Each year, hundreds of Chautauquans pour their time, energy and resources into various volunteer efforts on behalf of the Institution. At 5:30 p.m. this past Tuesday at the Golf Club, a volunteer recognition reception was held to honor those who have participated in the different volunteer organizations at Chautauqua.
The evening in the Amphitheater began with cocktails, appetizers and conversation. The space filled with people, and the temperature dropped with the sun.
At its annual August meeting on Saturday, Aug. 24, Chautauqua Institution’s board of trustees will consider adoption of proposed changes to Chautauqua’s Architectural and Land Use (ALU) Regulations. The revisions are the result of a lengthy review process by a study group assembled by board chairman George Snyder that included a series of public input sessions and community presentations held during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, as well as drafts published online for public review this past fall and spring.
“There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don’t care who gets the credit.”
The Daily newsroom was empty and unfamiliar on a Saturday morning, but George Snyder, 50, knew an earlier Daily newsroom very well. The outgoing three-term chairman of the Institution’s governing board of trustees was, for many youthful summers, a key member of the Daily staff. His life experience is suffused with Chautauqua: At Old First Night last week, he proudly stood with those who have been coming to the Institution for 50 years or more. Snyder came with his family, went to Children’s School and to Boys’ and Girls’ Club, worked at the Daily, brought his best girl to the grounds to spend time with his family, watched his own daughters catch Chautauqua fever and has served at the pinnacle of the Institution’s structure of governance. And he is not done — there are more chapters to come with him and Chautauqua.
As “America’s Oldest Continuous Book Club,” the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle’s traditions date back to the late 1800s, and the CLSC Class of 2000 helped to keep the memories alive this season.
The Class of 2000 is the largest — consisting of 375 members — and its generosity is notable. It has donated $13,500 to the Hall of Philosophy’s aesthetic, supported the kiosk in front of Alumni Hall and contributed to the dues for the Zimbabwean members of the CLSC.
Their biggest contribution thus far is the $17,500 project to refurbish the Golden Gate’s arch, which the Class of 2000 raised in one year.
Chautauqua Institution’s Board of Trustees held its first open meeting of the season Saturday.
At the morning meeting led by Chairman George Snyder, members of the board updated Chautauquans on current and future projects and gave them a chance to voice concerns and ask questions.
After the updates, the floor was opened up to questions and comments. Dan Pieroni, 6 Ames, voiced his concerns about safety on the grounds during the winter, when Chautauqua is not a gated community.
Almost everyone struggles to fit all that is Chautauqua into one simple sentence. But that didn’t stop Megan Smith from trying during Friday’s NOW Generation Reception.
“It’s the TED conference, only if it was founded in the 1800s. And lasted all summer,” Smith said.
Smith’s description provides a poignant example of a younger Chautauquan’s search for relevance. NOW Generation seeks to connect those ages 21–50 and to provide the resources to allow them to make Chautauqua pertinent to young people well into the future.
The reception, which took place at 5 p.m. at the President’s Cottage, boasted 150 attendees. The first half-hour of the event was social — a time for people to meet, reunite and chat on the goings-on of Chautauqua.
Tina Downey, director of the Chautauqua Fund, was the first of the evening’s speakers.
“Welcome home,” Downey said. “It’s an amazing summer.”
“The monk I trained with, who influenced me the most, told me: ‘Alan, what you have to face and what we struggle with most is God’s absolute lack of taste. God loves everyone. It is disgusting,’” said the Very Rev. Alan Jones at the beginning of his Sunday Morning Worship sermon, “The Call to Be Human.” Jones is dean emeritus of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Calif. His text was Jonah 3:1-5, 10; 4:1-11.