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SIR BRANCH - 128

SAN RAMON VALLEY

Recognition

 
SIR Branch 128 makes a special effort to recognize and celebrate members who have made significant contributions to our organization by conferring special awards and recognizing their branch milestones.
 
Some awards are conferred by the SIR State organization such as Honorary Life Member status, Distinguished Service Awards and Senior/Super Senior designations. Branch 128 also have our own special recognition awards including the Above and Beyond Award given quarterly, the I'm Doing My Part Award and Certificates of Appreciation for luncheon speakers and others who have made special contributions to our branch. We also recognizes all Members who are celebrating a 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30-year membership anniversary milestone.
 
 
Our Recognition Chairman, Bob Maddox, is charged with the responsibility of keeping track and informing the BEC of upcoming milestones and awards to be conferred on our members. Most awards are presented at our luncheons and included in our monthly ROOSTER newsletter and on our web site.
 
Please contact Bob if you are aware of any member who has done exceptional work for the branch, so they can be properly recognized for their efforts. You can reach Bob at: bbmaddox2@yahoo.com
 
 
 

Nomination Form

 
 
Do you know someone in our Branch worthy of special recognition? If so, please select the link below to download a copy of our Recognition Nomination Form. Completed forms should be send to Bob Maddox (bbmaddox2@yahoo.com).
 

Special Branch Recognition

Our branch received the prestigious Area Governor's Branch Award
 
 
Presented to our Branch Leadership at SIR State Meeting on Aug 20, 2019

Honorary Life Members

SIR 128 Honorary Life Members:
 
 
 
 
Joe Santone Receiving the Honorary Life Member Award in December 2023
 
 
 
Frank Wnuk receiving his Honorary Life Member award in Feburary 2023
 
 
Big Sir Michael Garcia and SIR President Dave Gonzales present Frank with his Honorary Life Member award plaque while Frank's wife, Monica, looks on. 
 
 


Congratulations to Joe Rivello, awarded Honorary Life Member status in Oct, 2019
Joe has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 2007 and has served our branch in many capacities. A former Big Sir, Joe has also been a prime contributor to the success of our branch through his relentless recruiting efforts, his chairmanship of our annual Ladies Day Luncheon (2018-19), his continuing efforts on our branch Nominating Committee, and involvement in activity groups such as the Tuesday 18-hole golf group and others. 
Joe is pictured receiving the award at our October 2019 luncheon meeting with his wife Angela.


 
Dan Poulin awarded HLM status in April, 2019
Dan has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 2009 and has served our branch in many capacities. A former BEC member serving as Secretary and Director from 2012 - 2017, Dan led efforts to build a new branch web site in 2013 which he continues to expand and maintain with members of a admin team he leads. He  has also provided administrative support for major branch events such as the Holiday Dinner/Dance Party and Ladies Day Luncheons. Dan has been an activity leader for several groups (Tuesday 18-hole golf & Fantasy Football) and assumed responsibility for the branch NCGA membership as chairman in 2016. He has also assumed responsibility for providing technical assistance for video presentations at our monthly luncheons and creating a pre-luncheon slide show that keeps members informed on branch news, events, and interest items. 
Dan is pictured receiving the award at our April 2019 luncheon meeting with his wife Chris, flanked to the left by fellow HLM Bill Buhl and to to the right with HLMs Ernie Fierro and Bill Olmo.


 
Ernie Fierro awarded HLM status in 2017
Ernie has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 2009 and has served our branch in many capacities. A former Big Sir in 2015, Ernie has also been a prime contributor to the success of our branch with his efforts to transition our monthly luncheons from the San Ramon Golf  Club to The Bridges in 2017. He was instrumental in getting the new venue up and running and continually worked to refine the experience for our members. He continues to lend his skills to the BEC as an advisor  and special project lead, as well as, a member of the branch Nominating Committee.
Ernie Fierro and wife Theresa listening to Big Sir Ed Benson comments as he presents Ernie with his Honorary Life Member award as Big Sir Bob Turner looks on.


