SIERRA SIR BRANCH #77 JANUARY NEWSLETTER                                    

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Next Event Thur. Jan 10th 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 and Attendance Chairman Paul Shell. 

LUNCH MENU: Sirloin tips, noodles, carrots, salad, pudding

OUTGOING BIG SIR (George Kellerman 533-9083):   “Our Christmas Party was terrific!  The Elks created a beautiful venue. Dave Courtney’s wife Kathy played lovely violin music during cocktail hour and Summerville High School/Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy’s Jazz@8 presented a fabulous a cappella Christmas concert to start off our dinner.  Dino’s meals were delicious.  Lots of laughter, fun, and fellowship made the evening a great success.

I would especially like to recognize Treasurer Mel Slife, Secretary Felix Ledbetter, Directors Ron Leedy and Dick Berry and Membership Chair Ron Sisco for their outstanding contributions to our branch over many years.  All retire from their positions at the end of 2018.  It has been a great honor for me to serve as your Big Sir for 2018.  Thank you to so many who have helped make it a banner year with 18 new members, fine parties and programs, and good fun.   Incoming Big Sir Donald Ronalter and his excellent leadership team are ready to make 2019 even better!”

NEW BIG SIR Donald Ronalter (984-9383):  “Best SIR77 Christmas Party Ever!  We want to thank the Elks Club for doing another fantastic job decorating the hall.  Big SIR George came through again scheduling the live music that was a festive way to start the evening.  And, Chef Dino and team served up another 5 star dining event for us.  

Because of rising costs the Elks Club has increased their facility fee.  Our monthly lunch fee increased by one dollar and in January will be $15.00.  Our annual SIR77 dues will be collected starring in January.  The treasure Jim Stenger will personally collect the $20.00 at the meetings

The 2019 SIR77 team is looking forward to the new-year with a few new faces on the roster:  Denny Hembrey is our new Little SIR, Jim Stenger is the new Treasure, Mike Clay is the new Secretary, and Dick Mitchell is a new Director.  We will be adding one more Directory early in the year so please let us know if you are interested.  

It is my privilege, and an honor to be your Big SIR next year.  One of the Little SIR’s jobs is to learn what is need to be the Big SIR the following year.  The entire Branch Executive Committee (BEC) was a wealth of knowledge and I also learned a lot from the former Big SIRs.  The one person that has tutored me the most, and I most grateful to, is Big SIR George.  He not only lead by example but coached me is countless ways on what how to run a successful branch.  Thank you George!”


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.  You may pick and choose among the plays, attend none, or attend all.  If you are interested, please phone George Kellerman at 533-9083.

GOLF:  Managed by SIR Branch 136.  Kent Kirkland 532-3425; 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 and are usually somewhere along the 108 corridor. Our website provides more details.

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. 

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

MEMBERSHIP  Anyone who is having difficulty making meetings for health, age or care giving reasons should not resign from the club before contacting Paul Shell at 677-3441 or Donald Ronalter (984-9383)

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 Mike Clay (588-1345) is currently helping Steve Burrows (533-3248) to become the new webmaster.

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

We’re sad to report that two of our long-time members passed away earlier this month.  Ed Soares, our eldest member, passed away at the age of 96.  Buddy Dormoy passed away after months of battling to recover from extensive heart surgery.  Both will be greatly missed.  A Celebration of Life for Ed will be held at  1:00 pm on Sunday, January 6th at the Elks Lodge. Buddy’s wife Nancy says a celebration of his life will be held this Spring.   We’ll try to inform you when plans are set.