Minutes of the
President Bolen called the meeting to order at . Chaplain Richard Hardesty offered the invocation. President Bolen led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.
present: Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, Marty Miller, John Skillman, Richard Hardesty,
Alan Bell, and
Welcome guests: June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Roger Quakenbush, Ron Taylor – a prospective member, Lt Col. Guy
The president introduced the guests.
The minutes of the March meeting were approved.
secretary reported only typical monthly activity during the past month. The
Florida Society Annual meeting is April 28th and 29th in
The treasurer reported a balance of $1898.19.
The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on the status of those applying for membership.
The president asked that those members interested in forming a color guard meet for a few minutes following dismissal.
The president announced that a meritorious service award will be given to Rod Stebbins at a private presentation as Rod is unable to attend meetings.
Hardesty asked that the chapter consider holding a meeting at a location in the
There being no further business the meeting recessed for lunch.
President Bolen reconvened the meeting and began the second half of the meeting by awarding the secretary a Meritorious Service Medal from the chapter. He then turned the program over to the secretary who addressed the cadets, their families, and the membership on the topic, “Are You an Historian”.
Compatriot Yarnell began by defining the problem of ‘lost history’ especially as it relates to personal histories. He pointed out that modern sporting events are given additional meaning because the commentators can use historical information to put an athlete’s or team’s accomplishments into perspective. Records and statistics give added meaning to these events.
The problem is that this type of thing is not done nearly enough. How many minor / H.S. athletic teams keep good records? (Most schools can barely keep track of their major school records.) How many clubs can give a list of all their past members / or past officers or past award winner? How much personal history do each of us have recorded? (Scrapbooks? Photo albums? Time lines?)
The presenter then challenged the audience to begin to change this. He discussed some examples of successes in this area and then ideas of how to proceed. Listed here is an outline of these suggestions:
i. Lists of members, officers
ii. Lists of awards
iii. Timeline / summaries
i. Stories / legends
i. Things related to your hobbies (ex: cycling log, book list)
iii. Stories; (vacation log)
ii. How will the data be used
i. Sense of being overwhelmed
ii. May not need to collect back info; maybe we can start now
iii. Ease of maintaining
The secretary concluded by addressing the question, “What’s in it for you?” and encouraged those in attendance to begin to capture their history.
Following the remarks, President Bolen presented the JROTC awards to the cadets in attendance.
One of our guests won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $8.00.
President Bolen led the recessional. Chaplain Hardesty gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at .