Board Blogger: Randy Snow, Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors Chair
Staff Blogger: Kevin Sibbring, Lakeside Chautauqua CEO & President

Greetings Lakesiders,

As you know, the Lakeside Chautauqua Board and staff asked the community for input this summer as we contemplate Lakeside’s future. Thank you to all who participated in interviews, focus groups, roundtable discussions, social media dialogues and e-surveys. Your input is appreciated and valuable.

During a Community Forum held on September 5, we shared the collective feedback we received from residents and guests throughout the summer. If you were unable to attend the Community Forum, we invite you to review the PowerPoint presentation and listen to the audio recording at

Below are the key points we presented at the Community Forum:

  1. The Hotel Lakeside will be sustained through a “no regrets” strategy addressing the primary maintenance needs of the facility versus a total restoration.
  2. Lakeside will continue to emphasize the importance of growing its endowment to support its annual operations and decrease its dependence on Chautauqua Pass admissions fees.
  3. The community affirmed the four pillars of Chautauqua (religion, education, cultural arts and recreation) and shared its concern about improving programming for teens.
  4. Lakeside will launch an initiative to raise funds on #GivingTuesday in support of teen programming and a youth activity center.
  5. There is overwhelming support and a clear need for a community pool and enhanced wellness programming. A Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce will be created to conduct due diligence and make recommendations to the board.

Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce

Many individuals expressed an interest in serving on a Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce or subcommittees that might be formed in support of this initiative. By the end of last month, a Taskforce was assembled to represent the broader Lakeside community. This group will be responsible for leading the community in advising the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors in determining the size, scope and cost of this project as well as keeping community members informed and engaged.

Chris Brucken and Jeffrey Perkins will serve as co-chairs of the Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce. Other community members of the taskforce include: JoAnn Bobbitt, Carter Bobbitt, Doug Bohl, Mark Grindley, Marsha Jenkins, Margie Shade, Laurie Switzer and Jim Young. Additionally, two members of the Lakeside Chautauqua Board, Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation Board and senior staff will join this team providing leadership and linkage to the respective boards. They are: Randy Snow, Dave Blank, Bill Drackett, Mike Swallow, Kevin Sibbring and Dan Dudley.

E-Focus Group

Assisting the Taskforce will be other interested Lakesiders who will collectively become part of an electronic focus group, or E-Focus Group. This group is responsible for supporting the Taskforce by responding to concept ideas, further engaging the community and helping us refine a vision for a pool and wellness program and facilities plan. If subcommittees are formed, we will draw from the E-Focus Group to assist the Taskforce.

E-Focus Group members include: Laurie and Brian Beam, Bruce Bennett, Pat Borean, Bob Brucken, Nancy Brucken, Angela and Joe Brucken, Becky and Bob Brymer, Gene Cline, Dan Buckey, Barb and Chris Claypool, Jan Dwyer, Rick Green, Bob Grimm, Nancy Gurney, Dianne Hartenburg, Rachel and Dick Hubbard, Linda Huber, Tom Hilt, Frank Jayne, Tom Jones, Debbie and Larry Kisbeth, Dick Klenk, Sue and Wes Kunze, Ginger Leonard, Jeanne Martin, Virginia Metz, Melissa Monich, Linda Ruttencutter, Tom Salamone, Fred Seling, Jim Shelley, Bill Smith, Annette Sutherland, Carolyn Swanger, Jim Switzer, Karen Thomas, Fran Warner, Darla and Gary Warner, and Keith Winget.

The Pool & Wellness Taskforce, and supporting E-Focus Group, will be asked to prepare updates and recommendations to the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors at both its November and February meetings. This is an exciting time, and we hope you feel as optimistic as we do that this initiative will unite and inspire the entire Lakeside community to support meaningful improvements that can be enjoyed by all.

Taskforce Gets Started

The Taskforce held its first meeting on September 30 to review its objectives. Members will begin studying characteristics of a community pool and wellness program, identifying size and scope, reviewing possible locations, developing a financial model related to funding and ongoing operations, as well as discussing how to engage the community throughout the due diligence process. There was also an open discussion about pivotal milestones as we pursue an aggressive timeline. Additionally, the Taskforce learned how it will interact with the both the boards of Lakeside Chautauqua and the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation.

Become Part of the Process: Every Voice Matters

We invite you to sign-up to receive ongoing communications. You are also invited to provide comments for the Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce with the electronic comment card.

It is an honor to work with the Pool & Wellness Community Taskforce as we develop plans to best serve Lakesiders of all ages. We look forward to staying in touch.