Congrats to the chapter on their 30th Anniversary. Every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m., a group called the Wednesday Nooners meet for lunch at the Golden Corral. Just tell the greeter at the door you're with the Prime Timers, and join 'em. The lunch buffet is only $9.02 (.02?). But hey, you can't beat that price for all the food you can stuff yourself with. The Golden Corral is at 3677 Santa Fe Drive out in Sheridan.
February's meeting had a speaker from "Vibrant Kin", a group doing research on the history of L-G-B-T-Q-NS-X-Y-Z activism in the Cincinnati area. As many of our chapters certainly may have members that have knowledge of their own city's gayness in decades of yore, for someone doing that type of research, speaking to our chapters can be a tremendous source of information. Plus, this can be interesting listening and learning for all of us about those days of yore.
In February, 50 of the guys took their first cruise as a chapter group — on a ship, that is. The cruise was aboard the Caribbean Princess. They had their own lanyard with "Fort Lauderdale Prime Timers" on it. It was arranged to they could all sit together for meals, two cocktail parties, snacks, free drinks, and do-nothing times of sitting on the deck chatting with old and new friends. Sounds like this will become a yearly event.
The chapter is planning their yearly jaunt to Laughlin, Nevada. It will be for three nights, staying at the Riverside Resort Hotel. Included in the trip, beside the bus and gambling fun, is a day trip to the old ghost mining town of Oatman, Arizona to include a bank holdup on Main Street. Another day trip will be to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City. Boy, this sounds like a good getaway. Does anyone remember the kid's game called "London Bridge is Falling Down"?
Here's your chance to get back in the saddle again. For you bikers, a new activity is starting. The first Friday of the month, the gang will be peddling with short, easy rides to start-off with. Riders will meet at Sunset Beach parking lot at 9:30 a.m (that parking lot can certainly be "scenic" without getting into the saddle!). Estimated duration of riding times will be two hours in the early stages of building up endurance.
The guys are diligently getting together in the planning of our yearly Labor Day Getaway. The host hotel, the gay Habana Inn, started taking reservations on Monday, March 6th. The chapter's weekly Tuesday Lunch is continuing to grow in attendance. It was great to have Nathan and Bill from the Central Iowa chapter in Des Moines visiting with us this week.
The Phoenix Gay Pride takes place on April 2nd. The chapter will have a float in the parade. The chapter has many couples that have been together many years. These couples are asked to ride the float and each carry a sign stating their number of years together. What a great idea! After the parade, they're scheduling some R&R at Los Diablos Bar on East Indian School Road.
Many in the chapter are involved with a gay rapport group for seniors. They meet once a month and discuss a particular subject. This month's topic is "Enduring Relationships as Gay Men". Also, the monies raised at this month's potluck will help support the Lambert House. It is good to read that many of our chapters have a face in the LGBT community supporting various causes.
This chapter's monthly General Meeting is always the fourth Sunday of the month. The meetings are held at Trinity MCC, Lockwood Ridge, at 3:00 p.m. There will be Lazy Lobster afterwards. At the February meeting, the CEO of the Community Outreach spoke on the need for grieving resources for LGBT seniors. This sounds like a worthwhile discussion, for sure.
The February General Meeting was the largest monthly meeting they've had with 78 attending. The speaker was the CEO of the city's AIDS Foundation. Tons of questions and concerns, along with enlightenment. Also, the Care and Concern Committee is fervently assisting their chapter seniors that are unable to get around to their doctor appointments, the market, chapter socials, and the like. Good for you, guys.