12 months, click below: January 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 September 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 May 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 January 2010 Note:Â You will need Adobe Reader toÂ view the newsletter.Â To download the latest free version, go to: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html 2/2/11
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2011 Big Sir Survey
If you want to know how to join Branch 8, or have a question not answered anywhere else, please leave a message via the form below and the web-master will forward it to the correct person. But please note that this comments form is not an alternative way to let the Attendance Secretary know you need miss a luncheon! If you need to leave that message Â please use the normal email address (SIRBR8hotline@hotmail.com), or phone number (925-901-4826), as they are each a more certain and direct route.
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