Meeting Notice and Newsletter for April 2012:
Meeting agenda items
Miscellaneous notes from chapter officers
Revolution History note
Future Program Schedule
Miscellaneous reminders and information
Our next meeting will be held on April 21st 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.
The April meeting is our annual ROTC luncheon. We will conduct the first half of the meeting in the private room but, since we are expecting a big crowd, some of our Compatriots should plan to eat in the main dining room and then reconvene in the private room for the awards presentations. Please try to divide up so there is at least one SAR member at each table of parents and cadets.
If you know for sure that either the cadet, his commander or his parents from the school you have been in contact with will be attending, send that info on to JROTC Chairman Jack Bolen so he can get some idea of how to set up the meeting room. Jack’s email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B.: Jack has recently had a request from Zephyrhills High School to present the JROTC Award to Cadet James Riggs on May 2nd at 7:00pm in the gymnasium. If you live anywhere near Zephyrhills (or even if you don’t), please help Jack out and volunteer to make this presentation!
Jack has also requested the following note he received from King High School be printed here to reinforce how important the ROTC program is and what it means to the schools and cadets:
"King H.S NJROTC Annual Awards Ceremony
On behalf of all of the cadets at King, thank you for your tremendous support of the unit. I can't tell you how excited the cadets were and continue to be as a result of all of you either being present at the event or sending one of your representatives to the event while acknowledging their hard work by presenting an award to some of them. We could not do what we do here at King without your continued support. If I have missed a representative in this e-mail, please accept my apology and forward this e-mail to them as you see necessary.
Again, thank you so much.
For Captain Russell, USN(Ret.) King Senior Naval Science Instructor...... we look forward to your continued support."
April meeting agenda items:
An agenda will be provided for members at the beginning of the meeting. All members and guests please be sure to initial the sign in sheets that will be circulated at the beginning of the meeting so our secretary can have an accurate attendance record.
One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members who are sick. If you know of anyone who should receive a card, 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.
Jack C. Bolen
American Revolution Note:
What else but the “shot heard round the world” for our April note? On April 19, 1775, colonists skirmished with British regulars on the green at Lexington and later at the bridge outside the village of Concord. The British were attempting to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock and then destroy military supplies they believed were hidden in Concord. Some colonists followed the retreating British back to Boston, sniping at them when the opportunity presented itself. While it would still be over a year before the Continental Congress declared independence, the sword had been unleashed.
As a side note it was also on April 19, this time in 1783, that Congress ratified the preliminary peace treaty ending the war.
Tampa Chapter, Sons of American Revolution
Minutes of the March 17, 2012 meeting
Call to order: A monthly meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, was held at Piccadilly Cafeteria, Tampa, Florida on March 17, 2012.The meeting convened at 12:00 pm, President John Skillman presiding, Mike Frayn, secretary.
Compatriot Jack Bolen gave the invocation. Compatriot Mike Frayn led the Pledge of Allegiance. Compatriot Paul Ergler led the SAR Pledge.
Members in attendance: Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Ed Clark, Robbins Denham, Terry Doan, Paul Ergler, Paul Farley, Bill Floyd, Mike Frayn, Chuck Hawley, Leo Kelly, Charles Klug, Luke Lloyd,, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Gray Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, John Skillman, Ken Skillman, Bob Yarnell and Dick Young, 22 in total.
Guests in attendance: Ellie Skillman, Licia Sessums, June Bolen, Lisette Young, Dave Bryant, Margie Reese, Glenn Clepper, Neva Sessums, 8 in total.
At the direction of President Skillman, members and guests introduced themselves. President Skillman recognized all past Presidents and thanked them for their service.
Approval of minutes: President Skillman asked for additions or corrections to the minutes of the February meeting. Hearing none, he approved the minutes as published in the Newsletter.
President: President Skillman advised the members that Jack Spangler and Chuck Copeland resigned their positions due to personal reasons. The Board of Governors appointed Mike Frayn and Paul Ergler as Secretary and Treasurer respectively on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Vice President: Vice President Bob Yarnell advised the members that the Armed Forces Military Museum will provide our speaker for the May 2012 meeting.
Secretary: No report
Treasurer: No report
Registrar: Compatriot Alan Bell reported 1 supplemental application had been approved by National for Chuck Hawley. He also reported that he is waiting on a Record Copy for Glenn Clepper to submit his application. He received an application from Dave Bryant which is ready to go to State and National.
Compatriots Alan Bell and John Sessums participated with the Color Guard at the Saramana Chapter's Wounded Warrior luncheon on Saturday, February 25, 2012 where approximately 50 wounded warriors dating back to World War II were awarded the Sons of the American Revolution Wounded Warrior Medal.
President Skillman declared that there was a quorum necessary to conduct business for the chapter. He advised the membership that the By-laws and Constitution Committee had approved the proposed Constitution and By-laws and he called for motions to approve both.
New Constitution Approval: Motion: Moved by Charles Klug that the proposed Constitution be approved. Luke Lloyd seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
New By-laws Approval: Motion: Moved by Charles Klug that the proposed By-laws be approved. Luke Lloyd seconded. Motion carried unanimously.
A copy of the new Constitution & By-Laws is available on the Chapter website for the reference of all Compatriots. Printed copies will not be distributed.
Compatriot Jack Bolen explained the workings of the JROTC award program. He solicited assistance from members to assist with making presentations at local high schools.
Compatriot Bob Yarnell reported that the winner of the Knight Essay Contest was a local student.
President Skillman announced that he is looking for a chairman for the Boy Scout Committee.
Compatriot Charles Klug announced that he attended the Last Naval Battle ceremony in Merritt Island in March and provided the membership with a synopsis of the battle.
Compatriot Charles Klug announced that he attended the Presidents’ Day luncheon of the DeSoto Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution at Palma Ceia Country Club.
President Skillman announced the dates for an upcoming conference on the American Revolution in Charlottesville, VA June 22-24, 2012. This year's topic will be presentations by 10 university professors on different biographers of Thomas Jefferson. The cost is $250 not including lodging.
President Skillman offered challenge coins to the first 10 members to bring in a new member. Compatriot Luke Lloyd explained the origin of the challenge coin.
President Skillman advised the members that the state chairman for Veterans Affairs was seeking a volunteer for a regional co-chairman. This committee is responsible for reporting to the State Chairman chapter activities that would be considered for the USS Stark Memorial Award.
President Skillman solicited volunteers for the Constitution Day Committee. Luke Lloyd and Charles Klug volunteered.
Compatriot Alan Bell presented Chuck Hawley with a supplemental certificate for ancestor Squier Hill.
President Skillman awarded Compatriot Mike Frayn the Military Service Medal.
President Skillman awarded Compatriot Charles Klug the Last Naval Battle Medal.
President Skillman was awarded a lapel pin, medal and certificate for his donation to The Center for Advancing America's Heritage.
President Skillman awarded Compatriot Terrell Sessums the Silver Good Citizenship Medal, which required prior approval from the State.
President Skillman directed that Compatriot Sessums' abbreviated biography be entered into the minutes:
BA, UF, 1952
USAF, Captain, 1952-1956
JD, UF College of Law, 1958
Honorary Law Degrees from Florida Southern, Rollins, Flagler, and USF
Legislative Aide & Legal Assistant to State Senator Sam Gibbons, 1959-1961
Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, 1972-1974
General Counsel, Tampa Port Authority, 1974-1989
Florida Board of Regents, 1979-1988; Chairman, 1986-1988
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, President, 1983-1984
Special Council to US Senator Bob Graham, 1995
Recipient of Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Florida, 1973
Director of the following:
GTE, Florida, 1986-1993
Southeast Bank, Tampa Bay, 1973-1991
Blue Cross Florida, 1977-1978
Museum of Science & Industry, 1990-1994
Moffitt Cancer Center, 1984-1991
Florida State Fair Authority, 1995-1996
Florida Chamber of Commerce, 1987-1996, Chairman, 1992-1993
Florida Independent College Fund, 1988-1990
Trustee of the following:
Time Warner Trust, 1983-1998
University of Tampa, 1978-1991, Chairman 1988-1990
Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1980-1988
United Methodist Foundation for Higher Education, 1998-2006
Distinguished legal career as a Partner of:
Albritton, Sessums, Gordon & Ryder, 1961-1984
Macfarland, Ferguson & McMullen, 1984-1997
Salem Saxon PA, 1998-2003
Salem Law Group, 2003-Present (of Counsel)
March Speaker: Compatriot Bob Yarnell spoke of the diary of Colonel Thomas Browne, a Loyalist who was the commander of the East Florida Rangers and their role in the American Revolution.
Compatriot Paul Ergler led the recessional.
Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 1:54pm.
Secretary 21 March 2012
Sons of the American Revolution
Future Program Schedule:
Below is the tentative program schedule for the 2011-2012 year. As always send along any suggestions for speakers.
April JROTC— Compatriot Jack Bolen: "The SAR Then and Now" & LTC(R) Guy Walsh, USA, Senior Army Instructor, Brandon High School: “Brief history of the JROTC”
May Speaker from Armed Forces Museum in Largo & recognition of Knight Essay Contest winners
Sept. Constitution Day Commemoration - Speaker TBA
October EMT/Fire and Law Enforcement Medals
November Election of Chapter Officers
December Installation of Chapter Officers
Miscellaneous Reminders and Notes:
Chapter Website — Compatriots and prospective members can always find information about the Tampa Chapter on the Chapter website: http://www.patriot-web.com/