During this pandemic and no weekly putting nor Monday Announcements, the News Blasts that are emailed to all of our Putters by our President are shown below.

May 2, 2021
Hello Putters,
PAT WELLS                     MAY 3
NORMA McCALEB            MAY 6
PAT WYSOCKI                 MAY 6
JOAN DEVLIN                  MAY 9
JUDY FALEWICZ              MAY 11
JOYCE SUTAY                  MAY 16
KAREL TITONE                MAY 16
JUDY DURAN                  MAY 17
JOAN DAVIS                  MAY 31
This is a follow up to the last NewsBlast — we will begin putting on July 5th.  More information to follow.  I understand that some of you didn’t receive the last NewsBlast — please go to the website and read that Blast – it was full of information.  There must have been some type of computer glitch.  I’ll try to do better.
That’s all for now.  I wanted to get the May birthdays out right away.  The Board and I are looking forward to seeing all of you in July.  Please DO NOT REPLY to this email.  If you want to send me an email, please send it to jeankraus48@gmail.com.
Jean Kraus, MVLP President
April 17, 2021

Hello Putters,

Lots of things are beginning to happen in SaddleBrooke.  Many members of our community have received both vaccinations and are starting to engage in activities.  The weather is turning warmer, spring flowers are in bloom and a general feeling of well-being is permeating the SaddleBrooke community.

Your Board met recently and has made some tentative decisions.  First, we are planning to begin putting on Monday, July 5th.  The course is going to be closed most of June for maintenance so we felt that beginning on July 5th is our best option.  Second, we will not have a luncheon in July but will begin luncheons at HOA2 in August.  Third, several members of the Board will be meeting with Matt Hudson on May 4 to discuss how to proceed in July.  Lastly, we will keep you informed of our method of operation once we have a finalized plan.

The Board has also been looking ahead at our calendar for this year.  We still have two events to plan – Putter Partners and the Christmas Party.  Members of the Board will be in touch with those individuals who had previously signed up to do these events.  We do not have a date set yet for Putter Partners but will set one at our next meeting after consulting with the committee.


Somehow March got away from me and so did half of April – so below are birthday for both months.  Happy birthday putters!


Karen Bird                               3/1

LeAnn Berg                             3/2

Kris Rudin                                3/6

Jo Ann Evans                           3/11

Janice Keating                         3/15

Raye Cobb                               3/15

Ellen Mandes                          3/19

Marilee Jones                          3/30



Pat Doane                               4/2

Andrea Anderson                    4/4

Dot Wilson                             4/10

Judy Matchett                         4/13

Dona Ferry                              4/18

Colleen Halverson                  4/20

Myrl Carter Dahman              4/27

Carol Ratza                             4/30

Elizabeth Vaughan                 4/30



Thank you to those putters who sent in a recipe.  We did not have a lot of submissions for an actual cookbook, but never fear.  We will be posting recipes submitted by our members in the NewsBlasts throughout the year.

One of the first putters to respond was Susan Bodine.  Below is Susan’s recipe.

PEPPARKAKOR – Susan Bodine

Swedish Cake

(makes the house smell delicious)

2 eggs

2 cups sugar

2 cups flour

1 cup sour cream

1 1/2 tsp cloves

1 1/2tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

3 Tbsp melted butter

3 Tbsp marmalade or any other jam that has no seeds

Mix all together in a bowl.  Pour into a Bundt Pan.   Bake  350  degrees  for  30 to 45 minutes; in Arizona I’ve gone 50 minutes or sometimes longer.  Just test with toothpick.


Jean Kraus, MVLP President

March 26, 2021
Update for Karen Stott
Good news!  Karen will be released from Oro Valley Hospital today.  I spoke with her daughter, Lorene, this morning and have some updated information.  Lorene has been here since Karen was hospitalized, but will be going home to Seattle tomorrow.
Due to her surgery for a twisted bowel, Karen will have an open wound and will have a wound vacuum which will require a nurse to come in three times a week for the next two months.  She has lost some strength during her hospitalization and will also be getting at-home PT.  Lorene suggested some areas where we might be of assistance to Karen. She said that meals would be much appreciated. If some of us would like to do a meal we should probably coordinate this so that these are spread out.  The best way to do that would be to contact Karen directly if you want to deliver a meal.  That way, she could set a date so we don’t have overlaps.  Also, Karen will be on a soft diet for the time being – probably pasta – no rice – and somewhat bland.  Lorene indicated that both her parents (Bud is Karen’s husband) like bland food, so, nothing spicey.  In addition, if any of us are going to the grocery store it might be a good idea to call Karen and see if she needs anything.  Her number at home is 818-1275 and her address is 36343 S. Rock Crest Drive.  These are some things we might do to help Karen right now.  
Cards of encouragement would also be a nice thing to do.  It will give her something to look forward to when the mail arrives.
We are happy that Karen is beginning her recovery and wish her the very best.
Jean Kraus, MVLP President
March 21, 2021
Hello Putters,
I just received word that long-time putter Karen Stott had emergency surgery early Friday morning for a twisted bowel.  She is currently at Oro Valley Hospital and might be there another 2-3 days. If you would like to send a card to Karen her address is:
            36343 S. Rock Crest Drive
            Tucson, AZ  85739
I will keep you posted on her condition as I hear further information.
On another note – If you are sending recipes, please include your full name on the body of the email so I know who to credit for the recipe.  Thanks.
Jean Kraus, MVLP President

