One Man's Journey In SIR
has more life, family and work experiences than retirees. Their life shifts dramatically the day they
retire, but it should be viewed as an opportunity by them to “re-launch”
themselves into a whole new world unhindered by many of the responsibilities
that may have burdened them during their life in the work force.
The day of
retirement suddenly became a reality for me with the going away luncheon, the
speeches and the final handshakes from those in my organization. As I went
home, an emptiness soon set in. I
needed to begin a search for new horizons.
I discovered for retirees like myself was SIR – Sons In Retirement. Everyone should take at least one day of
doing nothing, but those days soon became boring. SIR membership is open to men like ourselves
regardless of age, race, national origin or religion.
Begun in 1958,
SIR has thousands of members and branches in most areas of Central and Northern
California. We have monthly luncheons
with interesting speakers and good fellowship.
Additionally, our members have lots of fun with a variety of activities
such as golf, fishing, bowling, card games and computers. Other activities like travel, dining, picnics
and holiday parties include our ladies and guests. In fact, we have eighteen choices and the
variety is increasing.
But there are
some things that we don't do at SIR! We
don't raise money, we don't have a political agenda. We don't have a religious orientation. We don't sell light bulbs or anything
else. We've paid our dues to the working
world – its time now for us to enjoy life.
And enjoy life
we truly do as members of Sons In Retirement.
Chapter 149 of
SIR is located in Napa, CA. With over
240 members, we know that life is much
more fun in our retirement when we are active.
And so we have re-launched ourselves and hope that others will join us.
Our primary goal today is to increase
the smiles and a continuation of a meaningful life for those around us.
still much tread left on our heels but
we need to get up and find meaning with each new day.
I have found a
new path and smiles for my continuing journey.
Sons In Retirement also has brought back smiles to my family who watch
me walk with a lighter step. I now have
new goals and I intend to continue my journey to catch that shooting star.
Welcome to Sons In Retirement!