Ladies at Lunch

Lunch with LWRWC

New Year, New Restaurant

On Monday, January 6, 2020, a group of ladies from Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club enjoyed the first LWRWC Social Luncheon in 2020 at the newly opened Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie in Lakewood Ranch.

A warm welcome from 2020 Co-President, Helene Levin, was followed by Program Co-Chair, Sharon Wright who updated the ladies about the upcoming events. Monika Templeman gave a brief overview of the upcoming LWRWC Charity Fundraiser, Fashions on the Bay with Panache on March March 16, 2020 at the Sarasota Yacht Club.

The Women’s Club calendar includes lunch on the first Monday of every month. The ladies gather to sample new and favorite restaurants, keep up to date on club activities, and meet new members. Lunch arrangements and reservations are made by Elaine Steinfurth.

The Kona Grill at UTC on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 provided the perfect setting for a delicious lunch and lively conversation. LWRWC President, Eileen Buzzard, Publicity Chair/Past President, Monika Templeman, and Vice President, Kathleen Cleveland highlighted coming attractions: Mistletoe Market Mistletoe Market at the Grove managed by Pier 22 on Nov 14; Music of the Night Holiday Dinner Theatre Charity Fundraiser for couples and friends at the LWR Golf & Country Club on Dec. 12.

Cathy Reinitz, gave a brief overview of upcoming off the ranch outings that she coordinates with her Co-Chair Claudia Dombrow including: Motes Eco Tour on Oct. 25; Bookstore 1 in Sarasota on Nov. 28; Backstage Tour of Sarasota Opera House and lunch at Bijou Cafe, on Dec.

Welcome Back Fall 2017

Past Presidents, Patti Wrobel, and Shirley Taradash, Eileen Buzzard ,President Elect and Monika Templeman, LWRWC President welcome members.

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club ushered in the Fall season on Monday, October 2, with lunch at Il Conte, a new Italian restaurant in LWR San Marco Plaza.

The members were “welcomed back” by President Monika Templeman along with past presidents Shirley Taradash and Patti Wrobel and future president, Eileen Buzzard. The lunch was coordinated by Elaine Steinfurth as part of a series of monthly lunches offered by the club.

LWRWC Starts the New Year Right – by Eating Lunch

The busy 2017 schedule of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club began on January 9 with lunch at Carmel Cafe on Cooper Creek Blvd in Lakewood Ranch.

The Women’s Club hosts informal monthly lunches on the first Monday of each month to meet old friends and new members and get information on the club’s upcoming activities. The selection of new and favorite restaurants is coordinated by Elaine Steinfurth. 


Lunching on Cheesecake


On Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, LWRWC members enjoyed a terrific luncheon at the Cheesecake Factory located at UTC in Sarasota. Most members opted for healthy salads and entrees instead of calorie laden treats.

The fun and friendship was enhanced by sharing exciting and/or interesting summer activities and discovering many commonalities and mutual interests. Facts learned: that most members are dog lovers, enjoy travel and spending time with family, that several couples belong to upscale car clubs, and that all really like the fun, friendship and community service components of the LWRWC.

Although most members exhibited remarkable will-power by forgoing dessert, we all agreed that friendship is just sweet as cheesecake and the LWRWC Monthly Luncheons are a great way to make new friends.

How to Get Through the Hot Summer…

Lunch with the WC


On Monday, July 11, 2016, 35 LWRWC members enjoyed a delightful luncheon at Valentino Restaurant located at 8203 Cooper Creek Blvd at UTC. The fun and friendship was enhanced with a pre-lunch icebreaker that got good results.

Around the table, each lady stood, introduced herself and shared where she was from and which LWR neighborhood she calls home. There was a large contingency from New York, several from New Jersey and other parts of the eastern shore, and multiple members from Ohio.

In addition to discovering commonalities, the ladies were happy to meet their new LWR neighbors! It was a great way to make new friends.

The luncheon also afforded Sheron Benkert, the LWRWC 2016 Fashion Show Co-Chair, the opportunity to promote the upcoming LWRWC “A Passion for Fashion” Fundraiser Fashion Show Luncheon scheduled for Nov. 2, 2016, at Michael’s on East and discuss the plans for neighborhood raffle baskets that will be explained in an email blast in early August.

Great Italian food and camaraderie shared with friends – a delightful way to spend a summer afternoon!

A New Years’ Lunch at Stonewood Grill & Tavern

On Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, LWRWC members met for lunch at Stonewood Grill & Tavern on University Parkway. Stonewood proved to be a wonderful venue to the first monthly luncheon of the New Year!


L-R, Jean Muccini, Janet Stickel, Patti Wrobel, and Shirley Taradash

While many of the ladies ordered delicious salad entrée and calorie friendly dishes, despite our New Year resolutions it was hard to resist the delicious Pretzel Bread and fresh baked cranberry rolls. Fun, Friendship and great food; what a lovely way to start our 2016 LWRWC year!
Happy New Year to all!

LWRWC Celebrates the Season with Lunch at Seasons 52

On Monday, December 14, 2015, a group of ladies from the LWRWC enjoyed a festive monthly luncheon in the private dining room at Seasons 52 at UTC. Elaine Steinfurth, our Women’s Club monthly lunch coordinator, did her usual superb job in coordinating a delightful end of the year get together in a perfect venue with delicious food and an ambience conducive to fun, friendship and holiday cheer!

Front L, Shirley Taradash, President Elect 2016, and Front R, Patti Wrobel , President 2015, have big smiles for Seasons 52.

Front L, Shirley Taradash, President Elect 2016, and Front R, Patti Wrobel , President 2015, have big smiles for Seasons 52.