On Sunday March 6th, Harry Fullerton, Jim McCloskey and I were joined by Charlie Briggs at Club Café when we attended the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’s annual Nunch. We were there to support the good works of the Sisters and to accept a generous grant of $1,000 for our club to replace our aging office computers. Our current computers are no longer adequate for our needs. They were donated by Harry Fullerton a number of years ago and have served us well, but their time has come.
The Sisters handed out a number of grants to local groups, supporting various segments of our community. The grants were interspersed with a cavalcade of entertainment; singers, comedians, lip-sync acts and, of course, BINGO! As always, the brunch laid out by Club Café was bountiful and delicious. It was an all-round entertaining day!
We are grateful to the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their wonderful generosity. This grant money will allow us to purchase two custom built computers with substantially more storage capacity to serve our club’s needs for years to come. We depend on donations, big & small to help keep our club going. Dues and monies raised from our events only go so far. We thank the Sisters and all those who give a little extra, of their time or money; your support helps make our club and our community great!
After the March Meeting The Prime Timers once again enjoyed an excellent St. Patrick’s Day repast prepared by Tony Soares, assisted by an able cadre of volunteers. A huge thank you goes out to ALL who pitched in to make this communal meal a possibility.
Jim Morgrage told us that he heard from many Prime Timers who expressed interest in helping the Harbor to the Bay Fundraiser. Here are some of the positions they need filled: A board secretary, help with board setup, some help with development (sponsors and fundraising), and seats on the committee to help with all aspects of coordination.
James M Morgrage, Club Cafe/Harbor to the Bay 2016
209 Columbus Ave, Boston MA. 02116
(617) 536-0966 Office
hosted by Harry Fullerton & Philip Findlay
Come and sell your old junk and pick up all new junk!
Harry & Philip will once again host a yard sale at their home to help raise funds for our holiday party in December.
Saturday, May 14th, 9 AM-3 PM
3 Vale View Road, Wakefield
Call Harry to discuss donations. He is willing to pick up donations as needed. Take I-93 to 128/I-95 N. Follow Exit 38A to Main St (MA-28). Take the sharp left onto North St. which continues into Prospect St. Turn left onto Vale View Rd. By T: Commuter rail to Wakefield Center & call Harry for pick-up.
If you are interested in hosting a yard sale of your own, please contact Harry to discuss the details. We are willing to help you organize and set up, if you wish to host one.
Las Vegas Prime Timers is holding the 2016 Prime Timers Western Regional Gathering from May 1st-5th, 2016 at the Stratosphere Tower, Hotel & Casino. Room rates for the hotel are only $40.00 per night. The hotel has opened up more rooms for us at that rate. However, the rate will go up after these rooms are booked, so take advantage of this discount and book early. You can send in your registration form at any time but the room needs to be booked to get the discounted rate.
This year’s Gathering will feature seven seminars and workshops. For fun and recreation, we will be having a private pool party with pizza and beer on the menu, a live Las Vegas show and a spectacular dinner on the 104th floor overlooking all of the Las Vegas valley. Attendees will have free admission for the entire stay to the top of tower. There will be a bar crawl. We will also have a hospitality room that will be open various hours with a full open bar and snacks.
We will be offering two tours that can be booked and paid for at the event: a trip to Hoover (Boulder) Dam and the Big Open Bus City Tour. More information will be forthcoming about the tours.
Registration is $165.00. After February 1st, it will go up to $190.00.
This is the only Las Vegas Prime Timers Event in May. There are other organizations holding events at the same time, but please be aware there is only one Prime Timers Western Regional Gathering.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail Gary Payne at email@example.com or call (702) 629-9733. Gary Payne is the President of the Las Vegas Prime Timers and the Vice President of Chapters for the Worldwide Prime Timers.
The annual election for the expired board seats will be held at our next monthly meeting on April 16th. Below you will find short biographies for the declared candidates, Harry Fullerton and David Stanford.
Absentee Ballot Procedure
Elections for the board of the Boston Prime Timers will take place at the member meeting on Saturday, April 16th 2016. Members in attendance who have not submitted a valid absentee ballot may vote at the meeting. Members in good standing who wish to vote via absentee ballot must adhere to the following procedures:
- The office will prepare printed ballots showing the names of the official nominees plus a space for write-ins. The voting packet will consist of a printed ballot, a small envelope and a large envelope. The small envelope will fit inside the large envelope and will be serialized. The printed ballot itself will not have any mark that would enable tracing it back to the voter.
- If you wish to vote via absentee ballot, contact the office for a voting packet.
- Vote for no more than six (6) nominees. Ballots with more than 6 votes will be considered invalid and won’t be counted.
- The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates via the Prologue. You may vote for any of those men or any other member.
- If a member not on the slate of candidates receives enough votes to be elected, he must consent to the election.
- Do not write your own name on the ballot or place any marks on it that could identify it as coming from you.