March 8, 2021
Dear Putters,
Many of our long time members may remember Judy Moncevicz who recently passed away from a brain tumor.  While Judy has not been an active putter in recent years, we know those of you who knew her would want this information. If you would like to send a card to her husband and family, the address is printed below.
We send our sincere sympathy to Judy’s family.
Paul Moncevicz & Family
62231 E. Amberwood Drive
Tucson, AZ  85739
Jean Kraus, MVLP President


March 5, 2021 

Hello Putters,


Your Board has talked about some projects that we might do while we’re waiting to begin putting.  As mentioned in a previous NewsBlast, we are going to attempt putting together a cookbook that we would sell to members and their friends.  Right now, we would like to have you send in recipes for the following categories.  Please feel free to send as many recipes as you like for any and all of these categories – we need to fill up the book!

Chapter Headings: 

         Moonlight Madness – Libations

         39 Putts – Appetizers
         Tiger Award – Entrees/Main Dishes
         Money Hole – Side Dishes
         Hole-In-One-der – Desserts

Each chapter will be headed with something pertaining to MVLP.  We will also write a cover page for each chapter explaining why it is named as such.  In addition, we will have a memorial page for our members’ and members’ families who have been lost during the pandemic.


One more thing:  We are also looking for a title for the cookbook.  So far, VP Roberta Wisniewski has given us one choice – “Putters COVID Survival CookBook”.  Please send in ideas for the cookbook title.  You might win a prize!

Please send recipes to Jean Kraus at jeankraus48@gmail.com and send names for the cookbook to Roberta Wisniewski at rayrob@wbhsi.net.


Jean Kraus, MVLP President


February 14, 2021

This is a message to thank all of you for your encouragement, and support
these past 2 years. The Vice Presidency was a blast, and who knew we would spend the Presidency indoors writing emails.  Your positive responses to my emails were encouraging during this difficult time.
Thank you for everything!!!!!!~
“It makes one realize that we all are just
small passing players in a very long story”
See you on Zoom and then on the green.

February 13, 2021

Happy Valentine’s Day Putters,

We began our new year on February 1st and are looking forward to the day when we can see each other and putt.

As you know, we had a ZOOM meeting facilitated by Robbie Herrera on Wednesday, February 10 to begin the new year and invited putter members to join the Board.  Below is an overview of that meeting.


Jean Kraus, President of MVLP introduced our new Board.  Of interest are the newest members of the Board — Co-Vice Presidents Patty Stark and Roberta Wisniewski, Co-Treasurer Kathy Rambur and Secretary Sheila Dahlgren.  Welcome to the entire Board and especially to the new members who have joined us.  For a list of the 2021 Board that you can print for your information. click here:  MVLP 2021 Board 


The Board presented a gift to EJ on behalf of all putters.  We really have appreciated all the humorous NewsBlasts that EJ has put out during the pandemic and her continued vigilance on behalf of MVLP.  EJ received two generous gift cards, one to Hacienda Del Sol for dinner and a second for Johnny Was a store in La Encantada.  All of you were very generous in your gift giving and EJ was very grateful.

PUTTER LUNCHEON CHANGES – Jan Arruda, Member at Large

During the summer, when all was quiet in the Brooke, EJ and I met several times with Liz and Jessica at HOA2 regarding our monthly lunches.

Previously our lunches were held at HOA1. The reason for this was that their liquor license allowed us to have our 50/50 raffles. HOA2 has a different license which did not allow our cash raffle. This has always been a large source of income for MVLP and something we were not willing to give up.

After much discussion and research on all our parts, we have found a way to move our lunches to HOA 2 and continue with our raffle. Instead of a cash payout to the winner, you will receive a check from MVLP in the amount of your winnings.

