Oct-Nov-Dec 2017 ♦ Volume 22 Issue 4 ♦


3rd Wednesday of every-other Month at 7:00 PM At Cecil’s BBQ on Orange Ave
2018 Board Mtgs.—in January, March, May, July, September, & November

Christmas Boat Parade & Social

Date: Dec 23, 7 – 11 PM Hosted by Tasha Golis
*Guests are welcome, but there will be a $5.00 donation requested for each non -member resident and/or guest. Bring your own lawn chair & adult beverage.

Notes from the Prez…. It’s Fall on Lake Holden …..by Tasha Golis

It’s Fall here in Florida.  There’s a high of 84 degrees today and the lake is like glass.  Lake Holden hit a new record high water level in October as a result of Hurricane Irma.  Thankfully, the water level has dropped below the normal high water mark (NHWM).  Cruising around the lake, we can see damaged sea walls and docks, a couple homes that are still covered with blue tarps, new fences being installed, and a handful of homes with new roofs.  Boat, jet skis, and paddleboards are back out on the water, enjoying this wonderful weather.

The Annual Lake Holden Property Owners Association BBQ was a great way to spend a Saturday in October.  Thank you, Brenda Worden for generously hosting the event in her lovely lakefront backyard.  There was a great turnout.  Folks arrived by boats, jet skis, and cars. It was wonderful to meet new neighbors, and see old friends.  Thank you, Commissioner Pete Clarke for taking the time to attend.

There was even a Pet Howl-o-ween Costume Contest at the BBQ this year.  A dozen or so of our furry friends showed up in costume: super girl, batman, koala, three pirates, a baby doll, hotdog, reggae dog… each and every dog looked adorable and every dog was well behaved.  Lake Holden really loves its dogs.  If you missed the fun this year, plan on attending next year.

Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q provided smoked ribs, chicken and brisket, coleslaw and beans.  We have great relationship with the folks at Cecil’s.  Our LHPOA meetings are held there the 3rd Wednesday of March, May, July, September, and November.  Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend these 7 pm meetings.  Grab some food and learn about what’s happening on and around the lake.

I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  We’ve got so much to be thankful about.  We live on a gorgeous and healthy lake surrounded by a vibrant community.  I am thankful for the number of residents on our lake who actively participate on volunteer boards, support political campaigns, attend community meetings, and ‘keep an ear to the ground’ listening for developments that might affect Lake Holden.  I am proud to call Lake Holden my home.

Start planning now for our December 23rd Annual Holiday Boat Parade.  Both the Best Decorated Boat and Best Backyard Light Display will be awarded a prize.  The competition can be fierce, but it’s a ton of fun!  Watch the Lake Holden Property Owners Association Facebook page more details or Lake Holden Yacht Club on Instagram for photos.  If you haven’t visited lakeholden.org yet, take a moment to do so.  It’s full of history, interesting info, government links, and other contacts.

Happy Holidays!  See you on the lake.

Tasha Golis

President Lake Holden Property Owners Association

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes… by Rhea Cammenga

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

March 15, 2017                       Cecil’s BBQ

Call to Order:  7:05 pm

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, Brenda Warden, Karen Perdue, Rick Richbourg, Dianna Robbins, Joel Gregor, Michael Holder, Gunnar Shuler, Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent: Larry Jones, Rick Fender, Ed Carr

Guests Present: Jeannie Richbourg, Gary Davis, Lionel Robbins, Donny Cammenga, Dana Kruetzfeldt, Jeff Perdue, Terry Kestler, Caroline St. Clair, Jerry Shuler, Andy Shuler, Drew Farmer

President’s Report – Tasha Golis

  • Water Advisory Report – Rick Richbourg:
    • WAB voted on new chair members. Rick has been Chairman for over 10 years. We appreciate his service on the WAB (as well as the POA and the continued maintenance and updating on the website). Lionel Robbins will be the new Chairman. The new Vice Chair is Caroline St. Clair. Their service to the WAB is greatly appreciated.

Vice President’s Report – Brenda Warden

  • Nothing to Report

Secretary’s Report – Rhea Cammenga:

  • Nothing to Report

Treasurer’s Report –  Karen Perdue:

  • Updated financials for last 2 months
  • Currently 70 paid memberships, newsletter at printer with reminder to pay dues

Old Business:

New Business:

  • Motion was made by Diana Robbins to change the signatures on the LHPOA checking accounts to Tasha Golis (President), and Diana Robbins (Chairman of the Board), and deleting outgoing Chairman of the Board, Rick Richbourg.  2ndby Brenda Worden.  Seeing no further discussion, motion carried.
  • Annual Fish Fry is scheduled for 4/22 at Larry & Jeannie Jones’ house from 1-4. RSVP at the Lake Holden Website. Paid POA members can attend for free, guests $5.00 each. BYO side dish, fish will provided.
    • org was created in 1994 by Rick Richbourg and has been maintained since by the same. Motion (tabled until May meeting) to consider shifting more to ‘blog’ format. Cost would be Est $500 to port all data to new content mgmt. Motion tabled until next meeting when example can be provided.
    • Benefits:
      • More up-to-date status of events on the lake keeping residents more informed
      • Easier to update
      • Easier to access past data (members, aerials, lakewatch)
    • Consider digital newsletter instead of print. Cost of November newsletter to all residents is Est $200, the most expensive of the year. All others are mailed to only paid members.
    • Discussion to move meeting to quieter venue by Terry Kestler.
    • WAB sign on island vandalized. Island (and sign) owned by Orange County Board of County Commissioners. The WAB wants to encourage everyone to get the word out DO NOT VANDALIZE COUNTY PROPERTY and to keep the island and water clean or everyone will be banned from using the island by the County.
    • Pete Clark called to notify the WAB that the petition to change the land usage/zoning code for the property at 1201, 1204 and 1206 41st Street (self-named ‘Lake Holden Gardens’) has been withdrawn. The hired planner for the project resigned on March 10th. We need to remain vigilant for unlicensed or prohibited activity due to the owner/manager’s history with such.

Motion to adjourn

Adjournment: 7:41pm


LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2017              Cecil’s BBQ                 By: Rhea Cammenga

Call to Order:  7:00 pm

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, Brenda Warden, Karen Perdue, Rick Richbourg, Dianna Robbins, Joel Gregor, Michael Holder, Gunnar Shuler, Larry Jones, Ed Carr, Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent: Rick Fender

Guests Present: Jeannie Richbourg, Gary Davis, Lionel Robbins, Donny Cammenga, Jessica Forte, Ron Guire

Motion to change minutes from 3-15-17 as follows:

  • Digital newsletter tabled until example can be provided as well as a proposal can be reviewed
  • Motions can only be made by board members, change from motion to discussion regarding venue for meets.

President’s Report – Tasha Golis

  • Water Advisory Report – Lionel Robbins:
    • Discussion about making adjustments to retention pond on 34th Further discussion is req’d
    • Encourage residents to attend meetings – would like to see higher turnout
    • Holder: concerned about the pondweed growth. L Robbins: WAB biggest concern is Hydrilla; researching alt control methods that are more cost effective than herbicide. White Amur was mentioned as a potential, taking into consideration old/ new data from this/other lakes. More data/discussion is needed before developing a plan of action.

Secretary’s Report – Rhea Cammenga:

  • Conway & Windermere Lakes are having issues w/ rental business on their at public boat ramps. Mayors have had discussions w/ County/State officials to curb reckless behavior to no avail

Treasurer’s Report – Karen Perdue:

  • Updated financials for last 2 months
  • Currently 83 paid memberships, 116 unpaid. Emailed available addresses (32). R. Richbourg has alternate email database & will provide to K Perdue. Tasha recommended finding more ways to reach out to unpaid members.

Vice President’s Report – Brenda Warden

  • Nothing to Report

Director’s Report

  • Holder: Fishing Tournament May 27. Cost is $10. Winner will receive trophy & prizes

Old Business:

  • Fish Fry was a success. 1 long term unpaid member updated their membership, 2 more current members updated, & lots of paid guests. The traffic helped generate interest in the open house on the street for sale. Thanks to Larry & Jeannie Jones for hosting a great party.

New Business:

  • Annual BBQ @ Brenda Worden’s 10-28-2017 from 1-4pm
  • Richbourg: In lieu of making a proposal & mock up to port all data from website to new platform, decided to move data. Address is www.2017.lakeholden.org Benefits: real-time & searchable data/members, permit info, WAB info, meeting times, digital newsletters (also in PDF printable format), easier maintenance, RSVP’s to lake events. One-time port fee of $500 for time spent. Members can print for neighbors w/ no internet. K Purdue mentioned adding the new address for website to the newsletter to generate traffic. Also add links from Facebook platform to get the word out.
  • Holder: motion to reimburse R Richbourg for the port in the amount of $500. K Purdue seconded, all in favor. Motion passed.


  • Groove Therapy is playing at Vines on Saturday, 10:30- Close
  • Diana Robbins is a Travel Agent & is available for helping book vacations.

Motion to adjourn

Adjournment: 7:44pm

Lake Notes… Water Advisor Board Meeting By Lionel Robbins,

WAB Chairman (407-859-3050)

MSTU Budget Account Balance as of April 19, 2017 = $686,054

Your WAB members are vigilant and focused on the continued monitoring of water quality in Lake Holden.  Keeping an open mind for future projects such as stocking some Grass Carp to control invasive vegetation.  During the October meeting, grass carp stocking was discussed. There are more than eighteen Central Florida lakes that are stocked with Grass Carp.  Lakes Jessamine, Conway, Fairview to name a few.  Some have re-stocked more than twice.  The process has changed from the first applications and formula to determine the quantity has also been modified.  The investment of stocking helps save money expended to apply herbicide.

A project that will be discussed in January 2018 is the 43rd retention pond.  The study done by ERD in 2014 listed the pond as an improvement project. The Board will hear a presentation from Geosyntec Consultants and their proposal modifying the pond.

An ongoing project is the Curb Inlet Baskets.  Initially there were 115 units installed throughout the basin.  Currently there are nighty nine still operational, collecting debris such as Styrofoam cups, bottles, leaves and other items, preventing them from reaching the Lake.  In year 2016 the baskets collected 35,399 lbs. of debris.  Through October 2017, 32,400 lbs. have been collected.

In October, the Board met for a special meeting to discuss hurricane-related issues.  The primary topic was impact to docks and seawalls.  POA President, Tasha Golis sent a strong message to operators of vessels on the lake while the water level is at near record heights.  There was a presentation from Deputy Michael Holt, Orange County Sheriffs Marine Unit.  He warned of navigational hazards such as floating boards, logs and similar debris now drifting around the lake due to high water levels.  The drain wells management was also discussed.  Timing of removing sleeves/boards, duration of removal will be considered and discussed during future meetings.

For more on these topics and others, please join us at the Facilities Training Room, 2010 East Michigan Street, Orlando – The Board is taking a holiday in December, the next meeting will be the third Wednesday of January 2018 and starts at 5:29 PM, you are welcome to join anytime.


Water quality threatened

Volunteers’ time and money undermined

 Continuing efforts to maintain the water quality and clarity of Lake Holden could be in GREAT JEOPARDY!!  During the November WAB meeting, EPD gave notice that one or more residents that live within the MSTU boundary intends to petition Orange County to allow all properties that DO NOT HAVE lakefront or access to Lake Holden to secede from the MSTU.  Currently, it is too early in the process to guess the number of properties, dollar amount or the probability of their success.  After a brief discussion, the Water Advisory Board unanimously voted to officially and aggressively oppose the secession process.

When announced at the November POA meeting some residents were appalled and wanted to know why someone would think of such an action.  Most sat straight up in their chairs and readied themselves for a clash in the likes of the FDOT/Edgewood battle.

The POA and WAB are a tremendously organized, extremely connected, well established team with a track record of success against proponents much more powerful than a handful of residents attempting to disassociate themselves with this movement.  The POA has over 90 members who actively volunteer their time throughout the year for things like labeling storm drains, planting plants in the lake, building and installing wood duck houses, planning, organizing and executing the annual functions.  If they are willing to do that, just think what they will do if their efforts are threatened. There are dozens of POA members that would think nothing of writing a $1,000.00 check (or more) to preserve the water quality of Lake Holden.

MSTU participants know what Lake Holden looked like 10-15 years ago, recognize that the value of their property has increased because of their contribution to the MSTU, and can appreciate that it is a small price to pay for a beautiful lake.  They know that Lake Holden’s water quality depends on funds from the MSTU.  Also, they know that if there is a reduction of contribution to the MSTU, the water quality will proportionally decline and shortly thereafter so will the value of their homes.

This petition includes only those without access to the Lake.  If you are a lakefront property owner or your home has access to a boat ramp, you cannot secede.  You will have a vote to approve or deny their request.  Lakefront property owners and those who have lake access need to vote NO and deny the petitioners’ request to change the boundaries of the MSTU.  Denying their request will assure future continuation of water quality improvement of Lake Holden.

The petitioners should take notice that they will be in for a long-haul battle.  They should know that secession was tried before and FAILED miserably.  The proponents alienated themselves from their neighbors and exhausted themselves spending time perusing legal loopholes that just were not there.   They stirred such a hornet’s nest that EPD, County Attorney, County Commissioner, County Finance, and a boat load of private attorneys became involved!

The petitioners chose to move into the sub-basin of Lake Holden, knowing that their tax records clearly listed the MSTU contribution.  What they do not understand is that by relinquishing their responsibility to participate in rectifying their contribution to the degradation of the lake with storm water runoff, yard debris, lawn fertilizer, automobile discharge, septic tanks etc. will undermine the hard work that the volunteers who have spent countless hours and an extraordinary amount of money to improve the water quality of Lake Holden.  They should think long and hard about what they are trying to accomplish.  We are.

Lionel Robbins

Lake Holden Water Advisory Board

Volunteer Chairman

Favorite Recipes – 2 For Breakfast

2 Breakfast recipes to feed your Christmas morning crowd!

Baked French Toast Casserole with Maple Syrup  (serves 6 – 8)


  • 1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
  • 8 large eggs
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • Praline Topping, recipe follows
  • Maple syrup


Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.

The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.

Praline Topping:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well. Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole.


Sausage Apple Ring with Cheesy Scrambled Eggs  (serves 6-8)


  • 2 lbs Jimmy Dean Sausage (any flavor)
  • 1 ½ cups Ritz Cracker crumbs
  • 2 Eggs – slightly beaten
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ¼ cup Onion – finely chopped
  • 1 cup Apple – pealed and finely chopped


Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Press lightly into a lightly greased 6-cup ring mold or bundt pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Drain excess fat from pan.

Just before serving fill the center with cooked scrambled eggs and sprinkle with grated Cheddar Cheese.

You can prepare this the day before and cook it the morning you need it!


Household Tips…Surprisingly Dangerous Foods for Dogs…

PopcornPlain, air-popped, unsalted, un-buttered popcorn may be okay in small amounts. For dogs, high levels of fat and sodium typically found in popcorn can lead to dehydration in the short term, and obesity in the long term. In addition, the hard, un-popped kernels can hurt teeth and gums on the way in.