- Enclose your ballot in the small envelope supplied as part of the voting packet. Seal the small envelope. Do not write your name on the small envelope. Any small envelopes received by the office showing a decipherable name will be set aside.
- Enclose the small envelope in the large envelope supplied in the voting packet. Do not enclose anything else in the large envelope (it will not be opened like regular office mail; see below). Write your name on the large envelope.
- Seal the large envelope. The words “ABSENTEE BALLOT” should appear on the large envelope; it should have been pre-printed, but if missing, write those words. This will alert the office staff to deliver it to the clerk (see below) unopened.
- Either mail the outer envelope to the office, or hand deliver it to the office. The office address is 566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. If you need to contact the office, the phone is (617) 447-2344.
Your ballot must be received in the office by 2:00 PM on Friday 4/15/2016. Late absentee ballots will be considered invalid and won’t be tallied. Note that we mean “received”, not “postmarked”.
- If any outer envelopes are received as opened, or if the office staff accidentally opens an outer envelope, the member will be contacted to ask that he submit another. The invalid receipt will be destroyed.
- One person will be designated as responsible for receiving and handling the absentee ballots (the clerk). Bob Adams has agreed to fill this role.
- The clerk will maintain a record of the members who have submitted absentee ballots, based upon the name on the outer envelope.
- The clerk will record receipt of the outer envelope against his log of voting packets sent. He will open the outer envelope and remove the inner envelope, unopened.
- The clerk will handle the absentee ballot inner envelopes in a secure manner, for example under lock and key, or always in his personal possession.
- The clerk will call, email, or write each member who submitted an absentee ballot, to acknowledge receipt. If you don’t hear from the clerk in a timely manner, it is your responsibility to follow up, not the clerk’s.
- When the votes at the member meeting are ready to be tallied, the clerk will open each absentee ballot inner envelope, and place the inner contents mixed with the ballots from the meeting. If any identifying marks are found on the inner contents at this time, the ballot will be set aside and not tallied.
- Members arriving at the welcome desk to sign in for the member meeting will be supplied an official paper ballot, but only if they are not on the absentee ballot list supplied by the clerk.
Fellow Prime Timer, John P. “Jack” Hogan of Boston, passed away at age 77 on March 30th, 2016. Born in Buffalo, NY, Jack was the son of the late Thomas and Kathleen (Kennealy) Hogan. He graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo in 1960. Following school, he served in the National Guard for 6 years. Jack worked at MetLife before joining his partner in a catering business as a bartender, working primarily at the Wang Center’s Metropolitan Bar. Jack was passionate about life and loved to travel, the theater, the Red Sox, his church—St. Cecilia and was proud member of the Boston Prime Timers. In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his loving partner, George Holman. He is survived by two cousins, Tessie O’Riordan and Helen Madigan, both of County Cork, Ireland as well as many dear friends. His Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, April 4th at 10 AM at St. Cecilia Church, 18 Belvidere St., Boston. Friends and relatives are respectfully invited to attend. A private interment will take place in Buffalo, NY. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the St. Cecilia Parish or to COPD Foundation.
The New England Conservatory continues its tradition of free evening concerts at Jordan Hall through the spring, most of which start at 7:30 PM.
On Monday, March 7th, the NEC presents First Monday at Jordan Hall with the Borromeo String Quartet featuring a Hungarian program of Bartók and Kodály, starting with the Kodály Serenade and ending with Bartók’s String Quartet № 4. For info, see the event page.
On Wednesday, March 9th, the NEC Philharmonia and Jeffrey Kahane (piano) will perform works from BSO’s guest conductor and composer Thomas Adés, as well as music from Ravel and Elgar at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Jeffrey Kahane will conduct from the keyboard, as in his previous NEC conducting visits. For info, see the event page.
On Tuesday, March 16th, the NEC Philharmonia and Hugh Wolff will bring you a lovely evening featuring “Whisper, Echo, A Cry” by Aaron Jay Kernis, a leading American composer who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for music composition. Also on the menu are works by Elgar and Shostakovich. For more info, see the event page.
Towards the end of the month, on Tuesday, March 29th, the Jazz and Wildcard groups will be featured in Jordan Hall. For more info, see the event page.
For more NEC events, see the events calendar.
The Green Briar at 304 Washington St., Brighton hosts the longest running traditional Irish Seisiun in Boston. Every Monday from 7-11:30 PM join local musicians in an open musical seisiun. Bring your own instrument & join in! All are welcome! For more infomation, see their website.
The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth St. entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. Tours start on Mondays at 2:30 PM, Thursdays at 6 PM, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 AM. For other BPL events, visit their site.
At Club Café—Paint Nite! Tuesday March 29th, 7:00 PM and Tuesday April 26th, 7:00 PM. “Paint Nite® events invite you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection. Guided by a local artist, you’ll spend two hours laughing with friends and painting your masterpiece at a popular local bar. And the best part is, you don’t have to be Picasso; you just have to be inspired. So put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush—the night is your canvas.”
For more information, see the event page.