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Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Since first boarding her on December 1, 2012, outside of Rome, I've always looked back on the Celebrity Silhouette as a dear old friend. The ship was nearly new and our group numbered near 100, coming from all over the globe. We spent sixteen days aboard the ship, ending in Ft. Lauderdale. The consensus was in: everyone loved nearly everything about the ship and the Prime Timers they met...

I celebrate with all of us for the gift we have been given: our new Board of Directors. I watched the new board 'mesh' in their first meetings in Chicago in October. I listened on the recent board conference call meeting. This new board is fired up and full of energy, ideas and the ability to make things happen. These are all "my boys" and I am so proud of them. They are what is happening!

When you work with an organization of volunteers, you never know what you'll get. Volunteers work at their own direction and without the lure of a salary. Results can sometimes be disappointing. We're coming to the close of our board's two-year term. Many of us were strangers when we came together two years ago in October in Las Vegas. Along the way, we've lost some members and gained some members.

As the biennial Prime Timers Worldwide Convention approaches, the Board of Directors and I want to encourage your chapter to participate in-person. The host chapter, Chicago Prime Timers, has put together a great program including the Keynote Address, Workshops, Buffet, Halloween Masquerade Ball, Gala Banquet on the closing night, Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan (optional), and the Hospitality Room. There will the Business Meeting of the chapter representatives and the Board as well as board meetings to conduct during the formal part of the convention, but there will be time available to see and enjoy Chicago.

Information on the program, registration, and hotel is available at the special convention website, www.chicagoprimetimers.org/convention

Or, just go to the PTWW website at www.primetimersww.com then click on the links to the convention website.

The convention is just a bit more than two months away. You are encouraged to publicize the event to your chapter members at meetings, in your newsletter, and any other creative ways that you use. Some chapters are planning to use a portion of the funds received by the chapter as a beneficiary of the Woody Baldwin Estate to help fund participation by a representative from your chapter. The Chapter President is the logical representative, but another officer or chapter member can be given the proxy for your chapter to vote on important items at the Business Meeting.

I look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

 

As the biennial Prime Timers Worldwide Convention approaches, the Board of Directors and I want to encourage your chapter to participate in-person. The host chapter, Chicago Prime Timers, has put together a great program including the Keynote Address, Workshops, Buffet, Halloween Masquerade Ball, Gala Banquet on the closing night, Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan (optional), and the Hospitality Room. There will the Business Meeting of the chapter representatives and the Board as well as board meetings to conduct during the formal part of the convention, but there will be time available to see and enjoy Chicago.

Once again, many of our chapters have received a second gift from our founder, Woody Baldwin. The executor of his will completed the distribution of Woody's wishes: donations to the chapters he loved so much. These funds have gone to all of the current chapters that existed in good standing at the time of Woody's passing in April of 2016. How can the chapters acknowledge this wonderful gift? By promoting Worldwide activities in their monthly newsletters in order to form stronger bonds with Prime Timers Worldwide.

As we enter into our 31st year as an organization, we continue to work to cover the map with chapters. When I was elected to the board in 2003, our chapters numbered in the 40's and our Independent Members were over 200. As we increased and doubled those numbers, our Independent Members had more and closer chapters to join and their numbers declined. It makes sense: more chapters to serve more Prime Timers.

As the biennial Prime Timers Worldwide Convention approaches, the Board of Directors and I want to encourage your chapter to participate in-person. The host chapter, Chicago Prime Timers, has put together a great program including the Keynote Address, Workshops, Buffet, Halloween Masquerade Ball, Gala Banquet on the closing night, Dinner Cruise on Lake Michigan (optional), and the Hospitality Room. There will the Business Meeting of the chapter representatives and the Board as well as board meetings to conduct during the formal part of the convention, but there will be time available to see and enjoy Chicago.

We all know deep down inside that growing older can have a very serious downside to it. Once we've lost the ability to care for ourselves, the picture can be bleak. Money problems can greatly affect the care we can afford. When physical conditions limit the ability to participate and interact, the picture grows even darker.

We all read about it constantly in newspapers and online. We've sadly become familiar with the words "Hackers", "Imposter Scams", "Fraud', and "ID Theft". We tend to be cautious in what we reply to and know when not to reply. Despite exercising caution, I'm sad to report to you that our organization was recently scammed. We have been awaiting the results of the six-week FBI investigation and police report. The first of those investigations has been reached with no results.

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