My first experience at Lakeside, more than 15 years ago, was in the dead of winter. Having grown up near the lake in Lorain, Ohio, I was no stranger to the cold or the beauty of a frozen Lake Erie.

However, I wasn’t ready for the splendor of Lakeside in the winter against the backdrop of the majesty of the lake. Since that day, I’ve been honored to have many visits to Lakeside Chautauqua through all four seasons.

What has been a most recent joy, is to receive the invitation and offer to be Lakeside Chautauqua’s next President & CEO. What an exceptional offer and what an exceptional place that is arguably the most vibrant, passionate and thoughtful community region wide. I look forward to seeing my grandkids skip, laugh and play with your grandkids.

Thank you to all who have warmed me with a welcome and acceptance that has, and is, making my transition into this role as pleasant an experience as one would hope for in a lifetime. Read More

The Lakeside Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Daniel J. Rogers as Lakeside Chautauqua’s next President & CEO and President of the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, effective August 10.

Rogers is a skilled senior leader with a broad background in leading complex non-profit organizations that provide programming and assistance to poor, underprivileged and homeless populations.

He combines his extensive business experience with a genuine love and curiosity of people and humbly describes himself as a servant leader, intent on nurturing relationships within the community while working with and developing his staff.

Rogers most recently served as President & CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries of Toledo from 2005-2019, where he developed the strategic direction of the organization, fostered community partnerships and led significant fundraising efforts. Cherry Street provides more than food, clothing and shelter for the poor, underprivileged and homeless, it is a ministry built around one-on-one mentorship and focused on who a person is, rather than what a person has become.

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Did you know you can give back to Lakeside simply by doing things you already do? AmazonSmile, Giving Assistant, recommending grants, matching gifts and monthly gifts are convenient ways you can support Lakeside through your typical spending habits and your professional network. Read More

Through raising their five children, who are between 9 and 17 years old, Bob and Jennifer Schuler have witnessed the importance of Lakeside’s seasonal employment firsthand.

“My kids’ seasonal jobs at Lakeside gave them opportunities to learn responsibility, service and how to be part of a team,” said Jennifer. “Their jobs have taught them the value of working for something that you want and have instilled in them a strong work ethic.”

Bob and Jennifer love the family-oriented nature of Lakeside as well as the community’s focus on mind, body and spirit.

These reasons have led the Schuler family to choose Lakeside as their seasonal vacation destination. During the summer months, their children work as seasonal employees.

The Schulers’ children have worked at local businesses, such as Bluebird Café, and at the pool and lakefront as lifeguards. Bob and Jennifer understand the importance of these positions to both the employees and to Lakeside and decided to give a donation to underwrite a student seasonal employee at Lakeside this summer. Read More

The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is recycling and composting for the first time in its history, part of a new initiative to improve Lakeside’s sustainability efforts. The restaurant is going through major changes this year, including new management, menus and sustainability goals.

Jim Switzer, Lakeside’s Senior V.P. of Municipal Services, explains that, “When Lakeside decided to manage the dining room, we felt it was a good fit and in line with our Board’s directives toward zero waste initiatives to include not only recycling of packaging but also food wastes.”

Switzer added that numerous restaurants within Lakeside already have been making an effort to recycle cardboard and now the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is becoming a part of the recycling community. The restaurant goes through countless paper menus (a precaution taken due to COVID-19), glass bottles, aluminum cans, cardboard boxes and much more.

Throughout the month of July, the dining room has been measuring the amount of waste produced, an effort that will likely continue into early August. Every day, the Maintenance Crew comes by to pick up the recyclables, and they are taken to the bins by the South Gate. There are many things to consider when taking on the task of recycling, however, it is still one of the most accessible ways to reduce your environmental impact. Read More