social nature of man and the desire for the company of others,
particularly those retired from gainful employment, the late
Damian L. Reynolds conceived the idea of SONS IN RETIREMENT in the
Spring of 1958.
Three friends, all retired, met with Mr. Reynolds on occasion
for a friendly luncheon. He suggested to these three, Messrs:
Claus Hink, Lorenz. H. Hansen and Wallace Plummer, that they join him
in his idea. A kick-off luncheon was held in San Mateo, California on
July 23, 1958.
Claus J. Hink
Damian J. Reynolds
Lorenz H Hansen
A second meeting
was held on August 20, 1958, and the eighteen present adopted the name
of SONS IN RETIREMENT. Because most retired men wish nothing to do
with things pertaining to inactivity, the chosen name seemed to
enunciate and give dignity to retirement.
Basic guidelines of SONS IN RETIREMENT were set forth in Rules and
Procedures drawn up at the time of incorporation in 1959. These have
been revised from time to time.
1. It was to be a luncheon club composed of men retired from gainful
2. There were to be no dues, initiation fees or assessments other than
normal voluntary contributions at each luncheon to cover expenses.
3. The organization would espouse no political party, religion or sect
of any kind.
4. Eligible men would be invited to join after attending at least one
luncheon meeting and being introduced by the member who would sponsor
5. The club would meet monthly for lunch, at the member's expense, and a
program would become part of each luncheon.