February’s Speaker

Basu Guragain will be our guest speaker at the February 17th, 2018 BPT meeting. He is the youngest new BPT member as of November 2017. He is an Intern at Fenway Institute of Health. Basu Guragain hails from Kathmandu, Nepal and is also part of the Boston University MSW program. He completed his undergraduate study at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He has previously worked for several non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in Nepal, primarily in the fields of LGBTQ rights and advocacy, and in health programs to promote HIV awareness and prevention among at-risk.

Holiday Party checks

Good evening gentlemen,

I am writing to you at this time to please ask you all to call me at (857) 544-3630 or e-mail me at everharry@aol.com concerning the Christmas party on Sunday. Unfortunately the U.S. Postal Service is behind schedule with the Christmas rush, so we are not getting information into the office fast enough. We need a list of people for Sunday so just please call or e-mail me to confirm that you are coming on Sunday.

Thank you, love you all!

Harry Fullerton

Want To Be a Phone Pal?

There are members of the Boston Prime Timers who don’t receive telephone calls from anyone and who would like to hear from a fellow member once a week. We are looking for members who would be willing to make that telephone call. Nothing else will be expected of you. Just the weekly check-in. What do you say? If interested, call or e-mail James Buckley at (617) 875-8005 or historybuckley@yahoo.com, indicating your willing to do so.

October & November’s Program

Our October Program will by Elizabeth Anker, singer, and voice teacher. She had been the director of the Platinum Singers from the Harriet Tubman House until the building was closed to seniors on June 30th. BPT member Jim Flavin and other seniors have sung with her. She will be bringing a singing group with her. Currently she is conducting classes in Jamaica Plain and Central Square, Cambridge.

Contralto Elizabeth Anker sings Baroque oratorio, art songs, new music, opera, and a variety of non-classical styles. She has recorded Bach, The Shakers, and many songs written for her deep contralto. Performances as a soloist include national tours with Sequentia of Köln, Boston Camerata, and Magnificat Baroque of San Francisco.

She has created opera roles for Francine Trester and Larry Thomas Bell, as well as modern revivals of Baroque operas by Handel and Cesti. She was a soloist in the world premiere of John Adams’s Grand Pianola Music with the San Francisco Symphony and with Boston institutions such as Emmanuel Music, Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Cecilia, Chorus Pro Musica, as well as the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco and festivals in Europe. Needless to say, she has sung Messiah and Bach’s Mass in B minor many, many times. For more information, visit her website at elizabethanker.com.

There will be no November speaker. A complete turkey dinner with all the fixings (or fish or a vegetarian plate, should you wish) will be served from 3-5:30 PM. The cost of this dinner is $22.

Getting Tear Sheets in on Time

Please note the date(s) listed on the Tear Sheet for when your choices and payments are due. While the office will do their best to try to accommodate everyone, when your Tear Sheet is received the day of the event, this is often difficult. Club Café in particular has been absolutely amazing in going out of their way for us. We like seeing as many of you as possible at every event, so please get your Tear Sheet in on time.

Thank you for your attention in this!

Members Only Forum

The Forum is now live, with every member on the roster who lists an e-mail having been sent their temporary password and directions to log in and change it to a password of their liking. If you have not received one of these e-mails and are a member in good standing, please contact the office.

Please note that you will need to log into the forum to see the boards and discussion there, as it is private and only for our current members.

We look forward to your participation!

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: bostonpt.org. 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 bostonpt.org 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.