As social groups go the Fort Lauderdale Prime Gentlemen got their act together.

The group broke away from Prime Timers Worldwide earlier this year and has not looked back.

“We needed a change and we wanted to go on our own,” said President of Board of Directors of Fort Lauderdale Prime Gentlemen Henry Penas.

The Fort Lauderdale chapter of Prime Timers Worldwide had grown so large that membership voted to cut ties with national and chart a new course. Penas said Fort Lauderdale Prime Gentlemen are 591 members strong and “completely self-sufficient.”

Dues are $30 annually and meetings are held on the first Sunday (2 p.m.) of the month at Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors. There mature men and their admirers gather to extend support, cultivate friendships, offer companionship, share a meal, laugh, cry and more.

“Everything we do is to get members out of the house and engaged,” Penas said.

Fort Lauderdale Prime Gentlemen are a social club, 501c7 organization. Dues and donations are not tax deductible. Penas said the organization purchased an overhead projector and donated to the Pride Center and has made similar in-kind donations to programming at SunServe.

Penas, a retired educator from New York, recently spoke at a Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida concert on behalf of the upstart Prime Gentlemen.

“I love this organization,” Penas said. “Every one of our members will tell you it has improved their lives.”

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