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 firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating your willing to do so.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
The following is a list of the recommendations made by BPT members at the March meeting. Jim Buckley, who conducted the brainstorming session, assures you that he will begin to respond to the suggestions forthwith. But he wants to caution everyone that none of these activities can be activated by him alone. Each and everyone of them needs and deserves the participation of BPT members who want to see their suggestions become operational. To see your favorite suggestion come into being, e-mail Jim Buckley at email@example.com and he will begin meeting with you to plan how and when it will start functioning.
Here are the activities in the order they were suggested:
More opportunities to have Social Group Gatherings, a Movie Theater Group, a Volunteer Group (a group of BPT members who volunteer to help at some charity or shelter), a Walking Tour Group, Gay Trips, a Bowling Group, Travel Talks by Members who have been to Interesting Places, a Committee that Welcomes Visiting Prime Timers from Other Chapters, Nude Parties, Karaoke Night/Day, NYC Trip, Group Tours, BBQs, Visiting Sick Group (i.e., members who are willing to visit sick BPT members), Casino Group, Interesting Talks by Members.
Problem areas (i.e., things they don’t like about the BPT activities), in the order they were suggested:
Poor speakers (those in the recent past have not measured up to the caliber of those in the prior years), dearth of Pot Lucks (i.e., they are not as plentiful as they have been in the past), 2:30 PM gathering is too long, boring lectures and there are not enough activities.
Have Space? Host a Pot Luck!
Have you always wanted to host a Pot Luck, but don’t have the room? Do you have plenty of room to host a Pot Luck, but feel it may be too much for you to tackle? Well, we’ve got a great idea. What if we could bring you together with someone who could help you? We’d like to bring potential hosts together with those that have the place but don’t feel they have the skills.
So, one or the other, contact Adam Galbraith at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know if you’d like to host or have the space to offer. We’d love to help you entertain.
Last year’s Holiday Party finished up in the red, while that’s great for things like Santa’s suit, it’s not so great for finances. We are committed to trying to continue the new tradition of offering our Holiday Party free to all members. Therefore, we need to come up with more ways to raise funds. Stop & Shop has a program called Cash for Causes available to non-profits that might help.
Everyone is familiar with Stop & Shop gift cards; you buy a card for, say, $20 and you can purchase $20 worth of groceries—simple. Well, with the Cash for Causes program the Boston Prime Timers would be able to sell members and their friends gift cards and retain five percent of the price for our coffers. Five cents of every dollar would go toward funding our Holiday Party or anything else we choose.
The catch is, if we are accepted, we must purchase a minimum of $500 worth of gift cards. So the board would like to gauge the level of interest from the membership before making such a sizable financial commitment. Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Would you be willing to shop with gift cards purchased from the Prime Timers? Remember, it would cost you nothing extra on you grocery bill to help us raise 5 cents for every dollar you spend. We would make the cards available at the office every meeting day and select Tuesdays (which would be listed on our new forum). We might also be able to add it to the Tear Sheet, so you could order gift cards via mail. So if you are interested please let a board member know. We are not asking for specific commitments, we just need to gauge the level of interest.
This club is what you make of it. The board needs the help of every member to make the Prime Timers all it can be! Together we make a community.