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BIG SIR Dennis Hembrey (532-1639)

Here is a letter I received from our SIR State President:

March 15, 2020

To: State Board Members, State Activity Chairmen, Area Governors, Big and Little SIR

Re: Coronavirus and COVID-19

By a unanimous decision of the SIR State Board, It has been decided to postpone all SIR activities, luncheons and events until further notice inaccordance with Governmental and Health Advisories. Inform your members accordingly as immediately as practicable.

This may be a fluid situation, but at this time we feel we have no alternative to taking this action. We will keep you informed as further direction develops.

Should you have any questions, please contact your Regional Director or me.


Ed Benson, SIR State President

Not to alarm anyone but without a Big Sir there is not a branch and without a Little SIR this year there will not be a Big Sir next year. At least that is the way I understand it. Someone please step up so we will have a branch next year.


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. 

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.  2020 Schedule to be determined

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


MEMBERSHIP (Donald Ronalter 984-9383) Oversees addresses for the newsletter, whether email or postal. 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. 

NEWSLETTER (Ed Fernandez 559-2186)  The deadline for input to the newsletter is the 18th of each month.

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.


Greg Thompson has passed away