Branch 8

Make Friends for Life

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Join Branch 8 and Make Friends for Life

  • Live an active life 

  • Participate in over 50 activities

  • Enjoy co-ed events with friends 

  • Expand your social network

  • Share your knowledge and expertise

You can experience these benefits, and more, by joining us at SIR Branch 8! Just click on the appropriate button below and we’ll do the rest!

Join us on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Concord Hilton Hotel where we enjoy lunch with a guest speaker and meet our Friends.

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Call us at 415-606-5556 and a friendly member will answer all your questions

Our Branch is run by our members for our members. We need volunteers to fill vacancies to keep the branch running smoothly. We post vacancies here, just click a link to see more information. Please consider the following opportunities. Training is provided.

Badge Assistant

Assist the Attendance Secretary by bringing and setting up the badge trays as part of our lunch-time logistics. Create, repair, and retire badges as needed. Reconcile lunch attendance via unused badges. Collect the badges and trays after the lunch, take them home and refile badges in trays.
Est. 7-8 hours / month.

Facility Setup Assistant

Work with the Hilton, Activity Chairmen, and the Attendance Secretary to ensure that the appropriate signage is in place for our luncheons within the main room and in the lobby. Check that the Hilton has provided the appropriate number of tables in the needed positions. Collect signage at the end of lunch. Consult with the Attendance Secretary for any special needs.  Est. 3-4 hours / month.

For more info contact:
Bill Peterson

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Bargain Bites – Activity 

Burmese bamboo plate, hand painted

Bargain Biters enjoyed a feast at Burma Unique in Walnut Creek on Tuesday, July 30. A similar-sized group also enjoyed their meal on Monday 29th. There were enough sign-ups to require 2 nights with 20 members plus their ladies each night. 

We were served a salad, 4 dinner dishes family-style, and a desert. My personal favorites were the mango chicken, the shrimp, and the pork curry. But I left enough room to taste 3 flavors of ice cream for dessert!

Bargain Bites leaders Ron Smith and Ron Maciak manage to find interesting (and unusual) places for us to dine. Several members said they would definitely go back there, and they would not have found this restaurant without our Sir activity. 

The plate pictured above is made from bamboo and is hand-painted, elegant traditional Burmese art.

More images can be found by Clicking Here then scrolling down to the first slideshow.

7/31/2019  dls

SIR Luncheon Speaker
Bio for Tom Barnidge

October 14, 2019

Before retiring in 2016 and joining SIR Branch 8, Tom Barnidge was a journalist for 46 years. He was the Metro Columnist for the Contra Costa Times.

Tom will speak with us about our print media and the state of the news business.

He was a sportswriter and columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, managing editor of The Sporting News and executive editor of the National Football League’s Publishing Division before coming to Walnut Creek in 2004 to become sports editor of Contra Costa Times.

He left sports journalism in 2009 to fill the newspaper’s need for a metro news columnist. During his seven years in that position, he observed, analyzed and offered opinions about life in the East Bay in a column that appeared in the local news section three times a week.

He commented on topics as diverse as local government, telephone scams, the fire district, BART labor negotiations, high-speed rail and the effectiveness of government agencies. He says it was a welcome change from writing about pitching rotations and zone defenses.

9/11/19 SES





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