October-November-December 2018 ♦ Volume 23 Issue 4 ♦


3rd Wednesday of every-other Month at 7:00 PM At Cecil’s BBQ on Orange Ave
2019 Board Mtgs.—in January, March, May, July, September, & November

Christmas Boat Parade and Social

Date: Saturday, December 15th – Hosted by Tasha Golis
RSVP by Dec. 12th  

Bring your own lawn chair & adult beverage.

*Guests are welcome, but there will be a $5.00 donation requested for each non -member resident and/or guest.

Notes from the Prez… End of a Long Hot Summer…

by Tasha Golis

It’s the end of a long hot summer.  The lake level is dropping and we’ve had a few cooler days.  Plans are being made for another fabulous Florida winter.  

The annual Lake Holden Property Owners Association (LHPOA) Holiday Boat Parade will be held Saturday December 15.  Boats will meet at sunset behind our house (you can’t miss it!  Look for the Santa in a helicopter on the roof!) on the peninsula. We will head west and cruise around the lake and view the backyard light displays.  Prizes will be awarded for both the best decorated boat and backyard.   There were some pretty impressive decorations last year.  It was wonderful to see more homeowners participate.  The parade is a beautiful sight.  Make sure to hoot and holler if you are watching from your dock.  Join us after the parade at our home.  We will have holiday food and drinks.  Please bring your own adult beverages.   Kindly RSVP at lakeholden.org 

Mark you calendar now for the annual LHPOA meeting.  We are meeting at 6 pm Jan 16, 2019  at the Holden Heights Community Center.  We will be electing our Board of Directors.  I have been on the Board for 6 years and President since 2016 and encourage your involvement.  City and County Commissioners have been invited to attend.  

Our Board meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday of every other month: March, May, July, Sept, and November at Cecil’s Texas Style Bar-B-Q at 7 pm.

Our annual Membership BBQ was a big success.   A huge thank you to Brenda Worden.  Her gorgeous backyard is a great place to throw a party. What a view!  We had a great turnout and a number of new folks attended.  Cecil’s generously provided all the sides and smoked the chicken, ribs, and brisket…  for free!  The LHPOA is grateful for the relationship we have with this local business.  Support them.

This was the second year of our Howl-O-Ween pet costume contest.     Congratulations to the winner:  Petey.    He received a dog treat gift basket. Susan and Terre brought him dressed as a sailor. His costume included a sailor cap and muscular tattooed arms. We also had dogs dressed as hippies, pirates, sunflowers, a dia de los muertos senorita, a security guard, and superheroes.  

Take a moment to like our Lake Holden Property Owners Association Facebook page.  And check out lakeholdenyachtclub on Instagram.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours.  Have fun! And stay safe.

Tasha Golis

President Lake Holden Property Owners Association

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes… by Rhea Cammenga

LHPOA Board Meeting Minutes

May 16, 2018 Cecil’s BBQ By: Rhea Cammenga

Call to Order:  7:00pm

Motion to approve March minutes: DR, KP2nd

Motion to approve agenda: RC, KP2nd

Board Members in Attendance: Tasha Golis, Diana Robbins, Karen Purdue, Rick Richbourg, Larry Jones, Michael Holder, Ed Carr, Karen Perdue, Rhea Cammenga

Board Members Absent: Brenda Warden, Rick Fender, Gunnar Shuler

Guests Present: Todd Carr, Kelly Carr, Lionel Robbins, Jeanne Richbourg, Donny Cammenga, Caroline St. Clair, Dana Kruetzfeldt, Nina Yon (United Against Poverty)

President’s Report – Tasha Golis

    • Nina Yon, Guest Speaker:
      • United Against Poverty (Joseph St & Illiana Ave) is a multi-platform outreach Non-Profit Organization that provides education, training, medical assistance, household supply/food pantry,  support and advice during and after graduation for it’s attendees. 
      • 87% efficiency, only 13% goes to overhead,  believes in hand up, not handouts
    • Attended Sodo zoning meeting
    • Water Advisory Report – Rick Richbourg:
    • Treatment map for April, 43rd Street Pond rehab improvement status
    • Aeration piping resurfacing. Small diameter black piping. If encountered in the lake, it is easily removed

Vice President’s Report – 

Secretary’s Report – Rhea Cammenga

  • Nothing to report

Treasurer’s Report – Karen Perdue

  • Paid memberships to date
  • Sunbiz and insurance renewal
  • 60 paid members to date

