Our next meeting will be held on December 17th in
the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). Meetings begin at but members arrive as early as for a time of camaraderie.
We will continue our annual December tradition of having
the Fort Brooke Chapter of the CAR join
us.We will have a puzzle/game as well
and perhaps (time depending) a brief talk on Col. Barre—MP
and supporter of the American colonists during the Stamp Act Crisis.
December meeting agenda items
newsletter editor does not know of any impending important new business.Obviously, any member may bring up any
matters, both old and new, that they believe need to claim the attention of the
members at the appropriate place during the meeting.
note/request—please sign the sign in sheet that will be circulated at the
beginning of the meeting so the secretary can have an accurate attendance
One of the duties of the
Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. If you know of
anyone that I need to send a card to, please mention it at our next meeting.
Another duty is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has
passed away. I have been remiss in these areas and am asking your help. I need
I am very pleased with the
response to the request for ROTC presenters. We are down to 7 schools. All of
these are in the eastern and southern part of the county. If anyone could help,
it would be appreciated.Jack
ROTC Awards Coordinator
Call me at 813-685-4026 to
American Revolution Note
There are two events of
significance that occurred during the month of December.
On the evening of December 30th,
1775, a force under the
command of Benedict Arnold launched an assault on the fortress of Quebec. The assault was unsuccessful.Gen. Montgomery was killed, Daniel Morgan was
captured, and Arnold was wounded. Arnold did lead a retreat to Ft.Ticonderoga and fought a successful rear guard action that prevented
a British force from reaching the Hudson River the
The more famous event, of
course, is Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River with his army and their successful surprise attack on
the Hessians at Trenton on the morning of 26th.
Tampa Chapter, Sons of American Revolution
Minutes of the November 19, 2011 meeting
The meeting convened at .Vice President Robert Yarnell chaired the
meeting in the absence of President Luke Lloyd.
Jack Bolen gave the
led the Pledge of Allegiance and the SAR Pledge.
Alexander, Charles Bearsse, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen,
Douglas Brown, Charles Klug, Chuck Copeland,Robbins H. Denham, Gilbert Doan, Paul Farley,
Cy Gamber, Chuck Hawley, Leo Kelly, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Roger Quackenbush, Gray
Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums,
John Skillman, John Spangler, Dick Young, Robert Yarnell
GUESTS ATTENDING:David Boyette, Glenn Clepper, Judy
Copeland, Mike Frayn,Neva Sessums, Ellie Skillman, Lillian
Spangler, Greg Tisdale (SAR inactive), David Whipkey,
Kay Whipkey, Lisette Young
The minutes were approved as
printed in the newsletter.
Treasurer, Chuck Copeland,
gave a financial report of which cited a balance of funds available in the
amount of $1,670.33
REGISTRAR:Alan Bell reported status of applications:At National level there is one approved but
not yet received and there are three being processed.At State level there is one and another to be
sent forward in the next week.There are
several interested men preparing applications for submission to the chapter.
ROTC RECOGNITION:Jack Bolen reported that we now have 25 high schools in our area with
ROTC units which we wish to honor.We
need a few more members to volunteer to be point(s) of contact with some
schools.A sign-up sheet was circulated.We will recognize cadets at each school in
May and host the cadets, military instructors and guests of cadets at our April
STATE BOM LIASON:John Skillman attended the Fall meeting of the
State Board of Managers in Kissimee and reported on
the content of their meeting.He
encouraged our members who wish to understand how the State organization works,
to attend the next meeting ,January 13-14,
2012 at the Ramada Inn, Kissimmee.Reservation
information is available from Compatriot Skillman.
A Civil War Roundtable is being established in Tampa.Jack Bolen is
spearheading this effort.The TampaBayHistoryCenter is assisting by allowing use of its meeting rooms and
parking area for participants.Civil War
Roundtables are part of a national movement; however, each roundtable is
independent and not a part of a national organization.The first meeting will be held at the TampaBayHistoryCenter, 801 Old Water Street (East side of the St. Pete Times Forum) at , Wednesday, January 25, 2012.
Cy Gamber reported on his family
genealogy project, turning his many and varied papers into a well organized
booklet. He credited the help he got by taking a course at USF on “WORD
2007-2010” software.This course is
part of USF’s Lifetime Learning Program.It is reasonably priced, short in duration
and the quality of instruction is excellent.
was no Old Business to be addressed.
NEW BUSINESS:The election of
Officers for 2012 was held.There were
no nominations from the floor.Leo Kelly
moved that the slate for 2012 officers proposed at the last meeting be
seconded the motion.The slate was
unanimously approved, to wit:
President:John E. Skillman / Vice President: Robert
Yarnell / Secretary:Jack Spangler/
Treasurer:Chuck Copeland / Registrar:
Alan Bell / Chaplain: Jack Bolen/Newsletter Editor: Robert Yarnell
At Large Members of Board of
Governors:Terry Doan and Dick Young
Jack Bolen assumed
chairmanship of the meeting, relieving Robert Yarnell due to an urgent family
The meeting recessed at for members and guests to dine.
The meeting reconvened about .
Bolen introduced the Guest Speaker, Mr. David Boyett,
who spoke on “Understanding your DNA - - Genealogy and DNA”.He
also addressed how various population groups migrated and what some of the
historical influences had been in such migration.Following the excellent informational and
interesting talk, John Skillman presented Mr. Boyette
a certificate of appreciation from our chapter.
the Benediction and Recessional, the meeting adjourned about .
Below is the tentative program schedule for the
2011-2012 year.As always send along any
suggestions for speakers.
Weeks Jantzen, Fl.State West Central Regional VP
O’Donnell, adjunct prof. of History at St. PetersburgCollege: Blacks in the Revolution
from Armed ForcesMuseum in Largo
Misc. Reminders and notes
Chapter Website—always remember you can find information about the chapter and
programs on the chapter website.http://www.patriot-web.com/
VETERANS’ LEGACY ARCHIVES
The Veterans’ Legacy Archives is a local
organization founded by (ret.) Congressman Bilirakis.The Archives are housed at the library on the
Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.The goal of the archives is to preserve the
stories and experiences of veterans of America’s wars.The specific goal at the moment is to
concentrate on WWII and Korean War veterans.The archives consist of video taped interviews and presentations,
documents provided by veterans and fact sheets about veterans.If any one in the chapter knows of a WWII or
Korean War veteran who might be interested in sharing his story, please contact
Bob Yarnell.It can be as simple as
filling out a fact sheet or, if the veteran is willing, being interviewed and
that interview turned into a narrative by a trained person.Or even making a 30 min presentation to one
of the college’s history classes and responding to students questions and
allowing that presentation to be videotaped for future students and interested
persons to view.Again, more details
available from Bob Yarnell
OPERATION HELPING HAND
Operation Helping Hand, a visitation program at the
V A hospital.Operation
Helping Hand (OHH) is a local program begun in 2004 to help the wounded and
their families who are at James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. The
third Thursday evening of each month at , the OHH
Committee has a catered supper for these folks in the dining room area of the
Spinal Care Clinic. Anyone can attend and interact with these families.
SAR members are encouraged to attend