Why Chautauqua Staff is Grateful for Volunteers

As the holiday season approaches, Lakeside Chautauqua staff would like to take a moment to thank and recognize the impact that volunteers make in the community and how they bring the Lakeside mission to life.

“Lakeside is very blessed to have dedicated volunteers who serve in many capacities to help us achieve our mission. It is rewarding to have community members working side by side with staff to continue to keep the Lakeside mission alive. Although not a complete list, volunteers help the Programming Department as ushers and ‘clickers’ at Hoover; organizing the Kids Setting Sail program, Sailing Regatta and shuffleboard tournaments; assisting with the Raccoon Run and other recreational events; assisting students in registering at the Rhein Center; working events like Spring Cleanup Day, the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival, Katharine C. Crampton Memorial Art Show and Photography Show; playing music and singing in the choir for worship services; serving on the Board of Directors’ Advisory Teams and presenting lectures. We couldn’t do our programs without volunteers, and they encourage the staff, especially during a busy Chautauqua season, by their giving nature and support.”  – Shirley Stary, Vice President of Programming

“Volunteering is the act of what the Lakeside mission is. When you volunteer, you are working with a cross-section of Lakesiders that nurture relationships with the community. Any of the different jobs that a volunteer can take part in is directly or indirectly supporting one of the four Chautauqua pillars.Without the efforts of volunteers, many of the programs that occur at Lakeside wouldn’t happen.”  – John Mann, HR Administrator

“Volunteers are essential to the quality of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience year in and year out. They not only enrich the quality of life for all people, but nurture relationships through the four pillars of Chautauqua. We have volunteers of all ages that assist the Advancement & Communications Department. A handful of talented Lakesiders spend nearly 40 hours each summer editing the Lakesider newspaper on Tuesday afternoons. On Saturday mornings, a group of enthusiastic young volunteers line Walnut Avenue to deliver the newspaper. Many children are accompanied by parents or grandparents, making this volunteer opportunity a multi-generational experience truly unique to Lakeside.  There are also talented individuals who provide their photography skills, capturing smiles and memories at special events. I am thankful for our generous volunteer base because they are what keep Lakeside thriving with their shared passion for this community. The staff simply could not provide a quality Chautauqua program without the support of volunteers.”  Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

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