Prime Timers of Central Florida, along with people across the United States and around the world, awoke on the morning of June 12, 2016, to the news of the massacre at Pulse, one of Orlando's GLBT nightclubs.
A lone gunman, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of those killed and wounded were known by PTCF members.
There was never any doubt in Woody Baldwin's mind what Prime Timers should be about. And, lest we forget, he reminded the men of Prime Timers in 2013 on the occasion of their Silver Anniversary. Very simply, Woody said he founded Prime Timers "to improve the social life of gay and bisexual men." That's it! No need to muddy the waters and make it more complicated than that! To improve the social life—people to people opportunities—of gay and bisexual men, pure and simple. Woody believed some people are fortunate enough to live longer, blessed to grow older, entrusted with added years to celebrate life, or fritter it away. He was just bold enough to believe that we could grow old, and do it with grace, style, dignity, and joy, all the while making valuable contributions to our communities.