An area-wide computer group, CompuSirs, was formed in 1993. The Tepee Talk was expanded from 2 to 4 pages in 1994, and Sir of the Month was started. Charter Member and Secretary Ed Lathrop was the first SOTM. In the same year a Walking Group was activated. In 1995, the Branch started a travel committee, Trips and Tours, and a Bicycling Group. 1996 saw the launching of two more Area-wide activities - Investors Lunch Bunch and Bocce Ball.
The Great Books Discussion Group started in 1999. At the turn of the century, San Rafael Joe's luncheon meetings were always packed in spite of the difficult parking, and the meal cost had risen to $13. Charter Member Jack Laycock was selected for Honorary Life Membership in 2001, our first HLM.
To shorten the growing waiting list in 2003, the Branch membership cap was raised to 135, and quickly filled. Our Golf team won the Area 6 tournament, and the luncheon cost was raised to $16. In 2005, a new Tennis Group was started by Bill Cline. Our first Spaghetti Feed was served in 2007. In 2008, a Fly-fishing group, the “Rooster Flycatchers” was activated, and Howard Bassett was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership. The luncheon tab held fast at $20.
In 2009, Big Sir Jim Matthews steered the Branch to its new venue at Marin Country Club in Novato - a newer, larger and closer facility with better parking and fine cuisine. The waiting list disappeared (temporarily), and 19 new members were admitted.
Membership kept growing in 2010, to 167 active. Many new activity groups were formed, including Hiking, Bicycling, Genealogy, Military History, Men’s Bridge, Timeshares, Science Discussion, Poker, and Applied Technology. Twenty-eight new memberships were accepted, and the Tepee Talk went digital, available on email.
Active membership was again capped in 2011, at 170, and two new activities were added - Gardening and Sporting Events. Sirs Al Crozier and John Crawford received Honorary Lifetime Membership in 2011, Irwin Herlihy, in 2013, Tony Marelich in 2015.
Starting in February 2016, the Branch has moved to Embassy Suites in San Rafael. This venue has a much larger seating capacity, so the waiting list has again been eliminated and membership increased to 182 members with no cap. Luncheon increased to $28. Bill Cline in was elevated to Honorary Life Member in 2017.
Our special interest Activities continued to grow - Woodworking, Creative Arts, Foreign Policy, Coin Collecting, Photography, Bocce, Cooking, Harmony Singers and Sports Talk. Luncheons now include a Book Exchange and Display of member’s Hobbies and Collections. We now have 36 special activity groups.