Ybor City

On May 15th the LWRWC went “off the Ranch” and took a bus trip to Ybor City. The tour included friends, family, spouses and tour guide “Lonnie” who provided the group with maps and a 2 hour dialog. Lunch and shopping followed. The trip was coordinated by member, Martine Moscovita.

LWRWC Experiences the Best of Ringling

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, a group of 20 women from the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed a guided tour of the world renowned Ringling College of Art. The “off the ranch” adventure .was  coordinated by Event Chair, Dane Vendette, member of the 2017 Program Committee

The ladies met their two very knowledgeable docents (Leia and Marjorie) at 9:30 am in the Keating Center and were treated to an in depth, behind the scenes look at the amazing college and the talented art students who represent the future top artists of tomorrow.

In addition to the docents, the group was joined by an art student studying film making, who added a student’s perspective. The members also had the opportunity to talk to several of the art students as they toured the impressive campus, including galleries, featuring “The Best of Ringling” on Display.

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LWRWC Hosts Ariel Serrano, Cuban Ballet.

The May general meeting of the LWR Women’s club featured guest speaker, Ariel Serrano, President/CEO, Co-Founder and Co- Artistic Director of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School.

Ariel Serrano, President/CEO, Co-Founder and Co- Artistic Director of the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School addresses the LWRWC May meeting.

Mr. Serrano shared his personal life story. He and his wife Wilmian are a Cuban born husband and wife team who founded the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School in 2012. Serrano related his story about his training, his career path (beginning as a young child), and how he overcame many hardships for himself and his family to become the renowned ballet professional today.

Born and raised in Oriente, Cuba, he grew up training in the National School of Ballet system, and went on to graduate from the National School of Arts in Italy in 1990. Upon his return to Cuba, he danced with Ballet Camaguey, and then joined the Youth Corps of the National Ballet of Cuba. Next, he became a principal dancer with the Ballet de Monterrey in Mexico. In 1993, he and his wife Wilmian Hernandez defected from Cuba.

In 1994 they were invited to join the Sarasota Ballet, then under the direction of Robert de Warren, where they both danced principal roles until they retired in 2000.
In 2013 Mr. Serrano and Ms. Hernandez co-founded the Sarasota Cuban Ballet School (SCBS). SCBS is the first-ever school in the United States to exclusively teach the Cuban ballet style to beginning through pre-professional dancers. Mr. Serrano recruits the students internationally, regionally and locally.

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LWRWC Awards Community Service Scholarship

Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club was one of 15 organizations presenting scholarship awards to exemplary graduating seniors at the Lakewood Ranch High School’s Senior Awards Assembly on April 27, 2017.

Pictured L-R: Eileen Buzzard, LWRWC Vice President and Philanthropy Chair and Monika Templeman, LWRWC President present certificates to Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Community Service Scholarship $1000 Winner, Tori Boudreau, and runner-up winners, Molly Mendoza and Ashton Adams, who each received $250.

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club is honored to recognize Tori, Molly and Aston, three amazing, smart and altruistic young women who represent our future. Molly Mendoza, also received the coveted “Lakewood Legends Award.” This award was established and voted on by the faculty for “seniors who exemplified excellence in the area of academics, leadership, citizenship, and community service.

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