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

 

President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:03. Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The secretary led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.

 

Members present: Jack Bolen, Barry Rick, Joe Hill, Dwight Tetrick, Manning Miller, Rodney Stebbins, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Walter Lane, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, June Bolen, Allen Smallwood, eight CAR members three of their advisors.

 

The SAR membership approved the minutes of the November meeting as published in the newsletter with one correction. The president pointed out that the position of Registrar is an elected and not an appointed position.

 

The secretary reported that the annual report was coming along but there were still members who had not renewed. The president offered to contact these people.

 

The treasurer reported a balance of $2,048.32. This does not include the recently collected dues.

 

The president reported that we had not heard anything further about the Liberty tree.

 

There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.

 

President Tetrick reconvened the meeting. The CAR president, Christine Harriot, offered greetings from the Fort Brookes chapter.

 

The president read a brief note from Shelly Jakes, a relative of Compatriot Schumaker who died earlier. The president also mentioned the passing of Jim Washburn. He and the secretary briefly shared some of Jim’s contributions to the Tampa Chapter. In the years since the chapters reformation in 1984, Jim served in some officer capacity and will long be remembered for his efforts.

 

The president asked the secretary to introduce Barry Marlar, president of the Florida CAR, who spoke about the state CAR yearly project “A Beacon to the Future” a plan to assist in the refurbishment of the Egmont Key light house. The entire plan is expected to cost nearly 1.2 million dollars. The CAR is hoping to raise enough money to help the restoration board by showing enough support for the project. This will aid in the grant applications process. A museum is also planned.

 

Their primary method for raising funds is the selling of project pins. Barry offered the membership the chance to buy a pin or contribute to the campaign.

 

The CAR will also be working on a clean up project on the island in January. This will involve removing non-indigenous plants.

 

A question and answer session followed. Barry was very articulate in his answers and was able to fill in information on the military’s role in the islands history. The island was most active during the Spanish American War. It was at that time that four batteries were added to defend the island and the Tampa Bay.

 

Barry concluded by presenting a project pin to Dwight Tetrick, “one president to another”.

 

Joe Hill won the 50/50 drawing. He donated his share and the chapter the other half to the CAR project, a total of $14.00.

 

President Tetrick led the recessional and gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:30pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary