LOL: Station 10 fundraiser

Ladies of the Lakes would like to thank you for supporting our most recent online silent auction to Support Station 10.  The auction raised $289 and an additional $575 was given as cash gifts. 
In gratitude, Ladies of the Lakes has sent each cash donator a letter of acknowledgement with our 501(c)3 nonprofit number for their tax purposes.  We have been using a secured website since we initiated PayPal.  
Look for our next auction on Friday, November 13th beginning at 5 pm and running 24 hours until Saturday, November 14th at 5 pm. 
This will be a large one and feature at least 6 jewelry sets, culinary items and useless but pretty interior decor.  Once again all funds raised will be given to Station 10.





Golf course care & keeping

The YLP Golf Course is always well maintained, but this October has been getting some special treatment, not only with the periodic aerating of greens but resodding the back of the 8th green and planned overseeding of the course. On top of that, a big project to bring well water to build up the golf course lake was completed by our pipeline team.

As reported in August, the non-potable well water is expected to help keep the golf course lake level up during summers when it typically gets quite low, helping with appearance but also making more water available for firefighting. Some of that water also is planned for use in landscaping around the clubhouse.

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the work, followed by a video of the water from the pipe pouring into the lake, pumped from a well half a mile away near the clubhouse and parkway.

YLP golfers Bill Eigenman and Greg Easley on Thursday volunteer to help groundskeepers remove plugs from the No. 3 green. Aerating greens, followed by an overlay of sand, is done to keep the greens turf strong and healthy.

YLOA board takes action

Motions approved Tuesday, Oct. 6, by the YLOA Board of Directors:

• Change the regular monthly meetings of the YLOA Board of Directors from the last Tuesday of each month to the first Tuesday to give additional time for preparation of board packets. This will begin with the November YLOA Board meeting on Nov. 3.

• Approve revised sign guidelines to follow local government law. Guidelines will be posted for a 28-day review and comment period.

• Approve purchase of a used excavator for water pipeline and road work.



Regarding reports of a proposed commercial project in YLOA at Lilley Mountain Drive and Road 400:

  1. There’s been no approval for any commercial projects in YLOA.
  2. The commercial zoning in YLOA does not allow construction of the venue presently proposed.
  3. The owners have petitioned the County of Madera for a Conditional Use Permit. The county notified YLOA Sept. 3 of an application to change commercial zoning of this project.

The ECC responded to the Madera County request by asking for a full environmental impact report and evaluation of the potential impacts on residents.


Items discussed Tuesday by the YSPUC Board of Directors:

Road Title: The way is cleared for YLOA to get back the title for its roads dating to 1978 when a quit-claim deed to YLOA was never properly recorded in Madera County. The new GM assistant, Debra Souza, through research was able to clear up the matter and arrange to get the title back in YLOA’s name and have it recorded. This was crucial to get a permit to drill a much-needed replacement water well at the golf course.

Water storage: The YSPUC. Board is researching the possibility of allowing residents to have water storage tanks on their properties to assist in firefighting. At present, our DORs do not allow for water storage tanks on private property.


Sept. 26 golf scramble a success

From John Wandler, vice chairman Yosemite Lakes Golf Association

Once again we had a great turnout with 37 players.  We mixed up play by alternating RED, WHITE and BLUES tee shots.

Our handicapping system continues to be keep winning scores competitive.  Our 1st – 4th place payouts were within 2 strokes.

1st Place – Ken Frietas, Jack Passarella, Tanner Maush and Glen Durst
2nd Place – Harley Glines, Jackson Glines, McKay Glines and Derrick Mello
3rd Place – (With a birdie on the 1st cardoff hole) Art Gerow, AJ Gerow, Jeannie Stone and Neil Ordway
4th Place – Jerry Mello, Lance Courtney, Joel Greathouse, Maddy Frietas and David Morreau

Closest to the Pin – (I didn’t save the envelopes, so the distances are approximate based on my memory)

1st – Lance Courtney – 11″
2nd – John Wandler – 33″

#5 We almost had our 1st Scramble Hole-in-One since last year !!!
1st and 2nd places went to David Morreau at 1″ and they made the putt.  David got the 1st and 2nd place $ since there were not any other names listed for closest to the pin.

*** Our Hole-in-One Insurance is up to 144.00.  The 3.00 you put in the pot is good until a Hole-in-One is made.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with how it works, the $ goes towards drinks for all scramble participants on the 19th hole.  The extra money left after the tab and tip is paid goes into your pocket.  So if we have a scramble with 24 players, drinks and tip would be about 100.00, so you’d put about 45.00 in your pocket, not a bad day of golf EmojiEmoji.

1st – Tiffany at 4″
2nd – Art Gerow 7″

Our next scramble event will be towards the end of October.  Emails will be sent out along with flyers posted throughout the park.
If you have any suggestions or questions, you can contact Neil Ordway or myself via email.  You can also write them down and put them in the tournament box inside the pro shop, make it attention to the Scramble Committee.

Thanks again for your participation, we hope to see you next month.

LOL makes donations

Diane Mahan, 2020 Ladies of the Lakes President

Ladies of the Lakes resumed their fall monthly meetings via Zoom with a discussion as to how we could show compassion to those impacted by the Creek Fire. 

First, we agreed to send $500 to an animal rescue group, knowing that there are charitable organizations housing and feeding displaced pets and livestock. 

