Harry Fullerton’s Election Profile

Hello Gentlemen,

My name is Harry Fullerton. I am running for a position on the Board. I am a 58 year old self-employed General Contractor. In my 12 year membership, I have met many friends and enjoyed the trips, activities and events the club has to offer.

During this time, I have enjoyed taking an active role in the club. I have volunteered my time and skills on the Gay Pride float committee. I have organized dances and a Fourth of July cruise as well as served as club D.J. many times.

I ask to continue serving you as an elected member of the board. My goal is to use my energy, skills and knowledge to create a more lively, active and involved membership by organizing events and activities for all members.

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.

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.

Out & About in March

The New England Conservatory continues its tradition of free evening concerts at Jordan Hall through the spring, most of which start at 7:30 PM.

On Monday, March 7th, the NEC presents First Monday at Jordan Hall with the Borromeo String Quartet featuring a Hungarian program of Bartók and Kodály, starting with the Kodály Serenade and ending with Bartók’s String Quartet № 4. For info, see the event page.

On Wednesday, March 9th, the NEC Philharmonia and Jeffrey Kahane (piano) will perform works from BSO’s guest conductor and composer Thomas Adés, as well as music from Ravel and Elgar at NEC’s Jordan Hall. Jeffrey Kahane will conduct from the keyboard, as in his previous NEC conducting visits. For info, see the event page.

On Tuesday, March 16th, the NEC Philharmonia and Hugh Wolff will bring you a lovely evening featuring “Whisper, Echo, A Cry” by Aaron Jay Kernis, a leading American composer who won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for music composition. Also on the menu are works by Elgar and Shostakovich. For more info, see the event page.

Towards the end of the month, on Tuesday, March 29th, the Jazz and Wildcard groups will be featured in Jordan Hall. For more info, see the event page.

For more NEC events, see the events calendar.

The Green Briar at 304 Washington St., Brighton hosts the longest running traditional Irish Seisiun in Boston. Every Monday from 7-11:30 PM join local musicians in an open musical seisiun. Bring your own instrument & join in! All are welcome! For more infomation, see their website.

The Boston Public Library offers free tours highlighting the architecture of Charles Follen McKim and Philip Johnson, as well as the many works of famed sculptors and painters. The tours last about an hour. They are led by volunteers and begin at the Dartmouth St. entrance of the Central Library in Copley Square. No appointment is necessary. Tours start on Mondays at 2:30 PM, Thursdays at 6 PM, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 AM. For other BPL events, visit their site.

April Dinner

Tuesday, April 26th
Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Choices: (1) Statler Chicken Breast, (2) Grilled Salmon Fillet, (3) Meatloaf, (4) Lobster Mac ’n’ Cheese, (5) Stuffed Pork Chop, (6) Margarita Flatbread.

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 April 19th.

March Dinner

Tuesday, March 29th
Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Choices: (1) 12 oz. Sirloin Steak, (2) Chicken Picatta, (3) Baked Halibut, (4) Rigatoni Pasta with Meatballs, (5) Spinach & Mushroom Ravioli.

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 22nd.

Painting at Club Café

At Club Café—Paint Nite! Tuesday March 29th, 7:00 PM and Tuesday April 26th, 7:00 PM. “Paint Nite® events invite you to break away from the typical night out with a potent cocktail of creativity and social connection. Guided by a local artist, you’ll spend two hours laughing with friends and painting your masterpiece at a popular local bar. And the best part is, you don’t have to be Picasso; you just have to be inspired. So put down your phone and pick up a paintbrush—the night is your canvas.”

For more information, see the event page.