Who are the Rio Grande Valley Prime Timers?
On a beautiful early summer night in 2009, a few men gathered together around a swimming pool and discussed the challenges of meeting other gay / bisexual men in the Rio Grande Valley.
If you did not frequent the local gay bars, of which there were only a few, you rarely had contact with other, like-minded men. One of the men present had called us all together to tell us about an organization he had looked into, called Prime Timers, and he wanted to bring a chapter to the Rio Grande Valley.
Those present quickly agreed the Prime Timers sounded like something we all wanted and could benefit from, so we drafted our chapter's Bylaws, named our club the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Prime Timers, and received recognition from Prime Timers Worldwide as Chapter 72. We organized an informational meeting at the local library and posted notices in local publications of the meeting. To our surprise and delight, several men showed up. The meeting solidified the need for and benefits of having a Chapter of the Prime Timers in the Rio Grande Valley.
The first Board of Directors was elected and the Board began planning events that would meet the needs of our growing membership. The need for discretion and privacy at events was of paramount interest and importance. We held private events at members' homes, like pot-luck dinners, movie and games nights, pool parties, cookouts, etc. As word of RGV Prime Timers spread and we gained more and more members, the types of events and activities also blossomed. We were on our way and had successfully established the foundation for a strong, stable organization for gay and bisexual men in the Rio Grande Valley!
We have had challenges in our years in existence. Maintaining a strong leadership and dedication of the core values of the Prime Timers we have always overcome obstacles and have grown stronger.
We are doctors, lawyers, businessmen, teachers, retirees and younger men still growing their careers in the thriving RGV business environment. We have members as young as 21, and as "young at heart" as over 80. We are Latino, Caucasian, African American and all combinations in-between, and we are natives of this region, Winter Texans, and others who moved here to retire in the warm year-round climate of this tropical region.
Our past is unique and our future is bright. What began that summer eve has grown into something that we hold very dear to our hearts. Lasting friendships have been made, and new ones are always developing. If you want to be a part of this wonderful organization of dedicated men, just send us an email, call a Board member or just come to one of our weekly "Thirsty Thursday" happy hours. You'll be glad you did!
Who are Prime Timers?
Prime Timers are gay or bisexual men. Our members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities in which our members engage. No single definition can describe Prime Timers, as they come from all walks of life. Prime Timers involve themselves in their community with volunteerism, politics, gay issues, arts, entertainment, and every other facet of healthy living. Prime Timers are fathers and care givers. They are businessmen and entrepreneurs. They are workers and they are retired. Some are always on the go, and some enjoy the quiet company of others at home. But one thing is true of all Prime Timers. They enjoy the opportunities and friendships that develop with other Prime Timers throughout the world.
Prime Timers was founded in 1987 by a retired professor, Woody Baldwin (for more information about Woody, please visit his website here). He felt a wide gap existed in today's society, which caters almost exclusively to youth. This worship of eternal youth is never more flagrant than in the gay culture. Woody began the Boston Chapter by placing ads in local newspapers and soliciting his many friends. He expected only a small handful of men to attend the first meeting and was surprised when over 40 showed up. This indicated to Woody a need for social and cultural organizations to aid and support the aging gay and bisexual man. Now this organization has grown to over forty chapters worldwide, located throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
Travel opportunities for members are vast. Individual chapters welcome the chance to meet visitors from other chapters. Letters asking for local information and recommendations will be well received and promptly answered. Chapters enjoy showing off their communities and having visitors come away with a feeling of kinship and brotherhood with their newfound friends. The Prime Timers Worldwide Convention is held to discuss business and attend workshops geared toward Prime Timers. Our Conventions have been in Vancouver BC, Dallas TX, and Washington D.C., and more. And each year during Mardi Gras in New Orleans hundreds of Prime Timers gather to celebrate life, freedom and each other. We now reserve an entire hotel just for Prime Timers. Keep an eye on our on-line PTWW Events page, since much more is being planned for our worldwide members, chapters, and affiliates.
Our organization is emerging as a leading force in the gay and bisexual communities, and while we are not a political organization, we are concerned with society as it effects the aging gay and bisexual population. As our organization grows, we will be leading the pack in seeking answers to the needs and problems of maturing gay and bisexual men. It is hoped that soon a Prime Timers Chapter will be in every major metropolitan area in the world.
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