101 People Who Make a Difference in Canyon Lake


For her Canyon Lake Community Facebook group, Donna Ritchie has begun a series called “101 People Who Make a Difference in Canyon Lake.” She is sharing these vignettes with The Friday Flyer and says, “I will feature some of the residents who are doing, or have done, things in the community that have made it a better place for all of us. I am not featuring them in any particular order.” Find her Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/639484372797426/

#1 Randall Bonner

First up is Randy Randall Bonner. Randy is a former POA President, City Council Member and Canyon Lake Mayor. Randy plans to continue his service to the community by running for City Council again in November. Thank you for all you do for the community Randy.

#2 Mary Craton

z-Mary-CratonMary Craton has served 12 years on the Canyon Lake City Council (the longest tenured Council member). She was mayor three times. Mary has put in countless hours as a volunteer in clubs and on committees in the community.  She is a longtime member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee. Canyon Lake is a better place because of her and the work she has done, and continues to do, through the years.

#3 Dale Welty

z-Dale-WeltyDale has been a Canyon Lake resident since 1988. Dale, who is currently serving on the POA Board as the Treasurer, has served as a member on the Facilities Review Committee, Finance Committee, Activities Committee and Lake Lease Litigations Committee, and as chair of the Tennis Facility Committee, the Recreation Committee and the Youth Action Committee. Dale and his wife, Kellie, also serve as Block Captains in the Canyon Lake Neighborhood Watch Program.

#4 LaRue McNamara

z-LaRue-McNamaraLaRue McNamara is a 22-year member of the Lioness Club, 20-year member of the Home Owners Club, 21-year member of the Roadrunners Club, 18-year member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, 18-year member of the Fiesta Day Committee (also hosts the reception for the dignitaries on Fiesta Day), 14-year member of the Woman’s Club and a 6-year member of the Veterans Committee. She also served on the Parks & Beaches Committee, and for the past 18 years, has been the coordinator for the “Meet the Candidate” forum. She was Canyon Lake’s “Volunteer of the Year” in 2002 and “Citizen of the Year” in 2015.