Lakeside Café February Update

From our friends at HESSCO:

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder, the next Lakeside Café Luncheon will be held NEXT Monday February 27th from 11-1 at the Sharon Adult Center, 219 Massapoag Ave Sharon. Please RSVP no later than Friday morning so I can order the food. Looking forward to seeing everyone next week!



April Dinner

Tuesday, April 25th
Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Choices: (1) Statler Chicken, (2) Sirloin Steak Tips, (3) Pan Seared Parmesan Almond Crusted Cod, (4) Rigatoni with Meatballs, (5) Veggie Pizza.

Club Café, 209 Columbus Ave, Boston. (617) 536-0966

Nearest T Stop: Back Bay Station on the Orange Line or Arlington Street Station on the Green Line. The Inbound № 9 Bus from Broadway Station (Red Line) stops across the street at Berkeley St. & Columbus Ave.

Cost: $28.00 per person includes Soup/Salad, Entree, Coffee/Tea, Dessert as well as Gratuity.

Your payment must be received by March 18th.

Hasty Pudding Theatricals

HPT 169 Casino Evil poster

As has been our winter theater outing for many a year, the Boston Prime Timers will once again make the journey to Cambridge to see Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. This year’s 169th Production is entitled: “HPT169: Casino Evil”. We have reserved 50 tickets for this year’s performance at 8 PM on Thursday, March 2nd. The performance will be held at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. The location is just outside of Harvard Square (the closest T stop is Harvard Square on the Red Line). Tickets are $27 per seat and our seats will be on the right side of the center section as one enters the theater. The last day to get one’s tear sheet into the Office to secure a seat is Friday, February 10th, so PLEASE mail requests before then so as to be received NO LATER than that date. The tickets will be mailed to each attendee the following week.

About this year’s production: CASINO EVIL

Bada bing! It’s 1930 and there’s no prohibition on drama in the Nevada desert. As cannoli-crazy goodfella Al Calzone goes all-in building his nasty new casino, senile sharpshooter Grannie Oakley and her Oz-tounding granddaughter Ruby Slippers fight to keep their Western saloon town afloat and the tommy guns at bay. With the help of swanky show-cat Dan Delion, the townsfolk plot to turn Don Calzone into their furry friend’s next fancy feast-but Al and mafiosa Bella Donna have plans of their own to spa-get-ti the deed and transform the Westerners’ home into a literal ghost town. Will lady-layin’ lawman Hank Kupfs put the crooks behind bars, or will local prostitute Ophelia Thrustin have to call-girl it quits? Will cheeky bandito Dennis Jimenez grow up to be a Zorro or a zero? Will smokin’ waitress Em Fizeema cough up the mafia’s secrets and burn the mobsters, or will Mormon missionary Paul Igamy end up sleepin’ with the fishes in Salt Lake? You’ll never guess who goes bust and who hits the jackpot in HPT 169: Casino Evil!

This year’s writers are David Shayne ‘19 and Jacob Roberts ‘19. The music is composed by Fraser Weist ‘18.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Get your Irish on and join your fellow Prime Timers for our next meal courtesy of chef Tony. We will be sharing a traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage immediately following our March meeting on the 18th. The cost will be $12.00 and a vegetarian option will be available with PRIOR notice. You MUST request a vegetarian meal when you make your reservation, which must be received no later than Friday, March 10th. If you forget to send in your tear sheet, make sure you call the office by that date!

Please Consider Running for the Prime Timers Board of Directors

We Need You

You can’t expect the Board to do well without YOU

This is YOUR organization

New Members, don’t think that because you haven’t been in the organization long that you can’t run for the Board, you can!! We encourage you to get involved. You are likely to meet more Prime Timers and get to know them sooner and better by joining the Board. We can use your energy and ideas!

Hi Guys,

It’s that time of year again. Elections for the Prime Timers Board are April 15th and you can see from our By-Laws below that Nominations need to be in our office by our March Meeting, March 18th. You can email them to the Office at or to me personally at or mail them in to us at our Office, at the 566 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02118 address.

As explained below in the by-laws, you can see we need a short biography for you as well prior to March 20th for the Prologue.

Ed Rapazzini
for the Nominating Committee


    ARTICLE VIII Elections:

  1. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee no less than four calendar months before the date set for an election. The committee shall be comprised of no less than two current members, one of which shall be a current Board member. Nominations for candidates for the Board of Directors will be solicited at the meeting of the general membership three months prior to the general elections. Nominations (with the agreement of the person nominated) will be accepted by mail or email and must be received by the Nominating Committee by the end of the membership meeting, one month prior to the elections.
  2. All nominees including board members seeking re-election shall provide the nomination committee with a short biography to be published. Failure to provide a biography prior to the deadline of the 20th of the month preceding the election shall disqualify the candidate. The names and biographies of all nominees shall appear in the newsletter to be published in the regular issue immediately preceding the elections.
  3. Elections shall be conducted at the April meeting of the general membership. The President with concurrence of one other Board member, may declare a one month delay in the elections should it be deemed unwise to proceed with the scheduled elections due to unforeseen circumstances. Acceptable voting methods are in person or by approved absentee ballot system. Elections shall be conducted by paper ballot or approved absentee ballot. The Board shall publish the approved absentee ballot system in the newsletter to be published in the regular issue immediately preceding the elections. The candidates receiving the greater number of votes shall be declared elected.
  4. In order to maintain continuity, The President may ask a Board member to remain in office for an additional amount of time.

