EE HOA, Green Valley, AZ
Monday Morning Memo

June 8, 2020                Esperanza Estates                    Green Valley, AZ
Cactus in bloom, planted by EE Gardners along Esperanza Blvd
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EE News
Greg Gramstad, our Pickleball Court Master is  leaving for Minnesota next week.  Kevin Welsh has agreed to take over as Assistant Court Master while he's gone.  Please contact Kevin with questions, 520-223-3861.
Get Your Tall Palms Trimmed
Friendly reminder about getting your tall palms trimmed.  As you already know, they are a serious fire hazard, especially during monsoon season.  The deadline in Esperanza Estates to have your palm trees trimmed is June 30 .  Homeowners can hire anyone they desire to do the work.  EE has an agreement with  Monstrosity Tree Service, 520-230-7131 , for $70/tree which they will honor for everyone in EE. Trees untrimmed after June 30 will be trimmed by the HOA, and homeowners will be billed $80/tree.  Please call Cyndie Alto 509-881-7569 with questions.  Thanks to everyone who has already taken care of their palms!
Thanks for the Kitchen Work Greg!
The Hospitality Committee would like to, once again, thank Greg Gramstad for his work on the kitchen at the Ramada.  He has recently added a few more shelves inside the cupboards that will help tremendously with keeping things easily accessible and more organized.  Greg is always willing to step in and volunteer his time and expertise when he is called on throughout our community.  He also donates materials if he happens to have scraps or extras laying around. He is such a great asset to Esperanza Estates!  Thank you, Greg!
We are very sad to report that Dean Hess, longtime Esperanza Estates resident, passed away Sunday morning, June 7, after lengthy illnesses.  Dean died peacefully in his sleep at home with his wife, Mary.  Dean has been very active in the EEHOA, serving as a Director on the EEHOA Board and was in charge of Common Area Maintenance for about 10 years.  He was also very active in his church here in Green Valley and did missionary outreach work in Nogales.  Our most sincere sympathy and condolences to Mary and all of the Hess family.  We will miss Dean, his enthusiasm, his dry humor, and seeing his red golf cart touring the neighborhood.

Greet our new neighbors!  Welcome to Esperanza Estates!
  • Mary Gidley and Karen Schutz at 900 Napa
  • Gale and Marsha Felmlee at 842 Regalo
  • Laura Berchring and Vivian Sanchez at 1100 Excelso
  • Valerie Andrews at 861 Napa
  • Arthur and Jolene Bruce at 751 Nueva
Caring Connections is where we  share news about EE neighbors who are experiencing serious health issues, a difficult life event , or other information about the neighborhood,  so neighbors can connect and offer a hand or send a message of cheer.   I f   you know of a situation or would like to inform neighbors about your own situation, please contact Judy Hayes at 720-201-9260,, with the information and any special requests or needs.   MMM will follow up with the affected parties to obtain approval to mention it in the newsletter.
GVR Facilities Opening
GVR Facilities are opening at a "gradual and considered pace."  Below are facilities currently open.  Check the GVR website for more information.

Desert Hills
  • Pool (84°) 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday only
  • Tennis courts 6:30am-Noon and 4:00pm to dusk
Santa Rita Springs (Capacity 29)
  • Pool (84°)
  • Fitness center (Max. 18) 7:30am-4pm, Monday-Friday only
West Center (Capacity 27)
  • Pool (80°) 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday only
  • Shuffle ball courts, tennis courts 6:30am-Noon and 4:00pm to dusk
East Center
  • Fitness center (Max. 14) 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday only
Madera Vista
  • Pool (86°) 7:30am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday only
  • Tennis courts 7:30am-4:00pm Monday-Friday only
Pickleball center
  • 6:30am-Noon and 4:00pm to dusk
Summer Survival Tips
Anyone notice that it has been HOT lately??  This week, the Green Valley Council Weekly Newsletter included some great summer survival tips from  Debbie Kenyon, Vice President, GVC.

Every year more people decide to make their year-round in Green Valley. This year is unusual because a sizable number of seasonal residents are remaining in Green Valley for the summer. These tips are for all you people who have never experienced summer in the Southwest - and perhaps a reminder for those who have!

