Our next meeting will be held on May 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
but members arrive as early as
for a time of camaraderie. The speaker
for May will be a representative of the Armed Forces Museum in Largo.This is a hidden jewel in our area and I am looking forward to hearing
more about the museum.Also, the 1st
and 2nd place winners of the state Knight Essay contest are from our
area and have been invited to attend the meeting.While time will not permit them reading their
essays, they will share with the membership why they chose the topic they did
and what they learned from their research.
Brief note/request—please initial the sign in
sheet that will be circulated at the beginning of the meeting so the secretary
can have an accurate attendance record.
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
Jack C. Bolen
This month we have two,
non-military items.On May 29, 1765, while the
Virginia House of Burgesses was debating whether to approve resolutions
opposing the Stamp Act, Patrick Henry gave the first of his note worthy
speeches.As he neared the end of his
speech ( in favor of the resolutions) he said “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles I
his Cromwell” when cries of Treason, Treason, erupted from some of the members,
Henry quickly shifted gears and ended with “and George III
may profit from their example.”No contemporary
account includes the phrase “if this be treason, make the most of it.”It is thought by many that this was added
much later to give more importance to the speech and to Henry.
Twenty-two years later, on May 14, 1787, the
Philadelphia Convention began.By the 14th
enough delegates had arrived to start the convention called by Congress to
amend and change the Articles of Confederation.However, within a few days, the Articles had been scrapped and the
delegates began to debate, amend, and flesh out a proposal by James Madison for
a new government.Meeting 6 hours a day
(10-4) 6 days a week (Sundays off), they kept at it until Sept. 17, 1787.On that day they approved the final draft of
the Constitution of the United
States.For the sake of secrecy they kept the windows and doors closed.Everyone who was present and has left us a
record (journal, diary, and letters) mentioned how hot it was in Philadelphia that
summer.As we begin to experience the
heat of a Florida
summer (with air conditioning) we need to be mindful of what they did 225 years
Note:Dick Young is chairing a committee
to plan how we will celebrate Constitution Day in Sept. and what, if anything,
we might do differently at out meeting in Sept.Anyone with ideas or suggestions is asked to pass them along to Dick.)
Thanks are extended to all of
the members for their attendance and flexibility at the ROTC luncheon last
month.Additionally, thanks are extended
to Jack Bolen and those members who functioned as liaisons with the various
schools for their time and effort.Lastly, special thanks are extended to Jack Bolen for chairing the
meeting in the absence of both the President and Vice-President,both of whom regret
personal issues kept them from attending.
Pictured here are the cadets who
attended our ROTC Luncheon.
also go to Dwight Tetrick, who presented Silver ROTC
awards at area Universities.
University of SouthFlorida:Navy—Cadet Benjamin Bontrager;
Army---Cadet Jacob Diebel;Air force---Renee Crane
Tampa:Cadet Tyler Botset
MINUTES of Chapter
Meeting date: April 21,
Call to order:
A monthly meeting of the Sons of the American Revolution was held at Piccadilly
Cafeteria, Tampa, Florida on April 21, 2012. The meeting convened at 12:00 pm, Compatriot Jack Bolen presiding, Mike Frayn, secretary.
Compatriot Luke Lloyd gave
the invocation. Compatriot Charles Klug led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Compatriot Jack Bolen led the SAR Pledge.
Members in attendance:, Chuck Bearss, Alan Bell,
Jack Bolen, Ed Clark, Robbins Denham, Terry Doan, Paul Ergler,
Paul Farley, Mike Frayn, Cy Gamber,
Chuck Hawley, Charles Klug, Luke Lloyd, Marty Miller, Gray Reeseand Dick Young.
Guests in attendance: June Bolen, Lisette Young,
Jean Lloyd, Glenn Clepper,Kathy Browning, Cadet Jon Browning, Cadet
Chase Torres, Cadet James Cavalli, SgtMaj Oscar Cunningham , USA (Ret), Cadet Dominic Hill,
Andre' Hill, Damian Hill, Ida Trainum, Aliyah Hill, Marie Hill, Sommer
Hill, Scott Tielemans, Martha Tielemans,
Cadet Kenneth Tielemans, Heiki
Broussard, Kevin Balladin, Gerri Balladin,
Jimmy McAuley, Cadet James Riggs, Brian Riggs, Andrea
Riggs, ShirlieCavalli, LCdr Larry Jordan, USN (Ret), Ruben Medina, Breann Medina, Mike Mistretta,
Pete Colangelo, Cadet Bryce Colangelo,
Carla Colangelo, Steve Shaw, Cadet Stephany Shaw, Marliena Shaw,
Brandon Scott, Larry Rogers, Cadet Kianna Rodrigues,
Bridget Rodrigues, Lorenzo Rodrigues, Cadet Jordan Torres, Cadet Suresh Ballandin, Cadet Brandon Sickles and Clifford Wright.
Compatriot Jack Bolen
explained the schedule and called a recess for lunch at 12:05pm.
resumed at 12:50pm. Compatriot Jack Bolen welcomed all our guests and asked all
the JROTC instructors to stand and be recognized. He then introduced the guest
LtCol Guy Walsh, USA (Ret) Senior Army Instructor of the
Brandon High Junior ROTC Program spoke on the topic of the history and
achievements of the JROTC.
Compatriots Jack Bolen and
Alan Bell awarded the ROTC Medal and certificate to cadets from local high
schools. These cadets are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect
to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence. The
recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the JROTC unit. The
following cadets received awards; Jordan Torres, Jon Browning, Stephany Shaw, Kianna Rodrigues,
James Riggs, Dominick Hill, Bryce Colangelo, Kenneth Tieleman, Chase Torres, Suresh Ballandin,
James Cavalli and Brandon Sickles.
Compatriot Jack Bolen thanked
the guests and invited them to stay for the brief business portion of the
meeting and then to take photos at the conclusion of the business meeting.
Approval of minutes: Compatriot Jack Bolen asked for additions or corrections to the
minutes of the March meeting. Hearing none, he approved the minutes as
published in the Newsletter.
President: Not present, no report.
President: Not present, no report.
Compatriot Paul Ergler reported that the interim
audit had been completed by John Sessums and there
had been no discrepancies.
Compatriot Alan Bell reported 3 supplements approved for Compatriot Chuck Hawley.
Dave Bryant's application has been completed and submitted. Glenn Clepper'sapplication
is waiting on signatures. The application for Grey Reese's son has been received..
Compatriot Jack Bolen is working on a living history
presentation of the Color Guard in Dade City.
President John Skillman, Luke Lloyd, Charles Klug and Mike Frayn will be attending the May Board of Manager's meeting
Jack Bolen awarded Compatriot Chuck Bearss the
Military Service Medal.
Below is the tentative program schedule for the
2011-2012 year.As always send along any
suggestions for speakers.
MaySpeaker from ArmedForcesMuseum in Largo & recognition
of Knight contest winner
Sept.Constitution Day speaker (TBA)
Medal and Law enforcement medal
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