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Welcome!                  Let’s Capture the Humor of SIR Branch 8!          





Why SIRtire? The word SIRtire is derived from the word satire. The difference: SIRtire conveys only a positive, uniquely jocular, situation; satire has no such restriction.

Noun

  • An image of an ordinary event that is altered to seem important.
  • Images showing everyday activity in which human folly and silliness are paramount.
  • A masterful conception* comprising such occurrences so as to bring its attention to the discerning SIR.
  • *Often employing SIRcasm.

Current QuipQuestionsObservations
Bargain BitesWelcome to Branch “8”LuncheonFollow the MoneyLadies Day LuncheonAcknowledgements
Disclaimer

SIR has a long and distinguished history. But for me, SIR history started when I joined Branch 8.
And I am determined to discover what makes Branch 8 the shining example that is! In short, I am determined to answer:

The Question:

Why is Branch 8 the best SIR branch?

“So join me in my journey through Branch 8 to discover its bestness.”

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The Current Quip

I have seen the truth and it makes no sense.

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Questions

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I uncovered a whole set of restrictions

The group is non-profit. They don’t raise money, they don’t have a political agenda, they don’t have a religious orientation, and they don’t sell light bulbs or anything else.

Now that I think about it, this is good!

So what happens if I join Branch 8?
What is there to do?

As it turns out, anything I want.

As was described to me at induction, when you join SIR Branch 8, you join a level playing field. If you don’t see what you want, you can do something about it!

There are important questions I found myself pondering before becoming a SIR:

  • Where did the bird come from? I mean, who uses a Rooster as a mascot? Where do they meet, in a barnyard?
  • There are monthly luncheons for all the members. 359 members – who can eat lunch in a stadium?
  • There are speakers at these luncheons. Right, booooring!
  • And what do members do with themselves when they’re not eating lunch?
  • They also maintain a Rogues Gallery which they say is composed of members. Right, then why does everyone have a number under his head? And what does “MD” stand for anyway?

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Resolving Questions/Making Observations:

So my question is:

Why the Rooster?

And my answer is: “Because they are tasty!”

A Bargain Bites Dinner

Dedicated members search the local restaurants and provide an opportunity to have a meal at bargain price.



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Welcome

I won’t say there were trepidations at my first luncheon because I don’t know what trepidation means. First thing that happens; you are welcomed by the “Greeters of the Month.”
A minor but effective way to say hello to many members. I was concerned about meeting 329 people at my first luncheon; that’s big pressure unless you’re real good with names. I mean my sister, what’s her name, has always encouraged me to learn names.


Click for a better image view.

I got to the “welcome” area just outside the luncheon location, and I realized I needn’t have worried. SIR Branch 8 seems to have everything thought out.
A bit dramatic, maybe, but well thought out. At this point they give you your nametag, you know like in grade school, so after a quick look at a lapel or shirt pocket, you know with whom you are speaking. And no regimentation; first come first seated is the way it works.
So, I get to meet different people at each luncheon and can take my time learning their names. A small id card reserves my place while I explore the current month’s activities or hobbies in the lobby.

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Elegant Eating

I decided to arrive early for my first luncheon so I could see how things really progressed. Would they be able handle the enormous influx of SIRs? Okay, it’s a huge luncheon room but you can get lost in a big arena. I wondered how are you going to hear or see presentations? I got there just as they were setting up and testing a projector to support the visuals by members and guest speakers. Then I heard a microphone and speaker system being tested.

The image they were displaying on the screen looked very familiar. In fact it appeared to be the very image at which I was looking. To verify this, I walked closer to the image on the screen which you can do by clicking the image on the screen.



Wow! I was right! The image I was looking at was the very same image at which I was looking…(Huh?)

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Funding

SIR Branch 8 appears to be well organized, efficient and incredibly diverse. But, in order to run an organization this effectively without sales or promotions, you need money, right? So I began searching to find out how the branch is funded.

I was told money is raised mostly from modest member dues and monthly luncheons. I found this difficult to believe until I located the cash round-up that occurs prior to each luncheon:



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A Ladies Day Luncheon

A semi-annual luncheon? Sounds reasonable. But what’s the big deal?

Well as it turns out, members very much enjoy sharing their partners at this wonderful twice-a-year dining experience with all of SIR — like the cool dude in the center of this photo.

ALERT!. Waldo is in this image.
If you don’t see him, move the cursor over the image to Find Waldo

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Acknowledgements

These Web pages would not have been possible without:

  • The Superior Sponsorship of Stan Johnson
  • The “Bob Barnes Buoyant Bocce Bowlers”
  • Support and encouragement from Ron Smith, Richard Bal as well as Don Atwater, Rod and Mary Ann Spicer, and David Bushnel
  • Pre Review by Michael Long
  • Hotline Support of Dan Weller
  • Humor and Photogenic qualities exhibited by Erland Persson, and
  • Thoughtful help and expertise of Derek Southern.

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Disclaimer:

NOTE: I have looked at these pages using various Web browsers. For the most part they look as I intended. However, not all browsers are alike, so if the pages do not look as you would expect, ignore it or try a different browser.
I conduct most of my Internet activity using Firefox. Following is a comparison of browsers displaying this home page:
However, there are some blank vertical spaces I don’t intend, but I will keep researching it until I get rid of them.

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