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Next Event Thur. June 13th 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.


An Area 5 Group Activities list showing the activities for all three SIR branches and contact names is shown on the attached file.

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: June 13th: Meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, salad, strawberry shortcake

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. Wizard of Oz                                                        June 20 
  2. Cabaret                                                                October 17
  3. Grease                                                                  November 21
  4. 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):

 Why We Are Here: The Mission of SIR is to improve the lives of our members through fun activities and events – while making friends for life

Membership:  We received two new membership application in May from Jim Ollmann and Gerald Erath.  Welcome gentlemen to Sierra SIR Branch 77.  A reminder to all members that you get a free lunch for every two new members you get to join.   

Activities:  The SIR state organization is sponsoring a Baseball outing on October 25 at 1:00 pm at the Oakland Coliseum section 106.  It’s the Battle of the Bay with the A’s vs. the Giants.  Tickets are $52 and SIR’s organization has 60 tickets reserved.  Ticket availability closes on June 1st so contact me if you want signup information

Mother’s Day Dinner:  We once again were delighted with the Elks Lodge decorations and fantastic dining experience from Deno and his team.  We also owe a big thank you to the Hemplers.  Ranee created the beautiful rose centerpiece and quilted doily for each table that one lucky person at each table got to take home.  And, Craig gets another big thanks for managing the ticket sales and will-call process.  This was the 2nd year that branch 77 had a ladies hat event and it was once again sensational.  Most of the ladies also participated in the hat contest and the winners were:
1st place award Cheryl Reich 2 tickets for the Branch 77 Christmas Dinner 
2nd place award Marge Nath 2 tickets for the Branch 77 Summer BBQ
3rd place award Darlene Ruybalid bottle of wine

LITTLE SIR Denny Hembrey (532-1639)

Here it is June with half of the year gone. I hope it finds you all well. The speaker for June is the Director of Area 12 on aging. She will be able to answer your questions on supplemental health insurance, and other programs you might be interested in.

I hope you all had a good time at the Mother’s day luncheon. Dino did another great job with the food and the hat contest was a lot of fun. Please let the Big Sir or myself know if you are interested in becoming a board member or Little Sir. As you all know this is a volunteer organization and it only exists because of volunteers. Believe me, if I can pull it off so can you and it can be a lot of fun.


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.