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No Group 11-23-22

There will NOT be a group meeting on Wednesday November 23, 2022. Our next group meeting will be Wednesday November 30, 2022

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We’re having our Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday November 16, 2022, a week early because I’m unavailable on the 23rd. I’m bringing the turkey and an Ice Cream Cake. Joe M. is bringing multiple desserts so we’re good in the dessert department. What is needed is side dishes and appetizers. Come join us for a fun evening.

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Tom Sheaffer Update

Thomas Sheaffer (1939-2022)

It is with great sadness that I share the news that my father, Thomas Sheaffer, passed away on Friday, November 11. He was 83.

Tom was born in Philadelphia and attended Cornell University where he studied architecture. He moved to Boston and received his master’s degree in Urban Studies from Boston University. He worked as an architect for 37 years, and was notably the project architect of the Whitehead Institute, a major center for genome research.

He adored classic cars and was a long-time member of the Yankee chapter of the Lambda Car Club. He bought his first classic car, a 1955 Windsor Convertible in 1998 and loved to take it to car shows. Or just drive around in it, garnering admiring looks and comments!

He played the piano and loved classical music. He was a big supporter of the South Florida Symphony. On occasion he hosted visiting pianists from the symphony in his home and delighted in hearing them play his Steinway grand piano.

He moved to Fort Lauderdale in 2008 and was thrilled to never live through another New England winter! I loved to call him during a snowstorm so he could gloat about the warm and sunny Florida weather. He found a wonderful community of friends through the Pride Center, the POZ group and through his work with the World Aids Museum, of which he was the founding secretary.

He is survived by myself, his son Eben Sheaffer, his granddaughter, and his former wife Karen Sheaffer. We will be holding his funeral in Pennsylvania, where he wished to be buried.

I am very grateful to Steve and the POZ group for all of the friendship and support through the years. It meant so much to my Dad. We are planning to have a celebration of his life here in Fort Lauderdale. I hope that those of you who were friends of my Dad will be able to come and share some good memories with us. I’ll let Steve know our plans when we have them.

My Dad was a smart, generous, talented, kind and thoughtful guy. And a wonderful dad. I will miss him dearly.

Inga Sheaffer

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We’re having our Thanksgiving Potluck on Wednesday November 16, 2022, a week early because I’m unavailable on the 23rd. I’m bringing the turkey and an Ice Cream Cake. Joe M. is bringing multiple desserts so we’re good in the dessert department. What is needed is side dishes and appetizers. Come join us for a fun evening.

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The topic this Wednesday November 9, 2022 is HIV Gratitude. Somehow it seems counter-intuitive to feel grateful for having a chronic illness.  After all it can change your life in so many not-so-good ways. That is how I looked at chronic illness before I was diagnosed and for several years after.  There was very little good I could find about it.  But then something gradually changed and it wasn’t my health.  It was my attitude.  I started feeling grateful.

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The topic this Wednesday November 9, 2022 is HIV Gratitude. Somehow it seems counter-intuitive to feel grateful for having a chronic illness.  After all it can change your life in so many not-so-good ways. That is how I looked at chronic illness before I was diagnosed and for several years after.  There was very little good I could find about it.  But then something gradually changed and it wasn’t my health.  It was my attitude.  I started feeling grateful.

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On Wednesday, November 2nd folks from the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) will be discussing the significance of research in HIV prevention and treatment. 

This topic will be discussed online via Zoom with Dr. Judy Tan and the team behind the “LetSync” study – a couples’ study that focuses on improving LGBTQ+ health and wellness. Other topics this team will talk about include:

  • Why research is important within the field of HIV
  • Why do couples’ research, and what we can learn from this
  • Details about participating in the LetSync study

We look forward to sharing this information with you!

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Tom Sheaffer

My dear Dad, and POZitive Attitudes group member, Tom Sheaffer is in hospice at home following a stroke and other health complications.

The group has been so important to my Dad and I know he would appreciate my reaching out to you.

If anyone would like to call or visit, please contact me, Tom’s daughter Inga at 857-891-0298.

Thank you for all of your kindness and support.

-Inga

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On Wednesday, November 2nd folks from the UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) will be discussing the significance of research in HIV prevention and treatment. 

This topic will be discussed online via Zoom with Dr. Judy Tan and the team behind the “LetSync” study – a couples’ study that focuses on improving LGBTQ+ health and wellness. Other topics this team will talk about include:

  • Why research is important within the field of HIV
  • Why do couples’ research, and what we can learn from this
  • Details about participating in the LetSync study

We look forward to sharing this information with you!

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