Minutes of the November 21, 2009 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Robert Koehler led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Marty Miller, Alan Bell, Luke Lloyd, Jack Bolen, Ira Ward, Chuck Hawley, Robert Koehler, Robert Yarnell, Dick Young, and Kevin Yarnell
guests: Jeanne Lloyd, June Bolen, Lissette Young, Phyllis Ward, Lt Col Tom Burkhardt,
The President introduced the guests.
The minutes of the October meeting were approved.
The secretary reminded the
membership that dues ($30 for National, $20 for
The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,175.62 and petty cash of $92.76.
Luke Lloyd gave a brief report on his activity as registrar. Five new potential members were contacted since the last meeting. Six applications are pending at national (4 from the Brown family). Robert Koehler is working on a supplemental. Luke also informed the membership of the SAR medal associated with the centennial of the Chartering of the national SAR in 2006. This medal is available from National for all who were members in 2006
The meeting moved to the election of officers for 2010. Vice President Yarnell, as chair of the nominating committee, submitted the follow slate of candidates.
- President: Luke Lloyd
- Vice President: Robert Yarnell
- Secretary: Kevin Yarnell
- Treasurer: Chuck Copeland
- Chaplain: Jack Bolen
- Registrar: Alan Bell
There were no nominations from the floor and the slate was elected by acclamation.
The secretary received notice that 3 young men would be awarded their Eagle Scout designation at a court of honor in New Port Richey in early December and asked if anyone was interested in representing the chapter. Chuck Hawley or Alan Bell may be able to attend.
The President reminded the color guard that they will present the colors at our December meeting.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
President called on Luke Lloyd to introduce our speaker,
[Secretary’s Note: This really was a presentation that “you had to be there” to fully appreciate. I offer the following notes taken during the talk but warn the reader that there may be some inaccuracies regarding some of the details. It was a lot of information to absorb in a short amount of time. I trust these may serve as a reminder to those present forf the presentation and be of some benefit to those unable to attend.]
speaker disputes the premise that mid-east troubles began with the formation of
the Islamic culture the son that Abram was to sacrifice was not Isaac but Ismal. The Moslems have a feast to commemorate this event. (The festival of sacrifice – the last day of the pilgrimage to
the end of 400AD it was against the law to not be a Christian. This includes
the middle east,
of Islam: Mohammad was born in
teaches that in 609AD the archangel Gabriel taught Mohammed the Koran during
his meditation sessions and he founded Islam in 610AD. He was chased out of
When he died the religion split. One group (the sect- Shia) thought that his successor should be Mohammed’s sons. The other group (Sunni) disagreed. Also after his death the religion was taken by force to the west. It was easy to convert people since this was an Arab religion. At first they did not persecute Christians and Jews and all three were “religions of the book”.
Since Mohammed led forces in battle this became an example to his followers on how to spread the religion. This is in contrast to Christianity (Jesus did not provide this example or teaching.)
711AD the religion had spread to
By 1071 the Turks marched west and unlike the previous Islam, they harassed the Christians making pilgrimages to the holy land. This started the Crusaders. Eight major Crusades occurred. The speaker pointed out that a typical westerner knows little of this time but it is well taught to followers of Islam.
mark the end of the Crusades. This confirmed to the followers of Islam that
their religion was superior as they had “won”. Next, Mongols invaded from the
East and were finally stopped in
Banking was one of the driving forces of the Renaissance. The mid 1300’s saw the black plague. Major communities lost between 30 and 60% of their population. The decrease in a working population caused some beginnings to industrialization.
end of the 1300’s the Mongols reappear lead by Tamerlink.
They moved into the middle east and only stopped this
western march when Tamerlink opted to attack
Turks finally take
starts coming from the new world. In 1529 the Turks decided that to conquer
1683’s the Turks, with a larger army, moved toward
Over the next 200 hundred years the Christian world strengthen while the Islamic nations world did not prosper at a much.
WWI the Turks align themselves with
Arabs were promised land if they fought the Turks but
short Islam has nothing but anger for the western world and the speaker offered
a list of over 50 attacks on US and western targets that shows an Islamic
resurgence in the last 20 years. Ben Laden said the 9/11 attack was because of
the defeat of the
This history has taken 55 generations, 632AD to the present and the speaker referred to this as “the eternal war”. Currently, there are 1.5 billion people that adhere to Islam and 2.3 adhere to some form of Christianity. There is a history of conflict that will not end soon.
A question time followed.
Chuck Haley won the 50/50 and $5.50 was added to the treasury.
The President led the recessional, Luke Lloyd offered the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .