Spotlight on the WC Board, continues with a fascinating up close and personal interview with the LWRWC President , Patti Wrobel and her vision for the future.
Question: What would you like our members to know about you and your family?
Patti’s Answer: First, I would like to share that throughout my adult life I have done many volunteer activities and I particularly love leading the outstanding women of LWR Women’s Club. I was Midwest born and raised. I was born in Illinois, lived in Kansas City, but I also loved the 16 years that I spent near NYC in Fairfield County, Ct. I am a former educator. I taught High Schools English, worked with students with Learning Disabilities and trained teachers through Kansas University. Later as a result of my love of fashion, worked as a rep for Doncaster, a direct sell clothing company. I have been married for nearly 47 years to the same guy! We have two grown sons, three handsome grandsons and a precious soon to be 4 year old granddaughter
Question: What are your favorite hobbies?
Patti’s Answer: I love playing golf, traveling, shopping (!) and watching college basketball
Question: What do you like best about living in Lakewood Ranch?
Patti’s Answer: I truly enjoy the beauty of Lakewood Ranch and the area’s proximity to so many venues of the art, theatre and great restaurants
Question: How long have you been a member of the LWRWC?
Patti’s:Answer: I joined the Women’s Club in 2008, a year after we moved her so I have been a member for about 8 years
Question: When you joined LWRWC, what were you hoping for and were your expectations fulfilled?
Patti’s Answer: When I joined the Women’s Club we were still “snow birds” and I was looking for an organization where I could meet women of my age and interests, and also learn about the area and its offerings. Luckily, I had met Pat Eilender, the President at that time, and she encouraged me to join, telling me that there were other things to do besides golf! Yes, my expectations were fulfilled and exceeded.
Question: What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment as LWRWC President?
Patti’s Answer: Although the year is not over yet, I feel one of my most significant accomplishments was to have chosen an excellent Board, and I did so with the future in mind. I looked at those who had the ability and desire to carry the Club into the future.
Question: What was your most difficult challenge this year?
Patti’s Answer: Two things come to mind: First, the challenge of providing programs and activities to suit our growing and diverse membership. The second was the resignation of our new Membership Chair at the beginning of the year. It was a challenge to fill this large, time consuming job. Fortunately, thanks to the extraordinary cooperation of Mary Lee Danahy (our former chair who agreed to temporarily fill the void) we were able to find an excellent replacement in Barb Thornton.
Question: What do you like best about our Women?s Club?
Patti’s Answer: What I liked best about the Club was the camaraderie and the variety of things to do….from programs, to special events, and the “field trip” visits to other venues.
Question: Why did you decide to become an Officer?
Patti’s Answer: I decided to become an officer because I was asked to be Recording secretary and I thought that would be a way to participate on the Board and learn more about the policies of the Club. I had been Recording Secretary of other clubs, and in two of them, The Kansas City Young Matrons and the Wilton women’s Club ,I went on to be President. It was a great way to really learn the workings of the Club. After that I was asked to be Vice President, and the rest is history!
Question: What positions have you held to date? What major events did you chair?
Patti’s Answer: In addition to being Recording Secretary and Vice President, I also worked as a committee member on the Holiday Dinner, as a solicitor and decorating the baskets, and I was in charge of the models for the fashion show which was done by The Met in 2012.
Question: We recently expanded our focus on philanthropy. How do you see us growing in the next 5 years?
Patti’s Answer: I see us growing not only in numbers but in the variety of programs and activities. Our expansion in the philanthropy area has been very beneficial, and I would like to see us be more active in the hands on activities and in kind donations as well as raising dollars. We are still a social club, which is to serve the needs and desires of the members. I don’t want us to be thought of as only as a fund raising machine, but a welcoming organizations for women in many different positions, with activities for many different time commitments and interests. I do, however, want to see this Women’s Club become a dynamic and visible force in our community. We have so many fabulous members with many talents, and hopefully we can make a positive difference in the community of Lakewood Ranch and beyond.