SIERRA SIR BRANCH #77 APRIL NEWSLETTER The deadline for newsletter input is the 18th of each month.

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Next Event Thur. April 11th at the Elks Lodge

SIERRA SIR Branch #77 usually meets at the Sonora Elks Lodge on the second Thursday of the month unless notified otherwise. Board meets at 10:00, Happy hour 11:00, and lunch at noon. Regular lunch price $15. If you cannot attend a regular luncheon, have a guest to bring, or want to request a vegetarian plate, please call 510-981-4610 and leave a message for Membership Chairman Paul Shell.


GOLF:  Managed by SIR Branch 136.  Kent Kirkland ( is our SIR Branch 77 liaison.  

HIKING:  (Mike Clay 588-1345)  A group from SIR 77, SIR 172 , and SIR 136 do a day hike of moderate difficulty, generally between 10 and 12 miles.  Hikes take place every Friday throughout the year and are usually somewhere along the 108 corridor. Our website provides more details. 

LUNCH: April 11th: Swiss steak, potatoes, green beans, salad, sherbert

PINOCHLE: (Bert Kronnick 586-7726)  The pinochle group meets at the Senior Center on Greenly Road next to the Library in Sonora.  We play every Monday from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Some of us eat breakfast or lunch together at 12:00 pm until 1:00 pm sharp when the playing begins. We are always looking for more SIR members to join us.  Call Bert or Jerry Morrison (605-2090) if you have questions.

THEATER:  Twain Harte Branch 172 has invited our members and wives or partners to participate in their Sierra Rep Theater (SRT) activity.  They attend matinees of six plays a year at steep ticket price discounts.  Here is the 2019 schedule and dates:

  1. Route 66                                                              April 18
  2. Wizard of Oz                                                        June 20 
  3. Cabaret                                                                October 17
  4. Grease                                                                  November 21
  5. The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical      December 19

You may pick and choose among the plays, attend none, or attend all.  If you are interested, please phone Sprague Edwards at 586-2818 at Branch 172 so you can be added to their email list and get advance notice when it is time to sign up for a play.  

OTHER: Among other available activities are: travel, horseshoes, biking, kayaking, and fishing.  Call George Kellerman at 533-9083 for current status.


BIG SIR Donald Ronalter (984-9383):

Activities: We reviewed the activities survey you completed in January in our last meeting and the most requested items were: Poker 10 members, Golf 18 Holes 9 Members, Beer Tasting 6 Members, Antique Cars 5 Members, and Cribbage 5 Members. We will be coordinating the results with the other local SIR Branches and get back to you. Thank you for your interest

Branch Audit Reports: We submitted our annual Branch Financial Audit to SIR headquarters and a big thank you to our Branch Treasure Jim Stanger

Branch Assessment Reports: In our May luncheon meeting we reviewed the Branch Assessment Report we submitted to SIR headquarters. We scored very well with 0 High Risk categories, 4 Moderate Risk categories and 3 Low Risk categories. The assessment reveals that we have a very strong and very loyal membership thanks to all of you

May Mother’s Day Dinner: Our annual Branch 77 Mother’s Day dinner is again at the Elks Lodge on Thursday May 9th. The tickets are on sale at our April membership luncheon and are $24 per person with a menu selections of Steak, Prime Rib, or Salmon. There is a Cash Bar at 3:00 pm and the Dinner starts at 4:00 pm with wine provided at each table. All ladies are invited to decorate and wear a festive hat and back by popular demand we will host another ladies hat contest.

Thank you,

Big Sir”

LITTLE SIR Denny Hembrey (532-1639) “The speaker for the month will be a member of the Cal Fire Air Assault Unit stationed at Columbia Airport. They will speak about their part of the fire effort here in CA. along with some of their training along with that we will schedule visit to their hangers so we can get a look at the aircraft used in the job.

Tickets will be available at the April meeting for the Mothers day luncheon please let your wives or girlfriends know that we will be having the best hat contest if the they would like to participate should be a good time for all. Looking forward to seeing you all at the April meeting.”


NEWSLETTER (Ed Fernandez 559-2186)  Addresses for the newsletter, whether email or postal, are maintained by Membership Chairman Paul Shell (677-3441).  Anyone who is not receiving a newsletter may have incorrect information on file.  The newsletter contains important information, so we are anxious to ensure that you receive your copy.  Please let Paul know if you are not receiving yours.

PROPANE (Craig Hempler 588-1096)  If you are unfamiliar with our propane program or have questions about it, please contact Craig.

WEBSITE Steve Burrows (533-3248)

FELLOWSHIP (Program Director Ed Boddington 536-1777 and Chaplain Phil Jones 586-0597)  If you know of another SIR who has died, is sick, injured or in need of a little cheer, give Ed Boddington a call with the details.  Ed will send him or his family an appropriate card right away.