Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice and News, March 2011

 

Compatriots,

            Our next meeting will be held on March 19th in the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). Meetings begin at noon but members arrive as early as 11:30 for a time of camaraderie.

We’ll be presenting our annual Fire Safety medal to Mario Pitts. We appreciate your attendance to acknowledge the service of this man.

Below are a number of other items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over.

 

Regards,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Secretary, Tampa Chapter

 

 

 

Our Color Guard participated in two events this past month. The first was the annual Massing of the Colors held in St. Petersburg in early March. Five members then presented the colors at the C.A.R. State Banquet held here in Tampa. The group is always seeking new members and will assist you in putting together a uniform.

 

Annual JROTC Luncheon, April 16th

We hope you’ll save the date and make every effort to attend our 13th annual JROTC luncheon. Each year our chapter provides JROTC medals and certificates to the commanders of the local High School JROTC and university ROTC units. The commanders award these medals to one of their outstanding cadets.

In order to allow the members to meet these fine young men and women we began inviting the chosen cadets to attend our April meeting. Over the years we’ve earned a good reputation with the units and many schools attend every year. That positive response is due in large measure to the willingness of the membership to take a break from their “usual lunch partners” and eat with a cadet and his guests. The personal touch is most appreciated by the cadets and their families.

The program this year will look at events from the life of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley. The building in which our secretary works at Tampa Catholic is named in honor of this man. Some Christmas-time reading revealed that the Archbishop was quite the man of conviction and had a hand in molding American public opinion in the lead up to World War II. The secretary hopes to use these stories to inspire all of us to a greater commitment to our core values.

 

A Personal Note from the Secretary

            I regret that I won’t be able to attend the March meeting. I’ll be in Boston at the Blessed John XXII Catholic Seminary where I’ll be completing some final interviews. Over the course of the past year I’ve discerned a call to attend seminary with a goal to being ordained a Catholic Priest for the Diocese of St. Petersburg.

            The seminary program will necessitate a 4-year absence from most of the chapter meetings and so I’ll be unable to continue with the chapter’s secretarial duties. Robert Koehler has agreed to take over for me for the fall meetings. We’re very grateful for his willingness to take on the minutes and membership duties.

            We hope to divide up some of the other things that need to be done by and for the chapter to several members. We’ll provide greater detail next month. Many of these jobs are short-term or once per year obligations. (For example, we have to file the “Chapter Challenge” report prior to March 31st each year.) None are difficult but they are all important and the chapter will be grateful for volunteers to take on these tasks for 2012.

            There are two note-worthy exceptions to the above description. Bob Yarnell has agreed to take over this simple newsletter next fall until a replacement can be found. Clearly this is a larger commitment as it requires the editor to produce eight publications each year. You may find the first one to be a bit time consuming but after a few months you’ll be surprised at how quickly the job can be completed.

            The second larger commitment is the JROTC program. Here too, we have plans to divide up the work but will need a coordinator who can be our point of contact with the unit commanders. Some patience is required since not all the unit commanders are quick with responses to emails and letters. Mostly, I trust you’ll keep in mind how important this program is to the young men and women we honor and thus volunteer the time to help.

            For each job we’ll make sure you’re properly prepped to do the work. Please begin to give some consideration to how you can help out our fine chapter.

            While I won’t be leaving until next August, allow me to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to the chapter for letting me do these jobs over the course of the last several years. It has truly been a pleasure. I trust those who take up these various duties will find them to be as rewarding as I have.

 

Some Pictures from Our February Meeting

 

The top left picture is of Terry Brown, a prospective member, who, dressed as Lincoln, seemed the obvious candidate to draw the winning 50/50 ticket.

Top right: President Lloyd presents Paul Farley with a War Service medal

Bottom left: Bill Floyd receives his Military Service medal

Bottom right: Our speaker, Ken Nichols, receives a certificate of appreciation from Luke.

 

Minutes of the February 19, 2011 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR

 

President Lloyd called the meeting to order at 11:59. Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The President led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.

 

Members present: Marty Miller, Luke Lloyd, Terry Doan, Chuck Copeland, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Roger Quackenbush, John Sessums, Chuck Hawley, John Skillman, Charles Klug, Milt Alexander, Robert Koehler, Paul Farley Gray Reece, Dick Young, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell

 

Welcome guests:

Wives: June Bolen DAR Regent, Lissette Young, Judy Copeland, Kathy Quackenbush, and Ellie Skillman

Other guests: prospective members Leo Kelly and Terry Brown; Ken Nichol, Victoria Blake; Katherine Szydlowski, (daughter of the Lloyds) and her children Thomas, Megan, Caroline

 

In our continuing effort to get to know our members, the President asked Robert Yarnell to give a brief self-introduction.

 

John Skillman gave a brief report on the recent Florida Board of Management meeting. He’ll be attending the Last Naval Battle celebration and invited others to join him.

 

The President and members introduced the guests.

 

The minutes of the January meeting were approved.  

 

The secretary related some emails from members that were unable to attend. Our ROTC program will begin in earnest next month. Details for the April luncheon were provided and the secretary asked for volunteers to help with making the award presentations at the high schools.

 

The President asked the secretary to provide some further explanation of the Chapter Challenge Contest run by the Florida Society which he provided.

 

Treasurer Chuck Copeland reported a checking account balance of $2,548.56 and cash of $136.88 for a total of $2,685.44.

 

On behalf of the Chapter Color Guard, Alan announced that the group will be presenting the colors at the March 12th C.A.R. State Annual Meeting to be held in Tampa. Also a Massing of the Colors will be held Sunday, March 6th. The group participated in this event last year and hopes to do so again. Alan will be getting the details to the Color Guard members when they are finalized.

 

Alan Bell, the chapter registrar, reported on the status of our prospective members. We have 2 membership applications pending at national. A third prospect is nearly complete as are nearly a dozen supplemental applications

 

Under old business, Terrell Sessums researched the issue of liability insurance and sent his findings to the President. Based on this information, the chapter decided that such insurance was not necessary.

 

Chuck Copeland, as Treasurer, requested that the chapter books be audited. The President asked for a volunteer.

 

The meeting recessed for lunch.

 

The President then presented awards to

  • Paul Farley with a War Service medal for his service in Vietnam,
  • Bill Floyd with a Military Service medal for his service.

 

The President then called on Bob Yarnell, the Vice President, to introduce our speaker Ken Nichol. Ken is a member of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the SAR and spoke on the Declaration of Independence. The speaker began by detailing the major events leading up to the Declaration. A handout detailed twenty-eight such events which Mr. Nichol explained. He then gave a brief overview of the Declaration and concluded with a few significant events that occurred after the Declaration was signed.

 

John Skillman won the 50/50. He donated his share to the treasury which was thus enriched by $27.00. John Skillman provided three copies of the “Patriots of the American Revolution” magazine which were given to three additional attendees whose tickets were selected.

 

The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at 2:07pm.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary