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Ron Bush

Ron Bush

Retired gay male currently serving as secretary of Prime Timers of Central Florida.

When Prime Timers of Central Florida received $4,000 and $2,100 bequests from the estate of Woodrow "Woody" Baldwin earlier this year, members had to decide how they wanted to use the money. While most of the money will be used for the members, part of it was earmarked for doing good.

Forty-two members and two guests attended the 22nd annual Anniversary Dinner of Prime Timers of Central Florida on August 12 at Golden Corral, 7251 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando.

Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan (second from right) greets Emmy award-winning actor and comedian Leslie Jordan (second from right), Jerry Danese (from left), Ron Bush, and Norm Blanchette of Prime Timers of Central Florida after his sold-out show, Leslie Jordan Exposed, at Parliament House's Footlight Theatre on Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Orlando.

Prime Timers of Central Florida, along with people across the United States and around the world, awoke on the morning of June 12, 2016, to the news of the massacre at Pulse, one of Orlando's GLBT nightclubs.

A lone gunman, Omar Mateen, killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in the early hours of Sunday morning. Some of those killed and wounded were known by PTCF members.

From the chapter's earliest days, members of Prime Timers of Central Florida have worked to be more than just a social organization for senior gay and bisexual men. They involve themselves in the community, whether its volunteering for various non-profits or collecting items for distribution to those who need a helping hand.

As part of their community outreach, members of Prime Timers of Central Florida participate each year in two projects unofficially known as Good Deeds. One of the projects helps an HIV/AIDS service organization; the other benefits an organization that serves needs needy seniors in metropolitan Orlando.

For almost 10 years, members have brought such toiletry items as toothpaste and toothbrushes, razors and shaving gel, soaps and shampoo, body lotion and deodorant to the chapter's annual Christmas dinner in early December. The collected items are then delivered to Hope and Help Center of Central Florida for distribution to its clients who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Fifty members and friends of Prime Timers of Central Florida celebrated the club's 20th anniversary on Saturday, August 8th with a dinner and program at Golden Corral in Orlando. The club for senior gay and bisexual men began in July 1995.

Two members who have been with the chapter since its beginning were presented with plaques thanking them for their continuous membership. They also received a year of free membership. Three other members (Cliff Barros, Ron Bush and Jerry Danese) were presented with certificates in recognition of their 10 years of continuous membership.

Prime Timers of Central Florida will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dinner August 8, 2015 at Golden Corral. The chapter was organized in July 1995.

The festivities planned for the evening include recognizing two of the founding members who are still members of the club. As the chapter has done for several years, members who have been members for 10 continuous years also will be recognized. This year three members will be honored.

Who would have thought while laughing at the antics the characters of Golden Girls, we were seeing a new model of living – shared housing – for the prime time years of our life. The experience of shared housing may not be new to us: perhaps we shared an apartment while in college or when we moved out of our parents’ home. It is likely, however, we have not considered a shared living arrangement for this time of our lives.

Just to be clear: Shared housing is a long-term living arrangement where two – or more – unrelated people choose to live together in a house, apartment, condominium or mobile home.