Celebrating Our 29th Year and Beyond!
What is Prime Timers?
Prime Timers Worldwide is a social organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives.
Membership is open to men 21 years and older. We have over 8,000 members across the world. We are a 501(C)(3) non profit organization.
There are two parts to Prime Timers:
1. Chapters in several countries and many cities and areas in the U.S. and Canada.
2. Independent Members living away from those areas.
Prime Timers Worldwide is a social and educational organization that provides older gay and bisexual men the opportunity to enrich their lives.
Prime Timers are older gay or bisexual men (and younger men who wish to be in social interaction with mature men). Our members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities in which our members engage. No single definition can describe Prime Timers, as they come from all walks of life. Prime Timers involve themselves in their community with volunteerism, politics, gay issues, arts, entertainment, medical issues, support groups and every other facet of healthy living. 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, support, camaraderie and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.
Prime Timers was founded in 1987 by a retired professor, Woody Baldwin. He felt a wide gap existed in today's society which caters almost exclusively to youth. 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 that first meeting and was surprised when over 40 showed up. The attendance at the first meeting indicated to Woody that a need existed for social and cultural organizations to aid and support the aging gay and bisexual man. Now this organization has grown to over 80 chapters worldwide, located throughout North America, Europe, Israel and Australia.
Travel opportunities for members are vast. Individual chapters welcome the chance to meet visitors from other chapters. Chapters enjoy showing off their communities and having visitors come away with a feeling of kinship and brotherhood with their new-found friends. Travel opportunities abound with two annual Prime Timers cruises and other travel events sponsored by the Worldwide Organization and individual chapters. We publish monthly newsletters: Prime Times and Outs and Ins. Prime Times is published on even numbered months and Outs and Ins on odd numbered months.
The Prime Timers Worldwide Convention is held every two years (odd-numbered years) to allow our members to gather to socialize with other Prime Timers, attend workshops geared towards Prime Timers and to conduct business of the organization. Our Conventions have been in Provincetown, MA; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Dallas, TX; Palm Springs, CA; Washington, DC, Houston, TX., Orlando, FL , Reno, Nevada, Toronto, Canada, Columbus, Ohio, Las Vegas, Nevada and our 2017 Convention will be held in October, 2017 in Chicago. In addition up to 3 'Regional Events' may be planned each year by our member chapters for local, Worldwide and Independent members.
Our organization is emerging as a leading force in the gay and bisexual communities, and while we are not a political or religious 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 a Prime Timers chapter will soon be in every major metropolitan area in the world.
Please consider joining us!
If you are interested in starting a chapter please contact me by email or at home:
Michael Stone, President
Prime Timers Worldwide
7452 Eleanor Circle
Sarasota, FL 34243