A Little of This & A Little of That

We are halfway through what might be the winter of our discontent for some, given the weather and the political climate. No matter what, we can weather whatever storms come our way because we have each other for support, interesting diversions and good old-fashioned common sense. Our collective experience tells us that whatever it is we are going through—just hang on, things will change, just like our New England weather. Winter can be a depressing time with limited sunshine, short days and longer nights, particularly if you are alone. But you don’t have to be alone or a little down. You have friends and contacts to lift the mood. Take out our membership roster and call a few folks, make some plans for lunch or dinner, go see a movie or just get together for a cup of coffee. Spring is just around the corner and we will all be able to get back out & about.

Speaking of just around the corner, we have elections coming up in April and we need you to step up to the plate to replace outgoing board members. There are currently five board seats expiring with three of those board members running again. We are also in need of a newsletter editor. John’s last edition will be in April. My position as president expires in April, and although my seat has another year to go as a board member, after much thought, I will be resigning.

I have too many upcoming projects and limited time to give to a board position. These projects have come about through my networking with other organizations as a board member. This has been very rewarding. So there is plenty of opportunity for your hands on involvement to steer the club into new adventures. Just because three board members will throw their hats back into the ring does not mean they cannot be challenged. Step up and shake things up! We need new ideas and fresh energy. Over the past two years, I have heard ideas and complaints from some of you. Now is the time to put some of those ideas in motion and give solutions to some of those complaints. I have heard that being a board member is not a good experience and that board meetings are contentious. That is far from the truth. The board has been running smoothly with nothing but cooperation and good fellowship. This is your club. You only get back out of it as much as you put into it.

Speaking of upcoming changes, we are moving forward with a new web service provider. In the very near future you will be given the new web address and the webpage itself will be revamped. Please stay tuned. For approximately seven years, Charlie Briggs and Steve Lord have been our webpage gurus, and have provided us with those services. Steve also traveled into the office to send out the Prologue e-mail blast on a monthly basis in a very timely manner. We thank both of them very much for all that they have done for us.

We have a few things coming up that can all look forward to. There is the Hasty Pudding Theatricals on March 2nd. The cutoff date is February 10th, so you need to get your tear sheet in to us now. Tony is cooking up another after-meeting meal in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on March 18th. As for this month, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence will be joining us to talk about your sexual health—I told them that all of you were active—so lie if you aren’t! They are also going to be painting one of your faces. Who wants to volunteer? And we have dining out at Club Café on February 28th.

I am heading off to Florida for these next few months to honor my contractual obligations at the Florida Renaissance Festival, leaving you in the very capable hands of your Vice President, Harry Fullerton. I will let you know what the Fort Lauderdale chapter is up to in my next column and give you an update on our snowbird members down there. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day! Hug a Prime Timer if you haven’t already hugged one yet today.

Our New Website

Gentlemen, over the next month or two we will be rolling out an entirely new web site with many new features. We will be updating and adjusting this new site as we see what works and what doesn’t. For the time being we will have a new web address: Our current web address was owned by Dick Bourbeau and we have to find a way to access it now that he has passed away. We have learned a valuable lesson from this; all passwords and account information for our new on-line presence will be kept on file in our office.

I will be heading our new “tech” committee with Philip Findlay and Steve Vorenberg, as we set up our new web site with assistance of David Clark and look for ways to best utilize the internet for the advancement of our organization’s goals. We will be looking at on-line analytics to see who is visiting our public pages, what they are looking at and for how long. (Not specific individuals, just blind data. For example, we will be able to see if people from New England are looking at our site as opposed to eastern Europeans.) We want to see if we are reaching potential members.

Our new site will also feature a blog version of our Prologue that we will be able to update whenever we like and an on-line bulletin board for members to gather and converse and share images &c. It will be private and moderated. Members will set their own passwords rather than one rotating password. You will be able to private message other members and search the board for conversations you are interested in. We will have tear sheets, board minutes and our by-laws on line as we do now. We hope to have newsletters from other chapters on-line as well.

We have also switched to a new calendar on the site, which should allow us to add events that might not get to us in time for the Prologue; be sure to check the news and calendar on the website for these events so we can hopefully get out and do more things!

There are lots of exciting changes ahead for us. As we move forward, let’s pause a moment to thank Steve Lord & Charlie Briggs for all their hard work over the years on our previous web site.

Office News

Gentlemen, our board elections are in April. Our by-laws require short biographies of candidates be published in the March Prologue. If you are interested in running, start working on one. We’ll need them by the end of February.

Serving on the board does entail some work and can be a bit stressful at times, but overall it is a rewarding and enriching experience, one that gives great satisfaction. If you feel you might not have the experience or knowledge to do a good job, well, you may just surprise yourself. On a related note, I will be stepping down as editor of the Prologue. Four years is long enough. As someone who is still working full time, I find I don’t have the time I’d like for other things. I am also hoping to focus on IT for the club. It has been an interesting few years full of challenge and expanding horizons.

I have learned a lot about our community and myself by putting together each number. I have not accomplished everything I set out to do, but I feel it’s time for a fresh viewpoint. I would urge whoever steps in to follow me as editor to focus more on expanding content. I feel I have had mixed results on that front. We will, in the near future, have an increased web presence that we can use in a myriad of ways to enhance the Prime Timer experience.