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Military Club salute to our veterans

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By Deej Koebbe

On Nov. 9 the Military Club at Spruce Creek Preserve met to honor the veterans of all services, both men and women. We had in attendance 84, including our guest speaker and her spouse.

We began our program with the following members of our honor guard presenting our country’s flag and the flags of the different branches of the service: John Mariani, Jim Jones, Pete Mavros, Mac Hendrix, Karl McKeivier, Wendy Vanloozenoord, and Bob Liotta. We all then joined in with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Chaplain John Rando offering the opening prayer.

Commander Frank Thomas then proceeded to introduce several members of the chorus who sang three patriotic songs; The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and God Bless America. The members were Ann Austin, Sandy Gaile, Dee Grkovich, John Hart, Penny Joyce, Ellen McClure, Gail Rando and Joan Wandrisco. They did a beautiful job and were received by all members of the Military Club. Thank you for taking the time to join us to celebrate Veterans Day.

Commander Thomas then read a poem honoring our veterans, They Did Their Share, written by Joanna Fuchs.

The dinner was catered and served by the Sandwedge Café, headed by Joy Flowers and her wonderful staff. They did an outstanding job not only in preparing the food, but also in serving it. No one left hungry due to the fact that there was so much to eat. It was a great meal.

Next on the program, Commander Thomas introduced our guest speaker, Gwenn Welch Couillard. Gwenn has four brothers who served in the military; Army, Navy, Marines, and a daughter who is presently serving in the Air Force. Gwenn certainly has a lot to be proud of and we here at Spruce Creek Preserve certainly appreciated her taking time to speak on Veterans Day.

In conclusion, remember when you see a serviceman or servicewoman in uniform, that a smile on your face goes a long way in thanking them for serving. We honor those who served who are serving now. God bless America.

Respectfully submitted by Commander Frank Thomas.

Koebbe’s Kitchen

We enjoy this classic cold weather fare and hope you will as well.

Sloppy Joes

1 lb. ground beef

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons yellow mustard

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 large onion (ground)

1 green pepper (ground)

1 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup ketchup

Brown beef until crumbly. Add other ingredients. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Enjoy on your favorite toasted bread or roll.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way.

The Preserve Military Club asks Preservists to support our troops by purchasing a Christmas CD from Adopt a Soldier Now, an organization that provides support for deployed and wounded soldiers. Call Frank Thomas, commander of the Military Club, for information.

Telephone directory changes must be given to administrative assistant Julie.

Saturday, Nov. 22 – Last presentation of A Murder Mystery by the Preserved Players.

Tuesday, Nov. 25 – Craft Club meets at 9:30 a.m. to craft handmade Christmas cards. Bring scissors, ruler and glue stick. All other supplies provided. Sign up in the craft room. For information, see Ethel Kleimer.

Thursday, Nov. 27 – Jet Set Thanksgiving dinner at Bentley’s. Meet at 3 p.m. in the Community Center parking lot. Sign up in Jet Set book. For information, see Sue Reisinger.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Resident Artisans meeting at 11 a.m. in the Community Center. If you are interested in showcasing your artistic talents for Community Center enhancement, come and learn how you can submit your artwork for consideration. For information, see Babette.

Sunday, Dec. 7 – Preserve Aristocrats Christmas Gala in the Community Center ballroom. See information on bulletin board.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 – Modification Committee meets.

SCP/DES Partnership has a lock box in Julie’s office for monetary donations to be used to buy clothes for needy children. For information, see Bob Breffle. Partnership also has coupon books for education available. For information, see Bob Breffle or Ed Ewing.

Ceramic classes will be in the new craft room from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. For information, see Mary Secue.

Tuesday bingo for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesdays – Newspaper and aluminum can recycling. All proceeds go to Shriners’ Hospital for Children. Call members of On the Level Club for information.

Watch for information regarding a new club forming at Spruce Creek Preserve. Call Sandy Gaile for information.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.