Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice and News, October 2009
Our next meeting of the of the Tampa Chapter SAR will be held on October 17th in the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). As is our custom, meetings begin at but members arrive as early as for a time of camaraderie.
This month we welcome Rodney Kite-Powell of the Tampa Bay History Center. Rodney was unable to speak at our September meeting as had been planned but we look forward to hearing him speak this month.
Below are a number of items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over. I hope to see you at this month’s meeting.
John Skillman has secured our speaker for November. Here’s John’s summary on what we can expect.
I urge all of you to put our November SAR meeting on your calendar (Nov 21st) and make every effort to attend. Our speaker will be Lt Gen (Retired) Jim Ellis and here is the focus and substance of his talk:
Modern resurgence of militant Islam has confounded Western leaders. The response to Islamic terrorism has been spotty and sometimes damaging to Western interests. In large part this confusion and uncertainty is due to a substantial ignorance of the Islamic religion, culture and history—especially the history of conflict between Islam and Western Civilization.
My focus is that 1400 years long
conflict—highlighting the key events and the major shifts in the power struggle.
For over 1000 years, Islam was in the ascendancy (from Mohammad’s death in AD
632 until the Turkish defeat at the gates of
He very well versed on this urgent topic and he is in the process of writing a book. I would like to see a good turnout for his presentation and look forward to seeing you there.
Minutes of the
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. Robert Koehler led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.
Jack Bolen, Marty Miller, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, Allen,
Welcome guests: Judy Copeland, Lissette Young and prospective member Ralph Maples
The President introduced their guests.
The minutes of the May meeting were approved.
The secretary read several emails received from members unable to attend and a thank you card sent by Dennis Spiker, the Brandon JROTC cadet who received our award in April. Bill Floyd suggested via email that we might add the names of the chapter members to the website. The secretary asked if this was agreeable to the membership. After a brief discussion the group thought a list of the members with their ancestors might be most appropriate. The secretary will post this to the website.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,164.73 and petty cash of $70.84. The balance is down due to our recent purchase of ROTC medals and other awards that will be needed in 2010.
Luke Lloyd was unable to attend but sent, via email to the secretary a note detailing his efforts on behalf of the chapter. [The report was printed in the last newsletter.]
Yarnell reported on the schedule of upcoming speakers. Several speakers have
cancelled and so a few alterations were required. We hope to reschedule Rodney
Kite-Powell for October and will do the Law Enforcement award in December along
with our annual
The President reported that the color guard marched in the Lutz 4th of July parade. Four members participated.
Jack Bolen asked for information about the ancestry database started by Rod Stebbins. The secretary reported that he thought he had the database file but not the program needed to access it. Jack suggested that perhaps a member with some expertise would like to take this on to provide a valuable resource for the chapter.
The President pointed out that the chapter must, at the September meeting, elect a nominating committee. Robert Yarnell agreed to chair the committee. He spent a few minutes discussing with the membership the duties of the various officers and committees. A number of chapter members are relatively new to the chapter and this review was helpful to them. The nominating committee as elected was Robert Yarnell, Jack Bolen, and John Sessums.
presented Roger Quackenbush with the membership
certificate for his son Thomas. Thomas lives in NY but will be in
As Terrell Sessums and Chuck Copeland were present, the President inducted them as our newest members.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
Chuck Hawley, also a recently approved member, arrived a bit late and was not noticed by the secretary until lunch. President Bell inducted Chuck following the reconvening of the meeting.
called on Vice President Yarnell to provide the program on the battle of
Don Bernardo de Galvez, Governor of Spanish Louisiana was waiting for an
opportunity to march on
The Spanish had some internal command issues especially with the fleet commanders, but for the most part the battle was uneventful. A shot by the Spanish guns that hit the British power magazine clearly helped the battle. Bob retold a possible story on how the Spanish hit the magazine but pointed out that the story may not be reliable.
The fact that
Bob answered a few questions from the membership.
Jack Bolen won the 50/50 and donated the proceeds to the chapter. Thus $17.00 was added to the treasury.
The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .