Award Winning Club

Kathleen Cleveland, LWRWC Treasurer and LWRWC 2019 President and Monika Templeman, LWRWC Publicity Chair and LWRWC 2017 President, accepted the Award Certificate on behalf of LWRWC.

LWRWC’s philanthropic impact was once again recognized on three separate occasions in the last three months. First, this past November, Hope Family Services and The Association of Fundraising Professionals Southwest Florida Chapter recognized LWRWC as an Honoree for our dedication to Philanthropy.

Then, on January 25th, 2023, the LWRWC received the “Making a Difference” Award at the Lakewood Ranch Community Activities Volunteer Appreciation Awards.

Lastly, LWRWC was awarded the Community Spirit Award from the Manatee Community Foundation, honoring the generosity of givers and the resilience of nonprofits serving Manatee County. LWRWC will be honored on March 29th, 2023, at a luncheon at the Bradenton Convention Center.

LWRWC General Meeting
February 9th, 2023
7 pm LWR Town Hall

Guest speaker for the evening was Maggie Milne, Community Specialist from Schroeder-Manatee Ranch, Inc (SMR), who gave the members a quick historical overview of LWR’s cattle ranching and agricultural origins and its subsequent extensive community development. As of 2022, and for the fifth consecutive year, Lakewood Ranch ranks as the nation’s premier, award-winning, and best-selling master-planned community.

From the beginning, SMR set out to build Lakewood Ranch into a “home haven” that fosters community and a place to belong. So much so that members of one of the founding families, the Uihlein family (pronounced E line), continue to reside on the ranch and play at the Polo Club.

In addition to the multi-site retail plazas, a dozen recreational parks and 150 miles of multi-surfaced trails, The Ranch also houses a top service and well-equipped Medical Center. In addition, it is home to two top-tier schools, a new charter school currently in the works and the Manatee Public Library, currently under construction.

SMR’s consideration and investment in the well-being of its residents aren’t just found in its mission to create “a healthy-living” lifestyle; they are also evident in its commitment to the well-being and education of its future generations. Thus, creating an attractive opportunity for families to put down roots and enjoy a well-rounded daily life experience.

According to Ms. Milne’s report, LWR provides a wide variety of community activities for all ages. Over seventy social clubs, farmers markets and well-attended street festivals such as Music on Main and, more recently, the increasingly popular Ranch Night Wednesdays at Waterside.

More than enough recreational outlets make living on The Ranch uniquely engaging and fun. Furthermore, Ms. Milne stated that LWR offers a variety of venues and clubs for sports enthusiasts. Golf courses and the multiple sports fields at the Premier Sports Campus are just some of The Ranch’s frequently engaged sites and venues. LWR’s latest endeavor is the construction of a state-of-art Aquatic Center that will accommodate and facilitate Olympic training.

Lakewood Ranch’s commitment to residential development has been consistent from the start. Currently, there are 87 model homes open to the public and several developments. Wild Blue by Stock Luxury Homes and custom homes by John Cannon are among the top developers that complete the list. However, its growth would not be sustainable without the support and equally consistent development of its commercial and retail sectors. The latest undertaking is Center Point, at Lakewood Ranch Blvd and University, with a Town-Center-like vibe and layout featuring mixed use of commercial, retail and wellness facilities.