Seven folks showed up for our Thursday, 12/22, SIR Pickleball Open Play this morning!   It was lots of fun and the weather was great!  

Even though most of us are still beginners, the more experienced players on the courts were welcoming, inclusive, friendly, and gladly offered some patient coaching pointers for us.     

Our SIR buddies who came out this morning were:  Tom Lathrop, Rich Peterson, Duane Deonigi, and Bernie Theobald.   Three ladies also came out to play with us----Bonnie Lathrop, daughter Carly, and Gail Barbieri.  They were able, challenging, and fun competitors with the promise of some serious pickleball game as they become seasoned players.  Watch out guys!

We are next scheduled with our SIR pickleball open play next Thursday,
12/29.  Come on out to join us if you can!  Register on the Meet Up smart
phone app and let everyone know you're coming!

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas, Everyone!

SIR BernieT

Local SIR Branch announces its 2016 Golf Champions

Our Sons in Retirement Branch #19 just announced the winners of our 2016 Golf Championship series and our separate Match Play competition.  The series is an annual handicap flighted golf tournament with each player combining the two lowest net NCGA scores posted across three designated rounds.  The Championship event was played at Lone Tree Golf Course in Antioch; the Match Play program was a separate multi-laddered lowest net tournament played on a variety of East Bay courses throughout the year.  Jerry Burton, our branch #19’s golf program director, crowned this year’s winners at a special SIR luncheon at Guadalajara Grill in Concord.  Each winner also received a special commemorative golf bag towel to proudly display.   

The 2016 SIR #19 golf winners are:

Match Play Champion – Jerry Burton

A Flight Champion – Bill Hockenson

B Flight Champion – John Fernando

C Flight Champion – John Hayes

D Flight Champion – Jack Jagoda 

Pictured above from left to right:  Jerry Burton, Match Play Champion; Jack Jagoda, D Flight Champion; John Hayes, C Flight Champion; John Fernando, B Flight Champion; Bill Hockenson, A Flight Champion
Pictured above from left to right: Jerry Burton, Match Play Champion; Jack Jagoda, D Flight Champion; John Hayes, C Flight Champion; John Fernando, B Flight Champion; Bill Hockenson, A Flight Champion

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SIR Pickleball Open Play-11-10-2016

And a good time on the Willow Pass pickleball courts was enjoyed by everyone this morning!  Eight folks attended our SIR open play this morning—and every one of us played a few games and had a great time!  No one sat on the sidelines and newbies are always welcome to be part of our newest sporting activity.

Come on out next week and join in the fun and exercise that pickleball can give!   Bring your spouse, too if you can!   It’s a great game to enjoy solo or with your significant other!

Paddles and balls are available at the court office at no charge.  Court time is also free.

Remember to also download and then register with the new Meet Up smartphonne app to help reserve your open play slot and help us track our SIR sign-up activity.   Just go to www.meetup.com to get started.


Pickleball Activity


Seven of us in our SIR branch just kicked off our new Pickleball activity at
the new courts at Willow Pass Park in Concord. Despite the “iffy” weather
that morning several brave souls were able to finish up the day’s pickleball
lesson and get in several games on the courts before the rain started.

Our branch’s new pickleball open play takes place every Thursday morning at
the Willow Pass Courts in Concord from 10am – Noon. Any interested SIR
members (and spouses) can attend.

All participants are also encouraged to download the “Meet Up” app on their
smart phones to register for open play and also be able to see who else will
be playing that day.

For the time being paddles and balls are available for use at no cost at the
Willow Pass Pickleball Court’s manager’s office in the park. Court usage is
also free.

Beginner pickleball lesson packages are also available at a reasonable cost
from qualified pickleball instructors.

Come on out and enjoy one of the fastest growing senior sports in the
country today!

Bernie Theobald


Activities-Haight Ashbury Walking Tour

Members of our SIR John Muir Branch #19, recently spent an enjoyable day trip to San Francisco’s eclectic Haight Ashbury neighborhood.  This unique and enjoyable trip was organized to recall and commemorate the 1967 Summer of Love.  Seventeen folks—including husbands and wives—commuted from the East Bay into the city to partake in a unique and interesting flashback walking tour of the Haight.  The focus was on the cultural impact and music coming out of San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury community during that late 1960’s era.  The two-hour walking tour included stops at the former residences of Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, the Jefferson Airplane, the Diggers community firehouse, and the Panhandle.  SIR members and their wives also had the opportunity to see and learn about the colorful history of the “painted ladies”.  These are some of the beautiful Victorian homes that have become an integral part of the neighborhood.  The seminal Haight Ashbury community is yet another interesting example of one of the many different neighborhoods that help comprise the unique fabric of the Bay Area.

