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Whenever someone writes an article or a little blurb about an event from their chapter, I usually receive more pictures than I can fit in the newsletter. For this particular issue, there was an unusually large number of pictures that didn't make it to the newsletter. So instead of the usual quiz or "did you know?" items normally found in this page, I decided to do an "extra pictures" piece, similar to your "extra scenes" found in a DVD. Here, in no particular order of importance are some of the pictures related to the articles found in this newsletter that didn't make it to the original article. Enjoy!

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Summer is now in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere. We associate summer with fun activities, like the movies we watch, the trips we take, and the events we attend. And then, there is music that reminds us about the good times of summer. How many songs with the title "summer" in them do you know? Take this pop quiz and see how well you can name the song title and the singer who sang them.

Health Brief

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Murray Betts and Gene Poole, both Prime Timers from the San Antonio chapter, have alerted us to a recent announcement in the U.S. regarding a recall of a common prescription medicine used to treat high blood pressure. If you are taking such medication, we urge you to contact your doctor to find out if it contains Valsartan, either by name or as an active ingredient in the medication. Currently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a recall of certain drugs that contain Valsartan due to a manufacturing impurity that poses a potential cancer risk. However, the recall does not affect all drugs containing Valsartan. Therefore, it is important to speak with your doctor before you stop taking any medication prescribed for you. Have your doctor help make this determination with you. Do not attempt to make any decisions completely on your own.

Summer is in full swing in the Northern Hemisphere and this issue is a reflection of the season: there are several reports of trips and celebrations from various featured chapters. Don't forget, if you want recognition from your chapter, you need to write to us to be featured.

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In celebration of Father's Day, how well do you know of famous (or infamous) fictional fathers in television and movies? Take this pop quiz and see how well you can name the character's (not the actor's) name of the TV show or movie.

Summer is almost here in North America and June also happens to be LGBTQ Pride Month. This means that a lot of cities are celebrating Pride in the coming months. If your chapter is involved in Pride Month in any way, please send us short articles and/or photos of your events. If your city has already celebrated Pride, we want those pictures too!

Father's Day Pride

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June happens to be when both Father's Day and LGBTQ Month occur. For many people, these events are treated somewhat separately. Many gay men are either single or if they are in a committed relationship, do not have children (sorry, pets owners don't count here!). And many gay fathers are not into the "gay scene" and so may miss out on some of the activities offered during Pride Month.

We are starting another new feature with this newsletter's issue: Chapter Spotlight, as you have seen it on pages 2 and 3. Here, we showcase one Prime Timers chapter with a focus on those that are smaller and may or may not have their own newsletter. If you like to be featured in the next newsletter, let us know.

I See Red

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While red has traditionally been associated with danger in the Western world, for the month of February 2018, it means two major celebrations. First up is Valentine's Day on the 14th. The best known origin of this day is based on Valentine, a Roman priest who lived during the third century. When emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage because he felt that single men made better soldiers than married ones, Valentine defied the emperor's decree and continued to perform marriages in secret. When he was found out, Valentine was put to death and his name is celebrated for love and romance to this day.

If you haven't already noticed, I've made some tweaks to the font size and style of the newsletter. More importantly, what I have tried to do is create a seamless reading of the newsletter. That is, I don't want you to read something on page 1 and then have to flip to page 10 to read the rest. The story always continues on the next page. This way, you won't have to go back and forth. I hope you like these changes and if not, let me know how I can help your reading of this newsletter to be more pleasurable.

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