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Originally delivered on 4/23/2023 12:11 pm

SUBJECT: Upcoming HOA Events, Tax Free Emergency Supplies This Weekend

April 2023

HOA Secretary Opening

Did you know the Estates of Forest Creek HOA is an all volunteer Board? Right now there are 10 people that do the work for our beautiful neighborhood of over 500 residents. We need help with tasks and preparing for our future as Board Members transition off next year. We are in URGENT NEED of a Secretary for the Board to maintain minutes and help share information to you, our homeowners.

Other ways to help.

  • Newsletter Editor - current one is stepping down next year
  • Social Committee members - to help Chairperson, Brian DeLuca finish plans for our summer social.
  • Government Affairs committeemembers - to liaison with the City of Plano or help apply for city grants to help fund beautification projects.
  • Signs and stickers coordinator

You can see these and other volunteer opportunities when you log into your Homeowner account on our website to update your contact information and pay your 2023 dues.


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Remember to Pay Your Dues!

This is a friendly reminder to pay your 2023 dues by May 31.

  • According to our ByLaws, dues are requested to be paid by May 31st. This is so the Board has can budget for plantings and have cash available for irrigation and landscape maintenance during the summer months.
  • Dues are still a low $150, one of the lowest in our area! 
  • It's easy to pay online on our EFCHOA website ( using the button below or you can leave a check in the drop box on my porch at 7313 White Castle Lane. 

THANK YOU to the 194 Homeowners out of our 436 Homeowners who have already paid their 2023 dues! We appreciate your prompt payment and investment in our neighborhood! Any questions regarding membership or suggestions for the HOA, please don't hesitate to reach out to me at

Lisa Kittrell, Membership Director Estates of Forest Creek HOA

Click Here to Log In & Pay Dues Online
2023 Stickers and HOA Signs

Dear HOA Members,

I apologize for the delay in getting your 2023 stickers and HOA signs. I requested a volunteer this year to coordinate this job, but unfortunately no homeowner has volunteered. If you can help, it would be much appreciated! 

The stickers have been printed. If you paid your dues before April 6th and have a visible sign in your yard, Board Members have placed a 2023 sticker on your sign. If you need a sign, we are still working on getting them printed. Once we receive them, we will leave a sign on your porch if you asked for one.

Kathie Kankel

Vegetable Plant Giveaway A Success!

Here are some of the early arrivals to John Caldwell's plant giveaway on Saturday, April 8th. John gave away about 100 tomato, eggplant and bell pepper plants. Over 20 households took advantage of this opportunity to jumpstart their vegetable garden for free!  John will also be having a garden tour sometime in June when his garden is in full production!

Crimewatch - Property Safety Presentation

On April 17th, our HOA sponsored a presentation by Plano PD Officer Sheldon Krc for EFC Homeowners on property safety. Officer Krc is a member of the Crime Prevention Unit. Officer Krc ‘s presentation was thorough and informative. He discussed things homeowners can do that make their home more difficult, more time consuming and more noisy for potential burglars to enter. These things make homes less attractive to a potential burglar.

Mark Your Calendars!!

Details for our events are posted on our Facebook page and website. When RSVPs are needed for planning purposes, we send an EVITE. Stay up to date with our events by creating a HOMEOWNER ACCOUNT on our website at and providing a current email address.

Wednesday, May 17 from 7 - 8:15 pm
- Smart911 app Presentation by Susan Rodriquez, Public Safety Communications Public Information Specialist.

