Minutes of the
Vice President Robert Yarnell called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The Vice President led the pledge to the flag and to the SAR.
Members present: Jack Bolen,
Marty Miller, Allen,
Wives: June Bolen, Judy Copeland, Lisitte Young
Other guests: Glenn Clepper, Robbins Denham, Greg Tilsdale, Brooke Wade and her family
The Vice President introduced the guests.
For the benefit of our
speaker the regular order of the meeting was adjusted and the Vice President
introduced Joel Pineira a veteran of the
His presentation included some remarks on the emotional toll of war, particularly as it applied to younger soldiers. He concluded with remarks of appreciation to the other veterans in the room.
Following some questions the Vice President presented Joel with an SAR coffee mug.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
The minutes of the April meeting were approved.
The secretary related notes
from members that were unable to attend the meeting. He then read a thank you
note from the
A copy of the reports submitted at the recent state Board of Management Meeting was made available for the members.
The treasurer reported cash of $26.88 and $2,703.57 in checking. The secretary passed on to the treasurer information about the Florida Endowment Trust Fund including our recent submission for reimbursement for the 25 ROTC medals we presented this year.
Registrar Alan Bell reported on his work. There is an especially large number of Supplementals in process. One new member was approved.
As Color Guard Commander, Alan announced the Lutz 4th of July parade and encouraged other members to join the Color Guard.
Jack Bolen spoke to the continuation of the JROTC program after the departure of the secretary. His plan is to divide up the schools in the country and assign one member to each area. This should make things more workable. Alan Bell spoke to the value of the program to the chapter and to the cadets.
Our fall meetings and
programs have been planned by the Vice President. In either Sept. or Oct. EJ Salcinace will speak on the Spanish American War and we’ll
present our annual Law Enforcement award on the other month. In November Mr. Boyet will speak to the members on genealogy and our annual
joint meeting with the
Vice President Bob Yarnell presented Leo Kelly his membership certificate and inducted him as the chapter’s newest member. Terry Doan received his Military Service Medal as well.
We were pleased to welcome Brooke Wade and her family to the meeting. Brooke won the Florida Knight Essay Contest. Due to a communications mix up the secretary did not have her essay on hand to share, but we’ve included it at the end of these minutes for the benefit of the members. Brooke briefly spoke regarding her background and accomplishments. She expressed an interest in participating in next year’s Rumbaugh Oration Contest.
To mark the last meeting which the chapter’s longtime secretary will be able to attend. Both the Vice President and Jack Bolen offered some background on Kevin’s work with the chapter dating to 1994 as well as expressions of appreciation for those efforts. Jack then presented Kevin a monetary gift from the members to aid in his seminary expenses. In accepting the gift, Kevin offered his sincere thanks and appreciation for the remarks and generous gift.
June Bolen won the 50/50 and donated her share to the treasury.
The Vice President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .
WE the People
By: Brooke Wade
In A.D. 1620,
after suffering intense persecutions from Anglican authorities in
Many people today
believe that the War for
This simple explanation of the beginnings of the American Revolution did not come only from history textbooks: the Founding Fathers themselves attributed self-government as the reason for separation in what is commonly known today as the Declaration of Independence. In fact, the title "Declaration of Independence" is a misnomer. John Adams noted, in a letter to his wife Abigail, that a resolution for independence had passed the Continental Congress two days earlier on July 2, 1776 (Adams "July 3, 1776"). The actual name for the document approved on July 4 was "The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America," and its sole purpose was to declare the reasons for separation. Out of the roughly 27 reasons, almost all of them fell under the heading of self-government or individual rights. Both must be guaranteed for the continuation of the American republic. According to the Founders, however, self-government had to come before the exercise of natural rights since without proper representation in government, no person could have guaranteed natural rights. As the Declaration itself states, "To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" (Declaration). "Consent of the governed" mandated that the people had full power to self-govern. Government could only intrude into the private sphere of people's lives with the people's permission (Meese 2). Self-government formed the necessary foundation not only for American political philosophy but also for her structure of government.
however, the Declaration could not guarantee that the new American republic
would stand firm on these principles. While it "provided the philosophical
basis" for a limited government, another key document, The Constitution of
the United States of America, "delineated the structure of government and
the rules for its operation" (Meese 1). While
the Declaration expressed the spirit of the law, the Constitution framed the
letter of the law. For instance, the Declaration included the individual's
inherent right to self-govern, and the Constitution codified this principle
with these words from the Preamble: "We the People of the
Even the very process of ratification confirmed this idea. Delegates at the Second Constitutional Convention, having not been elected directly by the people, had no legitimate authority to create a government. By submitting the newly drafted Constitution to the states for ratification, the delegates acknowledged that the ultimate decision should be made by the elected representatives of the people—the delegates to the state ratification conventions. When a state ratified the Constitution, it signified that the people of that state also ratified the document through their representatives. For further protection of self-government and natural rights, several delegates proposed a Bill of Rights. Originally, twelve amendments were proposed. What is currently the First Amendment was actually the Third Amendment in the original Bill. The initial First Amendment required that each representative to the United States Congress speak for no more than 50,000 people (Original Bill of Rights). Representation, the most effective form of self-government, was the bedrock of the Constitution, the Declaration, the republic, and American political philosophy in general. Representation could almost characterize the American life: without political representation and self-government, no American citizen could guard against government intrusion into the personal, religious, and social spheres of life. As a guarantee against a tyrannical and unlimited government, the Founding Fathers ensured that each person would be adequately represented in Congress.
Randolph, arguing for the principles of the Constitution, asked one crucial
question to the
John to Abigail Adams. "
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"Full Text of the Constitution of the
Richard L., ed. Sources of Our Liberties. Revised.
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Constitution, and a Constitution for a Confederation of States, Founded on the
Principles of Self-Government; Also, Two Extracts, One from the Constitution of
the United States of North America. The Other from the State
Joseph. Commentaries on the Constitution of the
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