Minutes of the February 16, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Jack Bolen led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: DeVaux McLean, Luke Lloyd, Cy Gamber, John Sessums, Allen Bell,
Welcome guests: Jeanne Lloyd, June Bolen, Gerald Sessums and his wife, Darlene and Tom Schoepsk. Tom and Gerald are prospective members.
The guests were introduced by various members.
The minutes of the January meeting were approved.
The secretary reported that
the chapter membership stood at 35. He has received emails from members as a
result of the meeting notices now being sent. This month Chuck Grant, Bill
Floyd, and Ed Neugaard sent greetings to the members.
The Chapter Challenge contest form was submitted to the Regional Vice
President. Chapter Challenge is a yearly contest between local chapters. Points
are awarded for various activities completed by the chapter. For 2007
Marty Miller reported on his audit of the chapter treasury records. Everything was in order. The Treasurer reported a checking balance of $2,267.91 and a petty cash amount of $102.99.
Jack Bolen asked if brochures were available to give to prospective members. Luke Lloyd had some pamphlets but the secretary was asked to order some brochures suitable for recruitment.
Under new business the secretary asked the membership if they’d be willing to sponsor a local contest for the Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest. He has several contacts at local Catholic elementary schools and thought they might be receptive to the contest. Luke Lloyd also has a contact at a local Christian school in his area. The membership agreed to have both men float the idea with these schools. If there is interest the chapter may be willing to offer prize money for the winners.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
Following lunch President Bell introduce the Vice President, Robert Yarnell who provided the program for the meeting.
In honor of Washington’s birthday this month, Compatriot Yarnell sought
to answer the question, “Why did it succeed?” Too often we tend to end our
thinking regarding the Revolution with the surrender at
Focusing on the founders and
1. They knew each other
personally and they knew how to disagree without being disagreeable. During
2. They had a sense that
they were making history and that they were actors in what they understood as a
drama. This prevented them from being radical in their approach to starting the
government under the constitution. Each man, in his own way, realized what was
at stake and very much wanted the government to work more than they wanted
personal power and glory.
So why did it work? It had to work to avoid someone becoming King or having the country carved up by European nations. This fact was clearly on the minds of the founders and they never lost sight of it.
A time for questions followed.
The secretary won the 50/50 drawing and donated the full proceeds to the chapter. The treasury was thus enriched by $13.00
President Bell led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at .