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/

#5 Nancy Carroll

F1-PIC-1-5-Nancy-CarrollNancy moved to Canyon Lake in 1989. She has served on the Canyon Lake Emergency Preparedness Committee for 27 years (25 years as president). She is a member of the Canyon Lake Lioness Club and a former member of the Canyon Lake Woman’s Club. Nancy, a retired registered nurse, teaches free Hands-Only CPR classes to Canyon Lake residents. She also volunteers at the First Aid booths at various Canyon Lake events. This special lady was awarded Citizen of the Year in 2011, and Volunteer of the Year prior to that.

#6 Joanna Spiller

F1-PIC-2-6-Joanna-SpillerJoanna has been a member of the Canyon Lake Lioness Club since 1990, a member of the Emergency Preparedness Committee since 1992, member of the Fiesta Day Committee since 2002 (serving as chair and treasurer since 2006). She is a past president of the Woman’s Club and Women’s Golf Club. She was named Canyon Lake’s Volunteer of the Year in 2003 and Citizen of the Year in 2014.

Several years ago Joanna discovered Edison was charging many homes in Canyon Lake the wrong rates. Due to her work, more than 600 homes received corrected rates and refunds from Edison.

Outside of Canyon Lake, one of her passions is “Honor Flight.” Last year she was one of the guardians who escorted 66 veterans to Washington D.C.

#7 Joe Kamashian

F1-PIC-4-8-Joe-LandinJoe (and Linda) Kamashian moved to Canyon Lake 27 years ago. Joe has been an active member of the Men’s Golf Club since 1992, a member of the Travel Club since 1993, a member of the Green Committee since 2005, a member of both the CLAMS and the CLAPPS, and a member of the newly formed Pickle Ball Club. He was recently appointed to the Facilities Review Committee. He is a former member of the Yacht Club and was part of the team that rebuilt the famous Green Dragon float in the Parade of Lights. He organizes the Speak to the Candidates event for the POA Board of Directors elections, and volunteers his time for many of the Canyon Lake events, such as the Jr. Golf program and the Golf Course Beautification Program.

#8 Joe Landin

F1-PIC-3-7-Joe-KamasianJoe Landin has been a Canyon Lake resident for the past 27 years. He was a part of the committee that started the first Canyon Lake Car Show in 2006. That same year, Joe founded the Canyon Lake Car Club, for which he’s been president for the past 10 years. Thanks to the Car Club, there have been many residents in the community who received much needed donations. Joe is also a member of the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce.

photos provided by Donna Ritchie