Minutes of the
In the absence of the President and considering that the Vice President was to provide the program, Secretary Yarnell called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. John Sessums led the pledge to the flag and the secretary led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Jack Bolen, John Sessums, Ira Ward, Walter Young, Marty Miller, Cy Gamber, Robert Koehler, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
Welcome guests: a prospective member, Chuck Hawley, June Bolen, Phyllis Ward, Grant Wallin of the Clearwater Chapter and his wife Pat.
The secretary introduced the guests.
The minutes of the December meeting were approved.
The secretary made several announcements:
- a chapter directory is now available however an address change was reported after they were printed
received an acknowledgement of our recent donation of $94.65 to the Friends of
the SAR Library. We are now members until
- Several members sent notes to the secretary via email which he passed on to the members
The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,512.11 and petty cash of $159.16. Marty Miller has again agreed to audit the chapter books for 2008. The Treasurer asked for approval of the membership for this which was granted. Also, it is the practice of the chapter to retain financial records for only 3 years. Thus, permission was asked for the 2005 records to be destroyed. This too was granted.
The registrar, Luke Lloyd, sent an update on the status of those applying for membership.
- Two new names were moved into the “applications” category.
- Richard Beatty’s application was sent to the state registrar for processing.
- Chuck Copeland’s application is at National.
- Chuck Hawley’s application is at the state registrar waiting for some further documentation
- No new member applications were approved since the last meeting however supplementals for Dick Hurley and Luke Lloyd were approved. No other supplementals are pending at National.
The secretary asked Grant Wallin to install the chapter’s newest members Walter Young and Ira Ward. After taking the oath, Grant presented each with a rosette and their membership certificates.
There was no old business.
Under new business Vice President Yarnell discussed the issue of obtaining speakers. The size of our group has made it difficult to obtain quality speakers and various methods by which we might induce these speakers were discussed. Since several key members were not in attendance Jack Bolen suggested the issue be brought up again at the February meeting. The Vice President had one specific speaker in mind and asked for some guidance in this instance. After discussion John Sessums moved to give the Vice President authorization to spend up to $100 to obtain a speaker from the Seminole War Foundation for March. The motion was seconded by Jack Bolen and passed.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
The secretary reconvened the meeting and introduced Grant Wallin to install the 2009 chapter officers.
President Yarnell then presented a review of the Revolution in east
is first necessary to remember that there were 15 British colonies at the time
of the Revolution.
speaker then took the membership through the three “Florida Expeditions”. These
were incursions by
Patrick Tonyn-Governor of
- General/Colonel Augustine Prevost, commander of 60th Regiment of Foot Col.
- Thomas Browne-commander of the East Florida Rangers, (later the Kings Rangers).
Summer 1776 1st
William Moutrie organizes American/colonial forces to
invade and capture
Winter 76-77 Browne raids into
Spring 1777 2nd
Spring 1778 Browne again raids into
Summer 1778 3rd
another American/colonial expedition crosses the
are no more Colonial incursions into
result of the Treaty of Paris, both East and
The Battle of Thomas Creek took place in what is now part of the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. It is located approx. 13 miles east of downtown
pointed out that for the most part this wasn’t patriots versus loyalist but
talk concluded with the recounting of how Bob found Thomas Brown’s diary while
doing some moving for the Florida Historical Society. The diary stops after the
battle of Alligator Creek. It ends with an entry by his son. The son recorded
that Brown moved to
Ira Ward won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $8.00.
John Sessums gave the benediction, a prayer by George Washington for the nation. The secretary led the recessional and adjourned the meeting at .
Printed here are background notes on the Revolutionary War in the south provided by the speaker.
Brief chronology of the American war for Independence-Southern Phase
Dec. 1778 British
Misc. guerrilla activity by Francis Marion, Charles Sumter and Andrew Pickens
Greene and his men fight Cornwallis to a standstill in