The Lakeside Chautauqua Community

Lakeside Women’s Club

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Beth Jennings Sibbring
Lakeside Women's Club President
Green Gables 161 Walnut Avenue Lakeside, OH 43440


The Lakeside Women’s Club (LWC) has been an integral and vital part of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience since 1928.

Membership Information

All are welcome to join the Lakeside Women’s Club, regardless of gender, whether living in or visiting Lakeside. Annual membership dues are $20 and can be paid at Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave. The mission of the Lakeside Women’s Club is to enhance the Lakeside experience for women through fellowship, outreach and education.

Additional Information

Programming & Additional Opportunities

The LWC hosts several book discussions, programs, book reviews and events throughout the summer. Read the weekly summer Lakesider newspaper for the most up-to-date information. All programs are held at Green Gables (161 Walnut Ave.), unless otherwise noted.

All Lakeside Chautauqua guests and residents are welcome to borrow books from the LWC Library at Green Gables or purchase pre-owned books at the Used Book Sale. The library is open Monday-Friday 1-3 p.m. during the summer. The LWC also has a thrift shop at Green Gables called “The Corner Cupboard.” Purchases are made through the honor system. Free Wi-Fi is also available at Green Gables.

Reserve a Room

The Lakeside Women’s Club rents rooms to adult women in the historic Green Gables Cottage, built in 1883. Room rates are $75 for single occupancy and $95 for double occupancy per night. Rates include taxes. Call the hostess at (419) 798-4734 for reservations. For more information on booking, visit the Women’s Club website.

Weekly Summer Schedule

Programs are held in the Lakeside Women’s Club’s Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave., unless otherwise noted.


  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Bunch Book Discussion and 1:30 p.m. After Lunch Bunch Book Discussion (Alternating Mondays)
  • 10:30 a.m. “Women Reading through the Bible” Bible Study
  • 3-5 p.m. Mahjong
  • 7:30 p.m. Porch Stories on select Monday evenings – July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 & Aug. 19


  • 1:30 p.m. Lakeside Women’s Club Programs


  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bridge
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Mahjong


  • 9:30-11 a.m. Mahjong
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Bridge


  • 1:30 p.m. Book Reviews
  • 3-5 p.m. Mahjong

Special Events

  • June 18: Lawn Party at the Hotel Lakeside, with special appearance by Mrs. A.L. Hoover and remembrances from LWC members who have passed
  • July 23: Awarding of the Janet Jennings Memorial Scholarships
  • July 25: Tour of Cottages

Monday Morning Bible Studies

The “Women Reading through the Bible” study, led by Jeri Hoopes and Jane Linville, meets at Green Gables on Mondays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. throughout the summer. All are welcome to attend any sessions, whether or not you’ve read the material. Our first get-together is a “Meet & Greet” on June 3. We will begin the study on June 10 with the Old Testament book Jeremiah. Our last meeting will be on August 26. A hand-out with the weekly readings will be provided. This is our fourth summer journeying through the Bible. Come join us!

Monday Morning Book Discussions

The Breakfast Bunch Book Discussion meets from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on select Mondays from June 10-Aug. 19 at Green Gables. Please read the book in advance of the discussion.

  • June 10: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • June 24: The German Wife by Kelly Rimmer with discussion leader Wendy Stuhldreher
  • July 8: Sailing at the Edge of Disaster by Elizabeth Garber with discussion leader Donna Meyers; the author will participate via Zoom
  • July 22: Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse by Faith Sullivan with discussion leader Ruth Watkins
  • Aug. 5: Poverty By America by Matthew Desmond with discussion leader Jan Hamilton
  • Aug. 19: About Grace by Anthony Doerr with discussion leader Ginger O’Malley

Monday Afternoon Book Discussions

The After Lunch Book Discussion meets every other Monday afternoon from June 17-Aug. 26. Attendees are asked to have read the book in advance. This season’s discussions are led by Nancy Jacob.

