May Dinner

Tuesday, May 31th
Cocktails 6 PM, Dinner 7 PM

Choices: (1) Baked Halibut, (2) Pumpkin Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce, (3) 12 oz. Sirloin Steak, (4) Chicken la Mirage with Fries and Cole Slaw.

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 May 24th.

Hosting a Pot Luck Party

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 verygoodman@comcast.net and let him know if you’d like to host or have the space to offer. We’d love to help you entertain.

May 14th—Prime Timers Yard Sale

hosted by Harry Fullerton & Philip Findlay

Come and sell your old junk and pick up all new junk!

Harry & Philip will once again host a yard sale at their home to help raise funds for our holiday party in December.

Saturday, May 14th, 9 AM-3 PM
3 Vale View Road, Wakefield

Call Harry to discuss donations. He is willing to pick up donations as needed. Take I-93 to 128/I-95 N. Follow Exit 38A to Main St (MA-28). Take the sharp left onto North St. which continues into Prospect St. Turn left onto Vale View Rd. By T: Commuter rail to Wakefield Center & call Harry for pick-up.

If you are interested in hosting a yard sale of your own, please contact Harry to discuss the details. We are willing to help you organize and set up, if you wish to host one.

2016 Western Regional Gathering

Las Vegas Prime Timers is holding the 2016 Prime Timers Western Regional Gathering from May 1st-5th, 2016 at the Stratosphere Tower, Hotel & Casino. Room rates for the hotel are only $40.00 per night. The hotel has opened up more rooms for us at that rate. However, the rate will go up after these rooms are booked, so take advantage of this discount and book early. You can send in your registration form at any time but the room needs to be booked to get the discounted rate.

This year’s Gathering will feature seven seminars and workshops. For fun and recreation, we will be having a private pool party with pizza and beer on the menu, a live Las Vegas show and a spectacular dinner on the 104th floor overlooking all of the Las Vegas valley. Attendees will have free admission for the entire stay to the top of tower. There will be a bar crawl. We will also have a hospitality room that will be open various hours with a full open bar and snacks.

We will be offering two tours that can be booked and paid for at the event: a trip to Hoover (Boulder) Dam and the Big Open Bus City Tour. More information will be forthcoming about the tours.
Registration is $165.00. After February 1st, it will go up to $190.00.

All information about the event is posted on the Worldwide Prime Timers website and the Las Vegas Prime Timers page.

This is the only Las Vegas Prime Timers Event in May. There are other organizations holding events at the same time, but please be aware there is only one Prime Timers Western Regional Gathering.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail Gary Payne at president@lasvegasprimetimers.com or call (702) 629-9733. Gary Payne is the President of the Las Vegas Prime Timers and the Vice President of Chapters for the Worldwide Prime Timers.

Board Elections/Absentee Ballot Procedure

The annual election for the expired board seats will be held at our next monthly meeting on April 16th. Below you will find short biographies for the declared candidates, Harry Fullerton and David Stanford.

Absentee Ballot Procedure

Elections for the board of the Boston Prime Timers will take place at the member meeting on Saturday, April 16th 2016. Members in attendance who have not submitted a valid absentee ballot may vote at the meeting. Members in good standing who wish to vote via absentee ballot must adhere to the following procedures:

  • The office will prepare printed ballots showing the names of the official nominees plus a space for write-ins. The voting packet will consist of a printed ballot, a small envelope and a large envelope. The small envelope will fit inside the large envelope and will be serialized. The printed ballot itself will not have any mark that would enable tracing it back to the voter.
  • If you wish to vote via absentee ballot, contact the office for a voting packet.
  • Vote for no more than six (6) nominees. Ballots with more than 6 votes will be considered invalid and won’t be counted.
  • The nominating committee will present a slate of candidates via the Prologue. You may vote for any of those men or any other member.
  • If a member not on the slate of candidates receives enough votes to be elected, he must consent to the election.
  • Do not write your own name on the ballot or place any marks on it that could identify it as coming from you.
  • Enclose your ballot in the small envelope supplied as part of the voting packet. Seal the small envelope. Do not write your name on the small envelope. Any small envelopes received by the office showing a decipherable name will be set aside.
  • Enclose the small envelope in the large envelope supplied in the voting packet. Do not enclose anything else in the large envelope (it will not be opened like regular office mail; see below). Write your name on the large envelope.
  • Seal the large envelope. The words “ABSENTEE BALLOT” should appear on the large envelope; it should have been pre-printed, but if missing, write those words. This will alert the office staff to deliver it to the clerk (see below) unopened.
  • Either mail the outer envelope to the office, or hand deliver it to the office. The office address is 566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118. If you need to contact the office, the phone is (617) 447-2344.
    Your ballot must be received in the office by 2:00 PM on Friday 4/15/2016. Late absentee ballots will be considered invalid and won’t be tallied. Note that we mean “received”, not “postmarked”.
  • If any outer envelopes are received as opened, or if the office staff accidentally opens an outer envelope, the member will be contacted to ask that he submit another. The invalid receipt will be destroyed.
  • One person will be designated as responsible for receiving and handling the absentee ballots (the clerk). Bob Adams has agreed to fill this role.
  • The clerk will maintain a record of the members who have submitted absentee ballots, based upon the name on the outer envelope.
  • The clerk will record receipt of the outer envelope against his log of voting packets sent. He will open the outer envelope and remove the inner envelope, unopened.
  • The clerk will handle the absentee ballot inner envelopes in a secure manner, for example under lock and key, or always in his personal possession.
  • The clerk will call, email, or write each member who submitted an absentee ballot, to acknowledge receipt. If you don’t hear from the clerk in a timely manner, it is your responsibility to follow up, not the clerk’s.
  • When the votes at the member meeting are ready to be tallied, the clerk will open each absentee ballot inner envelope, and place the inner contents mixed with the ballots from the meeting. If any identifying marks are found on the inner contents at this time, the ballot will be set aside and not tallied.
  • Members arriving at the welcome desk to sign in for the member meeting will be supplied an official paper ballot, but only if they are not on the absentee ballot list supplied by the clerk.

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.