 
Jim Kaiser awarded HLM status in 2016
Jim has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 1993 making him our longest tenured member! He has served our branch in many capacities. A former BEC secretary/assistant secretary from 2003-2008 and as the branch Finance Leader from 2008-2012. Jim continues to serve as our ROOSTER newsletter editor since 2006. Over the years, Jim has been an active participant in the Book Club, Bridge, Poker, Dine-Out activities.
Jim Kaiser and his wife Dottie during HLM presentation ceremony


 
Bill Buhl awarded HLM Status in 2014
Bill has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 1999 and has served our branch in many capacities. A former Big Sir and BEC advisor (2008-2009), he continued to lend his skills to the BEC as an advisor, and up until recently, as a member of the branch Nominating Committee. Bill was actively involved in planning and staging our Annual Holiday Dinner/Dance event from 2002-2006. He has also been a prime contributor either as an activity leader, assistant leader or participant in the Cycling in Hiking groups.  
Bill receiving HLM award by SIR Area Governor


 
Bill Olmo awarded HLM status in 2009
and SENIOR HLM status in 2019
 
Bill has been a member of SIR Branch 128 since 1996. He served as Big Sir in 2006, and as a BEC advisor over the years. With his IBM background, he created the branch technology activity group which has recently been re-designated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Until his retirement as lead for this group, he organized presentations covering all facets of technology for the group. He also is a member of the 9-Hole golf group. 
 
 
 

Distinguished Service Award

Distinguished Service Award is the second highest honor a branch member can receive.  This is a new award, established by the SIR State Board in August of 2022. SIR Branch 128 awarded our first members in 2023.  
 
The award is a acknowledged with certificate and a silver lapel pin, presented by Big Sir at our monthly Luncheon.

 
 
 
 
 
           
Bob Denison
           
Jan 2024            
             
Greg Grebe Bob Turner Howard Truman Randy Wong Alex Moir Danny Basso Robert Caviglia
Nov 2023 Nov 2023 Nov 2023 Nov 2023 Nov 2023 Nov 2023 Oct 2023
Al Huddock Jim Quon Jerald Cerri Bob Denison Bob Lyons Michael Garcia John Noll
Oct 2023 Oct 2023 Oct 2023 Oct 2023 Oct 2023 Oct 2023 October 2023
           
      John Kent      
      Oct 2023      

Certificate of Appreciation

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Others Certificates of Appreciation To Follow...


 
Other members in the past have been recognized for their contributions to the branch.
Here is a listing of those members with the year of the recognition:
Bob Denison (2015)
Dick Steineke (2012)
Bill Ryan (2012)
Bill Lennon (2012)
Joe Rivello (2011)
Ed Del Rio (2010)
Bob Kerner (2010)
Gary Desser (2010)
Bob Denison (2010)
Al Hudock (2010)
Jim Kaiser (2010)
Len Course (2009)
Jim Quon (2010)
Bill Olmo (2005)

"Above and Beyond" Awards

 
   
Carl Yoshizada Oskar Nadjari    
October 2023 March 2024    
 
Randy Wong Earl Schremp Joe Santone Howard Stoddard
September 2022 October 2022 March 2023 September 2023
 
Mike Costello Jim Burke Michael Lee Alex Moir
February 2022 May 2022 June 2022 July 2022
 
 
Michael Lee Alex Moir Ron Haveman Alan Schoeder
June 2021 August 2021 September 2021 November 2021
 
Jerald Cerri
Joe Velson Paul Sheckler Mike Sorenson
June 2020 September 2020 December 2020 February 2021
 
 

Senior, Super Senior & Century Senior Awards

Presented by the State Board to active members having attaining the of age 90 (Senior), age 95 (Super Senior), or 100 (Century)
 
 
Bill Olmo - Senior 2023
George English - Senior 2022
Jim Kaiser - Senior 2022
Karl Scheick - Senior 2022
Earle Schremp - Senior 2020
Leonard Dorin - Senior 2020
Edward Del Rio - Senior 2020
Oscar Larsen - Senior 2020
Joe Cardinale - Super Senior 2022
Bob Hussey - Senior 2017
Jim Powers - Senior 2017
Noel Fay - Senior 2009
Ralph Campitelli - Senior 2009
 
 
 

Longevity Milestone Recognition

Congratulations to SIR Jim Kaiser for reaching the 30 year Membership Longevity mark!
 
