Due to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the
Governor and state/local health departments have issued "Shelter-in-Place" (stay-at-home) orders.

With these orders, and seniors being at greatest risk,
ALL SIR sponsored events are cancelled until further notice.



GOLF with Branch 89

Branch 89 plays golf every Thursday at one of the local golf courses. The courses include Salinas Fairways, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey Pines, Crazy Horse Ranch, Carmel Valley Ranch, Pacific Grove, Spring Hills, Eagleridge and San Juan Oaks golf courses.

Mike Shuttleworth and Don Webster
Golf Committee

First tee time is usually around mid-morning. Our members are out to enjoy the day and have a good time together. The schedule includes several different formats that make interesting competitions during the year, such as: A) Play with 3 clubs and a putter; B) Forward tee week; and C) Two man scramble. Beginning in 2020 we will be playing as two flights on most dates. Flight A will be any player with an index of 0 to 19.9 and Flight B will be anyone with an index of 20.0 or higher.

The club is made up of members in good standing of Santa Lucia Branch 89 and on the Thursday following our monthly meeting/luncheon we have a points competition. It is similar to the FedEx points race on the PGA tour in that all participants receive points. The points are awarded as follows: 1st place = 500 points; 2nd place = 450; 3rd place = 400; 4th place = 350; 5th place = 300; 6th place = 250; 7th place = 200; 8th place = 175; 9th place = 150; 10th place = 125; 11th place = 100 and 12th place and higher = 75 points.

The member with the highest cumulative score at the end of November will be awarded the Santa Lucia Branch 89 Golf Club Championship trophy at the Christmas luncheon in December. We invite members of other branches to play with us but they will not be eligible to receive points and cannot win the championship trophy. Prospective members may also play as a guest two times before they are inducted into our fine organization."

2015 SIR State Scramble Champs


Gene Tonus, Bob Earl, Jim Brown, Al Bowman

December 5 – Laguna Seca 9:30 am GS
December 12 – Pacific Grove 9:30 am
December 19 – Salians Fairways – Christmas scramble



Download a printable Branch 89 schedule.
Download a printable Branch 89 fee list.

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Valley Center Bowl

Bowling Coordinator

Come on down to Valley Center Bowl on Friday mornings at 9:30 and bowel 3 games with a bunch of SIRs. It is a non-league atmosphere that promotes camaraderie and a little competition to boot.

The Friday morning bowling group is currently inactive. If you are intersted in coordinating bowling events contact SIR Branch 89 Big SIR.

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SIR Travel Opportunities

Send your brief trip information to Bob Spellman by the 25th of the month. Only trips of at least four days or more in length will be listed.

Bob Spellman

April 17-27, 2020 Holland River Cruise: R/T SFO to Amsterdam. 2 nights in Amsterdam pre-cruise. Its Tulip time in Holland. Visiting Delta Scenic Cruising, Ghent Antwerp & Rotterdam .Price includes, Home pickup, airfare, all meals on the ship are covered plus Comp wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks for lunch and dinner. Price range from $5095 to $6490 DO. For additional information contact Roy Newman #45 530 755-3713 or Talbot tours 800 662-9933

May 7-14, 2020 Holland Tulip Festival Tour. Includes R/T Air from SF and Bus Transportation. Visit Detroit, Holland, Michigan, Mackinac Island and Chicago. Tickets for the Festival included. Price $3365 pp DO. For additional information contact Bill Stires #143 209 544-2684 or

May 9 - 21, 2020. ·“THE PASSION PLAY IN OBERAMMERGAU, A once in a lifetime experience! ·This portrayal of the passion of Christ is only played out every ten years and has been continued by the cast of residents of Oberammergau since 1634. ·Tour highlights include MUNICH, PRAGUE, BRATISLAVA, BUDAPEST, VIENNA, DANUBE CRUISE, SALZBURG and the OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY. ·Yes, this tour is being announced early because the seating is limited and tickets sell out rapidly. ·Sponsored by Amador County Branch #96. ·For further details, please contact Lee Suess 209-296-2235·or Tom Rushing 209-772-3485

June 6-19, 2020 Grand Baltic Cruise: Ports of call, Denmark, Copenhagen, Bornholm, Poland, Gdansk, Sweden Visby, Stockholm, Latvia Riga, Estonia Tallinn, Russia, St Petersburg, Finland Helsinki. Trip extensions available to Copenhagen and/or Stockholm from $1295 each. We have 9 Sirs signed up already, but there is still room for more, if you act soon. 14 days from $8255, includes R/T air fare from Sacramento. 14 days from $6695 w/o air fare. Single supplement $1395. Please mention code GO-23630 when booking reservations & information call 800 955-1925 or or contact Sir 146 Travel Chairman Milt Smith or 925 285-2897 cell.

