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Who Are Prime Timers?

Prime Timers Worldwide is a social organization that provides older gay and bisexual men and younger men who enjoy associating with older men opportunity to enrich their lives. Our members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by diverse activities in which our members engage. No single definition can describe Prime Timers as they come from all walks of life. Prime Timers enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.

Prime Timers was founded in 1987 by retired professor Dr. Woodrow (Woody) Baldwin. He felt a gap existed in today's youth oriented society. Woody began the Boston Chapter by placing ads in local newspapers and inviting his friends. He expected only a small handful of men. To Woody's surprise, over forty showed up for the first meeting. Since then, the society has grown to seventy-five chapters in Australia, Canada, and The United States and includes Independent Members worldwide.


Who Are Independent Members?

Independent Members are Prime Timers who do not live near and existing chapter. The Independent Members are offered many of the same benefits enjoyed by Chapter Members. The nucleus of future chapters can be our Independent Members. We encourage our Independent members to consider starting a new chapter when a nucleus is found in a geographic area.

As an Independent Member, you may visit any chapter of Prime Timers and participate in their activities. Our Prime Timer Worldwide newsletter, Prime Times, is distributed every other month electronically to inform you of Independent news, major chapter events, and activities sponsored entirely or in part by Prime Timers. There are numerous opportunities to network with others and many venues to meet and socialize with other Prime Timers. Opportunities include the Annual Labor Day Get Away in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Western Regional Gathering in Las Vegas each May; Halloween in Provincetown hosted by the Boston Chapter and other regional events throughout the year. The Prime Timers Worldwide Convention is held each two years to discuss business, attend workshops, and to socialize with friends as well as make new ones. In order, our past conventions were held in Dallas, Texas; Palm Springs, California; Washington, DC; Houston, Texas; Reno, Nevada; Orlando, Florida; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; again in Palm Springs; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada and October/November, 2017, in Chicago, Illinois. The 2019 Worldwide Convention will be held in October in San Antonio, Texas.

Our organization is emerging as a leading force in the gay and bisexual communities. While we are not a political organization, we are concerned with society as it affects 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 of the world.


  • For Independent Memberships, or info about becoming an Independent Member contact: Chairman of Independent Chapter

  • For Chapter-related information, or to start a chapter, contact: Vice-President

  • For all other inquires, or to start a chapter contact: President

  • Click here for the independent member application

  • Click here to find a Prime Timers chapter in your area


We are truly excited about your interest in starting a Prime Timers Worldwide Chapter. When you do it, you will be embarking on what is sure to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. You will find the enthusiasm with which the project is met, and the good that the organization brings to its members to be a real incentive to make the organization work. Every sincere attempt to start a chapter has had unqualified success; there are many guys waiting for this opportunity.

To assist you along the way, we have prepared an information packet that includes general instructions to help in the initial stages of the organization. Contact our Vice-President of ChaptersPresident, or Director Emeritus and they will send you the packet and help you get started. After the second meeting (and the election of a temporary governing board), things will fall into place, and keeping the club moving forward will be easy.

Also included is a set of general guidelines to provide those constants we think necessary if the name "Prime Timers" is to mean the same thing wherever it is mentioned. We have included a list of steps in starting a chapter; just remember that these are not all done at once. We keep operating procedures loose so each chapter can operate in a way that is best for its members and community.

The Worldwide recognition of Prime Timers means that members now have "connections" when they travel. Members are welcome to attend events of all other chapters, and this networking opportunity is being widely used.

Through Worldwide, you have free exchange of ideas between chapters. We share our monthly newsletters with other chapters. These provide a rich source of ideas for programs and activities. We share forms and write-ups of any kind that may be used word for word, or can be altered to meet your specific needs.

If you decide to pursue the idea of starting a chapter, you will learn there are a lot of wonderful guys out there who are not into bars; and who, therefore, have become disconnected from gay society. They will find a whole new social life, thanks to Prime Timers. Also, you will vastly increase your own set of friends. It's great!

Please keep in touch and let us know how we can help. When you set your first meeting date, we will send you additional forms, newsletters, etc. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you.


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