Minutes of the April 21, 2007 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR

 

President Neugaard called the meeting to order at 12:08. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Cadet Stephanie Watkins led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.

 

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

Welcome guests:  June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, 8 cadets, their guests, and Col. Walsh from Brandon High School

 

The guests were introduced.

 

The minutes of the March meeting were approved. The secretary thanked Bob Yarnell for taking the minutes in his absence.

 

The secretary reported receiving a $25 donation from the Allen County Public Library in response to our sending them our monthly newsletter. The state society meeting is next weekend and he asked for information concerning the Keyhole to History CD’s which will be requested at that time. Finally, we have a few ROTC units that require presenters. He asked that interested members see him after the meeting if they were interested in attending one of these events.

 

The Treasurer reported a balance of $1,831.09.

 

Allen Bell gave a brief update on the color guard. Five members of the group participated March 3rd at the state CAR meeting where the unit provided the color guard. The group plans to participate in the Lutz 4th of July parade. They are looking into doing presentations at elementary schools.

 

The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on his work. He suggested that the members encourage prospects especial those they know. Several applications are at National. The prospect list contains approximately 20 gentlemen.

 

President Neugaard reported that Compatriot Dick Hardesty suffered a severe heart attack. He is doing better but asked to be relieved of his chaplain duties. Luke Lloyd has agreed to fill this position. A get well card was circulated for the members to sign.

 

President Neugaard presented Compatriot Dick Hurley with his membership certificate and pin and formally welcomed him into the society.

 

Immediate past president Jack Bolen was award a past president’s pin and thanks by the chapter for his excellent leadership.

 

The meeting recessed for lunch.

 

President Neugaard introduced Compatriot Kevin Yarnell who presented the program entitled, “Stories from Williamsburg: A Look at Colonial Life”. Compatriot Yarnell worked part time in Colonial Williamsburg for more than a year after graduating from college. Drawing on his training and experiences he shared stories to illustrate the life of an average colonial Williamsburg inhabitant.

 

A story of a table that looked much better than it actually was illustrated the practical nature of our ancestors. A two page letter written on the single side of a sheet of paper served to further this idea and show their inventiveness. A sample of such a letter was provided to the members and guests. The patience of the colonials was discussed as was illustrations of their leisure time.

 

The talk ended with a brief look at the values most cherished by our ancestors. The SAR, in part, exists to maintain these values. The cadets embody these qualities and having made this connection to current times, President Neugaard was invited to present the JROTC awards to the cadets in attendance.

 

Dick Hurley won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $5.00.

 

President Neugaard led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd offered the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:35 pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary