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Chapter Spotlight: Mid-Missouri

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We are a relatively new (2-year-old) chapter in mid-Missouri based in Columbia and our members live within a 30-mile radius of the city. Our group began with a Craigslist ad 4 years ago, asking for any gay men in the area who wanted to secretly get together. A dozen guys showed up answering the ad. We continued this way for a period of time. Then Roger Neil (past President and current Vice President) presented some information about Prime Timers and everyone thought that this was the way to go.

 For a young group, we have been very busy. In these last couple of years, we were a sponsor of the Mid-MO pride fest, holding a photo booth and raising over $250 of donations going to the center's project. Last Christmas. we sponsored a family in need by raising over $500. This year, we hope to sponsor 5 senior citizens through a program called Volunteer Action that serve the basic needs of low income seniors. We also hold special event parties, games night, and are planning on starting a walking group.

 

We adopted a beautification spot inside the city of Columbia. How this works is that the city asks for sponsors to make the islands that divide the roads beautiful for 4 years to keep out weeds and pick trash off. The city provides everything while the sponsors provide the labor. We've had it since April and you can see the results below.

Our next election will be the 2nd Sunday of December (which also happens to be our regular monthly meeting with potluck/dinner/food normally held at a resident's house). Elected officers serve year-long terms with no maximum number of term limits. Our current board consists of 3 at-large members and 4 main officers (President, Vice President, Treasury, and Secretary). To date, we have no problems filling these positions.

Part of the reason, we believe is because we are a very close knit group: We use email and Kik, a social messenger group run by my husband, Rusty. The secretary also uses Kik to send out email announcements. There are currently 18 of us using Kik out of a total of 38 paid members.

Feel free to attend any of our events if you are in the area by checking out our website.

 

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