Minutes of the
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Chaplain Lloyd offered the invocation. Cadet Alex Robbins led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: John Sessums, Marty Miller, Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, Alan Bell, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
guests: Scott Aikens-
member of SAR in
Members’ wives were introduced and the cadets introduced themselves and their guests.
The minutes of the March meeting were approved with a correction emailed to the secretary by Ed Neugaard.
The secretary had no report. Treasurer reported a balance of $2,527.46
Luke Lloyd gave a brief report on his work as registrar. Cy Gamber’s supplemental has been approved and will be available for presentation at the May meeting.
Allen Bell reported that the
Color Guard has been approved to participate in the July 4th parade
in Lutz and is looking into participating in the larger parade in
Luke Lloyd gave a report on the results of the poster contest. There were 17 entries. Luke explained the rules of the poster contest and gave a brief background on how the winners were determined. The three winners will be invited to the May meeting to receive their awards. The winning poster will be taken to the next Florida Society meeting in May by Compatriot Yarnell for entry into the state contest.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
Following lunch the President reconvened the membership and introduced the secretary Kevin Yarnell who gave a presentation entitled “Communication: A Look Through Time”.
Compatriot Yarnell devoted
the first section of the presentation to communication at the time of the
American Revolution. The separation from
The distances involved in
Communication in the 1800’s improved due to railroad and telegraphs. Every improvement simply made it easier and quicker to spread information.
The telephone was the next innovation discussed. This allowed for two stories directed at the cadets in attendance. The first illustrated the value of taking education seriously. The second, hopefully, allowed the cadets to better appreciate the technological wonder that is their cell phone.
The presentation concluded with a look at modern communications. In short we are able to communicate with a world wide audience almost instantly and the Internet makes it possible to find a truly enormous amount of information. While all of this can lead to greater communication among individuals and classes of people it can just as easily be little more than electronic babble. With this in mind, Compatriot Yarnell closed by asking how our ancestors might view modern communication. The founding fathers were men of ideas; had a focus; and spent time on their communication. Perhaps we might learn from this and lift ourselves above the overwhelming amount of information we access to look at the larger picture and thus form the key concepts and ideas needed to guide our lives and society. Then, as our ancestors did, we need to make the best use of the communication technology available to accomplish that task.
Following the presentation President Bell presented each cadet with their medal and framed certificate.
We also honored Cadet
Richard Colhouer from
Jeanne Lloyd won the 50/50 drawing and donated her winnings to the treasury which was thus enriched by $28.00.
President Bell led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at .