SO…. I am happy to announce that when we resume putting and lunches, they will be at HOA2. The cost will be $19-20. The cost increase was no surprise, as I was told over a year ago (prior to COVID) from HOA 1 that our lunch prices would be increasing for this year.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR FABULOUS WEBSITE – Pat Storey, Statistician/Web Master

Since we are not currently putting, having luncheons or events, there has been little to report regarding any updates.  I’ve reported in Hot News that when we resume our monthly luncheons will be back at HOA2.  As soon as we have a return date for putting, I will input the menus for our monthly luncheons.  Also in Hot News, I have inserted a photo of Jean Kraus and Dorothy Anderson, co-chair of our School Supplies Committee, presenting a check to the Principal at Mammoth/San Manual School District for $2,300 collected from our putters.  Finally, I post the names of our putters who are having a birthday for each month.  If you are new and haven’t checked out our website, please do so.  If you are having difficulty getting into the password protected section with the putters names, phone numbers and email addresses, please call a Board member to get the password.


4 Memorials in 2020 at $50.00 each for a total of $200.00

A memorial for Carl Dahlgren spouse of Sheila Dahlgren to the Senior Village.

A memorial for John Cobb spouse of Raye Cobb to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A memorial for Richard Schoepf spouse of Ginnie Schoepf to Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries.

A memorial for Ruth Brazill to Tri-Community Food Bank. 

The Putters gave a donation to the Mammoth-San Manuel School District for $2300.00 which goes directly to all of the teachers at the school district.  The TEACHER SUPPLIES is a voluntary donation by all putters.  Great job putters!!!

 PUTTING UPDATE – Jean Kraus, President

At the current time the Board has taken a position that we are on hold and will review the situation regarding COVID and putting on a monthly basis.  Jean has also communicated with the HOA1 Sputters and the Ranchettes and has been told that they are not putting at this time.

We are pleased that so many people in SaddleBrooke have gotten the vaccine already which will get us on the road to some sort of normalcy.  However, even with the vaccines the CDC is still recommending that we mask up and use social distancing of six feet.  Our main objective at this time is to keep everyone safe and healthy.  As soon as we know it is safe, we will work out a system to putt.  Fingers crossed!

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX – Jean Kraus, President

The Board did a little brainstorming at our meeting on February 3.   Some ideas emerged regarding activities we could do while we are not putting.  One idea is to have a contest to decorate your mask.  Another idea was to do a cookbook.  We would like to hear from you about these ideas and other ideas you may have that would be workable for our large group.  We know there is a lot of creativity out there, so let us know what you think.  


Jean Kraus, MVLP President



February 4, 2021

At the request of Raye Cobb, below find the link for John Cobb’s obituary.
On behalf of MVLP we send our sincere sympathy to Raye and her family.


Jean Kraus, MVLP President


February 2, 2021

Hello Lady Putters,

Happy Groundhog Day!  

Brace yourself for six more weeks of winter.  That is, if you like to get your weather prediction from a groundhog in Pennsylvania.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Tuesday morning and, as legend holds, that means six additional weeks of heavy coats and mittens.  Phil was awakened at 7:25 a.m. and made his prediction in front of about 16 members of the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club at Gobbler’s Knob.  “Now, when I turn to see, there’s a perfect shadow cast of me. Six more weeks of winter there will be,” one of Phil’s handlers announced on his behalf at the ceremony.  The celebration, which is over a century old, looked a little different this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were no crowds in attendance or guests present. It was streamed live!

Sad News

Raye Cobb’s husband, John, passed away from COVID-19 on January 30, 2021.  We send our sincere sympathy to her at this difficult time.  If you would like to send her a card, her address is:  Raye Cobb, 38240 S. Desert Highland Dr., Tucson AZ 85739

A New Year – President’s Message

February 1st marks the beginning of our Putter year 2021.  It has been a most unusual year for all of us, unless you were alive during the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918.  I hope that all of you are doing well and staying safe.  SaddleBrooke is now in full swing with vaccine shots being given on most Saturday mornings.  I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to get your first shot and are scheduled for your second.  

REMINDER:  The Putters Board is holding a ZOOM meeting which will be open to the first 35 members who would like to join us on February 10 at 3:00 p.m.  We have seven members already signed up to join us. Please R.S.V.P. to jeankraus48@gmail.com by Sunday, February 7.  Please include your full name and your email address when you send in your request to participate.  We would love to see as many of you as possible.

February Birthdays

Happy Birthday to Patty Stark, February 2; Jeannie Hepner, February 8; Vicki Strief,, February 24; EJ “Eileen” Snearly, February 26 and Lynda Pryde, February 28

Thanks to Pat Storey, our statistician, for sending the birthdays to me.  You can also view these every month on our website.

“One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats”

–       Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea, 1978

Jean Kraus, MVLP President



January 21, 2021

Dear Putters,

Shirley Brown, a former MVLP President (2007) and her companion Don, were found deceased in her home on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.  Preliminary results of tests showed they tested positive to COVID. Her daughter had not heard from her and became concerned. She called the sheriff’s department for a wellness check.

Those that knew Shirley will remember her sparkling personality, contagious smile, and love of life.

Condolences can be sent to her daughter:

Natalie Schultz

404 E Streamwood Blvd.

Streamwood, IL  60107



January 16, 2021

Dear Putters,
Below is a document informing you of the work your MVLP Board had accomplished in 2020. This document was prepared by your Secretary, Robbie Herrera, with great care and diligence.
Thank you,

MVLP 2020 Board motions at a glance


January 9, 2021

Good Morning,

Where do I start?  I guess best to start is at the beginning.

I arrived in SaddleBrooke 4 years ago after my father passed away at 100. Retiring as a very active Registered Nurse for 47 years, I decided to throw myself into the activities.  I wanted to join a golf league and thought Putters was the logical place to start. Boy, was I right !!!!  I joined a wonderful group of ladies, and they were all so welcoming. After being the “chocolate candy lady” for a year, I was approached to accept the office of Vice President. Well, as you all know what happened after that !!!!

I want to first thank all you Putters, and without you we would not have this great organization. Secondly, I thank all the present and past board members who have always had my back. This past year has been a challenge for everyone. I have tried to keep you informed and at times entertained with the “NEWS BLASTS”.  It is now time to pass the torch to the new President Jean Kraus (with no “E”), and step back into the crowd with you all. BTW, my “socks” and I are not going anywhere, and will hopefully be seeing you all on the green soon.

With hopes and prayers,


I’ll leave you with this thought:

“God doesn’t give us the people we want. He gives us the people we need. To love us, to hurt us, to leave us, to help us, and to make us into the person that we are today”.

                                                            —-Melaney Mendez


January 7, 2021

Happy New Year Putters,

Today your Board met and discussed how we might proceed in the coming year.

One of the most important items we discussed is planning a ZOOM meeting with the first 35 members who sign up to hear about plans for this year.  Our agenda is simple – Introduction of our New Board and Goals for 2021.  The meeting will be on February 10 at 3:00 p.m.  Those who sign up to ZOOM with us will receive an email with a meeting code and a password.  You must have the ZOOM app and a camera on your device to participate.  If you are interested, please send an email to incoming President Jean Kraus.  Her email is jeankraus48@gmail.com.  We will publish a list of members who will be included in this meeting.  If we receive lots of requests, we may have an additional ZOOM meeting on another day to accommodate as many members as possible.

Jean is looking forward to the meeting and seeing and talking with all of you.  This has been a difficult year for all of us.  We are hopeful that the vaccine program will move along quickly.  We at Putters wish all of you a healthy, safe and peaceful New Year.

Stay tuned for more Newsblasts as we navigate another year.

E.J. Snearly, President 2020

Jean Kraus, President 2021


January 1, 2021

Happy New Year,
Welcome to 2021…..Sincere wishes for a better 2021 than 2020….
What the new year brings to you
will depend a great deal on what
you bring to the new year.
                     –Vern McLellan
December 9, 2020
Dear Lady Putters,
It’s with a heavy heart that we are announcing an indefinite hold on putting.  This has been thoroughly discussed, and we feel this is a reasonable response to the COVID crisis. 
There will be more news from the 2021 MVLP President, Jean Kraus in the near future.
Eileen (EJ) Snearly
November 10, 2020

There has been an overwhelming acceptance of the 2021 Putter’s Board. Thank to everyone who did respond and voted for this Board.  Thank you as well for the enthusiastic “Yes” from those when asked  to serve. We should all look forward to an active and successful 2021.

We are waiting to hear from the Mammoth San Manuel School District for a convenient time to deliver our donations. You still have time to to contribute if you haven’t done so already. We are  approaching donations of $2,300 which will go directly to the teachers for their classroom supplies. Thank you to our very generous Lady Putters. 

I will soon be posting for a vote on the by-laws new Article VIII. The article is posted on the web site under Hot News (www.mvlputters.com) Remember to redeem your Money Hole winnings in the HOA2 credit book before December 30th.

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it”.

                                                       ——-Mary Enelbreit

Eileen J Snearly


November 7, 2020  
Dear MVLPutters,
We are asking for your acceptance of the MVLP Board for 2021.
Please respond to your President an accept or do not accept.
Thank you to all who voiced an enthusiastic “yes” when asked to serve.
  • President:  Jean Kraus
  • Co Vice Presidents:  Patty Stark and Roberta Wisniewski
  • Secretary:  Sheila Dahlgren
  • Co Treasurers: Phyllis Meierhenry and Kathy Rambur
  • Statistician/Web Master:        Pat Storey
  • Membership Coordinator:      Sandy Strack
  • Special Events Coordinator:  Joan Davis
  • Event Advisor:     Donna Vargas
  • Event Advisor:        Geri Grant
  • Member at Large:   Annette Moyle
  • Member at Large:   Jan Arruda
  • Member at Large:    Lorna Kitchen
  • Advisory Member:   Eileen Snearly
Eileen J Snearly