Sun Senior News
By Sandi Dolbee
Meet the three club members who have been put forth by the Nominating Committee to become our new officers for the next two years: Darlene Barbieri for president, Marilyn Kupcho for vice president and Pat Murphy for secretary.
The election will be held at our biannual business meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 23 on Zoom (members are reminded to watch for the Zoom link in your weekly emailed communications). Once elected, the three will join Nancy Sartor, who is continuing as treasurer.
Darlene, a retired school psychologist, has been a Lavender Friends member since 2017. When asked why she agreed to be nominated for the president post, she talked about providing a community for our LGBT residents that is supportive, caring, accepting — and fun. “I believe people need each other and we need each other to get through life’s ups and downs and, sometimes, crazy times. We can be that for each other.”
She has spent much of her life living by the ocean in San Francisco, Half Moon Bay and Capitola. While she misses the water and is saving up to buy a boat to spend time back on it, she adds: “I have adjusted my sails and am looking forward to enjoying retirement here in this community.”
Marilyn, a retired technology support manager at San Jose State University, has been a club member since 2013. She likes to walk and play pickleball. Recently she’s begun dabbling in making bread, bagels, pizza and pretzels while also maintaining her weight. “Hence,” she adds, “the pickleball and walking.” She borrows a line from the smash hit play “Hamilton,” when asked why she agreed to run for vice president. “I want to be ‘in the room where it happens.’”
Pat is one of our newest members, having moved here this past summer. She is a semiretired HR business partner and manager and loves to garden. She agreed to stand for election as secretary because “the best way to understand the culture and embrace my new home is to engage in areas of my interest. Being secretary allows me to learn about the group, its focus, challenges and goals in this community.”
They will replace the current president (Joan Lacktis), vice president (Elaine Kalani) and secretary (Sandi Dolbee).
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.