2018-01 BEC Meeting Minutes

Executive Board Meeting
SIR Branch 19
January 4, 2018

Sir Ken Kuhn called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. A quorum was present.

ATTENDANCE: Sir’s in attendance were: K. Kuhn, J. Carl Sr., R. Peterson, D. Requa, D. Diamond, G. Vogt, J. Burton, J. Fernando, J. Fair, J. Wolfe, R. Crabaugh, A. Owens, J. Barnaba, L. Kolano, and B Persons.

MINUTES: The Executive Board Meeting minutes from November 2017 were approved.

TREASURE’S REPORT: Sir Diamond reported that total funds in the branch account are $4,035.75, with an additional $559.59 in the bowling account and $3,728.00 in the golf account. That brings us to a total for the branch of $8,123.34. Sir Diamond reported that we were down about $827.00 in the general account for the year. But that should be made up this year as the luncheon cost are being increased to $25.00 starting with today’s luncheon.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Sir Crabaugh reported that our total membership this month is 131. We had two member resign last month, Joe Lettieri and Jeff Adame which brought us down to 129 members. Median age for the branch is 74. We have five guests invited to today’s luncheon. No new members are being initiated today.

ATTENDANCE REPORT: Sir Fair reported we had 22 excused call in’s for today’s luncheon. There were 94 meals ordered plus 6 more for guests and dining tables ordered totaled 13.

Sir Kuhn first reported that the financial auditors for 2018 are Sir Bill Schoonover and Sir Steve Hansen. They were then both confirmed by the BEC as our 2018 auditors.

Activities for 2018 were listed by Sir Kuhn. They included monthly luncheons, holiday luncheon, golf 18 hole, golf 9 hole, bocce, coed bocce, bowling, hiking, discussing ancient technology and engineering (D.A.T.E.), pickleball, dine around, wine tasting, bingo, picnic, day trips, travel, fishing, computers and financial investing. There was a motion to accept these as our branch activities for 2018 which was approved by the BEC.

The Oakhurst luncheon agreement for 2018 was completed and a copy was passed on to the branch Secretary. The contract was executed at 2017 rates.

Sir Kuhn raised the issue of signature authority for Treasurer/Signers on branch checks. He proposed that the BEC authorize check signers for Oakhurst bills be without two signatures. Also all other checks over $500 would have the two signatures. After some discussion the motion was passed by the BEC.

Sir Kuhn then talked about his goals for the branch in 2018. The first goal was that all members would enjoy retirement and make friends for life. The second was that we could finish 2018 with one more member than we started with. The third was that we would make a concerted effort to identify our future branch leaders and to work with them so they can step up into branch leadership positions. The final 2018 goal is to recognize the accomplishments of our branch members including the sponsoring of new members.

The distribution of the branch SIR license plate covers were then discussed. It was decided that the current BEC members should receive one. Also sponsors of new members should get them going forward. A motion was entered to do the above and it was approved by the BEC.

Sir Kuhn had wallet cards for the branch printed and he passed them out to our board members. Also the box of the cards would be put out at the sign-in table so members could also take them.

The revised branch Orientation Guide for new members was discussed and everyone had positive things to say about it. Sir Crabaugh will be the keeper of the guide and if anyone has changes or updates to it let him know. Also the possibility of giving it to existing members for reinforcement of branch rules/procedures was discussed.

Little SIR REPORT: Sir Carl:

This month’s scheduled luncheon speaker had to cancel due to illness. Sir Dorsett’s son has agreed to be our speaker today along with an other leader from the ‘Feet First’ group that helps rescue abused children. The ‘Feet First’ group is located in Martinez. February’s luncheon will have Dave Penn from the SS Red Oak Victory. The SS Red Oak Victory is the last surviving vessel of 747 ships of all types built at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards during World War II. She continues to serve today as a museum ship and is located in the Richmond harbor.


Sir Weimann will speak at the luncheon as there is a dining around in January.

No other activities chairman asked to speak at today’s luncheon.

New Business:


The meeting was adjourned at 10:55.