Message from the Board
There is no place like Lakeside in July. The streets are alive with families and friends, basketballs are bouncing in Bettinger Park, and music is in the air. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our hardworking and talented staff members and volunteers who work to make this community enlivening, safe, and beautiful for all of us.
The Association and Foundation Boards enjoyed a successful retreat in Drackett Hall on June 17 and 18. We got to know each other better, discussed strategic issues, and enjoyed watching families playing in the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Pool during our breaks. Most importantly, we came away with an appreciation for each other and the work we can do collaboratively for the greater good of Lakeside.
We welcome your ideas, questions and suggestions. Please attend a Neighborhood Gathering this summer, stop on the sidewalk for a chat, email or call us. To meet the Association Board members who faithfully serve our community and to see quarterly board updates, click here.
On behalf of the Board, we invite all Lakesiders to join us in serving as ambassadors for Lakeside, sharing our culture of hospitality with all who enter the gates of this beautiful community.
Chair, Association Board
Jane Higgins Marx
Vice-Chair, Association Board
Message from the President/CEO
Lakeside Symphony Orchestra season approaches
We’re thrilled to welcome the return of the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra to Hoover Auditorium this summer. Under the direction of Conductor and Musical Director Daniel Meyer, the symphony brings classical music to guests of all ages.
From late-July to mid-August, more than 75 musicians live in residence and perform seven concerts for the community. Special thanks to the many Lakesiders who graciously provide accommodations and hospitality to symphony members. This year, we will also feature several young soloists and Verb Ballets.
The Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concert series is made possible by the Ohio Arts Council’s 2021 ArtsNEXT grant. The Ohio Arts Council is funded in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature. The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. oac.ohio.gov.
Attend a Neighborhood Gathering & Porch Talk
Throughout the summer, we’re gathering to discuss Lakeside’s future, and I hope you plan to participate. There are a number of Neighborhood Gatherings scheduled and we’re still adding dates and times. For more information and to RSVP, visit lakesideohio.com/150onward.
In addition to our scheduled Neighborhood Gatherings, you’re invited to join a series of community discussions from the front Porch of Hoover Auditorium at 12 p.m. every Wednesday from July 13-Aug. 24. Each week, Charles Allen and I will lead a community talk about a specific topic. All are invited to attend, and there is no RSVP or pre-registration required.
- July 13 – Culture of Belonging
- July 20 – Environmental Sustainability
- July 27 – Strategic Plan
- August 3 – Financial Transparency
- August 10 – Culture of Belonging
- August 17 – Lakefront & Shoreline
- August 24 – Environmental Sustainability
Hoover Backstage Tours
Over the years, you have experienced Hoover Auditorium as a cultural and community hub. This summer, we’re opening the backstage and providing tours so that you can learn about the unique history behind the venue and how we hope to preserve it for the future. Thank you to the more than 125 Lakesiders who participated in our first tour this past week.
For those who wish to participate in our Hoover Auditorium: Behind the Curtain Tours, meet in the lobby of Hoover Auditorium at 3 p.m. Wednesdays from July 6-August 10. Tours are approximately 30 minutes plus a Q&A session.
Meet Samuel Chelliah, V.P. of Finance
Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce that Samuel Chelliah has been promoted to Vice President of Finance. Providing senior leadership to Lakeside’s Finance Department, Chelliah will administer budgets, conduct financial planning and business forecasting, and analyze Lakeside’s financial strengths and opportunities. He will work closely with President & CEO Kip Greenhill and COO Charles Allen, as well as the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors’ Finance and Audit Committees throughout the year.
Chelliah started at Lakeside in March 2021 as the Controller. While at Lakeside, he has provided accurate reporting and accounting analysis, bookkeeping and managed the Finance Team. Most recently, he was instrumental in launching Lakeside’s new accounting software, a tremendous undertaking for the Finance Team this spring. Read more.
Generosity & Volunteering
Every summer, you and your family experience the mission of Lakeside and witness the spirit of community. Cherished traditions and Chautauqua experiences are the heartbeat of Lakeside.
To ensure that Lakeside and the enriching Chautauqua experiences continue every year, we need families like yours to step forward to support Lakeside financially and to volunteer. All gifts, regardless of size, help create the Lakeside experience. Please consider a gift by visiting lakesideohio.com/today. To volunteer, visit lakesideohio.com/volunteer. Thank you for your generosity.
President & CEO, Lakeside Chautauqua