Greetings from Florida!

I may be out of your sight, but you are not out of my mind. I am missing out on many things happening there, but I have been no less busy here. My weekends are busy with long days of work performing at the Florida Renaissance Festival, and then a few days of recovery before I do it all over again. But in some of my spare time I have run into Dave Evans, George Reardon and Ed McCarthy. Elliot Katz called and is down here somewhere and George Wright will be here soon if he’s not here already. Of course, Fred Riley (recently recovering from hip surgery) and Emile Dufour are here, too. Not a bad representation for the Boston Chapter. We are everywhere, apparently.

As soon as I get a chance, one Monday night, I will hob-knob with members of the Fort Lauderdale Chapter at Tropics Bar & Restaurant at their weekly get-together. During the week, I am staying with some wonderful friends in Port St. Lucie, but on the weekends, I am hosted by AJ Ratcliff and Stephen Barnhart in Wilton Manors. AJ is on the Board of the World Wide, so I am getting the scoop on what’s happening. As I have mentioned in the past, being a Prime Timer has its perks. When you travel, contact other chapters in advance, so you can connect with someone and be included in that Chapter’s loop. I have had many offers – not all of them are indecent – for cocktails and dinner. It makes travel so much more enjoyable.

On another note, elections are coming up in April and there will be three board seats to be filled. I want to encourage anyone who has a sincere interest in furthering the wellbeing of the Chapter to throw his hat into the ring. I have heard some great ideas from some of you over this past year that I would love to see come to fruition. Please step up to the plate and run for the Board. Let’s put some of those ideas into action.

I understand that there may have been some misinformation mentioned at the last meeting. I want to assure everyone that we have no plans to move from our current location. Our relationship with U.S.E.S. is solid. To date we have not been notified of any changes in our agreements with U.S.E.S., and if there are any changes forthcoming that would affect the membership, we will make that information known to you. I also want to assure you that we are not running in the red and we have a healthy balance in the bank. All combined between checking, savings, and our CDs, our balance is $12,350.

That is all for now. Stay well, warm and in each other’s good company. I will see you in April.

Our Online Presence

Our President will be joining the cast of Florida Renaissance Faire for the season. He is currently preparing for his trip to Florida and wanted to share changes to our web presence.

We will be making our Facebook Group public, for use publicizing the club and for attracting new members. In its place, we have created a private forum/online bulletin board. Unlike our website, you will set your own personal password which will be tied to your e-mail address (like Facebook). Among the chief benefits are privacy, control over our content, and your ability to focus on discussions of interest to you.

Like Facebook, you can easily post links, images and other content, polls and start threaded discussions. Unlike Facebook, you have more options to personalize your posts and as we operate the forum, we are not subject to the whims of Facebook’s management and we are here for you to help you with any questions or problems. Because of the layout of the forum, it will be easier to find discussions you are interested in, because these will be categorized under headings and have titles of the author’s choosing. Plus, you will be able to search by words in the discussion or for members’ names. You can also subscribe to topics, to get an e-mail when there is further discussion.

When your account is ready for use, we will send you an e-mail on how to access the forum and set your password.

In addition to the private forum, we will also have a public blog, both to mirror articles from the Prologue and to be able to share events that may not have enough lead time to make the Prologue. Occasionally, we are informed of events held by related organizations where the event is before the next number. It is our hope that these two new features will help bring us together and out into the greater community.

The blog can be found at bostonpt.org [here], and the forum is linked on the left side. You can go directly to it at bostonpt.org/forum as soon as you receive your account. Only members listed on the shared roster will receive an invitation. Members who requested that their e-mails be kept private will have to request an invitation by e-mailing the office.

If you have any questions or need help connecting, please contact John Bennett, David Stanford or Philip Findlay.

We look forward to seeing you online!

Happy New Year

Here it is 2016, and I didn’t make any personal resolutions this year because I haven’t been too successful in keeping many in the past. However, I have made some resolutions for our chapter, and along with your support and that of the board, I am going to work hard at keeping these resolutions. This started out as a wish list:

  • Replace our aging and temperamental office computers.
  • Explore opportunities in acquiring grant monies which would fund future projects.
  • Put a float back into the Pride Parade by finding funding & sponsors to accomplish this.
  • Day trips in the spring, summer & fall.
  • Creating more membership activities.
  • Membership drives through events and advertising & social media.
  • Search out other charitable projects while continuing to build our relationship with The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
  • Making our Ogunquit & Provincetown getaways even better.

To get these rather ambitious ideas off the drawing board and into application, we are asking for your help, your involvement and your investment. Your board works hard to pull things together and make things happen but without your support and participation it all feels rather empty. I hope that you became a member to make new friends, expand your social circles and have fun doing things that you like to do with people you enjoy being around. I am soliciting your ideas and asking for your input to make these resolutions happen. Please give me or a board member any thoughts you may have about all of this and let’s make 2016 a year filled with new memories yet to happen with old friends and new acquaintances. The more you put into your membership, the more you get out of it. Happy 2016. May it be a fun-filled & healthy year for all of us. And remember, together we can make things happen.