SIR Branch 37

Sons in Retirement
Auburn, California


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News from November 2018 Bulletin

Posted by sirbranch37 on October 16, 2018 at 9:00 PM

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It is World Series time. No matter which teams make it to the series, it is always a great Fall spectacle. A little baseball trivia: the average life span of a major league baseball is 5 to 7 pitches. During a typical game about 70 balls are used.

Don’t forget that our Branch will again have a float in the Auburn Vet-eran’s day parade. Contact Al Mattson if you are interested in participating.

This is an especially significant Veteran’s Day, because World War I ended 100 years ago on November 11th. It was originally called “Armistice Day”, cel-ebrating the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11the day of the 11th month of 1918. At the time they thought it was the “war to end all wars”. But, after the greater loss of life in World War II, President Eisenhower officially changed the name to “Veteran’s Day” in 1954, so we will never forget the ser-vice of our veterans.

If you have not done so already, be sure to get your tickets for the “Holiday Luncheon – Ladies Invited” at the November luncheon. You do not have to bring a lady to have great holiday cheer. More information is further on in this bulletin.

This month we enjoyed the spirit of Octoberfest, with Sauerbraten and Brats, and next month it is already time for turkey with all the fixings. The chef and his staff do a great job every month, but I especially enjoy No-vember and the December Holiday Luncheon.

Again, I really want to thank all of the volunteers who make our branch successful. They do many visible jobs: Activities Chairmen, Lunch-eon Tickets, Greeters, Humorist, Photographer, and many more. But there are also many Sirs who work behind the scenes to keep our branch function-ing: Auditors, Bulletin Editor, Membership, Treasurer, Webmaster, and many others. One person I want to acknowledge this month is Dave Bean, who has been the Database Administrator for over ten years. Dave maintains a spreadsheet with all the critical data about our members. Several other func-tions depend on that spreadsheet being accurate and up to date. His job is not visible to many members, but it is critical. Thanks Dave!

The next BEC meeting is Thursday, October 25th, at 8:30am, at the Original Mel’s Diner, 1730 Grass Valley High-way. Everyone is welcome to come to the BEC meetings. Any-one interested in seeing your BEC at work, come participate and enjoy breakfast with your fellow Sirs.

Your BIG SIR Bill Gray


Our SIR of the month of October is Rex Gouldthread, born June 21, 1941, in Richmond, CA, as an only child. Rex graduated from Ells High School in Richmond, in 1959, where he was on the baseball and swimming teams. He also attended Contra Costa College for two years, studying real estate and accounting.

Rex was a man of many careers. He joined the Navy for three years, in 1959, serving on the air-craft carrier Kearsearge as a visual communicator (signalman). His civilian jobs included: three years as a carpenter with the Oakland Union; twelve years with Lucky Stores as a meat cutter and part time driver (he managed the meat department in Moraga); 10 years hauling waste oil in a 200k truck to SoCal; 3 years as a self-employed contract driver, hauling a variety of items; assisted his wife for over two years with the two Merle Cosmetic Shops she owned in Pleasanton and Newark; drove for three years for ARCO; was a transfer man-ager for 5 years, shipping waste oil from Patterson to Signal Hill; drove for Beacon Oil for six months, until they then sold the trucking portion of the busi-ness; and was a terminal manager/driver for Williams Tank Lines for ten years. Whew!

He met his Lady Maralee, the sister of his landlord/friend during her visit to her brother. After two “No!’s to his marriage proposals, she said “Yes!” on a vacation together to Nevada and northern California. They were married in 1981: he having two sons and she having a daughter, from previous marriages. They have four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Rex joined SIRs in July, 2005, and current interests include golf, the Auburn ELKs, the card game “Hand-in Foot”, and tending bar. He bartends more than 15 times a month, serving SIRs Branch 79 and the many ELKs events.

After all of those years as a driver, he knowledgeably states the big-gest hazard of the job was the prompt knock on the door in rest areas, with the invite to “party”. He always declined.

It was a pleasure to present this profile of Rex.

Dave Wheatley, Profiler


Our November speaker will be Deputy Jason Welsh is the new Youth and Community Outreach (YCO) deputy. Deputy Welsh has been with Placer County Sheriff’s Department since 2017 after serving with the Sacramento Police Department for 12 years and serving in the USAF prior to his law enforcement career.

He will be discussing his work as a deputy, but also his work with robo-call elimination. We may find out how we can eliminate these pesky calls.

You do not want to miss this meeting.

Jim Maneggie, Program Chairman


Nov 1 Luncheon Meeting

Nov 10 Bulletin Material Due

Nov 25 Executive Board Meeting

8:30 am @ Original Mel’s Dinner, 1730 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn - All Sirs Welcome