LWRWC Welcomes New Members
by Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair
On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, the LWRWC Board hosted a mid-morning Coffee and delicious Brunch at LWR Town Hall, to welcome the Club’s New Members.
LWRWC 2015 President, Patti Wrobel opened the delightful get together with a warm and welcoming message to all. Patti thanked the Board for hosting and providing the delectable brunch treats and gave a special thank you to the Hospitality Chairs for doing a wonderful job with the decorations and presentation. She encouraged the new member to socialize with each other and with the Board Officers and Committee Chairs in attendance. At last count, the Women’s Club has grown to approximately 330 members strong and is an excellent venue for meeting new friends and getting involved with LWR community.
While the ladies sipped coffee or tea and munched on an assortment of delicious brunch items, each of the Board members in attendance introduced themselves and gave a brief overview of their position, background and key information about the club and its activities, including highlights of key programs, activities and fundraising events and philanthropic community service, including the scholarship that the LWRWC will sponsor for a local high school senior girl in 2016. All the Board members in attendance also encouraged the new members to volunteer for activities and/or committees that interest them because they represent the Club’s future.
Patti next asked each new members to introduce herself and not surprisingly, several key commonalities were shared by all. Each new member joined the LWRWC because she was looking for friendship and fun with other like-minded women and most told that the idea of helping the community through meaningful philanthropy and supporting WC’s adopted charities was a major draw. The LWRWC is delighted to welcome an impressive group of women as members of the LWRWC “family”!
Linda Carson Inspires LWR Women’s Club
By Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair
On Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, the amazing Linda Carson from ABC 7, gave an inspirational presentation to the LWR Women’s Club at their General Monthly Meeting held at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. Famous for her “Amazing Suncoast Woman” segments on ABC 7, Linda shared highlights of her own fascinating life and dynamic career as a trailblazer in the male dominated field of TV News. Linda joined ABC 7 in 1995 and is currently a general assignment reporter and renowned local celebrity. She also covers local entertainment news on “Event of the Week” every Wednesday and “Suncoast Scene” on Thursdays.
After graduating from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, Linda was determined to have a career in television. From her initial start doing commercials in Atlanta, including Coke commercials for the Bear Bryant Show, on her rise to national prominence, to her exciting life in the world of football with her beloved late husband, Bud Carson, Linda has led a truly amazing life.
After more than 50 years in the business, she has seen and done it all and is still going strong! Watching this brilliant, beautiful, warm and vivacious dynamo speak, the ladies were certain they misheard when she proudly announced that she had celebrated her 77th birthday twice on the Air with fanfare from her friends and a Special K cake as a tribute to her passion for the cereal.
They immediately proclaimed her a role model for embracing life, defying age and discovering the fountain of youth. In fact, Linda shared that her mature age was now a plus because she has the great joy to be free express herself and is able to say things that she would never admit if her mother was still alive.
When Linda started her TV career in 1964 as a “TV Weather Girl” at Channel 11 in Atlanta, she was told it would be a short career because a woman wouldn’t be accepted on television after she was 30. Linda dispelled this assumption and went on to become one of the first female TV reporters and one of the first prime time female anchors in the country and is still reporting the news at ABC 7 in Sarasota. According to Linda, at 77 she is having the most fun she has ever had and it just keeps getting better.
Linda Covered the 1960 Civil Rights Movement
The LWRWC members were particularly impressed with Linda’s poignant account of how, as a young reporter in Atlanta in the 60s, she was assigned to cover the Civil Rights Movement, focusing on Coretta Scott King. She spent a lot of time with the Kings and. covered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights movement marches, demonstrations, and his sermons at Ebenezer Baptist Church where King’s family had pastored for 80 years.