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LWRWC Welcomes New Members

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, the LWRWC Board hosted a mid-morning Coffee and Brunch at LWR Town Hall, to welcome the Club’s New Members.

New Members L – R: Dee Beardi, Nancy Kudich, Carole Hershman, Denise Beardi, Linda Apple, Marilyn Littlejohn, Cindy Byce, Rose Boothby and Kathy Bello

New Members L – R: Dee Beardi, Nancy Kudich, Carole Hershman, Denise Beardi, Linda Apple, Marilyn Littlejohn, Cindy Byce, Rose Boothby and Kathy Bello

LWRWC Vice President & Publicity Chair, Monika Templeman, opened the get together with a welcoming message. She explained that the Women’s Club motto of fun, friendship and community service really defines the club and she encouraged the new members to become involved in activities and committees that interest them.

Monika thanked the Board for providing the brunch and gave a special thank you to the Hospitality Chairs for setting the stage. She also expressed appreciation to Membership Chair, Barb Thornton for doing a superb job coordinating the event and for being an exemplary ambassador for LWRWC. At last count, the club has over 300 members! Barb addressed the group and welcomed them to the LWRWC family.

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“A Passion for Fashion” Raises $13,000

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club’s Fashion Show Fundraiser Luncheon “A Passion for Fashion” was held at Michaels on East in Sarasota on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. This very successful fundraiser netted over $13,000 for the LWRWC adopted charities. All proceeds will help support the critical needs of HOPE Family Services for victims of domestic violence, SOLVE Maternity Homes and SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association for Riding Therapy) to improve the lives of children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges.

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With over 200 people in attendance, this event represented the fun, friendship and community service that signifies the Women’s Club.  Classy J.McLaughlin fashions, a gourmet luncheon, elegant silent auction and exciting raffle prizes put the fun in fundraising.

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LWRWC Elects 2017 Board

At the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club Monthly Meeting on Thursday, November 10, 2016, the WC’s nominating committee chaired by Vice President Monika Templeman proposed the following 2017 Officers and Committee Chairs:

President – Monika Templeman
Vice President – Eileen Buzzard
Treasurer – Kathleen Cleveland
Corresponding Secretary – MaryLee Danahy
Recording Secretary – Helene Levin
Hospitality – Diane Kuna, Kathy Delmonico, Frances Havill
Membership – Barbara Thornton
Philanthropy – Eileen Buzzard
Program – Trish Newman
Publicity – Katherine Benoit

With no further nominations from the floor a hand vote was taken to elect this slate of officers. The slate was approved.

Speaker:Carol Barkalow, Army Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.d)

Guest speaker at the meeting held at LWR Town Hall was Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), retired, Carol Barkalow.

LWRWC President Shirley Taradash, L, with Carol Barkalow

LWRWC President Shirley Taradash, L, with Carol Barkalow

Carol Barkalow, was one of the first women accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Of the 119 women accepted in 1976 Barkalow was one of 62 who graduated in 1980. Her book “In the Men’s House: An Inside Account of Life in the Army by one of West Points First Female Graduates recounts the experiences of 60 cadets both male and female from this class.

Since retiring she has devoted her time to helping homeless veterans through her charity “Heaven on Earth for Veterans, Inc.” which provides a soft place for veterans to land by providing quality living spaces.

Also famous for her riveting book “in the Men’s House“ published In 1990, detailing her four years as a member of the first class of women to graduate from West Point. The book also highlights her first eight years of active duty service. LTC Barkalow has also testified before Congress on the subject of women in combat. In 2012 she was honored by the Florida Business Professional Women’s Association as a “First Woman of Tampa Bay.” Carol is a highly decorated officer who served her country with distinction.

Carol Barkalow, was one of the first women accepted into the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Of the 119 women accepted in 1976 Barkalow was one of 62 who graduated in 1980.

Her book “In the Men’s House: An Inside Account of Life in the Army by one of West Points First Female Graduates recounts the experiences of 60 cadets both male and female from this class.
Since retiring she has devoted her time to helping homeless veterans through her charity “Heaven on Earth for Veterans, Inc.” which provides a soft place for veterans to land by providing quality living spaces.

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LWRWC Members Donate Birthday Bags

In keeping with the theme of giving back to make a difference, LWRWC members donated a multitude of wonderful birthday bags filled with everything needed to throw a complete party for children at Hope Family Services whose lives were marred by the terror of domestic violence and for whom simple pleasures mean so much. The Club has donated the Birthday Bags to Hope Family Services each year since 2012.

L to R, MaryLee Danahy, Nancy Wozniak, Eileen Buzzard collect Birthday Bags

L to R, MaryLee Danahy, Nancy Wozniak, Eileen Buzzard collect Birthday Bags

The meeting included a report that the Club’s Fashion Show Charity Fundraiser Luncheon, “A Passion for Fashion’ on Nov.2, 2016, raised over $13,000 in charitable funds that will allow the Club to provide major assistance in funding for the three LWRWC adopted 501(c)(3) charities, HOPE Family Services, SOLVE Maternity Homes, and SMART (Sarasota Manatee Association of Riding Therapy.)