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,
Limited GOLF activities have resumed.
Contact Mike Shuttleworth or Don Webster for details.



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.

Vic Lanini

European Travel Ban

Effective 1 July 2020, the European Union (EU) will implement a travel ban from the U.S. and several other countries deemed too risky because of poorly contained coronavirus outbreaks.

It is probably not prudent to be planning travel, unless you are sure you can be safe. Some cruise lines are booking trips; I encourage you to use a travel agent if you are planning to travel.

The 27 member countries of the EU are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.


SIR State Travel Activity for 2021

July 7, 2020

To: SIR Travel Chairmen
Re: SIR State Travel Appointments

Fellow SIR Leaders,

State Travel Chairman Tom Molinari and I are pleased to announce the staffing of the SIR State Travel Activity for 2021.

Milt Smith, Travel Chairman of Branch 146 in Walnut Creek has stepped up to accept the State Travel Chairman role. Milt has been the Branch 146 Travel Chairman since 2016, and has done an excellent job. He will also continue in that role.

In addition, Don Murray has accepted the role of Assistant State Travel Chairman – Forms. Don will handle the collection and review of all travel-related forms, and he will publish the Monthly SIR Travel Opportunities List. Don has been the Travel Chairman of Branch 116 since 2017, and he is being familiarized with his new role by Tom.

Please welcome Milt and Don into their new roles.

Ed Benson, SIR State President Tom Molinari, Sir State Travel Chairman


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

Dec 30/2020-Jan 3/2021 New Years in Palm Springs: At the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Resort. For 5 days!! Tour includes Home pickup, R/T Air to Ontario, all breakfasts and two dinners and Gala New Year’s Eve Party with cocktails, dinner and live band and much, much more. Daily tours included, Hollywood Movie Locations Aerial Tram and Living Desert Zoo. Price range $2495 DO to $3065 SO. For additional information contact Joe Salamida Br# 54 408 767-2838 or Archie Belogolovsky 408 253-3956 or Talbot Tours 800 662-9933

Feb 8-23/2021 Panama Canal aboard Emerald Princess: Board in San Francisco, Air from Fort Lauderdale, FL Home pickup Pre Trip Orientation. Ports of Call Cabo San Lucas, Jan Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Fuerte Amador, Panama and Cartagena. Colombia. Price range from $3335 Interior to $4170 Balcony DO. SO slightly higher. For additional information contact contact Roy Newman #45 530 755-3713 or Talbot Tours 800 662-9933

April 22-May9/2021 Adriatic and Aegean Princes Cruise: 14 day cruise. Ports of call, Italy, Greece, Sicily, Turkey and Spain. Sailing from Rome to Barcelona. Includes, if booked by 2/25/2020. Premier Beverage Package, Unlimited Wi-Fi , Pre-Paid Gratuities and One night Pre & Post Cruise night Hotel Stay. Price range from $4450 Interior to $5750 Mini Suite Per-Person DO. For additional information contact Bill Stires 209 544-2684 or cell 209 998-5445 or

May 2-10/2021 Columbia River Cruise: Aboard the American Empress. 7 night cruise from Clarkston, WA to Vancouver, WA. Includes Home pick up, R/T Air Pre-cruise stay in Spokane WA (includes Breakfast) Complimentary shore excursion, plus beer and wine with dinners. Price range $4170 to $4565 DO. $6245 to $6840 SO For Additional Information contact John Pletsch #32

July 11-19, 2021 Canadian Rockies by Train: Featuring the Calgary Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier and Vancouver BC. Includes 7 Breakfast, 1 Lunch and 4 Dinners. R/T air from SFO. Travel by Collette. Cost $6880 DO, SO slightly higher. For additional information contact Bill Rodman #38 408 274-4521 or Alan Patmore 408 867-4197

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