Minutes of the March 20, 2004 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR

 

President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:02. Chaplain Washburn offered the invocation. Jack Bolen led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.

 

Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Jack Bolen, Jim Washburn, Don Millleton, Dan Stutzman, MD Miller, Joe Miller, Ed Neugaard, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: June Bolen, Billie Washburn, Chuck Grant (potential member), John Skillman (potential member, and Ian Malinowki

 

The SAR membership approved the minutes of the January meeting as published in the newsletter.

 

The secretary reported receiving the certificates for our 5 newest members from National.

 

The treasurer reported a balance of $2,240.03.

 

The president reported no changes on the status of various people in the process of applying for membership and other correspondence he’d received. Arrangements for presenting the Sr. ROTC unit are also on track

 

The arrangements for presentation of ROTC medals were discussed briefly. The secretary reported requested that those willing to present check the list of the units and dates of their award ceremonies to arrange who might present at each ceremony.

 

The Secretary reported receiving a request from the Tampa Bay Tech NJROTC unit asking for financial support for an upcoming field day. He moved and Jack Bolen seconded a motion to provide $25.00 to the unit. The motion passed.

 

There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.

 

President Tetrick introduced Chuck Grant who shared with the chapter about the Patriotic Order Sons of the American. Formed in 1847, the group, among other things, was the driving force behind our Flag Day observation. One of Chuck’s ancestors apparently was a member in the distant past. He found an old ribbon / medal in the family belongings and did some research into its origin.

 

The secretary, on behalf of the membership, presented President Tetrick with a Meritorious Service Award. Dwight has done much in the last few years for the chapter especially with regard to increasing our chapter’s membership. The award is a small token of the appreciation of the members.

 

President Tetrick next introduced the Secretary who explained the local essay contest and then introduced Ian Malinowski our local winner. Ian is a senior at Palm Harbor University High School in their IB program. His biography is quite impressive including awards for both academic and other interests. Ian read his essay stopping to expand on certain points. The essay examined three possible causes of the British defeat at Saratoga. What made the essay unique was that it was not a simple ‘flag waving’ celebration of some historical figure. Rather, Ian examined this historic event as a historian might. The secretary announced to the membership that Ian’s essay had also won the Florida Society contest.

 

A brief question and comment session followed.

 

John Skillman won the 50/50 drawing for the second month in a row. The chapter treasury was enriched by $8.00.

 

The President announced the Tampa Chapter’s points for the Chapter Challenge Contest. Our chapter’s total points increased significantly this past year.

 

Ed Neugaard shared a copy of a $6.00 bill printed in the 1700’s that was on sale on e-bay for $27,000. The bill was signed by one of his ancestors.

 

President Tetrick led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:40 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary