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Then arrange to come to one of our monthly luncheon and start meeting new friends! If you’re coming to us through the Internet, we’re assuming that you don’t know any of our Branch 8 members who would host and guide you. Don’t worry, we have a process in place to take care of that – here’s all you need to do:
Contact Member Relations Committee (MRC) Chairman, Tony de Losada either by email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (510-566-2661). If you are not contacted within 3 days, please send a new message using this website’s contact form under “Contact us”, as I could be on vacation!
I will contact you to get an idea of your interests, then assign a volunteer host who will call to introduce himself, and invite you to our next luncheon, held on the second Monday of the month (except June and December) at the Concord Hilton Hotel. Together, you will set a time and a place to meet, your volunteer host will also make a luncheon reservation for you. At the luncheon, he will take you to the Lunch Ticket Table where you may make your luncheon payment of $25.00 (as of 6/10/2016) by check or cash only, and provide you with a badge and an important Guest Package with full information about our branch and a membership application.
Your host will also introduce you to other members available who either lead or participate in those activities you would like to consider joining and/or had similar work experience with. You’ll then join him at one of the luncheon tables for the meal and the monthly program. At the conclusion of the luncheon, we’ll ask you to stay after lunch, a few minutes, to fill out a comment form, providing us feedback on your SIR visit experience, as we constantly strive to improve our branch procedures.
By the end of the luncheon, you may already know that you want to join. If so, you can ask your host to be your sponsor, complete the application and turn it in to Bob Barnes, our Membership Secretary or, if more convenient at the time, directly to your sponsor. Although many of our guests submit their application at their first visit, it is not a requirement. We would be pleased to learn of your decision within thirty (30) days, however, if you wish to attend another luncheon as a guest, please advise your host, he will make a reservation for you and schedule a repeat of the pre-described process.
Once your application is properly submitted and acknowledged, you may participate in any of our 51 or more activities while waiting to be nominated for membership at a Branch Executive Committee (BEC) meeting. Once the BEC has accepted your nomination, you are welcomed as an active member. The entire process usually takes less than three months, depending on scheduling times. Your sponsor will continue to assist and guide you for the next 6 months. Full, detailed information, which should answer most of your questions, will be found in the previously mentioned Guest Package. We suggest you read its contents in its entirety.
I hope that you decide to attend one of our meetings as a guest, elect to submit a membership application and become an active member. We confidently feel that you will find SIR is a GREAT organization, one which can fill your social and friendship needs beyond your, or your wife or partner’s, expectations. We encourage early Activity participation, and we will gladly mentor and guide the establishment of a New Activity if your favorite activity is not available.
SIR Branch 8 has long recognized the absolute importance of membership volunteers, we see them as the life blood of our branch; we simply would not be as strong, nor as vital, as we are today, without our valued volunteers! In recognizing this, of course, we welcome and encourage all new members, to “JOIN US & JOIN IN” by volunteering for any activity or position that suits your vision! You do not have to wait to be a valued volunteer, tell us, and we will get you there! We truly feel Branch 8 is the BEST because of the support from our Branch 8 Volunteers!
Join us, and enjoy an active and socially fulfilling retirement.
Tony de Losada
Member Relations Committee Chairman