This area contains all of the news articles from the Prime Timers Worldwide quarterly newsletter. They are listed in chronological order, with the most recent news article listed first. Feel free to peruse this article archive; it is chock full of interesting stories from local chapters, the worldwide organization as a whole, and important news to its members.
As I sat in Emergency Room 8B with fellow Prime Timer, Daniel Paige, lying asleep in the treatment bed, it felt eerily familiar. Just a month earlier, I had been the patient in the bed but surrounded by medical personnel feverishly working with needles, tubes, equipment, oxygen and other tools of the Emergency Room. Also by my side was Tim Butler, my partner of many years, and my brother, Steve, who had arrived four hours earlier from Oklahoma with his wife for a routine visit.
As I write this short piece, two close friends are getting married. They are both named Joe (Amos and Davis) and have been together for 15 years. They are valuable members of the board of their chapter of Prime Timers.
This event brought to mind my own story; John and I got married on Jan. 20th this year. We have been together over 16 years. These last two months have been the happiest time of my life. John and I had less than a dozen folks at the wedding — a civil ceremony. The Joes had about a dozen guests and their wedding was outside in a gazebo on Fortress Monroe.
Why are 72% of the non-renewing members in my chapter over the past three years, men who joined within two years of dropping out? That is a serious indicator that we have room to improve in member retention. Establishing ways to integrate new members may reverse this trend. As a membership chairman, I'm willing to beg, borrow, or steal any idea that will reduce the drop-out rate in San Antonio Prime Timer membership. And, that's just what I did when I heard Austin Prime Timers talk about a new social they are having for their new members. I stole the idea!
It is with great sadness that I report the passing of friend and fellow Prime Timer, Walker Meade. Walker passed away peacefully in early February after a short illness.
He joined Prime Timers Sarasota in November of 2004. He jumped right in, attending most of our activities. He joined the board and served many years as our group's secretary, doing a great job. Many of us will also remember him for the great conversationalist he was. He was tall with a booming voice and held a commanding physical presence!