Committees play important part in this ‘small city’ |

Committees play important part in this ‘small city’

While many people are involved in the logistics of running this “small city,” the activity committees are most visible. I remember when I first moved to LWW and my son, then 13, picked up a weekly schedule of events and commented that it would be like living in Club Med.

One committee that plans events that are open to all residents and guests is the Social Committee. Marilyn Heald got involved when she moved to LWW five years ago and is now serving her second year as chairman. Other members include Maureen Baker, Jim Brown, Sue Carrol, Bernice Cole, Linda Doench, Grace Gustavson, Janet Jameson, Marji Kerhart, Sue King, Bill Mueller, Bill and Jacqueline Nelson, Jane Pusheck, Pat Queen, Jerry Seawright, Jan Sherman, Don Streseman and Linda Pryor.

Linda Doench handles publicity for their events and is currently focusing on Monte Carlo Night in early March. Marilyn and Jane Pusheck are coordinating the activities to include food and drink, a prize raffle, and gaming tables for 150-plus guests. The games are fun, and there are fabulous raffle prizes. Last year, I won a catered boat trip around the lake with nine of my girlfriends, compliments of Bill Raimondi.

Jane Pusheck is lining up six gorgeous homes for the June Home Tour. This tour is a great way to get decorating ideas and to see how other people live. Afterward, there is an afterglow party at a beautiful garden, complete with music, great food and an opportunity to mingle with neighbors. It takes the entire committee to run this event, in addition to a dozen or more volunteers to help as docents.

July 4 is always a great celebration at Commodore Park on the lake. My first year here, I felt like I was in the middle of a Norman Rockwell painting. The Yacht Club sponsors a wacky “Americana” boat parade that is judged by the Social Committee. The Ski Club puts on a water show, and the Social Committee sponsors a barbeque, drinks, crazy hat contest and games throughout the day. The grand finale is an outrageous fireworks display over the lake, picking up enough reflections and sparkle to remind you of the best days of your childhood. Lots of LWW families turn this event into their annual family reunion.

Dan Streseman oversees the Team Trivia Contest in October. This is serious business. I was quizzed a couple of times to see if I should be invited to join a team. I wasn’t! Anyone can form a team, and they usually have about 12 teams of six. The energy in the room can get so intense that you can hear a pin drop.

Maureen Baker oversees decorating the clubhouse. This is no small task, and with lots of help from Pat Brown and Sue Carroll, they do a beautiful job all year, with December being their busiest month. For the holidays, Marji Kerhart and other committee members all pitch in to dress up the clubhouse and sponsor the formal Holiday Dinner Dance.

This committee also sponsors the Outdoor Christmas Light Display Contest. It seems that more and more houses participate each year. This year, 2004, will be the third year for Caroling on the Green; last year’s event included 165 carolers in a caravan of golf carts visiting homes surrounding the golf course before heading back to the clubhouse for pizza and holiday cheer.

Meeting monthly, everyone on the Social Committee gets involved in the programs and has a great time. After expenses, proceeds from events go back to the community in the form of benches added to public areas, helping to fund the free shuttle up to the clubhouse, and new umbrellas for the restaurant patio. They are always open to new ideas, new events and new members.

Got a tip about someone in LWW? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or at

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