Serving Others at Hospitality

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Carl Kennedy at Hospitality in Clubhouse 6

Carl Kennedy is the Golden Age Foundation hospitality chair and a member of the GAF Board of Directors.

As hospitality chair, Carl coordinates the logistics and wonderful volunteers who serve the community with coffee, cookies and a smile, every weekday morning from 9-11 in Clubhouse 6. Carl took on this task last June and has put his own stamp on the service by opening Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s mornings for LW neighbors. Carl’s argument for opening was “no one should be alone on the holidays – we’re here for each other.”

Carl, a former Marine, also, likes to recognize the veterans who come to coffee. He commented “it is fantastic and quite an honor that we still have World War II veterans joining us daily.”

In addition to Hospitality, 2019 will be the third year Carl will volunteer to help provide free income tax preparation through the Golden Age Foundation and AARP. GAF begins the free service in late January in Clubhouse 6 and continues through April 15.

Carl and his wife Liz have owned a home in Mutual 14 since 2014. They split their time between Leisure World and their home in Palmdale for the first several years, while Carl was still working as an engineer at Lockheed Martin on the F-35 fighter at Edwards Air Force Base.

When Carl retired in 2016, after 32 years with Lockheed, they began dedicating more time to activities in Leisure World and the surrounding beach communities. In addition to volunteering, Carl and Liz enjoy kicking up their heels and dancing. They spend most summer evenings at the various live concerts in the local parks with their friends. They also enjoy exercising and biking and are active in the Leisure World Bike Club and participate in Leisure World exercise classes. Focused on keeping busy in retirement, Carl earned his real estate license prior to retiring and is a realtor for Leisure Living Resales.

They have a daughter who still lives in Palmdale, and a son who lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

Carl commented, “We bought our place in Leisure World for the beach, but discovered and cherish the wonderful people. Buying in Leisure World was the best thing we ever did.”

Call Carl at (661) 810-9410 to volunteer at Hospitality or any of the other Golden Age Foundation initiatives.

—Maureen Habel, 2019-01-10