REGIONAL — Prime Timers was founded globally in 1987 by retired professor Woody Baldwin in Boston. Since its birth it has grown to over 73 chapters worldwide spanning North America, Europe, Israel and Australia.

Members consist of older gay and bisexual men plus younger ones who admire the mature man. It is part of a world-wide organization that touts volunteerism, as well as activities in the political, activism, arts, entertainment arenas and more. Each person plays an active role in community involvement. Because members are predominately in the fall of their years, they may be retired or may still be working. They may be businessmen or entrepreneurs.

The Carolinas sports three chapters, one in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, one in Charlotte (see and another in South Carolina on the Grand Strand. For more information, contact one of these groups listed below:

RDU Prime Timers, P.O. Box 33306, Raleigh, NC 27636-3306, call 919-229-4482 or 919-834-3843 or email

Charlotte Prime Timers, P.O. Box 11202, Charlotte, NC 28220-1202, 704-561-2257 or email

Prime Timers of Myrtle Beach, call 843-347-6885 or 843-357-4119 or email or visit They meet every first Tuesday of the month for social gatherings, plus enjoy meals, outings and more. : :

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.