June, date TBD
- Garden tour with John Caldwell

Sunday, June 25 from 5- 7:30 pm
- Summer Social - open to all residents

August or September  - date TBD
- What you need to know about Sudden Cardiac Arrest and AEDs

September or October
- possible Member Event

October 3 from 6 - 7:30 pm
- National Night Out

November 14 at 7 pm
- Annual Meeting and 2024 Board Elections, Presenter TBD

Spring Award Goes to 3729 Hearst Castle

The EFCHOA's Season's Best Committee has awarded Seasons Best  award for Spring 2023 goes to Dave and Sylvia Fields at 3729 Hearst Castle Way. HOA members since 2003, the Fields’ lawn, shrubs and flowers are just lovely containing a mix of tulips and other seasonal plantings. The many levels of the gardens adds drama and impact to one of our most beautiful seasons. Just what is needed after a long winter.  Congratulations and thank you Mr. and Mrs. Fields for being a part of the HOA and keeping our neighborhood a bright place to be.

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

Your HOA Dues At Work

Thank you to the 63 families who've contributed a total of $4,005 to our Beautification Fund, above and beyond their annual HOA dues! These funds are earmarked specifically for Beautification projects in our neighborhood.

We recently renovated the median from Brodick Way to Twelve Oaks. This median had declined badly as a result of extreme weather as well as irrigation troubles and an inability to afford a proper layer of mulch where required. We are working to solve these problems going forward and this was a big step in the right direction.

We put in very substantial rock areas for aesthetics but also as problem solving measures. This should prevent the zoysia turf from invading the beds as it did previously. We also trimmed perennials, tore out dead plants and put in new plants where we had lost some to freeze and/or drought. Now the challenge is to stay vigilant with weed control and mulch. We intend to do so and your dues and extra contributions are the key to maintaining our parkway at the level we want it to be--a beautiful asset for our neighborhood. Thank you!!!

Our next priorities are:

  • The first median requires trimming and needs some rocks and mulch to prevent weeds.
  • Other medians need trimming and mulch. This work is not included in our regular maintenance contract.
  • Purchase 2 frost bags for the pots on the bridge so that we can easily and adequately cover the pots when freezing weather is expected.

The following items are important to keeping our neighborhood beautiful, and should be budgeted annually from membership income. Unfortunately, due to inflation and an HOA participation rate of only 64% we did not feel confident budgeting these items. They will be added if enough homeowners, who weren't members last year, join this year. Encourage your neighbors to join the HOA and keep it beautiful!

  • Fall annuals at the Heast Castle entrance and annuals at Hogan Manor entrance.
  • Perennial trim every year over the winter to cut off all the dead parts before the new spring growth begins.
  • Adequate application of mulch every year to control weeds along entire Hearst Castle median.

Homeowner Account Is Link to Crimewatch

Your Homeowner Account on our website is our link to you. 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

Skip the Sales Tax on Emergency Supplies This Weekend

If we've learned anything the last few years, it's that we aren’t always as ready for emergencies as we should be. Fortunately, Texans can get help with the Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday, which is Saturday-Monday, April 22-24.  

Skip the tax when you purchase emergency equipment such as a generator, ice chest, batteries, first aid kits, flashlights and carbon monoxide detectors. Be prepared for the next round of severe weather. Applies to purchases in-store, by phone or online.

Check out the full list of eligible tax-free items.
May 6 - City Council and School Election

The election of Council Members for Places 1, 3 (where EFC is located),  5 and 7 will be conducted on May 6, 2023. All places are elected at large. Candidates for Places 1 and 3 must reside in the respective district (map below). All candidates shall be a qualified voter of the State of Texas and a resident citizen for a period of not less than 12 months.

View a list of 2023 City Council Candidates

Early Voting begins April 24th.

Click here for more election information, sample ballots, etc.

Attend Hands-on Plumbing Repair Workshop!

Do you know how to fix minor plumbing issues in your home? If not, please come learn how to maintain your plumbing at our Hands-on Plumbing Repair Workshop. The workshop will cover the following and more: 

  • Shower repair 
  • Toilet repair 
  • Sink faucet repair 
  • Hose bib repair 

Spots are limited!

Saturday, May 13
9 am-12 pm
777 E. 15th St.

Register for the Plumbing Repair Workshop
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