Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colon, Vice President of Advancement & Communications


Lakeside Chautauqua is a tradition families have shared through several genera­tions and is a place that many Lake­siders want to ensure is around for years to come.

Meredith Meyer, a fourth gen­eration Lakesider, and her husband, Salam Chaudhary, spend their sum­mers in Lakeside with their children, Morgan and Reed, who are fifth generation Lake­siders.

Meyer and Chaudhary agree that some of the most cherished aspects of Lakeside for their family are that it offers a rich cultural and religious experience, exposes children to the arts at such a young age, and is a safe place for them.

“In today’s world, where people connect online and don’t know their neighbors, Lakeside is a place where people look out for each other, and kids can have more freedom because it’s safer,” Chaudhary said. “Lakeside offers rich cultural and religious ex­periences, opportunities to connect and reconnect with family, and build strong relationships with other Lake­siders.”

Meyer added, “Lakeside has played an important role in laying a religious foundation for our children through God Squad. They also love the Hoover programs — the magic shows, the musical arts, the sympho­ny and ballet. It’s wonderful to expose them to the arts — even if they only last the first 15 minutes of the show.”

Meyer and Chaudhary are mem­bers of the Directors Club and the Founders Society. Both agree that Lakeside is a place they want to see preserved for generations to come, and they have done their part to make that happen by including Lakeside in their estate planning. They encourage oth­ers to do the same.

Meyer and Chaudhary realized two things they want to preserve and make sure are taken care of both now and for years to come are their chil­dren and Lakeside.

“I was very excited about joining the Founders Society,” Chaudhary said, “We have an opportunity to pass on a lot of things to our family.”

The Founders Society honors indi­viduals who have established planned gifts (charitable gift annuity, charita­ble remainder unitrust, bequests, etc.) or have expressed planned giving intentions with Lakeside named as a beneficiary.

The commitment of Meyer and Chaudhary and members of the Founders Society ensures the Lake­side experience for future generations.

For more information about how you can plan a gift in support of Lakeside’s Endowment, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at (419) 798-5396 or