Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice, December 2009
meeting of the Tampa Chapter will be held this Saturday, December 19th in the private meeting room of
the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at
This month is our annual joint meeting with the Fort Brooke Chapter of
We hope you’ll join us. 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 2010 dues.
[This notice only pertains to SAR members who have not paid their 2010 dues. Those working on their memberships, our guests, and members who have already paid may gleefully ignore this part.]
Another year has past and it is time to pay your SAR dues for next year. National has increased their dues by $5, but everything else remains the same.
National dues: $30.00
Each year we collect for some other cause. The idea is that if members,
as they are able, can add a few dollars to their dues check, the combined
efforts can be significant. Last year we raised nearly $100 for the NSSAR
Library. This year, the membership will support the “Paws for Patriots”
organization. Located in Palmetto,
So, if you can add on a dollar or two to the dues check, we’d be grateful.
Bring the check to the December meeting or mail it to Kevin Yarnell,
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
Welcome 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
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.
called on Luke Lloyd to introduce our speaker,
The goal of
[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 for the presentation and be of some benefit to those unable to attend.]
The speaker disputes the premise that
mid-east troubles began with the formation of
In 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
By the end of 400AD it was against the law
to not be a Christian. This includes the middle east,
Birth of Islam: Mohammad was born in
Islam 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.)
By 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.
1291 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.
Toward 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
The Turks finally take
Gold starts coming from the new world. In
1529 the Turks decided that to conquer
In 1683’s the Turks, with a larger army,
Over the next 200 hundred years the Christian world strengthen while the Islamic nations world did not prosper at a much.
During WWI the Turks align themselves with
The Arabs were promised
land if they fought the Turks but in fact
In 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 .