Meet Janet Stickel
LWRWC Recording Secretary & 2014 LWRWC Woman of the Year
by MONIKA TEMPLEMAN and EILEEN BUZZARD
LWRWC Publicity Co-chairs
Janet Stickel, 2014 LWRWC Woman of the Year and current Recording Secretary, agreed to be the subject of the first interview in the “Meet the Board ” series. Janet is a role model for promoting “fun, friendship and community service” and her answers to the following questions illustrate why she is passionate about the Women’s Club.
Question: Please tell us how you felt when you received the 2014 LWRWC Woman of the Year Award at the Baby Boomer’s Author’s Lunch? Were you surprised?
Janet’s Answer: I was shocked, humbled and thrilled all at the same time.
Question: What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment as a LWRWC Member in 2014?
Janet’s Answer: Besides being my first year as Recording Secretary, I co-chaired (with Jean Muccini) two of our charity fundraisers – our first Author’s Lunch and the Holiday Bazaar. Both, I believe, were fun events for our members and guests. They were successful money makers for our charities.
Question: What was your most difficult challenge in 2014?
Janet’s Answer: Call me Pollyanna, but I didn’t have a difficult challenge. No question, chairing an event is time consuming, but good planning and good volunteers are the key. We have a wonderful volunteer pool in our club. The ladies who were on my committees were dedicated and hard working. We had lots of fun too. This is a key example of how fun, friendship and community service go hand in hand.
Question: How long have you been a member of the LWRWC?
Janet’s Answer: Almost a decade; I joined in about 2006.
Question: What were you hoping for when you joined the LWRWC and did the Club live up to your expectations?
Janet’s Answer: I was hoping to find new friends, new understanding of Lakewood Ranch and the surrounding area. I wanted to get involved. The Club lived up to these expectations in every way. The key factor was to get involved.
Question: What do you like best about our Club?
Janet’s Answer: The camaraderie among members. Love the speakers and special tours and outings.
Question: Please tell us why you decided to become an Officer?
Janet’s Answer: Trish Newman (past president) asked me and I couldn’t say no. In addition, I had been on the LWWC Board as a committee chair for many years, liked how it functioned, and was ready to step up to an officer position.
Question: What positions have you held to date? What major events did you chair?
Janet’s Answer: I worked on our Holiday Dinner raffles for several years. I served as reservations chair for several events. I then served as membership chair for two years just before Marylee Danahy took over. There were only around 150 members then. Now we are over 340 members strong!
Question: We recently expanded our focus on philanthropy. In what ways do you see us growing in the next 5 years?
Janet’s Answer: It’s hard for me to say. I love our three current adopted charities and I support their missions. We have a long standing relationship with them – especially SMART. We supported four charities for several years but it diluted what we were able to give to them. I love the new “in kind” drives and the “story boards.” Our philanthropy committee is enthusiastic and I love to see their energy and professionalism. Call me old school, but a main goal of the LWRWC is friendship. I believe we need a balance between fundraising and the camaraderie that our Club provides.