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Lavender
Friends
Club

Sun City Lincoln Hills

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







2015 Lincoln Hills
Sun Senior News

January 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

Lavender Friends is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills. In the spirit of getting to know one another, I am interviewing members with questions inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York.

Dru Richie has an eye for adventure. She was blessed with a grandmother who always encouraged Dru to be herself. If life offers her an opportunity, she takes it. When gay couples were given the opportunity to marry in 2008, Robin and Dru Richie became the first gay couple to marry in Placer County They celebrated their union again in 2013 when the Supreme Court upheld California’s decision to uphold the civil rights for marriage and family in LGBT community.

Outgoing and athletic, Dru likes a challenge. She auditioned for the Los Angeles production of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical Cats, winning the role of Calico. When the Los Angeles Lakers were looking for members for their cheerleading team, she won a place on the team after a long audition that emphasized dancing, personality, style, and teamwork. Now she has her eye on parasailing and enjoys her involvement in the Sacramento Women’s Chorus. “Seize the day” is a lived value.

After receiving a degree in computer science, Dru currently works as the “go-to” employee when things get complicated. Both Richie and Dru consider their move to SCLH as one of their best decisions and plan to continue to take trips to explore South America.

Upcoming events include a General Business Meeting 1/11 from 2-4 pm, PFLAG 1/12, a Breakfast 2/2, and a potluck 2/14.

February 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

Lavender Friends is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills. In the spirit of getting to know one another, I am interviewing members with questions inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York.

Sandra Rector can trace her family tree back to 1746 ancestors living in the colony of Pennsylvania and the Cherokee Indian tribe. This rich family background includes highly resilient people: French Creole settlers, freed slaves, and Scotch Irish immigrants. She was raised by a single parent in Los Angeles, but came to know her father when she reached her mid-twenties. An athlete before the support of Title 9 programs, Sandy played semi-professional softball in LA, and later enjoyed coaching Little League. She still follows sports teams with great interest, especially the Dodgers and Raiders. .

Most of her working life was spent with Pacific Gas and Electric at the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, giving her insight into a world few see. She also spent some time teaching history, and conversational Spanish to 4th through 8th graders at a private Christian school. Sandy is considering pursuing a degree in education and enjoys working with middle school students. She finds it gratifying to see that “ah ha” moment when a student grasps the point of a lesson.

She enjoys the friendly atmosphere at SCLH, and her hobbies include painting and writing her memoir. Her partner, Darla Purdy, thinks Sandy’s best trait is her sense of humor, and ability to listen to and talk with people. “Think twice and speak once” is her motto.

The Christmas /Dinner Dance was a great success with over 100 attending. Upcoming events include 2/2 Breakfast, 2/9 PFLAG, 2/14 Potluck, 3/2 Breakfast, 3/9 PFLAG, 3/15 Game Night.


March 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy
Photo of Kate McCarthy
Lavender Friends is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills. In the spirit of getting to know one another, I have been interviewing members with questions inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York. After writing these short interviews for the last six months, I’ve been asked to turn the lens toward myself.

My name is Kate. After retiring from a career in education, I moved up to Lincoln Hills almost two years ago to be near family. I love the rural small town setting, the friendly community, and the proximity to Sierra College where I take photography, LGBTQ studies, and philosophy courses. When I was teaching, I was a member of the National Writing Project with a particular interest in biography. Everyone has a story, and I love to interview and write these stories. Recently I’ve been asked to help set up a major project at Sierra to interview and preserve the stories of the LGBTIQ community in print and film, so will soon turn my focus there.

Although I enjoy traveling, living two years as a teacher within the Inuit and Yupik Eskimo cultures was my most treasured life experience. Living as an outsider within another culture taught me that what we have in common is far more important than what divides us. Character is key, and sexual orientation has zero impact on character. I like the sense of family in SCLH and fascinated by the depth of talent and experience in this community. Every life is fascinating; you just have to ask the right questions.

Upcoming events include Breakfast 3/2, PFLAG 3/9, Game Night 3/21, Movie & Dinner 3/24, Potluck 4/4. Check http://www.lavenderfriends.com/ for additional social opportunities.



April 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

Lavender Friends is a social organization serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills. If you are interested in joining, please contact the members listed below for more information.

One of the perks of living in Lincoln is proximity to Sierra College. Last year an LGBT major was approved by the state. Two of the courses will go online this summer. LGBT Introduction to LGBT Studies/Queer Theory focuses on the history of the LGBT community starting with the development of early lesbian, gay, and transgender communities before Stonewall, and the slow uniting of the groups to fight for civil rights after Stonewall. The course continues with community’s response to the AIDS crisis, the emergence of the queer movement and the continuing fight for civil rights including the right to marry, and equality in the areas family law, housing, work and pension reform in the United States.

The second online course is LGBT 2 LGBT Film History that covers the historical representation of the LGBT community in film from silent era to the present in commercial cinema, as well as underground and independent film. The focus is on the way social attitudes shape cultural representation. It also looks at the relationship between audience interpretation and filmmaker’s intention. Some of the movies covered include James Whale’s The Bride of Frankenstein, Hitchcock’s Rope, William Wyler’s The Children’s Hour, Wachowski’s Bound, and Daldry’s The Hours.

