Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice, November 2008
meeting of the Tampa Chapter will be held this Saturday, November 15th in the private meeting room of
the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at
This month we will present our annual Law Enforcement Award. We will be honoring a Florida State Trooper, son of a Jacksonville SAR member. In addition election of the chapter officers for 2009 will take place. You can read the nominating committee’s report below. We’ll also be given an update on the use of DAR record copies in applications (see the October minutes) and several other important items from the recent Florida Society meeting.
Guests are always welcome. We encourage members to bring a guest and continue to welcome those working on their applications.
Finally, please see the note below regarding 2009 dues.
Here’s a quick snap-shot of the chapter via some stats:
- Current Membership: 36
- Longest Continuous Member: Marty Miller (Marty joined 10/11/1985 and has graciously written a dues check each year since!)
- Newest member: Robert Koehler
Chapter was chartered
- Total number of men ever belonging to the Tampa Chapter: 156
Nominating Committee Report
The nominating committee reccomends:
Alan Bell President
Robert Yarnell Vice President
Kevin Yarnell Secy & Treas
Luke Lloyd Chaplin and Registrar
Jack Bolen has agreed to be the Sgt at Arms but would prefer to hand this task to another member. If you are interested, please let us know.
Minutes of the
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. Marty Miller led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Ed Neugaard, Marty Miller, Luke Lloyd, Rodney Stebbins, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Cy Gamber, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
Welcome guests: Bob Chapman, Ira Ward, June Bolen and Jeanne Lloyd
The guests were introduced by the president.
The minutes of the September meeting were approved.
The secretary announced that the next state Board of Management meeting will be held Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The Tampa Chapter is helping with the registration table on Friday. Ed Neugaard is handling this for the chapter. President Bell will join him after work.
The treasurer reported a balance of $2,611.25 in checking and $95.66 in petty cash.
President Bell suggested that the Color Guard and other members might want to participate in aiding the Boy Scouts in earning their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge. This would require a 30 minutes presentation on our part. The membership was receptive to this idea and Alan will pursue it.
In an oversight we neglected to choose a nominating committee at the September meeting and so took care of this at this time. Cy Gamber, Allen Bell, and Jack Bolen agreed to serve and will present a slate of officers for election at the November meeting.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
Following lunch our Registrar, who was delayed in traffic, gave his report. He recently sent notes to 47 prospects encouraging them to continue their research and applications. He received a few responses. Currently there are 2 applications and 2 supplementals at National. Richard Hurley’s supplemental application was approved. Luke also briefed the members on a recent policy change at National that makes the use of DAR record copies as lineage proof much more difficult. This topic will be addressed at the state Board of Management meeting.
introduced Vice President Bob Yarnell who led a round-table discussion on the
Electoral College. He reminded the members that the founders did not trust the
people to directly elect the president fearing that they would be swayed by
political maneuverings. The group looked at the possibility of a candidate
winning the Electoral College but either losing the popular vote or not
receiving a majority of that vote. As an example, Bob pointed out that
Bob also gave the members some information on the requirements and roles of an Elector. Not all state electors are required to vote as indicated by the popular vote in their state. This technically allows that for ‘renegade’ electors. The last such elector dates back to 1972. He claimed he could not in conscience vote for either McGovern or Nixon and so cast his vote for his neighbor.
Alternatives to the
Electoral College were discussed. One such change would require that the
electors be selected based on the votes cast in the Congressional Districts and
2 votes, corresponding to the Senator elections, would be based on the total
state vote. Currently
A number of questions and subsequent discussion ensued.
Cy won the 50/50 drawing and the treasury which was thus enriched by $5.50.
President Bell led the recessional. The Jack gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at .