Director’s Report – 

Old Business:

  • Fish Fry was a success
  • Comissioners present for meet & greet

New Business

  • WISA relationship
    • Working on new signs at boat ramps, wake responsibly 
    • Handout for towed sports are available to educate on safety and courtesy


  • Membership BBQ in Autumn, date TBA

Motion to adjourn: RR, DR 2nd

Adjournment:  8:01pm

Mark your calendars so you won’t miss the:

LHPOA Annual Meeting

January 16, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Holden Heights Community Center

1201 20th Street, Orlando, FL. 32805

We are Blessed

My family didn’t grow up with money. My parents both worked full time jobs and raised two children. When I was a teen, my family struggled financially because of medical bills. It didn’t matter whose they were, because we all were on that road together. 

Perhaps it’s because of what it took for us to navigate serious illness; we had to lean on each other and trust each other. I believe that family and friends are what pulled us through that difficult time. Because of that, I have always considered my family fortunate. 

So, as this year comes to an end and we see another Holiday Season, keep in mind that the people around you – not the things around you – are what make you wealthy, fortunate and blessed. 

Consider donating food or time to a local charity. Go through your closet and put a few jackets and/or blankets in your vehicle and hand them out on a cold night to someone less fortunate than you. You’re not only recycling, you’re helping someone pull through a difficult time. Do some kindness for someone in need and you fill your own heart.

Treasure every day. Show kindness. Mend fences. Tell the people that you love how you feel. 

Here’s hoping your Holidays, however you celebrate them, are filled with enough love and happiness to share. 

Happy Diwali, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, 

Rhea Cammenga

Lake Notes… Water Advisor Board Meeting…

By Lionel Robbins

Your WAB members are vigilant and focused on the continued monitoring of water quality in Lake Holden.  They work for you and keep you (and your MSTU money) in mind when evaluating ongoing and future projects.   They are a very special and dedicated team of volunteers who share their passion for Lake Holden.  Their obligation to you the property owners and the lake is to be as certain as possible that your MSTU money is well spent. Additionally, when weighing the possible solutions to issues, all options will be researched and leave no stone unturned when searching for those resolves.  


Keeping nutrients out of the lake is much less expensive than removing them.  One of Dr. Harvey Harper’s recommendations from his most recent study was to raise the outfall level of the 43rd Street Pond.  The result would increase the pond’s capacity of stormwater and allow more time for the nutrient loaded, trash-ridden water to be filtered naturally to the aquifer.  That’s called residence time.  Don’t know what residence time means?  You are invited to attend the next WAB meeting and discover that and more.  


Hydrilla continues to be an issue in Lake Holden.  Herbicide treatments are not lasting as long, the plant rebounds in a short period of time even after rotating the application process.  Now the hydrilla is in an “aggressive growth pattern”.  The numerous locations around the lake and the aggressive nature of the invasive nuisance may require a lake-wide treatment.  The application process of the whole lake treatment can be simply described by pouring Fluridone Aquatic Herbicide into the lake.  The first application would be 5-10 gallons then test for effectiveness and if necessary additional amounts of herbicide could be added until desired levels are attained.  In general, the process is simple, however, it is not permanent and is costly.  It is not permanent, but no herbicide treatment will be because it does not kill the root/tuber, so it will eventually experience regrowth.  It is costly, estimated-guess for Lake Holden would be as much as $100K.  Over the past five years, the expenditure for chemicals and pesticides for Lake Holden averages just over $17K a year. 


For more on these topics and others, please join us at the Facilities Training Room, 2010 East Michigan Street, Orlando – Generally WAB meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month.  The January 2019 meeting date may be changed so the WAB members can attend the LHPOA Annual Membership meeting on January 16, 2019.

Sweet Wine & Honey Roasted Pears

If you want to get fancy, you can top the pears with ice cream, Devon cream, crème fraîche or mascarpone, but plain old heavy cream is awfully good, and has the virtue of simplicity. A scattering of toasted almonds would also be welcome.


