Who are the Prime Timers - Central Virginia?
Our Mission Statement
“We are a diverse gay male organization dedicated to building life-long friendships through shared interests and educational programs in a secure and nurturing environment. We pursue these goals through loyalty to one another and community outreach.”
Our Chapter was formed and became a member of the Prime Timers World Wide organization in January of 2003.
We owe our beginnings and roots to our member Bob Jones. In the latter part of 2002, Bob reached out through friends to tell them about a social/educational national organization called Prime Timers World Wide that was made up of local chapters.
As Bob explains it "I felt Richmond was in need of such a chapter. We had a meeting at [PBS] Channel 23 Central Virginia Educational TV. I don't know the date. It was around September of 2002. Asking friends to tell friends about the meeting. I was amazed that 18 guys showed up to hear about the idea. There was a positive attitude from all. We started with the 18 and built from there. In January of 2003, we had our 1st official meeting at St Marks Episcopal Church on the Boulevard. A Board and Officers were elected to get the organization going. (As they say, the rest is history....)".
To keep things fun and interesting, we survey our members about their interests and from their responses, we support our members in forming new special interest groups and activities, which our members organize. Besides the many various weekly and monthly activities that our members enjoy, our members also enjoy member only discount tickets for the local Richmond Triangle Players live theater, go to movies and museums, pot luck dinners and picnics. Other possible shared interest groups could include Antiques, Gardening, Cooking, Sports, Investment, and Discussion Groups. These groups form and evolve solely by the interest and actions of our members.
Thank you for visiting our site. If you would like to get out and make new friends, have fun activities, and learn new things, please reach out to us by email, phone, or in writing using our contact information posted under “Contact Us”.
With Prime Timers, you will find a diverse community of interesting people that will enrich your life!
Who are Prime Timers?
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.