img_0527In front of The Grateful Dead house in the Haight.  Pictured from Left to right are:

Gayle Duncan, Elaine Stephenson, Jack Duncan, Jim Garcia, Bobbi Silberman, Barry Silberman, Lorraine Ruppert, John Fernando, tour guide Kurt Weitzmann, Tom Ruppert, Mike Krawesky, Bill Stephenson, Connie Krawesky, Michelle Barnaba, Jack Barnaba, Hilda Luke, Nelson Luke, Bernie Theobald


Submitted by Bernie Theobald, Day Trip and Publicity Chair

Sir Branch #19


8-Ball Pool Event

SIR #19 members recently spent an fun afternoon playing a “King of the Hill” 8-Ball tournament at the Cue and Brew Billiard Parlor in Martinez, CA.   A good time was had by all who attended!!!


Campo di Bocce event

SIR Branch #19 just hosted a pre-season Bocce Tournament for its members at Campo di Bocce in Livermore.  Twenty-four men, including newbies and seasoned bocce veterans, competed in this indoor competitive event held before the bocce season starts this Spring.  Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a delicious three course pasta feed in the bocce facilities integrated Italian Restaurant.  The Branch’s bocce chair, John Fernando, created the tournament rules.  Four six-person teams were led by their respective Captains: Dennis Barbieri John Fernando, Jim Garcia, and Tom Lathrop. The tournament ladder had two tiers.  Barbieri’s team won the overall event in a tight second match against Garcia’s team.  Fernando’s and Lathrop’s teams competed in the conciliation game. 

Sons in Retirement (SIR) Branch #19 is a Concord/Clayton based social club for retired men of all ages.  The Branch meets monthly for lunch at Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton.  A guest speaker is also featured.  The club also hosts a variety of sporting and recreational activities.  These include bocce, bowling, golf, dine-outs with spouses, and interesting day trips around the Bay Area.  Membership is free.  New members are welcome.  For information contact the SIR Hot Line at 925-338-1996 or email Bruce Persons at: brucep@astound.net.    

img_0846Pic #1.) In the attached group pictured from left to right:  John Rubiales, Don Weimann, Chuck Morones, Duane Deonigi, Jim Garcia, Nelson Luke, Roy Priest, Casey Campbell, Bernie Theobald, Jerry Burton, Ken Peterson, Jack Barnaba, John Fernando, Dennis Barbieri, Tom Lathrop, Dwayne Williams, Gary Kaufman, Brian Mulligan, Jim Willey, Alex Poulos, Ken Kuhn, Louie Audas, Bill Stephenson, Ted Dobbs.

img_0827-1Pic #2.)  Duane Deonigi rolls his bocce ball while Jim Garcia, Jack Barnaba, Roy Priest, and Ken Peterson watch.

Clayton based SIRs dominate Regional Scramble Tournament!

SIR 19 2016 Scramble State Qualifiers[Left to Right: Bruce Persons, Rich Peterson, Larry Kolano, Jim Garcia, Bernie Theobald, Steve Hanson, Dennis Barbieri, Rob Crabaugh, Duane Deonigi]

The Clayton based Branch of the Sons in Retirement Golf Team dominated the annual SIR Area 2 Qualifying Golf Scramble Tournament held at Deer Ridge this past week. Of the twenty-four (24) 4-man competing teams from multiple branches in the East Bay the Clayton based SIR Teams placed first, second, third, fifth, sixth, seventh, and tenth place respectively. The Team members and their finishing places were:

1st. Place     Dennis Barbieri, Bernie Theobald, Jim Garcia, Steve Hanson
2nd. Place    Art Owens, Bruce Persons, Larry Kolano, Rich Peterson
3rd. Place     Duane Deonigi, Tom Lathrop, Jeff Paccassi, Rob Crabaugh
5th. Place     John Linster, John Moriana, Roy Priest, Ron Gagliardi
6th. Place     Bill Hockenson, Gregg Moore, Jim Martin, Eldon Harwood
7th. Place     Dave Welch, John VanDeVeer, Jerry Burton, George Vogt
10th Place    John Millar, Mike Thompson, John Hayes, Leonard Nicholas

The top two teams above are guaranteed a spot in the SIR State Championship Tournament to be held at the NCGA Poppy Ridge Golf Club in August.