Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice and News, May 2011
meeting will be held on May 21st in the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at
We had a late change in our program. We will still hear from a veteran, just not the two originally scheduled.
Below are a number of other items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over.
Thanks for your help!
I wanted to offer a special note of thanks to the members for their help and cooperation with the ROTC luncheon last month. Eleven cadets and their guests attended, which we believe, is a record. You were gracious to engage the cadets in conversation and I noted several members working the room with the intent of greeting each guest. Several pitched in some funds to cover the cost of the meals and our officers kept things running smoothly behind the scenes.
In re-presenting the medals at the local unit ceremonies I’ve had three commanders comment on the very positive feedback they received from their cadet that attended. They might have enjoyed the program, but those comments derive most from the warm welcome our members extended to them.
Don’t Forget: 2nd Annual Conference on the American Revolution
June 24-26, Baltimore
John Skillman sent the following:
Click here to view the flyer for the 2nd Annual Conference
on the American Revolution, to be held in
I can say of last year’s conference that it has been years since I had such exposure to so many college professors in one weekend and all were thoroughly versed in their topics. The conference was extremely well organized from beginning to end, and I enjoyed it so much that I plan to attend this year. Let me know if any of you are interested in joining me.
Minutes of the April 16, 2011 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR
President Lloyd called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. Gray Reece led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Chuck Copeland, Alan Bell, Gray Reece, John Skillman, Jack Bolen, John Sessums, Chuck Hawley, Dick Young, Charles Klug, Luke Lloyd, Leo Kelly, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
Wives: June Bolen
Other guests: Prospective members Glenn Clapper and Robbins Denham; and 11 guests and their families and guests
The President and members introduced our guests.
The minutes of the March meeting were approved.
The Secretary had nothing to report.
Treasurer Chuck Copeland reported a checking account balance of $2,858.87 and cash of $26.88 for a total of $2,885.75.
On behalf of the Chapter Color Guard, Alan reported that the guard
presented the colors at the March 12th C.A.R. State Annual Meeting
Alan Bell, the chapter registrar, reported on the status of our prospective members.
- Six supplementals have been received at National
- Leo Kelly’s membership application has been approved and we are waiting for certificate
- One membership application is at National awaiting approval
Two membership applications are awaiting
The President presented awards to
Vice President Robert Yarnell announced the May program. Two veterans of
The meeting recessed for lunch.
The Vice President introduced the Secretary who provided the program entitled, “A Story of Conviction: Archbishop Joseph P. HurleyI”
After a brief
introduction to the SAR for the benefit of the cadets and guests, the speaker
introduced the origin of this year’s topic. The building in which the speaker
works at Tampa Catholic is named for Archbishop Joseph Hurley. In December he
happened upon a book detailing Hurley’s life and particularly his involvement
The speaker’s goal was to use three stories from Hurley’s life that illustrate how he stuck to his convictions even against strong opposition and examine how these might inspire us to also have the courage of our own convictions.
Some brief background on Joseph Hurley was presented in order to provide some framework for the three stories.
- While growing up there was a concerted effort on the part of American Catholic hierarchy to “Americanize” Catholics. Thus Hurley had instilled in him a deep sense of patriotism and the idea that Catholic’s – men and priests in particular – had an obligation to stand up for that which was right
1919, and served several parishes in
Hurley takes a medical leave of absence and ends up studying diplomacy in
- Hurley serves In India from early 1930 to early 1931
and Hurley are assigned to
Story #1: “Duty to Fight for the Right” Speech
After Hurley’s time in
Hurley use information provided to
him by the
Pius also began to see Nazism in more urgent light. At a Jan 1939 meeting attended by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and foreign secretary Viscount Halifax, Pope Pius XI and Hurley the British delegation is able to convince both Pius and Hurley that Nazism is a more immediate threat than is Communism.
Pius XI dies in Feb 1939 but Hurley strives to keep his views of Nazism alive through Vatican Radio and newspaper
Pope Pius XII takes a significantly
different approach to the pending war than his predecessor. He chose to take on
the role of peacemaker and therefore did not want to choose sides. The
- “We have sympathy with the pacifists, but they are wrong”
- “No word in the Gospel or in Papal teaching suggests that justice should go undefended, that it is not worth dying for”
- “Conscientious objectors can be respected for their opinions, but their error does not excuse them from the responsibilities of patriotism.”
- “The Church is no conscientious objector.”
This was a serious demotion as
But the new Bishop did not give up on his convictions and spent the next several years continuing to speak of the evils of and serious threat posed by Nazism. At this time US Catholics were the most isolationist & least informed on international issues. Hurley strove to change that and worked closely with Sumner Welles, US Under Secretary of State in the task. Hurley would receive information - sometimes classified - from Welles and would incorporate it into speeches and writings. Welles in turn had these picked up in main stream media and thus moved the debate amongst Catholics from purely Catholic newspapers and journals to a wider audience.
As an example on
Hurley also made a nation wide speech on CBS radio on July 6, 1941 in which he continued to speak bluntly about the Nazis and in March 1943 was one of the first high ranking Catholics in the US to acknowledge the Holocaust declaring in a written piece entitled “Anti-Semitism: Our Problem” that Catholics should take the lead in the fight against anti-Semitism.
Story #2: Ringing the Church Bells in Protest
Following WWII Hurley wanted to
return Communism as enemy #1 but neither the
The Soviet leader’s two week good will tour included meetings with
President Eisenhower and business leaders and tours in several places.
The US State Department did not take Hurley’s plans lightly and
Story #3: A realtor
The speaker offered a final example
of Hurley’s convictions dealing with a lighter topic – real estate. Typically
Bishops invest diocesan funds in conservative, blue-chip, investments. When
Hurley arrived in
- In the 1950’s land purchases averaged $300,000 per year
alone he bought 155 acres in the
- After the Interstate Highway System was announced, Bishop Hurley charged his priest to buy at least 7 acres of land within 3 miles of each proposed interchange
Hurley was criticized for this use of funds but he saw land as being needed for both expansion and as investments. He was proven correct on both accounts.
The speaker concluded with three points that he saw as significant in these stories
1. Hurley’s views were well thought-out
2. History did not always prove him correct; Nazism, yes; Real estate, yes; post WWII Communism, maybe not
3. He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind even at personal risk to his career
Then to encourage the members and guests, the speaker observed that while we don’t have the stage that Hurley enjoyed each of us can still follow his example in our own smaller circles.
The President and secretary then presented the Bronze ROTC awards to the eleven cadets in attendance.
Robbin Denham won the 50/50.
The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .