CLA Board Announces New President

R Craig ButlerThe Chautauqua Lake Association Board of Directors has announced the appointment of R. Craig Butler of Bemus Point as the CLA’s new board president. The all-volunteer board helps govern the organization known as the steward of Chautauqua Lake.

“I am honored by the confidence that the board has placed in me to take on this critical task.  Maintaining Chautauqua Lake is of the utmost importance to this region and I pledge to work diligently for the benefit of the lake and its environment,” said Butler, who has served as the CLA’s first vice president.

A native of the area, Mr. Butler grew up in Lakewood and began his passion for Chautauqua Lake at an early age. After earning a B.A. degree in Economics from Baldwin Wallace College and a M.B.A. degree from Michigan State University, he lived most of his adult life in Buffalo where he pursued a career in commercial mortgage banking. During that time he spent summers here on the lake at his cottage in Greenhurst. Upon retirement he became a full time lakeside resident. He has actively served as a volunteer at the Chautauqua Lake Association, The Lawson Center Boating Museum and with the First Presbyterian Church in Jamestown.

The mid-year election is part of a staff reorganization that has resulted subsequent to the retirement of long time General Manager Paul Swanson.  Other actions taken by the board included the appointment of past president Douglas Conroe as the association’s Executive Director and former third vice president Don Emhardt as Operations Director.

For more information about the Chautauqua Lake Association, visit the CLA on the web at or call 716-763-8602. You can also stay updated by visiting the CLA on Facebook page.

The CLA’s mission is to provide effective and efficient lake maintenance services for the benefit of all Chautauqua Lake users. As the “Stewards of the Lake,” the CLA serves to promote and facilitate the ongoing scientific monitoring of Chautauqua Lake and its ecosystem.

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