"Nooga" Prime Timers?
Welcome to the on-line world of the "Nooga Prime Timers. "Nooga" Prime Timers membership boasts over 35 members of diverse ages, backgrounds and interests with as many visitors attending on a monthly basis. Men who are 45 years of age or older are automatically eligible for membership. Men under 45 years of age are admitted under special circumstance. Currently, our members range in age of 45-80, with a few younger that. You can find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/chattanoogaprimetimers
We come from all walks of life. Many members are retired, although some are still active in their careers. Many involve themselves in their community with volunteerism, politics, gay issues, arts, and entertainment. Some of us are always on the go, and some enjoy the quiet company of others at home. Some members depend on Prime Timers as their primary social outlet, while for others, our activities and events supplement an already busy schedule. Through social, educational and cultural events our goal is to bring men together in a way that encourages the development of meaningful, long lasting friendships. Prime Timers are fathers and care givers. They are businessmen and entrepreneurs. They are workers and they are retired. Some are always on the go, and some enjoy the quiet company of others at home. But one thing is true of all Prime Timers. They enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.
Chattanooga is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. It is surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers, all of which offer innumerable outdoor activities. It is replete with tourist attractions and recently was voted the Best Town Ever Contest for the second time in five years by Outdoor Magazine. It is also a favorite relocation site for retirees as well as young people (due to the fastest internet in the county). It is called Gig City, because of internet speed. In addition, it is rapidly becoming a major music center.
Who are Prime Timers?
Prime Timers was founded in 1987 by a retired professor, Woody Baldwin (for more information about Woody, please visit his website here). He felt a wide gap existed in today's society, which caters almost exclusively to youth. This worship of eternal youth is never more flagrant than in the gay culture. Woody began the Boston Chapter by placing ads in local newspapers and soliciting his many friends. He expected only a small handful of men to attend the first meeting and was surprised when over 40 showed up. This indicated to Woody a need for social and cultural organizations to aid and support the aging gay and bisexual man. Now this organization has grown to over forty chapters worldwide, located throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
Travel opportunities for members are vast. Individual chapters welcome the chance to meet visitors from other chapters. Letters asking for local information and recommendations will be well received and promptly answered. Chapters enjoy showing off their communities and having visitors come away with a feeling of kinship and brotherhood with their newfound friends. The Prime Timers Worldwide Convention is held to discuss business and attend workshops geared toward Prime Timers. Our Conventions have been in Vancouver BC, Dallas TX, and Washington D.C., and more. And each year during Mardi Gras in New Orleans hundreds of Prime Timers gather to celebrate life, freedom and each other. We now reserve an entire hotel just for Prime Timers. Keep an eye on our on-line PTWW Events page, since much more is being planned for our worldwide members, chapters, and affiliates.
Our organization is emerging as a leading force in the gay and bisexual communities, and while we are not a political organization, we are concerned with society as it effects the aging gay and bisexual population. As our organization grows, we will be leading the pack in seeking answers to the needs and problems of maturing gay and bisexual men. It is hoped that soon a Prime Timers Chapter will be in every major metropolitan area in the world.