SIR Branch 37

Sons in Retirement
Auburn, California


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News from May 2018 Bulletin

Posted by sirbranch37 on April 23, 2018 at 7:15 PM

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The mission of SIR is to improve the lives of our members through fun activities and events, while making friends for life.

We are regularly asking you to invite potential new members to our luncheons as guests. This is a great way to recruit new members, because they get a chance to experience the companionship we share. They meet members, have a good lunch, learn about our activities, and hear an excel-lent speaker. Often our guests submit applications the same day.

Another approach is to lead with the activities. Many new members join specifically for the activities. If you know a golfer or someone who might like boccie, invite them to join you. It is a smaller group setting and it may be easier to talk, meet other Sirs, and enjoy the experience.

Either way of introducing potential members to SIR is effective and acceptable. And we do not suggest you bring friends to join SIR just to grow the membership. We do it because we know the mission of SIR is real, it does improve the lives of members, and we want to invite everyone to make friends for life. I’ll bet Branch 37 has had a positive effect on your life, so do your part to share us with your friends and neighbors. They will thank you for it. As usual, the food and the socializing and the humor and the speak-ers have been great. Our luncheon attendance is up, and that can lead to some issues. One is that people at the back tables have had problems hear-ing the proceedings. The Elks recently installed new speakers and the sound system was much better at the April Luncheon. Several people mentioned that it helped tremendously. Another issue is parking. The spaces up near the building and the handicapped spaces fill quickly. If you need those spaces, we recommend that you arrive extra early. And if you are mobile and do not need those spac-es, we ask that you park further down the hill and help your fellow Sirs who need accommodation. One other note, we do not want to lose the friendship of Sirs just be-cause they cannot drive to the luncheon. If there are any Sirs who need a ride to keep attending the luncheons, please let me know and we will try to find a way to get you to the meeting. The next BEC meeting is Thurs-day, April 26th at 8:30am, at the Sierra Grill Smokehouse, 2515 Grass Valley Highway. Everyone is welcome to come to the BEC meetings The next Luncheon is May 3rd. I hope to see you all there.

Your BIG SIR Bill Gray


Our SIR of the Month of April is Jack Cary. He was born August 20, 1934 in Goodland, Kansas, the middle of three chil-dren. After the family moved to California, he attend-ed Calistoga High School, participating in football as a guard and quarterback. He then attended Cabrillo College and Sacramento State.

He was a member of the Naval Reserves for 38 years, serving primarily with a unit in Sacramento, and doing his annual deployment at Pearl Harbor. He retired as a Senior Chief.

His civilian work career began with Bank of America in Santa Rosa, as a vault teller, serving business depositors. After 4 years, Jack went to work for the Department of Motor Vehicles as an ex-aminer. Over the 39 years with the DMV, Jack worked in Ventura and Vallejo, but primarily at South Lake Tahoe (17 years) and Capi-tola (20 years), where he was the branch manager in both. In South Lake Ta-hoe, he was a member of Toastmasters, President of the Optimist Club, and a member of the School and Fire Boards. His last posting was as legislative ana-lyst, reporting to the Director on the effect of new legislation on the DMV’s op-erations.

He met his Lady Pat in St. Helena, while attending a family Christmas celebration. They were married in 1953, and have celebrated 64 years of mar-riage. They have two children: a son and a daughter, and twin grandchildren.

He joined SIRS in 2008. His retirement activities include 9 holes of golf twice a week, SIRs poker, and travel, including 5 river cruises and visits to Australia and China. He also attempts to get out and work in the yard daily, and swims when the weather permits. His advice is to “Keep Walking”.

It was a pleasure to present this profile of Jack.

Dave Wheatley, Profiler


The May speaker will be Steve Cameriti Principal of Placer High School, He is a 20 year veteran of the educational system and the last 7 years As Principal. With the present rash of school disturbances the job has Become very different from the time most of us attended. He will discuss the new problems he faces. This has become a very difficult job.

He is married to a Placer alum and has 4 children one a sophomore at Placer.

Jim Maneggie, Program Chairman


May 3 Luncheon Meeting

May 10 Bulletin Material Due

May 31 Executive Board Meeting

8:30 am @ Sierra Grill Smokehouse. All Sirs Welcome