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This area contains all of the news articles from the Prime Timers Worldwide quarterly newsletter.  They are listed in chronological order, with the most recent news article listed first.  Feel free to peruse this article archive; it is chock full of interesting stories from local chapters, the worldwide organization as a whole, and important news to its members.

I want to share a few moments of your time to tell you what it is like being a Board Member. It does not matter if you are a Board Member of a chapter or on the Worldwide Board.

Being a Board Member (which is a volunteer job) takes many hours of my time. I ran for the VP of Chapters position on the Worldwide Board because I was asked. I had no real desire to be on the Board as I am president of the Las Vegas Board and that keeps me busy enough.

Okay, by "bicycle express". But that was how I saw myself, galloping along the St Lawrence, a watchful eye out for the Yankees yonder across the mighty river. The dirt road is now a bicycle lane (sometimes more, sometimes less) that followed, by a stretch of the imagination, the 18th century trail that once bound Canada together.


PrimeTimers of DC once again had a great time with its annual Halloween Party and Dinner on Sunday, October 28th. As in past years, it was held at the Carlyle Suites Hotel where 40 members and guests enjoyed the evenings activities just 24 hrs before being visited by hurricane Sandy!.

 

The morning of our most recent Worldwide Board meeting on April 26, 2018, two scamming attempts came to our Board Treasurer, Jim O'Brien. Both used our advertised position email address from the Worldwide website and personalized it with Board member names. We are attuned to these attempts to defraud our organization having experienced similar attempts in the past. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and cannot be fooled easily. He is preparing a warning message to remind current chapter officers of these criminal attempts. Will you receive his warning?


Some actions the Prime Timers Worldwide Board take as a service to the chapters include sending reminders and alerts about security of your chapter funds and potential criminal activity. In an article written on October 21, 2016 by Michael Stone, former president and current Director Emeritus, he told of the issues with delivery of inheritances Woody Baldwin left the chapters. The Board experienced many problems helping the Administrator of Woody's estate find where to send checks. We had outdated information. There are numerous reasons the Worldwide organization needs to contact a local chapter. Our ability is only as good as our database of information.


On chapter visits I've been asked what is a CIS? Your Worldwide Board has taken steps to answer that question. Whenever we are speaking of the form that collects current chapter information, we will first spell out the term Chapter Information Sheet (CIS) to clarify what we mean when using the abbreviation. The CIS is our source of officer names, chapter contacts, membership numbers and a wide variety of information we use for sending you information and for analysis of the organization as a whole. Each year as the reminder letter is sent to chapters for dues payment, the Secretary also requests an updated CIS form to keep our database current. That doesn't necessarily work for all chapters since some of you hold elections at other times of the year. Your chapter information is no longer current when new officers are installed. In that case, we need an update to keep the CIS information current!


Two names are critical on your CIS – the President and the Liaison. These are the two persons we send notifications and sometimes urgent messages to using the most current database. Liaison is a term that refers to the person who backs up the President for messages coming from us. Until recently, the Board had a member we identified as a liaison to your chapter. We've renamed our Board liaison to Chapter Advocate to avoid confusion. It will be the Chapter Advocate that will send reminders to update CIS data should your information become stale. Who knows when we might be trying to send you another check? We appreciate your help as we keep our database current.

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The Chapter Information Sheet is posted here, so take a minute to download and fill it out, then return to our Secretary at:


Richard Tobiason, Secretary
Prime Timers Worldwide
1231 Kirts Blvd., Unit D
Troy MI 48084-4864

 

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