SIR group celebrates retirement

By: Gary A. Allen, Special to the Journal
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Sons In Retirement (SIR) is an organization based on the realization of the social nature of man and his desire for company of others, particularly those retired from gainful employment in commercial and professional life. The purpose of Sons In Retirement is to provide for retired men from all walks of life pursuing a common goal: the enjoyment of their later years with pride and dignity by assisting these senior citizens in renewing friendships and associations and affording them an opportunity to make new friends through association with other retired men who face the particular problems that confront men upon their retirement. The SIR slogan is: “Promoting the Independence and Dignity of Retirement.” Branch 79 meets for lunch monthly at the Elks Club in Auburn. There are no dues, initiation fees or assessments, other than normal voluntary contributions at each luncheon to cover expenses. The organization espouses no political party, religion or sect of any kind. Eligible men may be invited to join after attending at least one luncheon meeting and being introduced by the member who would sponsor him. Sir Golf, Bowling, Computer, Fishing, Travel and other meetings and events are available and occur on a regular basis. Skill levels range from beginners to champions, ask at the luncheons if you are interested. If you desire to form a new special events group, please attend an Executive Committee Meeting. Branch 79 is governed by 12 elected officers, including a Big Sir and a Little Sir. The Big Sir for year 2010 at Branch 79 will be Sir Earl Montgomery who was presented to the membership at a luncheon meeting by a nominating committee and elected by vote. Montgomery taught school for 35 years, has served as Commander of the American Legion Post No. 84, served as a volunteer with the Flying Doctors for 5 years and held many other positions in leadership. Backing Montgomery will be Little Sir Ken Hansen, whose background includes 37 years in Education where his duties included teaching, Coach and Principal. Sons In Retirement (SIR) thrives on active membership. If you qualify and are interested, contact Big Sir Earl Montgomery (530) 878-8809 and he will invite you as a guest to a monthly meeting.