  • 4 firm-ripe pears (any variety)
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sweet dessert wine, such as a late-harvest Muscat or a Viognier like Bonny Doon’s Viognier Doux
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream, at room temperature, for serving


  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F. Peel, halve, and core the pears. Smear the butter over the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish or small roasting pan. Set the pear halves cut side down in the dish.
  1. Drizzle 1 tsp. of honey over each pear half. Pour in the sweet wine. Roast for 40 min. Remove the dish from the oven and, using pot holders, tilt the dish so the juices pool in one corner. With a spoon, baste each pear with some of the juices. Continue to roast until the juices cook down to a glazy consistency and the pears are very tender and take on a light toasted color, another 15 to 20 min. Lift up the cut side of a pear; it should look nicely caramelized. Turn off the oven and leave the pears in the oven to keep warm until serving time (the liquid will continue to thicken and the pears will brown a bit more).
  1. If the juices have completely evaporated at serving time, add a Tbs. or two of hot water to the pan and swirl to recreate a syrupy glaze. Drizzle the glaze over each pear. Serve warm and pass a pitcher of heavy cream to pour over. Leftovers are good eaten at room temperature or warmed gently.



Criminals love Christmas. It’s a pretty lucrative season for them. While we’re enjoying the most wonderful time of the year, they’re busy looking for easy marks to target.  Let’s make sure it’s not you!

While Shopping:

1. Don’t shop alone at night – It’s best to have someone with you when you’re shopping in the evening. If you must shop alone at night, park as close to the store as you can, and park in a well-lit area.

2. Put the packages in the trunk of the car – Leaving your bags and packages in your car rather than your trunk is a mistake the bad guys hope you make.  It’s sort of like hanging a sign on your car that reads, “Please break the glass and help yourself.”

3. Take your car keys out of your purse before you leave the store – People who want to rob you or do you harm need you to be distracted so that you can’t see them coming.  They target women who are distracted by digging around in their purse for their keys.

4. Don’t text when you’re walking to and from your car – In the same way that hunting for your keys takes your eyes off your surroundings, texting is a signal that you’re an easy mark.

5. Try not to use the ATM – ATMs are to criminals what candy shops are to kids. In most cases, it’s easy for them to walk up to you or to your car and force you to hand over your money. If you absolutely must have cash, go to the drive-thru teller at your bank.

6. Never leave your purse in the front of a cart – You may think you’ll know if someone is bothering your purse, but you won’t. There are plenty of bad guys who are masters at either grabbing your entire purse or sneaking their hand in to get your wallet.  Zip up or close your purse and then put the child seatbelt through the straps. Thieves don’t want to deal with someone who makes it hard for them to steal something. They’ll move on.

7. Try carrying a small change purse with only the essentials you need instead of a large handbag. 

8. No wearing expensive jewelry when you’re shopping – For obvious reasons, leave it at home.

9. Try not to carry lots of cash – Every time you check out at a store, there is the potential for a bad guy to notice cash in your wallet.  If you can avoid using cash, it’s probably a good idea.

10. Lock your car doors as soon as you’re inside – The very first thing you should do when you get in is to lock the doors. Don’t put your seatbelt on or start your engine until you’ve hit the lock button.

11.  Stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

While At Home:

  1. Let your neighbors know when you go on vacation – so they can watch your house or apartment for suspicious activity and collect your mail and newspaper.
  2. Ask all service and sales people for identification before you let them in your home.
  3. Make sure all porches, entrances and yard are well lighted – Use timers when you are away or coming home after dark.
  4. Mark valuable property such as televisions and cameras with your driver’s license number – Make a photographic inventory of jewelry and antiques.  Also, make a list for insurance purposes with descriptions, makes, and serial numbers.

Please be careful when you’re out having fun Christmas shopping and enjoying the Holiday Season. 






~Thought for the Day ~

“We all know people who love to stir the pot.  Be the one to close the lid.

Annual Lake Holden POA Christmas Boat Parade and Social

Saturday, December 15th at Sunset  

Boats will meet at Sunset behind Tasha’s house on the Peninsula

  • Decorate Your Boat
  • Decorate Your Back Yard
  • Bring Your Kids, Your Family and Your Friends ($5.00 each for Guests) and Join Your neighbors for Fun, Food and Season’s Festivities After the Parade    
  • Come by Boat or Drive Over – 898 West Lake Holden Point

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 2018 Membership BBQ 

Prez Tasha with hosts Brenda and Sidney

Petey, winner of the Howl-O-Ween Contest

Some of the Howl-O-Ween Contestants

The Greeters

Lots of food

Visiting with old and new friends

More friends

Even more friends

Fabulous Location

Fabulous Weather

Important Message from the Treasurer… By Karen Perdue


Please use the form below to renew your LHPOA membership or join as a new member. 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