May 25, 2012 > Enjoy retirement with SIR
Enjoy retirement with SIR
By Bill Leake
Photos By John Skarpelos
Sons In Retirement (SIR) Branch 59, representing the Tri-City area, had their annual Sweetheart Luncheon at the Newark Pavilion on May 17th. Theme of the event was "Summertime Fiesta."
At this event, members and invited guests (wives, friends, significant others, etc.) were entertained during the social hour by Trio Sol de America Mariachi Band and, after lunch, by El Ballet Folklorico de James Logan High School, under the direction of Jaime Huertas, who is their counselor, teacher, and founder. This group was just reviewed recently in the Tri City Voice.
Sons In Retirement is a nonprofit public benefit corporation for retired men. SIR Branch 59 is one of over 100 SIR branches located throughout Northern California. The Branch 59 group represents the Tri-City area and meets at noon on the third Thursday of each month at the Newark Pavilion. Every meeting features a guest speaker from the local community. Speakers have included college professors, police officers, retired SF Giants and 49er players, and even the editor of TCV.
Twice a year SIR opens its meeting to spouses - the May meeting is the Sweetheart Luncheon and the December meeting is the Holiday Luncheon. The goal of Branch 59 and all other SIR branches throughout Northern California is to provide an avenue for men to have fun in their retirement years, including golf, bowling, walking, computer club, sports, bridge, reading, and many other activities.
Two of the more popular activities are bowling and golf. For bowling, members bowl once a week and host 20 tournaments a year, traveling as far as Reno. Some branches allow women to join them in bowling. For golf, SIR Branch 59 is NCGA certified, play weekly at Sunol, and have state tournaments seven times a year. SIR Branch 59 is part of the state SIR golf group and has its own website that provides information on rules and tournaments (www.sirstategolf.com). The golfers travel to Reno, Las Vegas, Solvang, and the Monterey area for tournaments under a variety of formats including scramble, individual play and two-man best ball. For the state golf tournaments, ladies (with NCGA handicaps) have a separate tournament as well, always a scramble format. The average handicap for SIR golfer's state wide is mid-20s.
SIR branch 59 is always looking for new members. If interested, visit the SIR website www.sirinc.org or call (877) 747-9066