David Stanford’s Election Profile

I recently retired from the Massachusetts Parole Board where I was a Parole Officer for 28 years. Over the years I worked with many administrations of that agency, helping to facilitate those boards in their decision making. In my last five years before retirement, my duties were expanded to include directly communicating and information sharing with District Attorneys and police departments throughout the Commonwealth.

I am a long time member and current Prime Timer Board member whose duties during my tenure on the board included holding the offices of President, Vice President, membership and editor of the Prologue. I also helped to design and produce 4 award-winning BPT floats for our Gay Pride Parades. The Boston Chapter of Prime Timers nominated me to the Worldwide Board where I served as President for a two year term.

Election Thoughts from the President

Once again it is that time of year where we fill the seats of Board members whose terms are expiring. My seat, along with those of Harry Fullerton and Larry Vitale will be up for election. We had been a nine member board, but because of work commitments, one member resigned, leaving us with eight members. The by-laws state that there should be either a seven or nine member panel. If we have enough candidates to fill nine slots, we will continue with a nine member board. Otherwise, we will go with a seven member panel. Larry has decided because of time constraints, etc., he will not be running. Harry and I will run.

This is the time to make your voice heard and your vote count. Over my years on the Board, I have heard complaints as well as compliments for what we have done for you. I have heard some great ideas and some not so good. But the one thing in common with both is that those who have made suggestions have not stepped up to the plate to help implement them with a few exceptions. Now is your chance. Throw your hat into the ring and make those suggestions come to fruition. For the good of the club, it could use your help and ideas for activities, speakers, events and fun in general. In fact, you don’t have to be a Board member to head up a committee and make things happen. Don’t just be a critic and complainer—offer a solution to whatever the problem is you feel needs addressing and help us correct it.

Last month those at the membership meeting participated in a “brainstorming” session and the results can be read elsewhere in this edition of the Prologue. There are some problem areas that need to be addressed, and will be. But once again, we look to you to provide some input and solutions. This is your organization and in order to keep it vibrant and truly alive, we need an active membership. The more you put into being part of this club, the more you will get out of it.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Larry Vitale for his service to Boston Prime Timers, on and off the Board. He has provided valuable input and countless hours of work to the organization. I would also like to thank my fellow Board members for all the hard work they do and the criticism they take for pouring their heart & soul into a volunteer job. I am also grateful that I have been able to serve as your President for the past year. I have met a lot of nice guys and I look forward to meeting many more either as a Board member or as a Boston Prime Timer.

In Memory of John P. “Jack” Hogan

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.