Celebrating 25 Years

The Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club (LWRWC) is celebrating their 25th Birthday! For a quarter of a century, the Women’s Club has been making a significant difference in the Lakewood Ranch Community and beyond. Their long-standing motto of fun, friendship, and community service, epitomizes who they are.

Pictured in Back Row -L-R: Cheryl Breining, Past Co-President Advisor & New Member Ambassador; Ann Sledz, Vice President, Helene Levin, Past Co-President Advisor & Special Interests Groups Chair; Barb Thornton, Hospitality Chair; Carol Belmont, President; Linda McMillan, Membership Chair; Regina Napoli, Program Co-Chair; Cheryl Gross, Philanthropy Co-Chair; and Carol Klein, Corresponding Secretary. Front Row-L-R: Kathleen Cleveland, Treasurer; Janet Dobbs, Recording Secretary, and Monika Templeman, Publicity Chair. Not Pictured: Eileen Buzzard, Philanthropy Co-Chair; Sharon Wright, Program Co-Chair, Pam Szabo, Scholarship Chair; Kristin Sciuto and Arminee Bowler, Communications Co-Chairs; Linda Stone, Blankets 4 Babies Chair; Molly Barrett and Martha Wentworth, Social Lunch Co-Chairs; and Frankie Bailey, Webmaster.

To date, LWRWC donated over $500,000 in cash & in-kind to their adopted charities, HOPE Family Services, SMART Riding Therapy, Solve Maternity Homes & Children’s Guardian Fund. Throughout the pandemic , LWRWC “Sewing Angels” sewed masks that were donated to local charities and businesses. LWRWC Blankets for Babies Committee donated over 500 gorgeous handmade blankets to local charities for babies and children in need.

LWRWC puts the fun in fundraising and members enjoy serving on committees that include Fashion Shows, Author’s Luncheons, Holiday Market Luncheons, Holiday Dinners, and more. These events support LWRWC Adopted Charities and are a great way to have fun with friends! In January 2022, thanks to successful charity fundraisers in 2021, LWRWC donated over $65,000 to charity.

The Women’s Club holds monthly general meetings at LWR Townhall, with a summer hiatus, which feature presentations by guest speakers on topics of interest to women today. The Club offers a fun-filled year-round schedule of ”Off the Ranch” events including sightseeing trips, cultural and sporting events, luncheons, nights out, and Special  Interest Groups that provide a great way to meet new friends with similar interests.