Spotlight LWRWC Corresponding Secretary, Linda McGrath
By Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Co-chair
The website series “Spotlight on the WC Board,” continues with a fascinating, up close and personal interview with the LWRWC Corresponding Secretary[2015}, Linda McGrath. Linda does an outstanding job of keeping members informed and up-to-date through her excellent email blasts and by working closely with the Webmaster and Publicity Chair.
Question: Linda, What would you like our members to know about you and your family?
Linda’s Answer: First, I would like to share that I truly enjoy working with and socializing with the wonderful women of LWR Women’s Club. In our Women’s Club, fun, friendship and community service is so much more than a motto. That said, I would be happy to tell you about me and my family. I was born in Boise, Idaho where my dad was stationed with the Air Force and grew up in the rural farmland of Connecticut. After marrying Mike, my high school sweetheart, and traveling the country with him while he flew B-52’s during the Vietnam War, I settled in Delaware. I graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Computer Science and after graduation, went to work for the DuPont Company for 20 years before retiring. While all this was happening, Mike and I had three sons and now are blessed with 6 amazing granddaughters and two adorable great grandchildren, Lucy and Gavin. Mike and I moved to Lakewood Ranch in 2010, but we still spend our summers in Pennsylvania near our family and I still volunteer at the Delaware YWCA.
Question: What are your favorite hobbies?
Linda’s Answer: I love playing golf and bridge, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.
Question: What do you like best about living in Lakewood Ranch?
Linda’s Answer: I truly enjoy the scenic beauty, the great golf, the proximity to so many entertainment and cultural choices and lots of terrific friends.
Question: How long have you been a member of the LWRWC?
Linda’s Answer: I moved to Lakewood Ranch in 2010 and joined the Women’s Club later that year.
Question: What were you hoping for when you joined LWRWC and were your expectations fulfilled?
Linda’s Answer: I joined for two reasons, one personal and one so that I could give back to the community. Since I was new to LWR, I saw the Club as a place to meet new friends. That has certainly happened! And I’ve always believed it’s important for women to support organizations that help other women who aren’t as blessed as I am.
Question: What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment as Corresponding Secretary?
Linda’s Answer: Hopefully I’ve communicated with our membership in a way that helps them clearly understand what the Club is doing and how they can participate.
Question: To date, what was your most difficult challenge?
Linda’s Answer: That would be filling the shoes of Jean Muccini! It was a steep learning curve for me but with Jean’s guidance and that of Frankie Bailey, I quickly came to really love what I do.
Question: What do you like best about our Women’s Club?
Linda’s Answer: I like the spirit and dedication of our members and most especially that of our Board. The Board is an amazing group of women who truly care about the Club and the three charities that we support.
Question: Why did you decide to become an Officer?
Linda’s Answer: I wanted to contribute more to the Club and thought my computer background and experience would be a good way to do that.
Question: What positions have you held to date? What major events did you chair?
Linda’s Answer: Other than serving on committees, Corresponding Secretary was my first Board position. I haven’t as yet chaired a major event.
Question: What legacy are you hoping for when you leave your current Officer position?
Linda’s Answer: I would like to turn my position over to someone who can carry on what I have done in the last 2 years and hopefully do an even better job.
Question: Do you envision taking on any new leadership roles in the LWRWC?
Linda’s Answer: Not right now but I may at some point.
Question: How do you see the WC growing in the next 5 years?
Linda’s Answer: Certainly as LWR grows, so will the Women’s Club. This will present challenges for Club and the Board as we try to appeal to the interests of everyone and still maintain the personal look and feel that we have today.