Branch 19 Receives SIR State President’s Success Award


The local Clayton/Concord Sons In Retirement branch (SIR) recently received a special SIR State President’s Success Award to recognize the branch’s management, notable 2016 growth and active membership engagement.  This special Award was bestowed at the branch’s monthly luncheon at Oakhurst Country Club.  The Clayton/Concord SIR branch has 130 members.  Most members of SIR are active retired men with disposable income.  Throughout any given month, the members participate in a variety of group social events and sporting activities.  These activities are local, ongoing, and typical include golf, bowling, bocce ball, restaurant dine out events and day trips with spouses, plus monthly member lunches.  Local small businesses in our area are selected as the venues for these outings.  As a result, SIR members continue to actively contribute to the economic vitality of the East Bay thru SIR’s patronage of our small business community.  For more information about SIR and how to get involved contact Bruce Persons at: or go to the website:       

Picture attached of members of the branch’s Executive Committee.  From left to right:

Bernie Theobald, John Carl, Bruce Persons, Jack Barnaba, Ken Peterson, Art Owen

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