AvocadoThe skin and leaves contain persin, an oil-soluble toxin that can be dangerous to non-human mammals. Pets sensitive to persin may experience “respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death.” Avocado is safe if you avoid the skin and leaves—so it’s OK as an ingredient in dog foods.

Macadamia NutsCan cause vomiting, ataxia (the loss of control of body movements), weakness, and depression. In other words, macadamia nuts can make dogs very, very ill. Thankfully, most dogs recover without any specific treatment.

GrapesGrapes are among the people foods most toxic to dogs. In dogs, grapes can lead to kidney failure and even death, and it’s unclear why it affects certain dogs and not others.  Blueberries are a healthy dog-safe alternative, plain or in treats.

Onions and GarlicGarlic and onions are toxic to dogs in any form, whether fresh, cooked, dried, or powdered.  They can damage dogs’ red blood cells, decreasing oxygen flow, and can also lead to anemia, which may cause organ damage.

Tomato Plants (Raw Potatoes, Too)Green or raw potatoes and un-ripened tomatoes and tomato plants can cause gastrointestinal distress, lethargy, weakness, and confusion.

Coffee and TeaWe all know chocolate is toxic for canines, but did you know that caffeine is also one of the most dangerous foods for dogs? Caffeine is a powerful stimulant, and can cause “vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, restlessness and an increased heart rate” in pets.

Dairy (Yes, Even Cheese)This one is a huge surprise: dairy can be really bad for your dog. Cheese is a popular dog training treat, and it’s not really one of the most dangerous foods for dogs. However, too much cheese can cause constipation or diarrhea in the short term, and in the long term, obesity and lasting gastrointestinal issues.

Sugar-Free GumThe problem here is a sweetener used in many sugar-free candies and gums. Xylitol is a naturally-occurring substance in popular use as an alternative sweetener—and it’s deadly to dogs.  Xylitol ingestion causes life-threatening hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar).  It can occur in sugar-free peanut butter, sugar-free toothpaste, and more.

The Bottom LineSome people food is safe for your pup, such as lean meats, carrot sticks, and many fruits and veggies. If your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, then plain Greek yogurt or cottage cheese can be enjoyed in small amounts, too. It’s okay to treat your dog to a nibble of your food on occasion, but steer clear of the stuff with noted dangerous effects.


~Thought for the Day ~

“Curiosity has kept me young as I have gotten older”.


Lake Holden Water Sports

N E I G H B O R S.  The newsletter is looking for a water sports contributor!   Hoping to find a person(s) who is willing to share their passion and enthusiasm for all things Wake Boarding, Wake Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Wake Skating, Bare Footing, Kayaking and all manor of  other water sports. Please contact me at: 4newsletterATlakeholden.org



Fun Photos from the 2017 Membership BBQ – Went to the Dogs!
Great neighbor turnout, food and fun.

A few of the dogs in costumes

Looks like a Panda

And a lot of dogs without costumes

A dog hoping to get a rib!

Important Message from the Treasurer…By Karen Perdue


Please use the form below to renew your LHPOA membership. While membership in the Lake Holden Property Owners Association is voluntary, membership does have its privileges. Membership Includes:  invitation to all the POA picnics and events (You and your immediate family), voting privileges, and most of all… participation and support of OUR Lake, water quality improvements, and all the great people that live around the lake. The Board is working on a ton of great lake and water quality improvement projects. Your support is greatly appreciated. JOIN LHPOA TODAY!


Join by sending in application, below, or if you wish to renew on-line, we are also set up through PayPal at https://LakeHolden.org/join/

LHPOA Membership Application


I want to be a part of the solution—please send my newsletter by e-mail to save $$ and paper! Make your checks, in the amount of $30.00, payable to the Lake Holden Property Owners’ Association, Inc. and mail it along with this form to:
Karen Purdue at 4606 Tinsley Drive, Orlando Fl 32839