Featured Volunteer: Joe Kamashian

A 33-year resident, Joe Kamashian has served on numerous boards and committees for the betterment of Canyon Lake. Photo by Canyon Lake Insider.

Joe Kamashian has been a resident of Canyon Lake for 33 years. He joined the Men’s Golf Club in 1992 and served five years on the club’s board, including the positions of president and social director. Kamashian has assisted in numerous tournaments and represented the club at various events, such as Fiesta Day.

Since 2011, Kamashian has participated in the beautification projects that take place annually around the golf course.

Kamashian has been a member of the Canyon Lake Association of Past Presidents (CLAPPS) since 2011, Canyon Lake Association of Men (CLAMS) for more than 12 years, Travel Club since the mid-90s, Fine Arts Guild, and Pickleball Club. 

Kamashian is also a former member of the Yacht Club where he served as vice commodore and was part of the team that helped to rebuild the club’s iconic Green Dragon float that leads the annual Parade of Lights boat parade.

From 2006 to 2020, Kamashian served on the POA’s Green Committee, first as a representation of the Men’s Golf Club and later as an appointed member. The primary responsibility of the Green Committee is to advise and assist the POA in developing and implementing the preservation, enhancement, and maintenance of the golf course.

Kamashian also served two years on the POA’s Facilities Planning Committee, which is the monitoring committee for all common area facilities and roads. Committee responsibilities include building maintenance, long-range planning, master planning, capital projects, and continued facility management/maintenance. 

For the past four years, Kamashian has served as co-organizer of the City Golf Championship, an annual golf tournament sponsored by both the city and POA.

From 2009 to 2019, Kamashian organized an annual Pismo Beach golf getaway for 75 to 80 Canyon Lake residents.

Kamashian’s most important volunteer role was serving as a member of the POA Board of Directors from 2020 to 2022 where he, along with four other board members, was responsible for the management and operation of the POA’s business affairs.

This year, Joe and his wife purchased and donated a community bench through the POA’s Bench Program. The bench was installed at the Indian Beach playground. “We donated the bench out of our love for Canyon Lake,” Kamashian said. “Indian Beach provided our family with so many memories when our children were younger.”

When not volunteering, Kamashian enjoys golfing, playing pickleball, traveling, and cruising the lake in his pontoon boat.


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