Monday Morning Memos


Esperanza Estates

Green Valley, Az.


Monday Morning Memo-----------October 20th

Good Morning:

100 people attended the first of the Fall Hamburger Nites, sponsored by our Hospitality Committee. The Committee did its usual excellent job of making sure everyone had an enjoyable time. The Bernardi presentation on fruits and vegetables scheduled for Tuesday night before the Hamburger Nite festivities had to be rescheduled for the next night due to a mix-up.

On Wednesday, the Bernardi presentation was made to an audience of about 55. It was very amusing because Mr. Bernardi is an entertaining speaker, and a great deal of very useful information about selection and use of fruits and vegetables was given--along with the fruits and vegetables that he used during the talk. He also made available to give away a large selection of recipes. Many long-held questions were answered, and Mr. Bernardi showed how to make different table pieces out of fruit and vegetables. It was truly a fun hour plus presentation, and the first of its kind ever held at our Ramada.

New Year’s Day is less than 2 and a half months away now, and it is time to make some plans. Our Esperanza Enhancement Team will again be putting on their “First Day Party” at Sunset Ramada, in the format of a pot luck and barbeque. Last years event was a big hit, and was attended by and enjoyed by many of our residents. Put this on your calendar now, and plan to attend. Watch this space for further details as we get closer to the date.

The Enhancement Team is collecting items for their annual garage sale (to be held next Spring) and is in serious need of storage space. If you have an empty garage, or other space they could use for this purpose--until the sale--please call Tess Ewing at 625-7353.

If there is an interest in putting together a trip to the Arizona Air National Guard Base on Valencia in Tucson, please call 399-0455. The Base offers tours of the facility to interested groups, and those who have been there say it is a most interesting experience. We would need about 10 persons as a minimum.

On Saturday November 8th, the annual hazardous waste collection drive will be held at the Valley Presbyterian Church on Camino del Sol, from 8 am to noon, in the parking lot. Most non-commercial types of hazardous waste will be accepted, excluding gas cylinders, explosives, ammunition, radioactive waste or sharps. Most items labeled “acid, caustic, flammable, poison, toxic, caution, danger, warning” are accepted, including old medications. If you have this type of stuff around, this is a good chance to get rid of it at no charge to you. Any Pima County resident is allowed to participate.

Saturday, November 15th from 8 am to noon the Marine Corps Reserve will be collecting aluminum cans at the American Legion Post, 1560 Duval Mine Road, which they will use to turn into Toys for Tots, their annual Christmas gift program for needy children. If you have cans not committed elsewhere, this would be a good use for them.

Also on November 15th, there will be a solar forum at the Sahuarita High School auditorium, presented by the GVCCC Environmental Committee. Information on all of the solar technologies including electricity, hot water, tax credits, rebates and available financing for solar projects will be available, as well as a number of experts who will provide information and counsel. The forum will run from 9 am to noon.

The EE Board will meet today at Sunset Ramada, beginning at 1:00 p.m. All residents are invited to attend. An agenda follows this Memo.


At the weekly construction meeting Monday, the contractor announced that the work is progressing faster than expected and the underpass will be closed beginning November 3, 2008 instead of November 10th as previously anticipated. The change in date does not alter the information we have distributed.

The change in date will affect the Canoa Ranch Roundabout. Traffic coming eastbound (from Tucson) on I-19 will directed to the Arivaca Exit and then westbound on the frontage road back to Canoa Ranch. Traffic coming westbound on I-19 will be able to exit at Canoa Ranch Road for access to other areas. There will be digital traffic control signs placed on I-19 to direct motorists.

Mandatory perpetual membership in GVR is controversial for some. Accordingly, an announcement which may be of interest is appended to this Memo for those who may be concerned. Esperanza Estates is not a mandatory GVR subdivision. If you have GVR on your home in EE, it is because you or some prior owner joined it. A group has formed to oppose GVR mandatory membership, and if successful, members of the group will be able to leave GVR and not be required to pay further dues.

Welcome to our new owners, and to our returning winter visitors.

Have a good week.

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GVR Claim of Perpetual Lien To Be Challenged

If you live in a non-GVR subdivision, but have the GVR perpetual membership lien on your home and wish to quit GVR, you may be interested in this announcement.

Extensive legal research, concurred in by Tucson legal counsel, suggests that the claim of GVR that membership in the organization cannot be terminated, is false and cannot be legally sustained.

A group of Green Valley residents intends to employ legal counsel and challenge GVR in court. If successful, members joining the suit will be able to quit GVR, thereby eliminating the requirement to pay future dues. A monetary claim against GVR for refund of previously paid membership fees may also be joined in this legal action.

Persons interested in this proceeding are being solicited as additional plaintiffs. This will involve a commitment for paying a pro-rata share of the costs of the action. The amount of the costs is indeterminate at this time and will depend on a number of factors; however, the more plaintiffs, the less will be the costs per individual. Bear in mind the annual GVR dues are nearly $400 currently, and it is a certainty they are not going to go down in the future. Unless this lien is broken, you will be paying this forever--as will future owners of your home--even if they don’t desire to belong to GVR. Many believe membership in GVR is a detriment to the sale of your home.

Persons interested in joining in this proceeding are asked to write to 217 W. Cedro, Green Valley, AZ 85614, [or call 648-0215 for further information] stating their name legal name--(both husband and wife if the property is in joint ownership), address, telephone, and a written statement they have read this announcement and wish to join in the litigation. As with any litigation, there is no guarantee of success, but prospects have been carefully evaluated and appear quite favorable and that the action is likely to be successful.

Persons residing in GVR subdivisions are not eligible to join in this action. You are in a GVR subdivision if membership in GVR is required in your CC&R’s.




Sunset Ramada

AGENDA for Board Meeting October 20th, 2008

I. 1:00 Call to order--recognition of new members

II. Announcements

III. Acceptance of the September minutes

Treasurer’s Report – Joan Moreaux--regular report and budget committee plans

Committee Reports:




D. GVCCC – Bruce Liljegren

E. NEIGHBORHOOD RELATIONS – Bruce Liljegren/Joe McCalpin


G. HOSPITALITY – Scottie Blum and Sam Barnard


I. ESPERANZA ENHANCEMENT – Tess Ewing--Lois Blacker. Tess will report on the Enhancement Team’s plans for this coming year.


V. NEW BUSINESS--tennis court; pool hour change November 1st; planning for annual meeting



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