Secondly, we turned our focus on how to help people.  We agreed that there are needy and deserving folks within Yosemite Lakes Park that are living with circumstances that force them to choose between medication, food, shelter and YLOA bills.  We decided that with the launch of YLP Cares, we would give a $500 donation to this charitable organization that helps our neighbors. 

Ladies of the Lakes will not be able to replenish the money this year through fundraising, as COVID-19 is preventing us from holding our Holiday Boutique.

Knowing that, we agreed that we would make the need of others a priority and hope that we would find new and creative ways to fund raise in the future. 

YLP Cares accepting donations

YLP Cares is now accepting donations at

YLP Cares is a California non-profit corporation that provides financial assistance with HOA assessments and water bills to YLP residents in financial distress. It is 100% supported by donations from fellow residents.

Aug. 28 statement from General Manager Jonathan Penrose:

○ We have been working on the initial by-laws, which had been delayed, BUT I am

happy to announce that they are drafted and undergoing review

○ They will be submitted to IRS along with application for 501c3 status before next

board meeting.

○ We can officially operate as a non-profit organization, however, donations will

not be FEDERALLY tax deductible until IRS completes their approval

○ We now have over $6,000 in initial funding committed from employees and

residents, and expect to be able to receive other donations within a few weeks!

About the emergency water repairs

Published Aug. 28, 2020

From General Manager Jonathan Penrose’s report to the YLOA Board of Directors

○ In August, we experienced a total failure on well 36A that supplies water to tank 4 and serves the lower Long Hollow area. Due to high demand, we had previously installed a bypass to provide extra water to this tank from other parts of the system. This was fortuitous as when the well failed, we were able to double the capacity of the bypass. This was insufficient to meet total demand in the service area and emergency action was needed. The emergency was exacerbated by high heat and demand across the entire system that was more than 40% of the demand last August.
○ While waiting for parts for 36A, we used the opportunity of having the drilling/pump crew available to perform an emergency pump replacement on well 35A. Performance of the pump had declined over recent years due primarily to iron deposits and was only producing at about 16 GPM. The pump was replaced and went back into service on 8/18. Production improved to 63 GPM helping us meet the high demand across the park that was worsening with 36A out of production.
○ We put out an alert asking all residents to conserve water and went door to door in the Long Hollow area to inform residents that outside watering needed to be suspended for the remainder of the week to ensure there was adequate supply for internal household use.
○ While the tank levels dropped to 6’, which is considered to be critical (and were dropping at up to 4’ per day), the notices and cooperation from the residents, along with the bypass previously installed, allowed us to maintain tank levels and gradually increase it to above 10’ – still critical, but not an immediate emergency that could necessitate shutting down service to protect the system from damage.

○ Repairs on both wells have now been complete. It will take some time for tank levels to return to normal, but due to the quick action of our water crew and well vendor (and cooperation and understanding of our residents), we were able to get the repairs done quickly without a service interruption.
○ During this period, we also experienced a main line break on Limestone. Our crew responded quickly and efficiently – identifying the location of the break and preventing substantial water loss that would have severely affected the entire system, due to the already low system levels from the high demand and pump failure at 36A

○ Additionally, we battled tough working conditions with high heat and poor air quality.
○ Kudos to our teams for their quick response and professional action that kept our community from experiencing a service disruption.
○ The total cost for emergency repairs is approximately $85,000 and should serve as a reminder that are ageing water infrastructure needs continued pro-active investment.
○ Presently, our water operations generate enough revenue to cover the day-to-day costs of providing service and keeping the water flowing, but they are not sufficient to fund the replacement of everything that needs to be proactively fixed, much less add additional storage or production capacity.
○ The SCADA system which is presently being deployed will allow us to better monitor and more efficiently operate the system – creating some financial efficiencies that we will reinvest.



Water for golf, landscaping

Published Aug. 28, 2020

From General Manager Jonathan Penrose’s report to the YLOA Board of Directors:

The current water emergency threatens sustainability of the golf course. While most of the water used at the golf course is from natural run-off, this is the time of year that additional water is needed from the system. However, with residential demand so high and supply low, that is not something we can do.

We have an out of service well that can be used to provide landscaping water. We had planned to connect this in conjunction with new pipeline installation, but the present circumstances have required us to move up the timetable.

Our pipeline crew is currently installing a cross country line that will provide a reliable (and less expensive) source of water for the golf course and clubhouse landscaping.

Benefits of this project include:

■ lower cost water for golf course and clubhouse landscaping
■ leverages existing well investment
■ removes nearly 2 million gallons a year of demand on the water system
■ more eco-friendly
■ more reliable source of water
■ able to keep golf course lake full for fire prevention/source of fire water
■ potentially able to supplement lake water at clubhouse to prevent dry lake -NOT expected to keep lake full, however.

The expected cost of this project is approximately $15,000 and should pay for itself within 12 months from savings on cost of treated water

Project is expected to be completed before 9/15.



Aug. 25 board meetings

The new YLOA and YSPUC Boards of Directors for 2020-21 both held their first regular meetings Tuesday night.

Resolutions adopted by the YLOA board were:

Governing Docs

Spend not more than $9,500 for the attorney to update the bylaws and DORs to current legal status.

Old Business

Approve the ECC Schedule of Fines that was posted in June for 28-day member comment. Go HERE to view.

New Business

Resurrect the Communications Committee with Sue Beck as chair. 


About the emergency water repairs

Water for golf, landscaping

YLP Cares to start up