Our branch values all members but honors those that have spent significant amounts of time with us. The following listing shows those members, in seniority, that have achieved 30, 25, 20, 15 & 10 year milestones of membership in branch 128. 
 
30+ Year Members
as of Jan 2024
 
Jim  Kaiser
 
25+ Year Members
as of Jan 2024
 
Bill  Olmo
Phil  Reed
George  English
  
 20+ Year Members
as of Jan 2024
 
Marston 
Watson
John 
Arezone
Bill 
Buhl
Gary  Soto
Pete  Davey
Jerald  Cerri
Howard  Stoddard
Jim  Quon
Tom  Mullican
Tom  Judson
Chuck  McCormick
Bob  Kerner
 
15+ Year Members
as of Jan 2024
 
Bob 
Denison
Ron  Marguglio
Tan  Matosian
Dennis  Wygal
Bob 
Basile
Tony 
Fassiotto
Al 
Hudock
Paul 
Sheckler
Joe 
Rivello
Jim 
Noe
Karl 
Scheik
Leonard 
Dorin
Frank 
Wnuk
John 
Monahan
Don 
Shewey
Don 
Holmes
Bob 
Lyons
Paul 
Kupras
Herb 
Schreiber
Jerry 
Luzar
 
10+ Year Members
as of Jan 2024
 
Dennis  Goodman
Dan  Poulin
Pedro  Contreras
Mark  Strider
Mike  Wilhelm
Pat  Dugan
Ernie  Fierro
Rod  Andrade
Dail  Phillips
Bob 
Colbourn
Denny 
Morrissey
Woon 
Chung
Alan 
Schoeder
Greg 
Grebe
Mike 
Maher
Rich 
Martinez
Bob 
Corsiglia
Steve 
Kolda
Gary 
Pilecki
Pat 
Wilson
Robert 
Caviglia
Wayne 
Weible
John 
Fischer
Phil 
Davey
Gary 
Sarmento
Bob 
Maddox
Pat 
Melissare
Ed 
Locatelli
Ron 
Knibbs
Bob 
Turner
Rich 
Vivrette
Tom 
Barclay
Dave 
Miller
Steve 
Miller
Phil 
Sargent
Dan 
Cold

Community Award Winners

RICHARD (DICK) STEINEKE

Dick, a former Big Sir in 2011, was honored in 2018 for his service as a longtime volunteer to Catholic causes. He was recognized by the Board of Directors of St. Vincent de Paul of Contra Costa County with a Top Hat Award, the most prestigious honor bestowed on St. Vincent de Paul's members/volunteers, known as Vincentians.

He was also recognized as a longtime member of the St. Vincent de Paul leadership team, and was one of the first mentors in the Workforce Development Program. Dick volunteered at the SVdP/Loaves & Fishes Free Dining Room, for many years. His expertise was instrumental to the development and growth of St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores. His knowledge of the retail sales and commercial property environments led to his identification of the site for the new SVdP Brentwood Help and Hope Thrift Store, which opened in February, 2018. He has served on the SVdP board as secretary, and served in a leadership role on the SVdP Thrift Stores committee for many years.

Dick was also recognized for his work on behalf of the St. Joan of Arc-San Ramon conference, the District Council and St. Vincent de Paul's Workforce Development and Thrift Store programs. Friends and family gathered to celebrate his accomplishments on April 5, 2018 at St. Joan of Arc and share stories of how he transformed lives with his service and dedication. Dick passed away from illness in 2018.



In the past few months, Jim has been recognized with a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT award by the East Bay Leadership Council and MARTIN LUTHER KING HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR award from Contra Costa County!