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.

“It’s so important to support Lakeside financially so that Lakeside can uphold its mission,” said Bob. “And one of the best ways we can ensure that Lakeside can uphold its mission is by ensuring that there’s sufficient staff to help carry out the events, programs, operations and maintenance.”

Seasonal positions are vital to ensuring that the Chautauqua experience runs smoothly and efficiently. However, due to COVID-19 related budget cuts, Lakeside is not able to hire many of our vital high school and college-aged seasonal employees this summer.

By giving a gift of $4,000 (or $333 per month), you can underwrite the salary of one of the 60 high school and college students who are employed at Lakeside this Chautauqua season.

“Bob and I were inspired to underwrite a student seasonal employee because we can see that the COVID-19 pandemic is really affecting Lakeside, and we want to help Lakeside in a meaningful way,” said Jennifer.

Join the Schulers and give a gift to underwrite a seasonal student employee.

For more information, contact the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office at (419) 798-4461, ext. 246 or mail checks payable to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440. You can also make an in-person donation at the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Office, located at 217 Walnut Ave.

For questions about underwriting a seasonal staff member, contact Director of Development Alana Tarry at or (330) 608-6291.