Minutes of the February 19, 2000 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:04. Chaplain Jim Washburn gave the invocation and Dwight led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Elwin Thrasher, Marty Miller, Jim Washburn, Cy Gamber, Jim Chambers, Bob Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell,

Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, Billie Washburn, Jack and June Bolen, and Joshua Corbin.


The membership approved the minutes of the January meeting as published in the newsletter.


The secretary reported that he had filed the annual state report including payment of dues for the chapter. Also, he attended the USF army ROTC military ball and awards ceremony on Feb. 18 where he presented a silver ROTC medal to, as it turned out, one of his former students.


Treasurer Marty Miller reported the chapter's financial transactions over the course of the past month. The current balance is $2,364.48.


Vice president Yarnell reported on the cancellation of three of the four high school speakers due to last minute commitments that could not be altered.


Elwin Thrasher, our newsletter editor, ask that all items for the March edition be sent to him early so that he can publish the newsletter prior to his vacation.


President Tetrick alerted the chapter to the fact that we now have our own web site. Compatriot Fowler, the state webmaster, worked with Elwin to get the necessary information. The address is www.flssar.org/fl-tamp.htm


Jim Washburn reported on an editorial in the Tampa Tribune about a constitutional amendment to allow Congress to prohibit flag burning and desecration. The editorial pointed out that these acts are not common and questioned whether the serious step of amending the constitution was appropriate. Jim commended the editorial to the membership for reflection.


The meeting adjourned for lunch.


President Tetrick reconvened the meeting and introduced VP Yarnell. Bob explained the purpose of the program was to reflect on George Washington. We had invited four high school students to help with this, but, as reported earlier, most had to cancel at the last minute. Bob introduced Kevin who, in turn, introduced Joshua Corbin. Joshua is a high school senior at Tampa Catholic High School. He hopes to pursue an engineering degree at USF in the fall.


Joshua began his remarks with a review of the purpose and goals of the revolution then turned his attention to George Washington. Joshua was most impressed with the leadership of Washington exhibited at Valley Forge. The ability to hold the army together under such conditions impressed our speaker.


The vice president then asked the membership for their thoughts. Specifically, he asked if more people thought of Washington in terms of his military leadership or his political leadership. The vast majority sided with the military leadership and Bob offered a few comments of why this is a common trend when he asked this question of his classes.


In the discussion that followed, president Tetrick showed two famous pictures of Washington and noted that both showed the general at prayer. Bob informed the membership that Washington originated the idea of the Purple Heart medal. Only 3 were given during the revolution. Of interest is that Washington insisted that only enlisted men be eligible for the award.


The 50/50 drawing fell to Jim Chambers who donated the proceeds to the chapter.


The president Tetrick led the recessional, the chaplain offered the benediction, and the meeting adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary