Winged elm is tribute to Roy’s spirit

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece the Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony honoring Preservist Roy Bjornson took place in the Preserve Butterfly Garden on Sunday, Nov. 16. The following eulogy was written by one of Roy’s closest friends, Preservist Jean Bildsten.

Thank you for the opportunity to share how much Roy was a part of Olle and my life.

We first knew him through his affiliation with Olle Bildsten on the Modification Committee. Roy brought new ideas and suggestions to the committee which were detailed and extremely helpful to the committee. He was a great arbitrator and listened to people, providing constructive solutions.

Through the Garden Club, Liz and Roy continued to demonstrate their commitment and involvement in the community. When the Garden Club decided to have a fundraiser at the craft fair, much of the money raised was by raffling off tickets for Roy’s “Old Man Birdhouse” carving that he donated for the event.

Following a successful craft fair, the Garden Club voted in 2005 to contribute money for a “butterfly garden.” Thanks for giving us an opportunity to really get to know Liz and Roy.

The four of us were appointed to the committee to develop, buy and plant the butterfly garden. What fun we had doing this project and it is only fitting that we are all here today to celebrate Roy’s life and contributions to this garden and community.

Roy had a wonderful sense of humor and a willingness to help in any way he could. Wanted something done? Just call Roy. This spirit of helping and sharing while remaining true to his ideals really endeared him to all of us.

It is with sincere gratitude that we dedicate the “winged elm” tree in thanks for his being part of our lives.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

With the current economic times entertaining at home can still be accomplished reasonably. Here are a couple of ideas for simple snacks.


(kind of)

2 cans whole water chestnuts, drained

Chinese mustard (hot sauce)

6 slices bacon, cut in thirds

Wrap chestnuts with slice of bacon and secure with toothpick. Arrange chestnuts on a broiler rack and place about 3 inches below heat.

Broil 4 minutes or until bacon is cooked. Serve piping hot with mustard sauce.

1/2-lb. chicken livers, halved and trimmed

6 slices bacon, cut in thirds

1 can sliced water chestnuts

In a skillet, brown chicken livers: brown only not cooked. Place sliced water chestnut on each side of chicken liver, wrap with slice of bacon and secure with toothpick.

Place on broiler rack and cook same as previous recipe. Serve piping hot with mustard sauce.

Serve the above with a relish tray – sliced peppers, celery stick with thin-sliced dry salami and thin-sliced provolone. Enjoy.

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

Preserve Military Club is selling Christmas CDs to support military returnees and their families. See Frank Thomas for information.

Operation Iraq – Collecting magazines for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. See Sandi Celia.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Resident Artists meeting. See Babette Sparling.

Saturday, Dec. 6 – Charades at 1 p.m. in all-purpose room. See Rosalie Breffle.

Sunday, Dec. 7 – Aristocrat Club annual Christmas gala. See Colleen Wittling.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 – Modification Committee meeting. Check bulletin board for time.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 – Christmas party for Midwest Club at Fifield’s home. Buffet: bring a dish to pass and $2 per person for meat. See Flo Fifield.

Monday, Dec. 8 and 15 – Buy your tickets for Preserve Christmas Day Fellowship Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Sign up to bring a dish, $5 per person. See Penny Joyce, Dee Grkovich, Shirley Camenson for information.

Saturday, Dec. 13 – Christmas Parade. Sign up at communications center. Coordinator is Diane.

Tuesday, Dec. 16 – Meeting to finalize 2009 Shuffleboard League at 2 p.m. in multi-purpose room.

SCP/DES Partnership has a lockbox in Julie’s office for monetary donations to buy clothes for needy children. See Bob Breffle.

New Preserve club is organizing – the name is Horse Sense. See Sandi Gaile.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday. Contact your own On The Level Club member for information.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

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.