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Michael Stone

Michael Stone

Each year, gay men from all over flock to Florida in July, much like the swallows returning to Capistrano. It is a rite of passage. This has been going on for over 15 years. Many of the guys attending are Prime Timers. It's a great way to reunite, celebrate, and bask in Florida's tropical sunshine.

Somehow, I left out pictures from my April visit to Charlotte, NC, so I'm enclosing them in this article. In early June, I joined the men of our Indianapolis chapter and stayed with my generous hosts Kim and John. It had been 10 years since I visited that city and back then had worked with a group of men to get the chapter going.

In recent newsletters, this fund has been mentioned several times. With the recent "Orlando Massacre", it was suggested as a place to make donations. With the passing of our founder, Woody Baldwin, it has again been mentioned. I'd like to take this time to give some background information about the fund and how it operates and helps promote our organization.

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In Loving Memory of Woody Baldwin and our Lost Brothers and Sisters in Orlando

I've just returned from Austin, Texas where I had the honor of celebrating the glorious life of our founder, Woody Baldwin. It was everything Woody would have wanted: a true celebration in the spirit he requested and a meeting of so many wonderful people. I learned so much more about Woody's colorful life and career.

Way back in October at the Las Vegas convention, I vowed to spend time this spring visiting many of our chapters. I've done that in the past but vowed, this time, to visit and meet even more of our members. I figured the best way to do this would be by car. So, I sat down with my old computer map program and mapped out the route. I then emailed the chapters to see if my timeframe worked with theirs and if they might have members who could host Robert and myself.

I've just returned from Austin, Texas where I had the honor of celebrating the glorious life of our founder, Woody Baldwin. It was everything Woody would have wanted: a true celebration in the spirit he requested and a meeting of so many wonderful people. I learned so much more about Woody's colorful life and career.

Since Woody's passing, I've received many e-mails asking how members and chapters can make donations in Woody's memory. I'll address that shortly

Since the massacre in Orlando I have also been asked if members and chapters can make donations to help the families of those who lost their lives at the Pulse nightclub. One has to be careful with donations because the money does not always end up at its target. We're being careful. I've also been asked if Worldwide will be making a donation.

At our recent board meeting we addressed these two issues and decided to put out this communication as soon as we can. In November of 2007 the past President and then current President of our Minneapolis--St. Paul chapter proposed a fund made up of donations to allow our organization or develop and work to start new chapters. In addition the fund would support the work needed to support existing chapters. They wrote a letter to existing chapters and donations were made at that time. Over the years some donations continue to be received. It continues its work with chapters. An upcoming Prime Times newsletter will be devoted to the fund.

To forever preserve his name and honor our founder we named this The Woody Baldwin Chapters Fund. The board feels that this fund would be an ideal place for donations. Because of our 501(c)(3)status the donations are tax deductable.

When you make your donations please designate 'in memory of Woody Baldwin' or 'Orlando Massacre Survivors'. The money designated for Orlando will be made once we have verified a trustworthy organization and in the name of Prime Timers Worldwide. Any funds not designated will reside along with those designated in memory of Woody Baldwin, for that fund.

Donations should be made out to:

Prime Timers Worldwide
c/o Terry Kyweriga, Treasurer
4722 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis MN 55406

Thank you for your participation.

 

In 2009 in Toronto in a speech at the convention I spoke of Gay men as survivors. Now, with this all too recent tragedy we have survived, yet, one more horrific world event. Some of us ask ourselves 'how much more can we endure?' The answer is that we need to continue to stand strong and to stand together as brothers, as gay men and as Americans to face whatever it is the world has in store for us in the future. We must stand strong and, in the end, we will win the war of intolerance. Victory does not always come easily nor does it come without a struggle nor without pain.

We have survived many wars, many personal losses and we will continue to struggle for equality with our fellow man. We share this world with radical people whose ideals, lives and minds do not function within a democracy; they feel their likes and dislikes should dictate that the rest of the world follow their ways. They only know violence and death as a way of expressing ideals. We act in reasonable and democratic ways. We are embroiled in an election race but we feel confident that however it comes out we will stand as a democracy and as Americans.

When you sit down to dinner tonight or tomorrow night stop for a moment and sit in silence and remembrance of our recently fallen heroes. Continue to honor, love and appreciate each other as loving friends and fellow survivors and know in your heart that we are all in this together.

After the PTWW Convention in Las Vegas, the new Board voted to distribute to the chapters the minutes of their periodic meetings. The objective of this action is to provide the chapters with more information in the spirit of transparency of the organization.

You can view the minutes by clicking here or by choosing the "About Us" menu at the top of the PTWW website.

If you have questions, please contact the Board member assigned to cover your region or the officer most likely to be involved in your topic of interest.

Michael Stone, President

 

It is with a heavy heart that I relay the news of the passing of our founder, Woody Baldwin. Woody passed away quietly on the evening of Thursday, April 21 in Austin, Texas. He had been in declining health for some months. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday.

Woody was not only our founder; he was our leader; he was our teacher; he was our mentor and without him this wonderful organization would have never come about. He took a giant step in 1987 when he created Prime Timers in Boston. It was at a time when the senior gay male population was mostly ignored by society. He made a place and a reason for us to come together. Our handshake logo stands as visual evidence of how we join with one another in coming together in camaraderie and friendship and support and respect.

Woody's partner of 37 years, Sean O'Neill, preceded Woody in death on August 24, 2003. Our friends in Woody's home chapter of Austin, Texas, tell us that Woody did not want a memorial service but, instead, a celebration of his life. This will be held in early June in Austin and we will inform you of the details when they become available.

We welcome your remembrances of him. Please click here to share your own experiences with this extraordinary man. if you wish to provide a photo, please send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Michael Stone,
President
Prime Timers Worldwide

 

Remembering Woody

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My first contact with Woody was when he telephoned me sometime in May of 2003. I had successfully started the Sarasota chapter two years earlier. He asked if I could meet with him and his partner, Sean, and a few of the Sarasota members to help start a chapter in Ft. Lauderdale. It was an exciting event and I came to enjoy his great 'good old boy' camaraderie and his strong and hard working ways. We kicked off the chapter with a large initial number of members.

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