To register go to http://www.sierracollege.edu/admissions/index.php and follow the instructions. New student registration for summer classes starts April 28th. Summer instruction is June 8th through July 30th.

Upcoming events include Potluck 4/4, PFLAG 4/13, Movie & Dinner 4/28, and Breakfast 5/4.


May 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

Lavender Friends is a social organization serving the LGBT community and those in friendship in SCLH. This is a review of this year’s activities with coming attractions.

Both fall and winter dinner/dances were well attended by around 100 members and guests. A Summer Fling Dance for Women is on the calendar for June 6th. The next is a Fall Dinner/Dance scheduled for October 2nd, followed by the Christmas Dinner/Dance on December 12th.

Both potlucks in February and April were a hit. Old friends caught up while meeting new people in an atmosphere of warm hospitality, wonderful food, and interesting conversation. The next potluck is scheduled for September 18th.

The monthly Dinner and a Movie activity is well attended with the last group enjoying The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel followed by dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Bowling enthusiasts met on 3/31 for a few games and dinner, and hope to continue this in the future. Those involved with the book club are enjoying the selections, and the RV groups are gearing up their schedules for spring and summer activities. Members gathered for two breakfasts this year, with the next scheduled for May 4th.

On the business side, the members of the Bylaws Committee have put in many hours updating the rules in light of the SCLH update, and will present the final version for a vote in June. The Steering Committee will meet on June 2nd, followed by the LF Business Meeting on June 13th. The general meeting will be followed by an invitation to dinner.

Upcoming community events include PFLAG 5/11 and 6/8, Sierra College Spectrum Fundraiser at SideTrax on May 28th, and Sacramento Pride Parade on 6/6. Check http://www.lavenderfriends.com/ for additional social opportunities.


June 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the LGBT community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

Upcoming club events include a General Membership Meeting on Saturday, June 13th, at the OC Multipurpose Room at 3 p.m. Also Movie/Dinner events are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month. Check lavenderfriends.com for additional social opportunities.

Community events include Sacramento Pride Day and Summer Fling Dance on June 6th, PFLAG on June 8th, and SF Pride Day on June 27th

On June 15th Professor Johnnie Terry is offering a four-week course on Mondays from 10 am to 12 pm in the Roseville Gateway Center through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). There will be no homework and no tests! Introduction to LGBT Studies includes the formation of the LGBT community via the Stonewall Riots of 1969, definition of key sexual orientation, gender identity and expression terms, tensions within the community and key events in a very rapid LGBT rights movement. One need not identify as LGBT to take this class and everyone is encouraged to bring any questions they may have to the discussion.
To register:
www.sierracollege.edu/
academics/enrichment/olli/club-olli-classes.php


In April at PFLAG Tim Rymel spoke about the harmful effects of conversion therapy. In the 1990s Tim was promoting this “therapy” to change sexual orientation, but has now joined others including the American Psychological Association and the state of California in condemning the pseudo-science as harmful and destructive. In May at PFLAG Daniel Sederquist from Stanford Youth Solutions talked about homeless LGBT youth who comprise 40% of the homeless population. Using counseling and intervention they have been able to either reunite families, place with extended family or find stable foster care for 89%.


July 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the LGBT community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

The biannual business meeting was held on June 13th attended by twenty-six members. The membership was updated on club issues by the President, Treasurer, and various committee chairs. Highlights of the meeting included a quorum vote acceptance of proposed new Bylaws. Members were reminded that new additions to the activities calendar need to go through the Activities Coordinator first so she can schedule club events. There was an announcement of preparations for the Fall Dance on October 2nd. Tickets cost $45 and reservations should be received by September 15th so that food for the buffet can be ordered.

Upcoming club events currently on the calendar are Movie/Dinner events scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of each month. Other summer events that may be scheduled include Glow Bowling or breakfasts. The RV group and book club will notify participants of their schedules. Check lavenderfriends.com/ for additional social opportunities.

Community events include Greater Placer PFLAG meeting on Monday, July 13th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn. The June meeting hosted the executive director of The Gathering Inn, a nonprofit organization that provides physical, mental and spiritual restoration for Placer County’s homeless women, men and children. Ms. deFosset addressed the unique challenges LGBT persons face within the homeless community. The July meeting topic will be announced in the future.


August 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the LGBT community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

On June 27th Lavender Friends met at the Meridian Sports Bar to celebrate the Supreme Court decision to honor same sex marriages throughout the United States. This decision made sure all of the 1,138 benefits, rights, and protections provided on the basis of marital status in Federal law were available in all fifty states. This was a major civil rights victory for the community.

Upcoming club events currently on the calendar are breakfast at Thunder Valley on August 5th, Movie/Dinner on August 11th (Ricky and the Flash), and Glow Bowling on August 26th. Reservations are being taken for the “Fall Celebration” Dinner/Dance on October 2nd. Tickets are $45 and include a dinner buffet with music provided by Jammin Jo. Contact Terry for information. The RV group and book club will notify participants of their schedules. Check lavenderfriends.com for details and additional social opportunities.

