Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

December 2014

 

Contents

          Meeting announcement

          Revolution History note

          Program Schedule

          Misc. reminders and information

 

The December meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will be on Saturday, December 21st at the Rusty Pelican Restaurant at Rocky Point.  The main event of the meeting will be the Installation of Officers. 

 

American Revolution Notes

Dec. 23, 1783  Washington’s resignation.

 

With the peace treaty ending the War for American Independence signed and ratified, the British evacuated New York in late November of 1783.  On Nov. 25th Washington led his army into New York to celebrate the final victory.  A little over a week later Washington said farewell to his officers and headed south towards Annapolis, Md., where the Congress was temporarily meeting.

 

On December 23rd, Washington addressed Congress.  He thanked them for their support and made a plea that his officers be treated properly and paid what was promised to them.  Finally, he ended his remarks by saying:

 

"Having now finished the work assigned to me, I retire from the great theatre of action; and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take any leave of all the employments of public life."

 

When news of this reached Europe, many people could not believe that Washington had voluntarily relinquished power.  This act, along with his handling of the Newburgh Conspiracy cemented in place the idea of the military being subservient to the civilian political power.

 

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

Below is the tentative program schedule for spring 2015.  As always send along any suggestions for speakers.

January  

February      

March          “Thomas Jefferson” tentative

April           ROTC Recognition

May            Safety Harbor Museum

 

 Park and Museum

 

Misc. Reminders and notes

 

 

Chapter Website—Remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website.  http://www.patriot-web.com/

 

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.

Jack C. Bolen            

Chaplain

 

Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter to the editor.