Sons In Retirement San Juan Branch 102 Carmichael, Ca.

Sons In Retirement Incorporated, or SIR, is a public benefit organization providing for the welfare of retired men from all walks of life who are pursuing a common goal, namely, the enjoyment of their later years with dignity and pride, by assisting these senior citizens to renew former friendships and associations and affording them an opportunity to make new friends through association with other retired men who also face the particular problems that confront men upon their retirement.

SIR Branch 102 meets on the second Tuesday each month, at the Carmichael Elks Lodge 5631 Cypress Ave Carmichael CA . We have over 200 active members and our members organize many separate activities which are listed in the menu at the top menu bar under activities If there’s an activity you are interested in,  and we don’t offer it, please let the Activity Coordinator know about it. Membership: If you are interested in becoming a member, and don’t know any Sirs, please see the  Membership page at the top menu bar. There you will find out who to contact to start the easy application process. If you have a friend who is a SIR, he can start the  process by simply inviting you to lunch. We are a very friendly group of retired men, and we subscribe to the motto at the top of the page! Come and see who we are,  then get involved in any of our wide choice of activities. Enjoy your retirement to the fullest!

From The Big SIR

2016 Big SIR:  Jeff Dye

Hi Fellow Members,

Well, here we are into the Fall months again.  Halloween, dressing in layers, colder tee-times, wet grass and plugged balls on the fairways has made it more challenging but fun.  Many thanks go to our golf director, Don Kruse, and his helpers.  They've done a great job, as usual, in getting our tee-times worked out with the various courses in the area and getting our golf results posted in a timely fashion.  Max Kinsey, Don Wagner, Jim Reese and their workers are to be commended for their efforts in scheduling our out of town tournaments and with stuffing envelopes with prize money.  Please thank them all if you think of it.

I would like to thank my Little SIR, Norm Steinbach, for his support and in getting us some excellent speakers throughout the year.  I know that he will serve us well as Big SIR next year so lets give him all of the support that we can.  We still have challenges with maintaining and increasing our membership and filling various committees.

Don't forget the Christmas Party on Dec. 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Sierra View Country Club.  The ticket sales have gone well and if you haven't paid please bring your check books to the November luncheon.  Friends, neighbors and golf buddies are welcome so please get the word out as our sales will end soon.

As I mentioned in past emails and at the last luncheon we will be voting on two by-law changes at the November luncheon.  The first is changing Article X, amending the branch by-laws, which stated that by-laws were to be changed in December at the annual meeting.  We have no annual meeting in December so we want the amendment to reflect that we can change by-laws in any month of our choosing.

Second, has to do with dues.  In August of 2013, the State Standing Rule 44 was amended to read that we can collect dues or a suggested amount for voluntary contributions upon BEC approval.  We just need to change this by-law, Article II, number 4, to be in line with the State so a "yes" is what we want.  In the future we can refer to our gold pan as "dues" rather than a contribution.

As you know, my term as your Big SIR, is coming to an end.  It has been my honor and priviledge to have served you for the past 15 or 16 months.  It has been challenging but rewarding and I know that you'll support Norm when he steps in.  I would like to thank the BEC, my directors, honorary life members and committee chairmen for giving me valuable support and guidance as I transitioned into my position.  Beginning in 2017, I will serve as a director for 3 years and as membership chairman.

In closing, I just want to convey to you how much I value our Branch 102 and how important it is for us to support it.  Volunteering for positions, committees, etc. can be very rewarding and it really makes us function better.  Support the Branch and it will support you.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season and I hope to see all of you at the November 8th luncheon.



From The Little Sir

2016 Little SIR: Norm Steinbach

On November 8th Branch 102 had the last luncheon meeting of 2016.  We had no formal speaker for the meeting - we had our annual JOKE DAY and had a lot of laughs.

I have enjoyed being Little Sir this year and appreciate all of the help and support  the members gave me.  I hope that you enjoyed the speakers this year and know that John Ludington (2017 Little Sir) will do a geat job in getting the most interesting and enjoyable speakers for next year's luncheons.  If you know of anyone that would make a good speaker, please contact John.

I would like to thank all that served on the BEC his year with special thanks to Jeff Dye for leading us with a very fun and rewarding year

And now for a little humor:   

  • What do you call a kid who doesn't believe in Santa?  A rebel without a Claus. 
  • How many reindeer does it take o change a light bulb?  Eight!  One to screw in the light bulb and seven to hold Rudolph down.

Shirley and I are looking forward to the Christmas Party at Sierra View Country Club

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.