Sons of the American Revolution
Revolution History note
Color Guard Opportunities
Announcements from the President
Misc. reminders and information
May meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will be on Saturday,
May 21st at the
Rodney Kite-Powell, Saunders Foundation
Curator of History at the museum, will present a program on
"I now have May 21st
confirmed in may calendar. I will also reserve the classroom for you all for that morning. As for my
program, I can do a talk in the
classroom but I’d like to include a stop in the
Parking may be easy or it may be
difficult, depending on the Lightning’s
success this post season. If there is nothing going on at the arena next door then
everyone can park in the Blue Lot right next to
There will be no hockey game this Saturday.
The Ft. Brooke Society of the Children of the American Revolution has been asked to join us for this presentation on their namesake.
American Revolution Notes
Since the program this month
involves local Florida history, we’ll turn to the north Florida Battle of
Thomas Creek. In late April and early May 1777 an expedition of patriot Georgia
militia invaded British east Florida.
The goal was the capture of St. Augustine but the impetus for the action
was the raiding of southern Georgia by the East Florida Rangers, a loyalist
group that augmented the British garrison in St. Augustine. The British defense of east
learned of the
The main source
of controversy about the fight concerns the death, at the hands of the Creeks,
of 24 of the approximately 40 Georgians who surrendered. Those who read the
Florida Patriot may recall four eye witness accounts reprinted in the summer
2015 issue (available on line at the FLSSAR website). According to the British commander
Major Prevost, he and Col. Brown did their best to protect the captives but the
Creeks were intent on exacting revenge for the mutilation of a Creek warrior by
the colonials. For that reason it is sometimes
referred to in early colonial accounts as the
battle, the colonials withdrew to
The April Meeting was our usual JROTC Recognition meeting. Compatriot Terry Doan did an excellent job of coordinating the 16 JROTC and 2 ROTC Awards presented by the Tampa Chapter. Terry sends his thanks to all those who took the time to visit one of the many high schools or colleges to personally make a presentation of the SAR JROTC or ROTC Medal and Certificate. This personal presentation is very much appreciated by the cadets, their families and the instructors.
We had 4 JROTC Cadets join us for our April Meeting. Each was presented with a Tampa Chapter JROTC "citation" in recognition of their efforts in their respective units.
In 2016, the Tampa Chapter participated in the Enhanced JROTC Competition where the Cadet is asked to submit a list of accomplishments, an essay, a letter of recommendation from his/her HS Principal and more. We had only two participants this year. Winning cadet was Christopher DiBias of Wharton High School. He is the cadet at the far right in the above picture. He received the Enhanced JROTC Bronze Medal and a $100 check from the Chapter and was entered into the state competition. Runner-up was Cadet Devin Gano of Zephyrhills High School.
Color Guard Opportunities
With Memorial Day coming up the Tampa Chapter Color guard has been asked to join (1) the St. Petersburg Color Guard at the cemetery on the corner of 54th Ave and 49th St. It will be from 11 to 12 with a nice meal afterwards in the Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and (2) the Withlacoochee Color Guard at the Flora City Cemetery on US 41 in Flora City. Time has not been provided, yet.
The last Honor Flight of the Spring season will be on Tuesday June 7 at the St Petersburg/Clearwater airport. Commander Alan Bell has announced that we want to be represented at this event. It is an evening event. More details will be provided soon.
We are coordinating with the Ft. Brooke Society of C.A.R. and will join them in the Lutz Independence Day parade, if they participate.
Announcements from the President:
This is the last meeting until September. As usual we will suspend meetings for the summer months. The closing of the Piccadilly Cafeteria has made it difficult to find a new permanent meeting place. We have tired a different option each month since January. The Executive Board will make a decision on a more permanent location, at least for September to November. Your input is needed.
We have a great set up of programs already lined up for you for the fall. You can see the schedule below.
May 21 —
Sept 17 — Donald Miller
speaking on his new book
Oct 15 — law enforcement and fire fighter commendation awards
Nov. 19 — first thanksgiving controversy revisited—Compatriot Bob Yarnell
Misc. Reminders and notes
Members of long standing in the chapter may be interested to know that Kevin Yarnell will be ordained as a priest in the Catholic Church on May 21st at the Cathedral in St Petersburg. He has been informed that he will be assigned to St. Timothy’s parish in Lutz. Kevin will celebrate his first Mass as an ordained priest on Sunday, May 22 at 12:00 in the Church of the Incarnation at 5111 Webb Road in Tampa. Everyone is invited to attend.
Chapter Website—Remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website. www.tampasar.org
One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick and sympathy notes to the family of a member who has passed away. If you know of anyone for whom a card should be sent, please mention it at our next meeting.
Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send to the editor any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter.