Explore and Eat: Alcatraz Island Tour

Date: Thursday, August 21st: 1:00 PM Tour
Depart from Pier 33, Embar­cadero
Duration: Two and one-​​half Hour Tour

Tickets !! Please contact Ron Woods ASAP if you plan to come. I have reserved a very limited block of tickets at the senior rate of $36.25 per ticket.

Ron Woods. 925–930-9194 email: shepwoods@​comcast.​net

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Brunch with Branch 8

In the event you missed the announcement in the July HOTLINE, SIR Branch 8, Dine Out is again having a Sunday Cham­pagne Brunch at Crow Canyon Country Club on July 27th.
All are invited to enjoy a great morning with their fellow SIR members and their guests.
Dave  Perkins  (925) 256‑9569    snikrepj@​aol.​com needs to hear from you by July 21
For com­plete details

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A request from the SACHe chairman

Calling all Sir Members who have unique col­lec­tions of items drawn from any number of special interests to join together to exhibit and discuss with other members your special interests.  So, you numis­ma­tists, phi­lat­e­lists, and other hob­byists that are into col­lecting inter­esting items are invited to join in for an exhi­bition at our July lun­cheon meeting.

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Your chance to help with LDL

After 6 years of ded­i­cated service on our Ladies Day Lun­cheon com­mittee Bernie Rosner has decided to retire. He was one of the key players in our group and his con­tri­bu­tions will be greatly missed.

We are now seeking a replacement for him to assist with the orga­ni­zation of the reser­vation appli­ca­tions, assigning the tables, and collect the checks. The applicant must have some knowledge of Excell spread sheet. The work can be done on your home com­puter and is limited to the two months before each of our two lun­cheons. There are only a couple of meetings per year and no reports to write. Bernie has gra­ciously offered to assist with your training.

If inter­ested give me a call. Jack Waddell 932 5664

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BBQ report

Br8 BBQ-154111 Sunday was cold, Monday was colder and windier, and EC Ed was so nervous that he was calling his Catholic friends and asking them to say Hail Mary’s and light candles.  Well, it worked; Tuesday, our BBQ day was perfect.  The wind died; prayer worked and the 120 Sir BBQ attendees and spouses/​partners enjoyed a fine afternoon and evening. Pic­tures from this great social activity are posted on the BBQ Activity page.

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July 1: Dine Out with Single Sirs

Single Sirs Dine Out is a group of SIRS who like to get out of the house once in a while and share a good meal and some lively con­ver­sation. Each month, one of us acts as host, chooses a restaurant in the area and arranges for a table for the group, usually about ten. Patrick Alexander (372‑8119) will host our Tuesday July 1st dinner at the The China Wall Buffet in the Park @Shop Center, 1673 Willow Pass Rd. Concord. Located between the Burlington Coat Factory and the Goodwill Store.  Come join us.   Con­tinue reading

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New Sir Fitness Circuits planned

The next Sir Fitness Circuit 6-​​week class starts on May 21st and ends on July 2nd.   There are still a few slots available, so give me (Phil Trapp) a call if you’d like more infor­mation. In addition, three more ses­sions are scheduled for:

  • July 16 – August 18
  • August 27 – October 6
  • October 13 – November 17

We meet on Monday and Wednesdays from 2:00–3:00pm in downtown Walnut Creek.

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Which pages on this site are most visited?

As of April 18 Google Ana­lytics reports that in the last 30 days there were 2023 visits to the Branch 8 website, with 7093 pages viewed. There are more than 100 pages on the site,  the data below shows ~90% of the views come from the top 10 pages (or ~10% of the available pages).

Another way to view this data is to recognise that
90% of the pages account for only 10% of our readership.

This is a familiar pattern for several years, so I have rec­om­mended to the MRC that the Hotline be regarded as the source of  current activity news. We will post a general statement about each activity on the website, but it will not be updated monthly. Any activity chair can take respon­si­bility for posting news on their web page, current examples are the 18 hole golf and astronomy groups.  Let me know if you are inter­ested in main­taining your own page. The website also allows any activity chair to post a number of pic­tures or videos of activ­ities, and youtube links make it pos­sible to share inter­esting infor­mation. The astronomy page shows how effective this can be.

For reminders of activ­ities that occur early in the month an announcement can be placed on this front page, just send your request to the webmaster.

Top 10 Pages (by number of views)
Golf sign up — 3,305 Views  (47% of total views)
Front page — 2172  (30% of total views)
Download Hotline monthly — 434 Views  (6%)
Astronomy — 102 Views (1.4%)

<84.4% of all views occur on the top 4 pages: the next 6 pages add ~6%>

18 Hole Golf — 94 Views
Couples Golf — 87 Views
Branch 8 tour­na­ments — 71 Views
Ladies Day Lun­cheon — 57
Cal­endar of events — 51
Members picture gallery — 45

4/​19/​2014 Derek Southern, webmaster

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mid-​​month golf update

It looks like our golfers are starting to tune up from Winter time. The fol­lowing accom­plish­ments were done too late to appear in the April Hotline and to be included in May it will all be history. We had four golfers that shot their age in March. On March 14 Scott Graff shot a 76 and Jack Stack an 85. On March 24 Mike Bar­rington shot a 73. Of interest, Mike’s True Per­for­mance was 195% of his potential! Now who will be the first to reach 200% . Some­thing to shoot for. Also on March 24 Jack Stack shot an 85 AGAIN! That deserves at least on Atta Boy.  Con­tinue reading

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The 3 updates for the April Hotline

Stan Johnson had two reports updated: a report on the MRC and his Report about the Nom­i­nating Com­mittee. The third piece was from Ed Benson regarding Bargain Wines, with the latest ‘Best Buys’ from that group.

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