Community events include Greater Placer PFLAG meeting on Monday, August 10th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn. Tandy Bowman from Servant Hearts Wisdom Project, which creates community for elder LGBT people and allies in the greater Sacramento area. It supports physical and mentally well-being, community outreach, self-sufficiency and spirituality through programs and resources. Information on their website is at servant-hearts.org .


September 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy



The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

The summer activities are winding to an end. The club enjoyed a variety of gatherings including a celebration of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality, monthly dinner/movie gathering, bowling at Strikes Unlimited, a breakfast at Thunder Valley, celebration of Neighborhood Night Out, Happy Hour at the Pool, and a Membership Mixer. Upcoming events include a breakfast on September 8th, Dinner/Movie on September 22nd, and Bowling on September 30th.

  An outreach effort to LGBT seniors was the focus of the Aug. 10 meeting of Placer County PFLAG, a national network founded to support gays and their families. At the meeting, representatives from Servant Hearts, a nonprofit advocacy group, highlighted some of their projects aimed at creating connections and community for LGBT seniors living in this area. Projects include a monthly LGBT Elders Community Café at First United Methodist Church of Sacramento, and a drumming program. For more information, go to www.servant-hearts.org for details and additional social opportunities.

Reservations are being taken for the “Fall Celebration” Dinner/Dance on October 2nd. Tickets are $45 and include a dinner buffet with music provided by Jammin Jo. Contact Terry for information. Reservations are due by September 15th.The RV group and book club will notify participants of their schedules. Check www.lavenderfriends.com for details and additional social opportunities.

Community events include Greater Placer PFLAG meeting on Monday, September 14th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn. Information on Sierra College Pride Days on November 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be posted in the near future.



October 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

Upcoming club events include Fall Celebration Dance on October 2nd and Movie and Dinner on October 2nd. The RV group and book club will notify participants of their schedules. Information on the 12/12 Christmas Dance will be posted in the future. Check http://www.lavenderfriends.com/ for details and additional social opportunities.

Community events include “Stand Up and Run” for Stand Up Placer on October 3rd, (www.standupplacer.org) October 4th Placer SPCA Barktobefest (www.placerspca.org), Greater Placer PFLAG meeting on October 12th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn, and on October 17th Sacramento Women’s Chorus “CHOCtoberfest! A Cabaret-style concert (sacramentowomenschorus.com). Information on Sierra College Pride Days on November 3rd, 4th, and 5th will be posted in the near future.



November 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

The October Fall Celebration Dance at the SCLH Orchard Creek Lodge was a big success. Close to 80 members and guests danced the night away thanks to the wonderful music from DJ Jammin’ Jo.

November activities included a Breakfast at 9:30 on November 4th, Dinner and a Movie on November 17th, Glow Bowing at 5 pm on November 25th, and a Christmas Dinner Dance on December 12th.

Community Events include Sierra College Pride, an educational celebration from November 2nd-5th that includes presentations, art, and dance. Highlights include a presentation on transgender issues by former SCLH resident JoAnna Michaels, DzAgainst Nature? Sexual Diversity in the Animal Kingdomdz by Biology Professor Joe Medeiros, and several panels on LGBT health issues. Wednesday’s film presentation ofDzCommon Threads: Stories from the Quiltdz will be followed by a visit to the Ridley Gallery which includes the quilt panels from Rock Hudson, Freddie Mercury, and one created in memory of local friends who perished from AIDS.

On Thursday, November 5th at 6 pm, California Senator Mark Leno who championed ground-breaking LGBT civil rights legislation will be the keynote speaker followed by the well-attended and fun faculty-student drag show. During Senator Leno’s tenure in the Legislature, he has fought for better schools and access to education, foster youth, environmental issues, and equal rights for all Californians. Schedule details at: http://www.sierracollege.edu/events/upcoming/2015/11/pride

The presentation on the oral history project has been rescheduled to the spring.

Greater Placer PFLAG meets on Monday, November 9th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn.



December 2015
by Kathleen Mc Carthy

The Lavender Friends Club is a social organization serving the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community and those in friendship in Sun City Lincoln Hills.

The Lavender Friends Christmas Dinner and Dance will be held staring at 5:30 on December 12th with music provided by Jammin’ Jo. Reservations of $50 per person need to be sent to Donna by December 6th. Dinner selections include Prime Rib, Chicken Masala, and Pasta Primavera. No corkage fee so BYOB if you wish. There will be a full bar available.

Other upcoming club activities include Breakfast on December 2nd, Movie and Happy Hour on December 22nd, Glow Bowing on December 30th, a General Meeting on January 9th at 3 pm, and a Potluck with a speaker on February 20th.

Community Activities include: Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Show at the First United Methodist Church on 2100 J Street, Sacramento on December 4th-8th, Sacramento Women’s Chorus “Victorian Holiday” Concert and Sing Along on December 7th at 7pm at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on 2391 St. Mark’s Way in Sacramento, and Greater Placer PFLAG meets on Monday, December 14th from 7 to 9 pm at Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital, 11815 Education Street in Auburn.



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