One of the most overused sayings in Arizona is, "it's dry heat.". Actually, summer in Arizona is just plain HOT. Your car's internal temperature can approach 150 degrees sitting in a parking lot, especially if you are an unlucky soul and couldn't find a shady spot. Put a reflective windshield screen on your shopping list. In Southern Arizona your car battery's life may be two years. More importantly, there usually is no prelude to battery death. Check your hoses and tires regularly. Cactus needles puncture tires.

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I start my morning with a glass of water - yes, before coffee! And a good rule of thumb is to drink at least 8 oz. every hour. Fill a thermos with ice water and leave it in your car every day. Remember, If you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. If you plan to engage in a physical activity like tennis, pickleball, bike ride, running or hiking you should begin hydrating the day prior to the activity to avoid heat stress and possible cramps. Be sure to check with your physician or pharmacist regarding the effect of our extreme outdoor temperatures on your medications.

Many of you use earbuds when walking or hiking. If you're listening to music you won't hear bees, cars or a snake rattle.

Keep your pets cool and safe. Never leave pets unattended in your yard. Coyote, predatory cats and birds of prey can easily abduct a cherished 4-legged friend. Wildlife will be on the move when hunting or looking for water. Be vigilant.
Arizona is a fragile and fierce environment, and Monsoon season is the opportunity to witness mother nature at her extreme. Thunderstorms, winds, torrential rains are magnificent and potentially catastrophic. Heed all weather alerts and all road warning signs. Storms move with alarming speed. Washes can quickly fill with rapidly moving water. Do not attempt to wade or drive through moving water.
Summer life is different in Arizona, but simple precautions can pave the way for a wonderful and unique summer desert experience.
History of the Esperanza Estates Ramada
If you moved to Esperanza Estates after 2006, you might be surprised to learn that our beloved Ramada, which is the social center or our neighborhood, wasn't always there.  In the developer's original plans, a common area gathering place wasn't included.  

Around 2003, discussions began about a common gathering area where get-togethers could be held.  First a horseshoe pit area on the south side of the existing Ramada was covered over with paver bricks.  It was an immediately popular place to gather, but it needed shade.  The Enhancement Committee purchased yellow umbrellas which helped, but it was soon clear that the area needed to be larger.  So, the little used shuffle board courts were covered over with pavers, and the Enhancement Team purchased more tables, chairs, and umbrellas.  

The common gathering area continued to be popular and frequently used, and in 2006 the EEHOA Board, with overwhelmingly positive support from residents, engaged architectural and construction firms to design and build the Ramada for $106,000.  The construction was funded by reserves in the HOA budget, along with loans from two EE residents.  The Ramada was completed in December, 2006.  Then in 2007, the EE residents voted a special assessment to pay off the balance of the construction loans.  

It's notable that virtually every enhancement to the Ramada since construction has been donated, including flooring, electrical service, fans and lighting, the PA system, the shade and wind screens and kitchen area, the tables and chairs, the heaters, the trash area, and the acoustical ceiling.  Funds for these have come from the Enhancement Team, the Hospitality Committee, and private donations.  Our Ramada is unique in Green Valley and we use it for everything.  It's a big amenity for Esperanza Estates.  

To read more information, check out  Tom Cooke's "History of Esperanza Estates' Ramada" on our EE website.  
My husband purchased a world map....gave me a dart and said, "Throw this and wherever it lands I'm taking you for a holiday when this pandemic is over."  Turns out we're spending two weeks behind the fridge.
Source: Stupidity Should Be Painful
Wish we could crossbreed the lightning bugs and the mosquitos.  Then at least we could see them coming.
Source:  Sweet Molasses
Whoever said "out of sight, out of mind" never had a spider disappear in the bedroom.
Source: Recipes From Heaven
I would never have believed that a few weeks of uncut hair could weigh 20 pounds, but that's what the scale says!
Source:  A Bohemian Seeking Rhaposdy
Please share your jokes....Judy Hayes at  
Let's keep Esperanza Estates laughing!!
Summer Good Eats
Do you have a favorite "go to" recipe for summer?  Would you share it?  Pl ease call  Judy Hayes, 720-201-9260 or   We'll love to share your recipe in the MMM and then post it on our EE Website, Favorite Recipes page.  This week, Linda Welsh has shared her recipe for No Knead Bread....yummy!

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