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Sons In Retirement San Juan Branch 102 Carmichael, California

Sons In Retirement Incorporated, or SIR, is a public benefit organization providing for the welfare of retired men from all walks of life who are pursuing a common goal, namely, the enjoyment of their later years with dignity and pride, by assisting these senior citizens to renew former friendships and associations and affording them an opportunity to make new friends through association with other retired men who also face the particular problems that confront men upon their retirement.

Branch 102 meets on the second Tuesday each month, at the Carmichael Elks Lodge 5631 Cypress Ave Carmichael CA . We have over 200 active members and our members organize many separate activities which are listed in the menu at the top menu bar under activities If there’s an activity you are interested in, and we don’t offer it, please let the Activity Coordinator know about it.

Membership: If you are interested in becoming a member, and don’t know any Sirs, please see the Membership page at the top menu bar. There you will find out who to contact to start the easy application process.

If you have a friend who is a SIR, he can start the process by simply inviting you to lunch.

We are a very friendly group of retired men, and we subscribe to the motto at the top of the page! Come and see who we are, then get involved in any of our wide choice of activities. Enjoy your retirement to the fullest!



2014 Big SIR: Don Whalen
At the August 12, 2014 Branch Executive Committee (BEC) meeting, a policy change was approved to convert our monthly voluntary Gold Pan collection to an annualized mandatory collection beginning with 2015. This $22.00 is just the amount you would have donated if you attended the luncheon each month. The services we provide are not based on the number attending the luncheon each month. Essentially the lunch cost pays for their lunch and the speaker’s lunch. All other expenses are paid from the money collected in the Gold Pan. As we average about 150 people each month and we have about 230 members, this means on average we have about 35% of the members not financially supporting the Branch. The financial Review Committee of Ben Chantry, Jeff Dye, Marty Owen, and Norm Steinbach thoroughly reviewed the Branch finances and determined the Gold Pan receipts were not enough to cover the expenditures. After studying various funding options, they determined the best solution, both financially and administratively, was to collect the $22.00 from every member prior to the beginning of the year. The Branch treasure will begin collecting the $22.00 at the October meeting. Those members who have not paid by 12/31/2014 will receive a reminder notice that their payment must be made prior to the January 13, 2015 meeting.
This is to provide sufficient time to update badge and membership records. Each year in August there will be a review of the Expenses
versus the Receipts to make any necessary adjustment. My prayer and hope is that each member will support the BEC decision and
continue to work to make Branch 102 the best branch it can be.
Don Whalen



2014 Little SIR: Dick Coleman

I hope you all enjoyed our August speaker, Emmett Spraktes. His narration of the films shown was very enlightening. I
apologize for the sound problems we had, the Elks club was delinquent in providing the projector in time for our meeting, and it subsequently led to our speaker having to forego recorded film sound and narrate the film. Because of the delays, the Elks have not charged us for the use of the projector & screen.
Our scheduled September speaker will be Robert Born, he will speak of his experiences on the FBI task force on terror. Sure to be an interesting presentation...
Don't forget to sign up for our new activities, (dining out, bocce ball). Let Tom Hennessey know of your interest in the dining out program.
Also, we have a date set aside for the Reno Snow Train trip!! Monday march 9, 2015, couples $185, singles $210. We always have a great time on these trips, so, reserve now!!!! Call me or email asap to reserve your space, first come, first served.
Thanx, Dick.


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