Sun Senior News
By Sandi Dolbee
For nearly a decade now, Marie Salers has been the face of the compassionate outreach of our club.
As the chair of Lavender Hearts, she’s led us through fundraisers, including providing gift baskets for the Sacramento Women’s Chorus, assembling holiday meals for Stand Up Placer’s shelter and sponsoring college scholarships through PFLAG, a support group for LGBTQ people and their families.
She’s also coordinated volunteer opportunities at such endeavors as Salt Mine’s food distribution program. Not to mention the supervising of sending cards of encouragement to members who are ill or in need of kind words.
Marie Salers: outreach
has been a “good fit”.
While Marie recruited other members to help on the committee, she acknowledges that nobody else wanted to run it. So she kept doing it. Besides, for someone who spent 40 years in nursing (culminating with being a critical care nurse for UCD Medical Center), she was used to caring for others. “It seemed like a good fi t for me,” she says.
But now, after holding the post since 2012, she is stepping down — though she’ll remain on the committee for continuity sake. Carolyn Shama is the new chair.
Marie and her partner, Sharon Kurth, are founding members of Lavender Friends, which will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a reunion on October 8.
She also is a passionate master gardener and is vice president of the local gardening club.
A native of New York state, Marie’s been in California since 1970, which she suggests practically makes her a native. She and Sharon moved to Lincoln Hills in 2002.
Marie also is an avid cruiser. She and Sharon are Diamond-level members of Royal Caribbean Cruises. They are particularly looking forward to their next cruise, in February, when they will sail to Mexico and celebrate their 50th anniversary.
Lavender Hearts’ mission statement says it “seeks to reach out to the Lavender Friends community at large, offering members opportunities to contribute themselves as volunteers or provide financial support to worthy organizations.” It was written by someone else, but Marie has lived it — and helped so many of us to do likewise.
Club president Marilyn Kupcho praised her impact. “Under her leadership, she has spearheaded activities that have enabled the Lavender Friends club to have an active presence in Lincoln and the surrounding communities,” she said.
Lavender Friends is a club for LGBTQ residents and their allies.
The Lavender Friends Club is a group of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and those in friendship who reside in beautiful Sun City Lincoln Hills, California.
Our primary goal is to create, and sponsor social gatherings and events that will appeal to the broad base of our members who enjoy getting together with others and sharing quality time and their experiences. Equally important is our goal of supporting one another and offering service to our community.
We believe that strong communities begin with solid relationships and our primary purpose is to build a greater sense of community through social interaction, open communication and shared information.