Members of the Wichita, KS Prime Timers chapter celebrated their 16th anniversary with a dinner on August 15th.
Organization activities for the chapter began in 1998 and the chapter was chartered in 1999 with eight members. The founder and first president of the group was Dale Sneeringer who passed away this year. Early meetings consisted of covered dish dinners and discussions were held around how to recruit members and develop interesting activities to offer members. In its efforts to grow the chapter, ads were placed in the local gay community publication. This included a phone number and address where interested individuals could contact the group. Several years later, the membership grew largely due to the Internet. An e-mail address and a web site were created, making it even easier to reach potential members. After that, the group grew to an all-time high of 85 members. However, after several years it is now somewhat stabilized around 60+. Chapter business cards have been designed and made available in local community businesses. Members use the business cards to give to friends and prospective members. A poster to be placed in bars and other gay-friendly organizations has also been created.
Our club of 114 members continues to be active and sponsors well attended events. The membership is almost equally divided among Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. We have 19 couples (some with non-member partners) and the rest are single/widowed/divorced. Our oldest active member, Jack, had his 91st birthday in August.