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Heavy rain and cooler temperatures did not dampen the spirits of the attendees at the Carolinas PRIME Regional Event, held in North Myrtle Beach, SC at the Beach Cove Resort, October 25-28. Over 110 Prime Timers came from Denmark, Chicago, Boston, San Antonio, Dallas, Atlanta, Richmond, Norfolk, Knoxville, Charleston {WV}, several Florida chapters, Nevada, five North Carolina chapters, and, of course, the host state of South Carolina 's Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia chapters. In addition there were several guys who are not affiliated with a chapter AND, for a first at PRIME, there were four members of the Independent Chapter in attendance.

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Acquaintances and friendships were made on Thursday and Friday nights in the hospitality suite. Smaller groups went to dinner on Friday night at a couple of great local restaurants. The program part of the meeting was on Saturday morning with four excellent speakers: Warren Redman-Gress, Retired Executive Director of Alliance for Full Acceptance, Charleston, SC; Johanna Hayes, CEO, Careteam Plus, Inc., Conway, SC; Dr. Richard Wynn, Ballantyne Family Medicine, Charlotte, NC; and Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director of Equality, NC, Raleigh, NC. At 2:00 PM, one breakout session was led by the Board of PTWW, meeting with various chapter officers to discuss items like chapter growth, financial security, relevance, etc. Dr. Wynn led the second 2:00 PM breakout session using the Q&A format, discussing medical topics.

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Saturday night, PRIME guys enjoyed a social time followed by a delicious banquet. The after-dinner entertainer was Michael Bairefoot, a most awarded comedy-magician who dazzled the audience with magic tricks. Then, the banquet event closed with a drawing for 21 fantastic door prizes provided by the NC and SC PRIME Board members and their chapters. After the banquet, some guys dressed for the 8:30 PM Halloween Party. The party was in another large, conference center room that had been decorated by the Columbia Chapter guys using a Halloween theme. The highlight of the Halloween Party was the costume contest with winners representing sailors, an Egyptian, and a shark.

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This event was the second Carolinas PRIME event with the first being held in October 2016, also at the Beach Cove Resort in North Myrtle Beach, SC. That event was so well received that the Carolinas PRIME Board planned the second event which experienced a 52% growth in attendance. The Carolinas PRIME Board is made up of representatives from five of the six Prime Timers Chapters in North Carolina and South Carolina. Regional events are helpful to Prime Timer chapters and it is great when members and chapter leaders come to the regional and worldwide events. Special thanks go to the members of the Carolinas PRIME Board, and their chapter helpers, for hosting this second, fabulous regional event. Comments about the event can be submitted on the Carolinas PRIME website: www.primetimersww.com/carolinasprime






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