This month’s input is random thoughts. First. At the February meeting, our Little Sir had a misunderstanding about collecting the badges for the wine drawing. The bags for collecting the badges are put at the end of the tables and are not to be forwarded for collecting badges until the speaker is finished. I instituted this procedure to show courtesy to the speaker.
Second. I apologize for not announcing that reservations for the Beale AFB trip were being taken. This is a great trip to see some of the latest unclassified technology the AF has to offer. I know from past experience that Joe Virga and Bob Baker put on a good trip. In talking with Joe I understand the signups were few at the last meeting. Please help me in correcting my oversight and signup at the March meeting. I would hate to see the trip cancelled. Remember, you can invite your friends and ladies as long as 51% of the people are SIR members. (Not only Branch 102).
Third item. Earlier I mentioned having random seating every four months. My feedback indicated this was not one of you favorite things. Okay, I won’t try the random seating every four months, but will still try to do it at the November Joke program. I am a strong believer that the SIR meetings should be a place to socialize and meet and talk with people other than the ones we worked with, golf with, bowl with, drink with, etc. Expand your circle of friends. You might find someone you like better than your old cronies.
Fourth item. We seem to be having trouble getting lunch finished before it is time for the speaker. We are having about 175 people at our luncheon.
This has increased the time it takes to get through the buffet line and finish eating before the speaker starts. We are also having more input from Committee Chairmen. I would like to have our meetings from 11:30 to 1:00. I plan to bring this up at the March BEC meeting. Please plan on the meeting starting at 11:30.
Last item. Membership is good but not great. You would think with 238 members we would have a going Branch; however, to meet the SIR State requirement for a going branch we should be growing at a 10% rate. This is necessary to offset the losses thru resignations, deaths, and members going on inactive status. The requirements for being a SIR our minimal. You have to attend the meetings. (There are various critera for missing) You should donate to the Gold Pan; however; this is not mandatory. It is how we pay the administrative cost Even if you don’t eat you should give to the Gold Pan Well, that is my random thoughts for this month. Please let me know of any concerns. My phone number and email address our in the directory. Don Whalen