Bertha Honoré Palmer Visits LWR
By MONIKA TEMPLEMAN
Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club stepped back in time to meet Bertha Palmer at their April 9, 2015 General Meeting at LWR Town Hall.
“Women Making a Difference,” was the overriding theme of the meeting and nothing could be more appropriate than a “visit” with the renowned Bertha Honoré Palmer, the amazing woman who greatly shaped the history of the Sarasota area. Bertha was a trailblazer, a noted businesswoman, socialite, philanthropist in Sarasota and Manatee counties and so much more!
The journey back in time was made possible by the talented guest speaker, Kate Holmes from the Sarasota Historical Society. Courtesy of Kate’s mesmerizing and historically accurate enactment of Bertha, club members felt like they were transported to Chicago in the mid 1800’s where Bertha herself revealed fascinating insights about her life, from her birth in 1849, her marriage to millionaire Quaker merchant, Potter Palmer, to her Sarasota land purchase in 1910 (after her husband’s death) of over 80,000 acres of land in and around Sarasota, Florida.
Club members were virtually transported to Sarasota in the 1900’s where Bertha told us about her unprecedented achievements between 1910 and her untimely death from breast cancer in 1918. While all the details of her life were fascinating, the following highlights clearly illustrate why Bertha was an amazing woman who was ahead of her time and why her legacy still lives on today.
The theme of women making a difference was also reflected at the LWR Women’s Club Meeting through the generous donations of baby shower gifts from the club members for SOLVE Maternity Homes (one of the Club’s three adopted charities that has been assisting pregnant women for over 40 years). The beautifully packaged donations included receiving & crib blankets, baby bottles, infant clothing, baby bath towels & washcloths, pacifiers, medicine dispensers, baby thermometer, diapers. mobiles, toys and so much more!
Summer and Fall Events
For those members who are year round residents, the monthly luncheons will continue; the Program Committee has planned exciting events for the remainder of the year including:
- Ringling after Dark on May 14
- Marina Jacks II Luncheon Cruise on June 17
- Aprons Cooking School in September
- Oct. 12, General Meeting will feature a Psychic Medium as the guest speaker.
- Oct 28, Fashion Show Fundraiser Luncheon “Bewitching Glamor” at Michaels on East
- Nov. 12th, General Meeting , Linda Carson from ABC will be keynote speaker
- Dec, Mistletoe Market Holiday Bazaar