June 20-July 5, 2020 Alaska Cruise – Queen Elizabeth: Ports of Call Ketchikan, Juneau, Tracy Arm, Skagway, Icy Point Strait, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka and Victoria BC. Price range from $3495 to $5735 DO, Includes Home pickup, R/T Air Fare to Vancouver, BC, Porter Gratuities and NEW Airline Baggage FEE included. For additional information contact Roy Newman #45 530 755-3713 or Talbot tours 800 662-9933

June 26 – July 2, 2020: Spotlight on South Dakota – Fly to Rapid City, SD. Attractions include, Mount Rushmore, Custer State Park, Badlands, Wall Drugs, Crazy Horse Memorial, Deadwood and Devils Tower. Price includes R/T Air and Deluxe Motor Coach, plus 6 Breakfasts and Dinners. Price $2699 DO-$3349 SO. For additional information contact Werner Schlapfer #101 925 4453-8291 or

June 26 – July 10, 2020: Magical Rhine & Moselle River Cruise. Pre-trip 2 nights in Amsterdam, 7-Night River Cruise, Rhine River, Cologne, Moselle river, Cochem, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Mannheim, Speyer, Strasbourg, Zurich & Lucerne. 15 days in all. (Collette) R/T Air San Francisco, Air Taxes and Fees/surcharges, Hotel Transfers for groups of 10 or more and Gratuities. Includes 26 meals – 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 8 Dinners. Prices range from $6778 to $9878 PP DO. For additional information contact #101 Bill Britton 925 443-9913 or

July 11-20, 2020 Canadian Rockies by Train: 10 day tour, R/T Air SFO and deluxe Motor coach, featuring the Calgary Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper, Columbia Ice Fields and Vancouver, BC. Includes 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners. Price $6889 per person DO. For additional information contact Bill Rodman #38 408 274-4521 or Alan Patmore 408 867-4197

July 26-29, 2020 Pageant of the Masters (Laguna Arts Festival) Includes R/T air, Deluxe Motor coach, three nights Best Western Plus in Long Beach, Buffet breakfast each morning, Tour of Ronald Reagan library, Catalina Island Tour and Two dinners and much, much more .Price $1895 DO. Additional Single Supplement $395. For additional information contact Bill Stires 209 544-2684 cell 209 998-5445 or

August 18-31, 2020 Princess Cruise British Isles: 12 day Cruise, aboard the Regal Princess, including Air R/T from SFO. Ports of call Le Havre (Normandy), Guernsey, Cork, Ireland, overnight in Dublin, Ireland, Belfast, Glasgow, Invergordon, and Edinburgh, Scotland. Optional two night post-cruise Paris stay. Price Air $825 PP, subject to change until ticketed. Cruise price range from interior $3992 to Mini Suite $5657 PP DO For additional information, contact Chuck Wolf #58 707 477-3505 or

Aug 29-Sept 9, 2020 Top of Switzerland with Oberammergau: 11 day tour form Zurich to Munich. Includes pre-tour night in Zurich and post tour night in Munich. Places to visit Zurich, Affoltern, Interlanken, Brienz, Ballenberg, Lucerne, Innsbruck OBERAMMERGAU (PASSION PLAY) and Munich. Breakfast daily, some lunches and dinners provided. Price per person DO $4575, Airfare not included, but estimated to be $1200 per person available in October 2019.For additional information contact Bill Stires 209 544-2684 or Alamo World Travel 848 874-7800.

Sept 14-26, 2020 Imperial Splendors and Oberammergau: Tour includes Home pickup, round trip airfare, professional tour manager, 19 meals, 11 nights first-class hotel land transportation via private deluxe coach, admission to all activities indicated.· Tour highlights: Munich welcome dinner, visit the famous Hofbrauhaus, Prague Guided sightseeing·Hradcany Castle , Bratislava the capital of Slovakia, Budapest guided sightseeing, Danube cruise, Salzburg guided walking tour and special dinner at St. Peter Stiftskeller restaurant, Oberammergau Passion Play.· Cost $6,267 includes estimate-airfare. Larry Yarberry 925 890-9245

Sept 27 - Oct 3/2020: Princess 7 day Coastal Cruise. On the refurbished Princess Star (2017. Ports of call San Diego, Santa Barbara, Los Angles (Long Beach) and Ensenada. R/T from San Francisco Pier. Includes R/T transfers from Livermore to SF Pier, Drivers & Stevedore Tips, Taxes and Port Expenses ($210), Luggage Handling and a bottle of Wine per cabin and Cocktail Party. Price range from $1438 interior to Mini-Suite $2008 DO. For additional information contact Werner Schlapfer #101 925 4453-8291 or

Sept 28-Oct 6/2020 Crystal Cruise Quebec City to New York: Join Narsai David of KCBS fame: Ports of call Newport, Saint John-The bay of Fundy Bar Harbor, Boston, Cruising the St Lawrence. Includes the Beverage Package, Pre-paid gratuities and enrichment workshop classes. Book by December 31st and receive discount of $100 per person. Pay in full by December 31st and receive an additional 2.5% off cruise fare Price range form Ocean View $3683 to Penthouse $7283 DO. R/T Air is not included For additional information contact Tan Matosian #128 925 786-3960 or

Oct 4,-13/2020 Phoenix to Copper Canyon, Mexico. Visit San Carlos, Cruise on the Sea of Cortez, El Fuerte, Alamos, Posada Barrances , Chihuahua City and Guaymas Pearl Farm. Price includes Home Pickup, R/T Air, Motor Coach and Train and all meals. Travel through 86 Tunnels and over 37 trestles. $3025 DO-$3715 SO For additional information contact Roy Newman #45 530 755-3713 or Talbot Tours 800 662-9933

Nov 6-22/2020 NCL Panama Canal Cruise. Los Angeles to Miami. Ports of Call Cabo San Lucas, Puerta Vallarta, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Panama Canal scenic Cruising, Cartagena, Colombia, Santa Marta, Colombia, Oranjestad, Aruba then on to Miami. Price range $3350 Interior to $4625 Balcony DO. Includes, Air Fare, Home Pickup, Pre-Trip Orientation and Talbot tours Travel Gift. For additional information contact Lowell Terrell

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