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Lavender
Friends
Club

Sun City Lincoln Hills

The Lavender Friends Club is a group of LGBTQ individuals and those in friendship residing
in the beautiful 55+ resort-like community of Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California 95648







Archives - 2022

May 2022

Sun Senior News
By Sharon Kurth

Since our formation 16 years ago, our club has supported Stand Up Placer ’s efforts to serve survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Placer County.

We have participated in their fundraising events, subsidized holiday meals to safe-house occupants, coordinated clothing drives for the agency’s thrift store and, most recently, donated $887 to support the agency’s mission.

Marie Salers (right) presents a check for $887 to volunteer Marian Ames of Stand Up Placer.

Marie Salers, who spearheaded many of these events, expressed gratitude for the agency’s inclusivenesses to serve the LGBTQ community.

“The club has invited Stand Up Placer staff as speakers at club functions to educate our members of the agency’s mission, and encourage club members to promote their services to people they know outside of the club,” Marie said. “At times, the LGBTQ community is in need of these types of services and it is reassuring to know that LGBTQ referrals in Placer County are not denied when crisis intervention is needed.”


April 2022

Sun Senior News
by Sandi Dolbee

Listening to new club members tell their stories recently was a reminder of the depth and breadth of backgrounds of the men and women who live here in Lincoln Hills.

Several of them were born and raised in California. They worked in education and health, in state agencies, such as CalTrans and Corrections, and at least one is still in the workforce. Among them is a trained horticulturalist and a former assistant conductor of an Army band.

One new member joined as an ally, a designation given to those who join in support of our club, which was founded 16 years ago for LGBTQ residents.

In all, 14 people joined Lavender Friends over the past two years. They were welcomed at a special reception hosted Feb. 22 by membership chair Sara Vega. Most of these new members moved here during the pandemic, braving the COVID clampdown to pick up and start a new life in this (usually) very active community.

Meanwhile, the club held its first-ever pool party in Orchard Creek’s billiards room, after which they were joined by other members for an outdoor happy hour at Meridians.

Coming up soon is a bocce ball outing and a wine tasting – part of our ever-evolving journey through the diversity of offerings in our community and its surroundings. And on June 11, which also happens to be during the month of Pride, we will hold our first members-only mixer since the pandemic began two years ago. Plans are for a catered barbecue, complete with no-host bar. RSVP forms and details are being emailed to members.


March 2022

Sun Senior News
by Sandi Dolbee

Each year, we’ve come to call the ritual of turning our clocks ahead an hour as a time to “spring forward.” It’s also an apt title for what our club is doing – springing forward, tentatively and (hopefully) safely, with a cornucopia of ideas for activities.

In addition to a brunch on March 12, here’s what we are looking at for the coming months: bocce ball and social hour, a winery visit, a potluck and game night, and soaking up some local history at a museum here in town.

Oh, yeah, in honor of Pride month, mark your calendar for an all-club mixer on June 11.

Details are still being firmed up as of this writing, so pay attention to that weekly list of happenings, which arrives in your email on Fridays.

Meanwhile, the biannual meeting of our club’s Steering Committee is set for July 16 and the all-member biannual business meeting will follow on July 30.

As for that other “spring forward,” don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour for Daylight-saving Time in the early morning of March 13.


February 2022

Sun Senior News
by Sandi Dolbee

You know the story: a new year brings new changes – and, in our case, news of a special gift on our behalf.

In December, club representative Sharon Kurth presented $2,427 to the PFLAG Greater Placer County Bob Wiseman Memorial Scholarship Fund. The money was collected at two events – a chili cookoff and our 13th annual holiday dinner-dance – in a donation canister, named “Bob.” Sharon spearheaded the drive on behalf of our club’s Lavender Hearts committee.

Sharon Kurth (right) presents Margot Fulmer, chair of the PFLAG Scholarship Committee, with a check for $2,427.

In her announcement of the gift, club president Marilyn Kupcho noted that Lavender Friends is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that serve the LGBTQ community. PFLAG is a national organization that provides resources and support for lesbians and gays and their families and friends.

As for the administrative changes, Marilyn has appointed Sara Vega as the new Membership chair, replacing Laura Niles, who for four years faithfully reached out to new members (including nine this past year). Sara joined the club two years ago (she moved here from Rocklin) and is looking forward to helping new members settle into our community. As she puts it, she wants “to be of service, in a very small way.”

And Nancy Newhart has been reappointed Communications chair for a second two-year term. Among her duties is putting out a newsletter of events that she affectionately calls “the weekly,” which arrives in our email boxes by breakfast time on Fridays. Her goal: “to get people excited about coming to events.”

If members have noticed that Nancy’s emails seem to be getting longer, with more graphics and details, it’s not their imagination. She blames it on her advertising degree. “I’m just trying to make it more interesting,” she says.

A California native, Nancy moved here in August 2019 from Pleasant Hill in Contra Costa County. Five months later, she volunteered for the Communications position. “What better way to get to know the club and its members,” she explains.


January 2022

Sun Senior News
by Paula Kregel

December was a festive month for our club, with two holiday celebrations enjoyed by members. Our largest event of the year, the annual Holiday Dinner/Dance, was held at Turkey Creek with 93 members and guests attending. The dance floor was full all evening as our favorite DJ, Jammin’ Jo, provided the tunes that kept everyone moving. Jammin’ Jo has brought her talents to 11 of the 13 holiday dances held by Lavender Friends. Generous attendees also donated $1,732 for the Placer PFLAG scholarship.

Safety was a top priority, with proof of vaccination required. “Everyone had a great time and welcomed getting back to normal for a change,” said Sharon Kurth, co-chair of the event. “The club’s decision to check COVID vaccination status made everyone feel at ease being together.”

Another season festivity was a Holiday Brunch at Meridians. Club members enjoyed good food and company, sharing holiday plans, New Years’ activities, and more.




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