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Originally delivered on 8/25/2023 12:09 pm

SUBJECT: August 2023 - Is Your Grass Dormant?, Register for Smart911

August 25, 2023

We Need YOU!

Please help our HOA fund our work like mowing, irrigation, plantings, socials and the crime watch program by paying your HOA dues before our next HOA Board Meeting on September 12th.  At this meeting the HOA Board will have to make decisions on what we CAN and CANNOT to do for the remainder of the year based on our dues income. 

THANK YOU to the 261 Homeowners who have paid their 2023 HOA dues, but we need the participation of our other 175 homeowners too. If you haven't paid your dues, please don't make the mistake of assuming the HOA will be able to keep doing everything we have been doing without your dues being paid. Homeowner dues are the only source of income to make our neighborhood beautiful and safe.

When homeowners choose not to pay their dues it directly impacts which services we can fund each year, and, frankly, the quality of vendors available to us. We have  held our dues at $150 since 2017 and are one of the lowest in our area. With inflation hitting all line items of our budget, increasing homeowner HOA participation is the best way to avoid service cuts and/ or dues increases.

  • It's easy to pay dues online on our website ( using the button below or you can leave a check in the drop box on our membership director's porch at 7313 White Castle Lane.

Our HOA Board's ability to beautify and advocate for The Estates of Forest Creek is directly dependent on our residents level of financial support AND volunteer time. In November we will be hold elections for the 2024 HOA Board. Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time each month as a Board or Committee member.

Any questions regarding membership or suggestions for the HOA, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at or Membership Director, Lisa Kittrell at

Kathie Kankel, President Estates of Forest Creek HOA

Click Here to Log In & Pay Dues Online
Kroger Gift Card Drawing Winners

On June 25th HOA Membership Director, Lisa Kittrell and President, Kathie Kankel drew two names from a container filled with 251 HOA member names. The winners were:

  • The Kremen Family on Haddon Way
  • The Patil Family on Hearst Castle Way

Congratulations to our two HOA members who each received a $100 Kroger gift card!

2023 Stickers and HOA Signs Distributed!

A big thank you to Susan Abernathy for volunteering to help the HOA by distributing  the 2023 stickers and HOA yard signs to our members who requested them. If for some reason you have not received your requested item, please email me at and one will be delivered to you.

Lisa Kittrell, Membership Director Estates of Forest Creek HOA

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, September 12
7:00p HOA Board Meeting - NEW DATE
Tuesday, October 3
6:00p National Night Out
Tuesday, October 17
7:00p HOA Board Meeting
Sunday, October 29
5:00p Fall Social
Tuesday, November 14
7:00p HOA Annual Meeting & Election of 2024 Board
Tuesday, December 5
7:00p HOA Board Meeting
Homeowner Account Is Link to Crimewatch

Your Homeowner Account on our website is our link to you, and is what we use to send important emails to you. If Plano Police sends us a neighborhood specific crimewatch bulletin, we will push it out to you via this email. Please be sure to keep your email current so we can reach you. Note: emails are sent through our website so be sure to add to your contacts so they won't be marked as spam accidentally.

Coco Peisner, Crime Watch Coordinator

Smart911 Profiles Help in An Emergency

On May 17th, our HOA sponsored a presentation by Susan Susan Rodriquez, Public Safety Communications Public Information Specialist. Susan is responsible for developing and providing 911 education for the people who live and work in Plano.

Plano is a Smart911 community. Smart911 allows users to provide additional details 9-1-1 call takers may need in order assist them during an emergency. Currently, when you call 9-1-1, the information received by the 9-1-1 call center can be limited by the type of phone you use to dial 9-1-1. With Smart911, any time you make an emergency call from a phone registered on your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 systems recognize your phone number and automatically displays your profile to the call taker. The Smart911 app is able to give better location to 9-1-1 for a cell phone and location is the most important information for 9-1-1 to know when you call.

In an emergency, it's possible you may be panicked or unable to communicate, or it may be unsafe to communicate. Smart911 ensures that the details you would need to tell 9-1-1 are immediately available in the event you cannot verbally provide them. 

You create 1 profile per household that can include all the phone numbers & persons associated with your household. Use the printable Smart911 Profile worksheet below to gather information that will be useful in creating your Smart911 account. Smart911 is free, private and secure.

Smart911 Profile worksheet

Take the Public Safety Communication Quiz to know what to do in the event of an emergency.

The EFCHOA's Season's Best Committee has awarded Seasons Best  award for Summer 2023 are Max and Amy Dousharm at 7605 Madewood.  The gardens at the  front of the home are at two levels with a variety of blooming seasonal plants on the upper level, and a lower level of beautiful shrubs and other plantings.  The side yards include additional color and traditional plantings and furniture, carrying the polished and inviting exterior around the home.  The Dousharm’s have been a member of the HOA since 2019.  We thank them for creating such an inviting home exterior for our neighborhood to enjoy.

If you would like to be a part of the Season's Best Nominating Committee and meet some neighbors, email to join.

Join Government Affairs Committee

Are you following the City of Plano's work on regulating Short Term Rentals, upcoming elections, PISD school board? Join the Government Affairs Committee and share what you hear with the rest of your EFC homeowners.

Click here to sign up!

How to Identify City Notifications

From time to time, you may receive notifications or mailings that sound like they could be from the City. Don’t be tricked, authentic notifications from the City of Plano will always include: 

  • The official City of Plano logo 
  • A way to contact the City - an email address or phone number 

It may include a City website as

Currently, water quality testing solicitations are circulating around Plano (like the image above). This may appear as a flyer with a sample vial being left at your door. This is not from the City of Plano.

Tan is the New Green for Summer Grass

Know when it's best to let your grass go dormant. Discover how to tell between dormant grass and dead grass. Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Specialist Dr. Chrissie Segars explains how to protect your dormant grass during prolonged drought and winter months.

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