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Dissatisfied Member Formed a New Club

March 04, 1985|DUNCAN STRAUSS

The Prime of Life Singles Club was born largely out of dissatisfaction with another singles group, according to the club founder, Jan Wahl. "I was a member of another club, and I hate to say I didn't think it was being run properly, but that was my feeling. It had no foundation. Everybody sort of did what they wanted to, and nobody on the board knew what their jobs were," she said.

Rather than try to change the disorganized ways of this older club, she formed the Prime of Life Singles, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in February. Wahl says the focus of the Huntington Beach-based club has shifted in the past year.

"We started out just having happy hours and dining-out events, but we've added golf, bowling and bridge, and we're just now adding hiking."

To join Prime of Life Singles, one must be 45 or older and pay an $18 yearly membership fee. Wahl said the fee covers the club's printing and mailing costs, and all surplus funds are returned to the members in the form of free parties, such as last month's anniversary bash.

Although the board meets monthly, the 125-member club does not have general meetings. Members gather for the various activities, with happy hours consistently attracting the largest turnout. For further information about Prime of Life Singles, call Wahl at 840-4569.

TODAY

Lecture (9252 Garden Grove Blvd., Suite 2, Garden Grove, 7 p.m., 636-2170). One of a series entitled "The Do's, Don'ts and Maybes of Divorcing," the free lecture will be presented by a marriage and family therapist, Janeen H. Cunningham, and a family-law specialist, Gerald L. Klein. Call for further information.

TUESDAY

Orientation (Parents Without Partners, Huntington Beach, 7:30 p.m., 536-5815). Orientation for single parents, followed by coffee and conversation. Call for details and directions.

WEDNESDAY

Dance Party (Chaytor's Social Club, 8 p.m., 996-1185). Evening includes hot snacks and dancing to a live band. Admission is $3 for members, $5 for guests. Call for directions and reservations.

Happy Hour (Wednesday Night Clu for Singles, Sampan, 420 S. Brookhurst Ave., Anaheim, 5:30 p.m., 534-2120). Dancing, hors d'oeuvres and door prizes. Singles 25 and older are wlcome. $3.

Survey (Singles Connection, 2751 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 101, Fullerton, 7 p.m., 680-DATE). A survey of singles' life styles and issues. There is no cost to participate. Also Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Call for more information.

THURSDAY

Workshop (Singles Connection, 2751 E. Chapman Ave., Suite 101, Fullerton, 7:30 p.m., 680-DATE). Discussion of the concept of the perfect mate, and the fallacies and fantasies involved. Fee is $5 for non-members, free to members. Call for information.

FRIDAY

Cocktail Party (Charli's Private Party, Villa Nova, 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, 6 p.m., 760-6078). A buffet dinner with dancing and a no-host bar. Cost is $20 for members and first-time guests, $25 for others. Call for reservations and information.

Discussion (People Helping People / Divorce Support Group, Lutheran Church meeting room, 9812 Hamilton Ave., Huntington Beach, 7:30 p.m., 777-1050). Fee is $5; call for more information.

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