SIR Branch 37

Sons in Retirement
Auburn, California


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News from February 2019 Bulletin

Posted by sirbranch37 on January 22, 2018 at 7:45 PM

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Happy New Year to all! While we got off to a bit of a slow start: the speaker and humorist were no shows, the lunch was plentiful and good, and Tom Bowen made a valiant attempt at humor (thanks Tom). Eugene (Smitty) Smith was remembered in the invocation. He was our long time Song Leader, and I don’t think I will ever forget his lead in to “God Bless America”. It was the original lead in that was sung by Kate Smith, in 1940. She had asked Ir-ving Berlin to write the song for her, as a means to cheer up Americans dur-ing a time of depression in our country and war in Europe, and it was first performed on her radio show.

Les Brenno was the $50 winner of the first (and maybe last) “Heads or Tails” Challenge. (Note: the money did not come from the SIRs treasury).

Another key part of the meeting was the start of our membership drive for 2019. Pete Politi has attached green smiley faces on the badges of all new members in 2018. Yellow faces will be placed on the new members in 2019. Please welcome these new members. In addition, members who spon-sored new members in 2018 will have a green star, and in 2019, a yellow star on their badges. Let’s see a lot of smiley faces and stars in the next few months!! Thanks to Kent MacDonald and Sam Frazier who brought guests Bart Petrini and Al Lombardo, respectively, to the January luncheon.

For those who had trouble reading my member solicitation chart, the following are the basics (see pg.2). Each of us have a number of sources to find new member candidates: retirees from former businesses, church mem-bers, members of other clubs or gyms, neighbors, card groups, husbands of our spouse’s friends. On a piece of paper, please list the above sources and come up with the name of at least one good prospect under as many as pos-sible. Then invite them to a luncheon, or to an activity such a dine out, bocce ball, golf, fishing, computers, poker, etc. Historically, 90% of new members come from the luncheons or activities. Please make new mem-bers one of your “New Year’s Resolutions”.

Best wishes to all for a “Happy and Healthy New Year”.

Your 2019 BIG SIR Dave Wheatley


Our SIR of the month of January is Frank Nissen Jr., born May 27, 1943, in Chicago, IL. He has one older sister, currently living in Applegate. The family moved to Auburn when Frank was two years old. He graduated from Placer HS in 1961, where he was a member of the science and creative writing clubs, and was the illustrator for the Year Book sev-eral years. As you will see, he started on his life’s work at an early age. He also worked summers at Champ’s restaurant, the location of which is now the off ramp from I80 at Nevada Street.

Frank then attended The Art Center College of Design, located in Los Angeles, graduating in 1969. From 1963 to 1966, his education was inter-rupted by a 3 year stint in the Army, where he was with the Signal Corps and stationed in Paris. He illustrated and developed audiovisual aids for presenta-tions used by the “Brass”. He then spent one year in L.A. working on Navy training films, working for a former Disney manager. He then spent 25 years in Toronto, Canada, working in film animation. While he had limited job experi-ence; his first employer later told him he was hired because he would meet the deadlines.

In 1996, he went to work for Disney, helped by a recommendation from a former Toronto colleague. Frank worked there for 15 years, as a “story per-son”; working with directors, taking stories and turning the words into picture boards (similar to comic strips). He worked on Tarzan, Dinosaur, and many other films. He retired in 2010, and moved back to Auburn. He joined branch 79 of SIRs in 2011 and recently transferred to branch 37.

His current interests center around illustrating and writing (what a sur-prise!), and he is more than half way through writing a three volume book (trilogy), told from a 14 year old boy’s view, coming West for the 1850 Califor-nia gold rush. He is also working on an anthology of profiles of Gold Rush fig-ures including our very own “Rattlesnake Dick” who met his end in what is now the Raley’s parking lot at I-80 and Foresthill.

I am very pleased to announce that Frank will be our new profiler, and is certainly well qualified. His advice is “Keep being curious”.

It was a pleasure to present this profile of Frank.

Dave Wheatley, Profiler


The speakers for the February luncheon will be Officer Dan Lewis, pilot and Sgt. Dunkin Jensen, commanding officer of the Auburn Highway Patrol helicopter squadron.

The subjects will include participation in the Camp Fire, automotive speed, and some good stories. This should be a very interesting presentation!

Looking forward to your attendance.

Jim Maneggie, Program Chairman


Feb 7 Luncheon Meeting

Feb 10 Bulletin Material Due

Feb 28 Executive Board Meeting

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


Gumbo & Creole Chicken