Connect with your Lakeside friends through a Virtual Social!

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement & Communications Assistant

Do you miss your Lakeside friends? Stay connected by organizing a virtual get-together on Zoom, an online conferencing service.

Lakeside is a special place because of its people, and even though we can’t be together physically right now, let’s continue to connect and be social with each other in the spirit of Chautauqua.

Many groups in Lakeside have taken part in these virtual socials, and we encourage you to organize a virtual social with your group. Get together with your Lakeside friends to talk, laugh, reminisce and feel a little extra Lakeside love during this time.

You can set up the call yourself, or we can help you connect with your Lakeside tribe. If you would like assistance in setting up the gathering on Zoom, contact the Advancement Office by emailing

We hope that you decide to participate in an interactive and unique experience to catch up with your Lakeside friends!

Note: Even if facilitated by Lakeside, these gatherings are meant to be purely social. If you want to stay informed about Lakeside happenings and our response to COVID-19, visit


To attend or create a Virtual Social, you’ll need a computer or mobile device, such as an iPad or smart phone to see each other through video. If you have a non-smartphone, you’re still able to join by calling in and listening.

To create the Zoom gathering independently:

  1. Visit
  2. Create a Basic login (it’s free!) if you don’t already have one. Free accounts have access to 40-minute calls.
  3. Log in and click ‘My account.’
  4. Click ‘Schedule a Meeting.’
  5. Enter details:
    1. Enter in the time, duration and topic:
    2. Select ‘on’ or ‘off’ for the video. If you and your friends want the option to see each other during the gathering, click ‘on’ for Participant and Host.
    3. For Audio, click ‘Both.’
    4. For Meeting Options, click ‘Use Personal Meeting ID’ and leave other fields blank.
  6. Click ‘Save’ button.
  7. Click ‘Copy this invitation’ on the right-hand side of your screen on the ‘Join URL’ row.
  8. Paste this invitation information into an email and send it to your friends.

When creating the Zoom gathering through Lakeside:

  1. Contact with the date and time of your meeting
  2. We will send you the Zoom information that you can then email on to your friends.

To attend the Zoom Gathering:

From a Computer

  1. Visit the Zoom meeting link from your email.
  2. A pop-up window will appear. Click on the prompt that will download the Zoom application to your computer.
  3. Click on the Zoom meeting link under the heading ‘Join Zoom Meeting’ again.
  4. Click ‘Launch Application’ on the pop-up window.
  5. Enter the Meeting ID from the email and click ‘Join.’
  6. Wait for the host to start the meeting. Once the meeting has been opened, make sure your video is turned on (if you have a webcam) and your computer is not muted to join the fun.

From an iPad or Smart Phone

  1. Download the Zoom app from the App Store. Open the app after it downloads.
  2. Enter the Meeting ID from the email and click ‘Join.’
  3. Wait for the host to start the meeting. Once the meeting has been opened, make sure your video is turned on and your iPad or smart phone is not muted to join the fun.

From a non-smart phone

  1. Open your email invitation. Call the appropriate number listed in relation to where you live:
  2. 2. Enter the Meeting ID from the email followed by the “#” sign. Please note: you will not be able to join the meeting by video.

Please contact if you have any questions, concerns or would like help scheduling your gathering.

Lakeside is a very special place because of its people, and we know that through your love of Lakeside we will work through this and continue to be the great community so many of you call home.

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