  • June 17: The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris; Ginny Metz, discussion leader
  • July 1: Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus; Sally Lenhart, discussion leader
  • July 15: Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb, Mary Arnett, discussion leader
  • July 29: West with Giraffes by Linda Rutledge; Judy Sudomir, discussion leader
  • Aug. 12: The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese; Nancy Carlson, discussion leader
  • Aug. 26: American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins; Cindy Grimm, discussion leader

Tuesday Programs

All are welcome to attend the Lakeside Women’s Club’s 1:30 p.m. Tuesday programs at Green Gables. Programs are led by Claudia Haskins.

  • June 18: Lawn Party with special appearance by Mrs. A.L. Hoover & remembrances of members who have passed
  • June 25: “Museum Confidential” with Roger Berkowitz, Director Emeritus, Toledo Museum of Art 
  • July 2: “The Battle of Lake Erie & Why It’s Important Today” with Robert Whitman, Chief of Interpretation, Education & Volunteers, Perry’s Monument
  • July 9: “My Journey in Writing & Publishing” with Sandra K. Horn, Author
  • July 16: “Movie Palaces, Silent Films & Film Music of the 1920s – The Golden Age of Entertainment” with Clark Wilson, Organist for Lakeside’s Silent Movie Series
  • July 23: Awarding of the Janet Jennings Memorial Scholarships & “Ronald McDonald House – A Place to Keep Families Close” with Ginger Leonard
  • July 30: “Life at the Bottom of the World” with John S. Allerding, D.O., medical doctor who served in Antarctica
  • Aug. 6: “Philippines & Fulbright: Shaping a More Positive Vision for Our World” with Sarah Twitchell  
  • Aug. 13: Annual Luncheon at the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room with Firelands Symphony Orchestra String Duo
  • Aug. 20: “The Tragic Life of Edgar Allan Poe: The Poet & Poetry” with Carol Zeh, Theologian & Historian
  • Aug. 27: Potluck, Season Photo Show & Installation of Officers

Friday Book Reviews

Lakesiders will give a 20–30-minute Book Review at 1:30 p.m. Fridays, June 21-Aug. 16 at the Lakeside Women’s Club’s Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave. This program series is led by Cindy Steury. Everyone is welcome. Prior reading of the books is not required to attend.

  • June 21: First Ladies by Heather Terrell & Victoria Christopher Murray, reviewed by Sally DePerro, and Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness and Murder of a President by Candace Millard, reviewed by Patty Curry
  • June 28: The Women by Kristin Hannah, reviewed by M.A. Stephens, and Mastering the Art of French Murder by Colleen Cambridge, reviewed by Lynne Woods
  • July 5: The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip, reviewed by Gretchen Curtis, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, reviewed by Jackie Currie
  • July 12: Finding Cristina by Emilia Rosa, presented by Emilia Rosa, member of the Northern Ohio Writers Guild
  • July 19: Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond, reviewed by Sarah Twitchell, and Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor, reviewed by M.A. Stephens
  • July 26: Accidental Birds of the Carolinas by Marjorie Hudson, reviewed by Mary Gallagher, and The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, reviewed by Dianne Hartenberg
  • Aug. 2: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, reviewed by Sarah Twitchell, and Table for Two by Amor Towles, reviewed by Barbara Browning
  • Aug. 9: Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn, reviewed by Mary Ann Kelmer, and Divergent by Veronica Roth, reviewed by Wendy Stuhldreher
  • Aug. 16: A selection of children’s book award winners and classics by several authors, reviewed by Lisa Maharry, owner of The Fine Print Bookstore

Porch Stories

All are invited to the Lakeside Women’s Club’s Porch Stories series. Featuring the stories and journeys of fellow Lakesiders, meet the group on select Mondays (July 8, July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19) from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the LWC’s Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave.

Led by Lakesider M.A. Stephens, Porch Stories are inspired by “The Moth” from PRX Radio and Catherine Burns’ book of the same nameBoth promote the art and craft of storytelling and honor the diversity and commonality of human experience.

Support Lakeside Chautauqua

Lakeside Chautauqua is a nonprofit organization that relies on the generosity of families, friends, volunteers and its dedicated staff. Our Chautauqua programming and upkeep of the facilities and grounds are made possible through the philanthropic support of generous Lakesiders like you.