Minutes of the October 21, 2006 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR

 

President Bolen called the meeting to order at 12:06. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Robert Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.

 

Members present: Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, John Skillman, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Alan Bell, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Ellie Skillman, Dick Hurley a prospective member, Chief Tony Velong of the Temple Terrace police department his daughter Elizabeth, and Sgt. Robert Boss our honored guest

 

The president introduced the guests.

 

The minutes of the September meeting were approved.

 

The secretary presented a number of items to the members:

-          A newsletter of the Florida Society Ladies Auxiliary had been sent to the secretary. He ran off copies and passed them out to the ladies in attendance.

-          An explanation of the FLSSAR survey that appeared in a previous edition of the Florida Patriot had been sent to the secretary by the former FLSSAR president. Copies were given to the membership and they were asked to mail in the survey.

-          As requested by the chapter at the last meeting SAR lapel pins were purchased to be presented to new members. The secretary ordered additional pins and is making them available to the existing members. The cost is $4.00.

-          The National Society, in their efforts to raise funds from corporate sponsors, needs to demonstrate membership support for the Center for Advancing American Heritage. To this end National sent postcards which allow a member to sign a statement of support. The secretary passed these out and offered to mail them to National if they were returned to him at the end of the meeting.

 

The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,110.08.

 

The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on the status of those applying for membership. He has 17 working applications. Luke recently sent letters to many of the others reminding them of our group and encouraging them to continue their efforts to join.

 

In the interest of our guest, the remainder of the business meeting was postponed and the meeting recessed for lunch.

 

President Bolen reconvened the meeting and introduced Ed Neugaard who, in turn, introduced Chief Velong. The commander told the membership of the work of Sgt. Robert Boss an 18 year veteran of the Temple Terrace Police Department. The sergeant earned the officer of the year award this past year an honor given based on the votes of fellow officers.

 

What follows is the citation provided by Chief Velong

Sgt Boss transferred to CID in February of 2005.  Since that time, he has supervised the unit during one of the most challenging times in the history of the Department.  Only two weeks into his run as CID Sergeant, he had to supervise the police shooting investigation of William Basham. This investigation employed both the CID and SEU officers for approximately a week.  In July of 2005, Sgt Boss was again tested when one of our detectives was investigated by another agency which resulted in his resignation.  In October of 2005, Cpl Collins was promoted to Sergeant and transferred back to the Patrol Division.  Sgt Boss had to expand his responsibilities to include the SEU officers. Also in October, Sgt Boss and CID had to investigate the attempted murder of two of our police officers. Once again, CID and SEU were employed together for two weeks until the suspect was arrested.  In December 2005, Sgt Boss exercised excellent interpersonal communication skills when he was notified that one of his detectives was suffering from a life-threatening illness.  Throughout the year, Sgt Boss has assigned himself cases on numerous occasions to assist other detectives during peak workload periods.

During the 2005 year, seven positions under his command have changed. Despite the turnover, he was able to maintain and foster a high state of morale in the unit. The case clearance rate remained virtually identical to past years. Sgt Boss is responsible for handling forfeitures and there has been no decline over the past year. 

Sgt Boss is actively involved in the community.  He attends the Domestic Violence Task Force meetings, is active with Paint with Pride, sells T-shirts for the Special Olympics Committee, serves as the President of the Fraternal Order of Police, serves as a union representative for supervisors, and is very active with the planning of the Top Cop Triathlon.

 

Following a brief question period President Bolen presented Sgt. Boss with the SAR Law Enforcement Medal.

 

President Bolen then continued with the business portion of the meeting.

 

Alan asked if a new membership directory could be compiled. The newsletter editor had been trying to get this done. The secretary offered to put together a directory with the understanding that it would likely not look as nice as that which the editor could produce.

 

The President asked that those members interested in the color guard stay after the meeting for a short additional meeting to make arrangements for starting the group.

 

Our speaker for next month is unable to make the regular meeting date. After discussing several options, including moving the date, the group opted to keep the save date and work out a different program.

 

The president reported that Ken Skillman, by virtue of this work, will be unable to continue to produce the newsletter. Some options were discussed. The secretary admitted he had some expertise in this area and agreed to take on the work until another qualified member can be found. Luke suggested the chapter recognize Ken’s work with some award. The president agreed to find something appropriate.

 

The president gave some background on the supplies needed by the color guard that would be provided by the chapter. No action was requested of the chapter. The issue was raised only so the membership might give the matter some thought.

 

Tom Campbell Lloyd’s application was approved and the certificate presented to Luke on his behalf.

 

Election of officers will be held next month. A slate of officers will be presented at that time and nominations will be taken from the floor as well.

 

The Skillmans won the 50/50 drawing and donated their share to the chapter. The treasury was thus enriched by $13.00.

 

President Bolen led the recessional. Chaplain Hardesty gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:25 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary