Palm Beach Graying Gays Group Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
Palm Beaches Prime Timers recently announced that they will move their monthly meetings to Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center at 201 North Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, starting with their December meeting on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
“When we started the group about a year ago Compass wasn’t open on the weekends,” said George Sauers, co-creator of the newsletter and advertising programs for the group. “Now they’re open on Saturdays so we’re real pleased to be able to use their space. It makes us more a part of the community at large,” he added.
According to the Prime Timers World Wide website, Prime Timers is an organization for “older gay or bisexual men (and younger men who admire mature men) who enrich their social lives, engage in diverse activities, and enjoy opportunities and friendships with other Prime Timers throughout the world.”
It was founded in 1987 in Boston by a retired professor, Woody Baldwin, who recognized the need for friendship, fun social activities and community support for older gay and bisexual men. Today the organization has more than 80 chapters throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
“We have been looking to expand the social programming for seniors for quite some time now and a partnership between Compass and the Palm Beaches Prime Timers is a perfect fit,” said Julie Seaver, Compass Center Director. “Compass recognizes a tremendous value of organizational partnership and coalition-building, and we are proud to host a safe venue at the center for the growing number of LGBT seniors and baby boomers we have in Palm Beach County.”
According to Sauers, the group that would become Prime Timers first met in Oct. 2011 at the Main County Library on Summit Boulevard in West Palm Beach where they have held their meetings for the past year. Around 30 people attended the first gathering at the library. Today they have over 50 members, about half of whom are couples.
Sauers said it was obvious from the start that the group felt there was a need for a Palm Beaches Prime Timers chapter.
“Fort Lauderdale has a lot of stuff going on but the attendees agreed that most of us live in Palm Beach because we like what we have up here,” he said.
“And meetings are only a small part of what we do,” said Sauers. “We go places and do things and more people come for the activities than for the meetings.”
Some of the regular activities listed on the club’s website include walking dogs at John Prince Park, biking, bowling, monthly dinners, pot lucks, movie nights and more.
“Personally, I like the pot luck suppers a lot,” said Sauers. It’s a good way to get to know people better.”
The club also offers a variety of trips including fall foliage viewing in the northeast, and gay Caribbean cruises in the winter.
“One of the nice things about the travel arrangements is the fact that you can sign up and go on trips with other clubs for their cost,” said Sauers. “It’s a great way to expand the number of travel opportunities.”
Sauers also said the club anticipates a big influx when the snowbirds arrive for the season. Some of them are members in chapters in their summer locations so they just participate in the local meetings and events but there are many people who will be hearing about Prime Timers for the first time and will want to join.
The club’s website is www.palmbeachesprimetimers.org. In addition to the calendar, the group publishes a monthly newsletter on the site and provides space for advertisements. You can click on the membership link and sign up for $20 per year.