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Next Event Thur. Sept. 12th 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: Roast Beef, potatoes, peas, salad, and dessert

PINOCHLE: 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 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. Cabaret                                                                October 17
  2. Grease                                                                  November 21
  3. 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 77 Donald Ronalter (984-9383)

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

URGENT Luncheon Attendance. We have been losing money on our last few luncheon meetings because of poor attendance. Between the catering costs and facilities cost we
break-even at 68 members. We realize that a lot of other activities occur during the summer months, but please make every effort to attend the monthly meetings as it cost us if you don’t

Membership: We added 3 new members in July: Cecil Steen, Raymond Bailey and William Holman. Please welcome them in our next luncheon.
A reminder to all members that you get a free lunch for every two new members you get to join this year.

Branch 77 Picnic Review: Our Branch 77 annual picnic this year was a fantastic event. First of all the weather could not have been better (that is not always the case in Soulsbyville). The Moose Club grounds have been upgraded nicely so a big thanks to them. I only heard great things about the food so let’s considering using Dickies Catering again next year.

We presented Jan Harris with a Hawaiian Shirt (like he doesn’t have enough of them already) for his previous 8+ years of being our Branch 77 BBQ Pit Master…Thank You for your service.

Ed Boddington did another sensational job this year on the raffle. He got over 45 donations from local merchants and business ranging from $10 to $200. We made over $500 this year and thank you again Mr. Boddington.

Mel Slife as agreed to be our new Branch 77 Chaplin replacing Phil Jones who has moved out of the area

LITTLE SIR Denny Hembrey (532-1639)

Hello brother SIR. Here we are with only 132 days left this year. My how time flies. It sounds like all who went to the picnic had a good time. Sorry I missed it but moved a granddaughter to Colorado. This months speaker will be the Tuolumne County DA so be thinking of any questions you might have for her. She always has good information for us. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the monthly 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)  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.