Mid-January to mid-February is what they call Mid-Summa Festival. This is the summertime down south of the equator and this festival is their state's (Victoria's) premier gay and lesbian arts and culture festival. The Vintage Men have a booth and several have volunteered to staff it. Volunteering for something like this can be fun. It is a good opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people.
175 members. This chapter is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. They ran an interesting article of members' names that have passed from the earliest up to the most recent. Several are remembered by us from their coming down to our Labor Day Getaway. If in Denver, plan on having coffee with the guys on Mondays at 8:00 a.m. at Panera's on S. Colorado Blvd. and Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. at the LGBT Center.
500+ members. This large chapter also has many activities happening throughout the month. They are to be commended in the many physical events they have planned: tennis, bowling, and bocce ball to name a few. They also have card games, roundtable discussion groups, a collection group meeting at a local library, and a history group. Hey, both brains and brawn get exercised. Plus, every Tuesday is mixer night at The Tropics.
The chapter's Winter Holiday Potluck will be out of town at the Walnut Woods State Park. All will start arriving around 2:00 p.m. for the social hour. The eatin' will begin about 4:00 p.m. There will be a roaring fire in the fireplace. BYO, but hard liquor is not permitted. This is the chapter's New Year Potluck, and sounds like fun one. Good beards!
With a membership above 800, attendance at some events need to be reserved ahead, to not just appear. I can imagine. They often take jaunts in tour buses such as the gambling jaunt to Laughlin, Nevada. But all of their Monday Mixers are open to everyone. And, this is a chapter that has something for everyone. We have members that have relocated to the desert and joined PTOD and love the variety of activities. We're always glad to read the chapter's newsletter and see all the photos.
82 members. This club has done many things for the Central Florida community and are deserving of the local recognition they have received. They have had a food drive for people affected with HIV/AIDS, a drive to bring in items of toiletries for Hope and Help, towel sets for seniors through Meals on Wheels, and toy collections for the Salvation Army that have benefitted over 3,600 kids. Hey, guys, well done. We're pleased you're "one of us".
A tradition has been started. On the "First Tuesday" of the month, a group of them meet at the Golden Corral out on Forrest Lane at 11:30 a.m. We all know the amount of food the Corral puts out and the cost is only eight bucks. Then stick around and join the guys in a side room for a game time, such as Texas 42, Mexican Train, or Uno. If you're in the area, find the correct Golden Corral, and join 'em. You'll have a good time.
Martin stated a very important remembrance for us all. January 27th is International Holocaust Day. That date in 1945 was when Auschwitz and Birkenau were liberated. We need to take a moment to remember the multitude of gays that were killed simply for being gay during WWII. To see the large pink marble triangles as a monument in remembrance along the canals in Amsterdam is quite sobering, realizing what our forerunners in Europe went through. Thank you for your words, Martin.
Congratulations to the chapter. They are celebrating their fifth anniversary on January 9th. The chapter will be holding a "fun time" on January 14th at 2:00 p.m. at One Duke on the corner of Duke and James Street South. They also have a Bears group that meets on the first Sunday of the month at The Speakeasy.
It is good to read that several from their group drove over to visit with the Hartford, Connecticut chapter. When distances are close, it is easy to do. Also, many of the Rhode Island guys enjoy live theatre and are scheduling several in the upcoming months. Their newsletter has many good photos of their troops.