What we're about
Founded in 2011, the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch (AWCLWR) welcomes new members from Lakewood Ranch as well as surrounding communities (Sarasota, Bradenton, Palmetto, Ellenton, Parish). Women who are professionals, retirees, single, married, who are of Asian descent and/or interested in Asian culture and camaraderie are invited to join AWCLWR. Our club's mission is to make a positive difference in our members' lives and the community we live in by making friends, enhancing diversity, creating more awareness of our Asian heritage, tradition, culture, food, art, music, and most of all from our fundraising efforts to help those in need in our community.
As of December 2015, we are proud to have up to 30 members who hail from the Philippines, China, India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, South Korea, and are living in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Since 2011, our annual fundraising efforts have benefited the Food Bank of Manatee County, victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and scholarship awards to well-deserving college students at State College of Florida. After our monthly AWCLWR meetings, educational presentations hosted by members or invited guest speakers are open to family, friends, and the public. Presentations have included such topics as Feng Shui, Acupuncture, Qigong, Cancer, Memory Loss, Brain and Heart Connection, Asian cultures, and financial planning education.
As a newer non-profit organization, AWCLWR seeks members who want to become involved as Board members, committee chairs, and event leaders.
How can you become a member of the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch?
New membership requests on this AWCLWR Meetup.com site may only be approved after the following has been met:
- a potential new member has attended in person an AWCLWR meeting. Meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday each month, 6:00pm at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall (as available), 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, FL.
- a potential new member has submitted an AWCLWR New Member application, and initial membership fee of $25 has been paid. The member application and fee is collected at the monthly meeting. Membership renewal fee is $20 each year.
PLEASE NOTE: The Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch (AWCLWR) Meetup.com site and its group events are administered and coordinated by VOLUNTEER organizers and event hosts. Please understand that new membership requests on the AWCLWR Meetup.com site may only be approved after the AWCLWR new membership application is submitted in person at a monthly AWCLWR meeting and approved by AWCLWR Board Directors. By joining the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch meetup group, and/or by participating in AWCLWR events, AWCLWR members and their guests understand and agree: that their participation is voluntary and for adults only; that they assume all risk and are fully responsible for their actions, for their transportation, for prompt payment of their event/meal related charges; that this group is not intended to be a religious/political/protest venue, is not open to unapproved and ad hoc product/business solicitation at AWCLWR events or through our AWCLWR Meetup.com website; that any member may be removed from this group at the discretion of the AWCLWR Board Directors.
About the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch (AWCLWR):
MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Asian Women's Club of Lakewood Ranch (AWCLWR) is to make a positive difference in the community and in its members through:
A. Fostering diversity through awareness and the building of friendships;
B. Enhancing awareness of Asian customs, culture, food, music, art and tradition;
C. Cultural, educational seminars and community outreach programs;
D. Fundraising events to support local charities and provide scholarships for students in need;
E. Distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.
The AWCLWR is an IRS approved 501 (c) (3) non-profit, exempt organization. AWCLWR is open to women of Asian descent or women who appreciate all things Asian. The organizational meeting was held on October 11, 2011. AWCLWR was approved by the Board of Lakewood Ranch on October 13, 2011. The first meeting was held on October 21, 2011 at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall.
AWCLWR meetings are currently held every 4th Wednesday of the month at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall (as available), 8175 Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lakewood Ranch, FL, 6:00pm. Meetings can be rescheduled as needed. The dues are $25 upon joining and $20 annual renewal fee. Initial membership fee and annual renewal fees are collected at the AWCLWR meeting.