Minutes of the May 20, 2000 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:00. Chaplain Jim Washburn gave the invocation; Dwight led the pledge to the flag and Marty Miller lead the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Marty Miller, Jim Washburn, Jim Chambers, Barry Rich,  Elwin Thrasher, Claude Richie, Kirby Halbert, and Kevin Yarnell,

Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, Jack and June Bolen, Femi Richie, Helen Halbert, and Fred and June Patton.


The membership approved the minutes of the April published in the newsletter.


Treasurer Marty Miller reported the chapter's financial transactions over the course of the past month. The current balance is $2,378.68.


The secretary reported receiving 3 thank you notes from various ROTC award recipients. Each was read to the membership. He also presented medals at Gaither High and Chamberlain High in early May. These units were unable to attend our April meeting.


Barry Rich reported on changes to the Eagle Scout Award. It is now open to all Eagle scouts under 19, not just the boys that earned their eagle award in the past year. The Law, Genealogy, and American Heritage merit badges are required. Barry is afraid these changes may adversely affect the number of scouts that will qualify for the SAR contest but has agreed to run the contest again for our local chapter this year.


President Tetrick shared with the membership a chart showing the number of grandparents in 21 generations. The total number is a staggering 2,097,152.


No other old business was brought forth and the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick reconvened the meeting and introduced Ms. Leland Baldwin as the recipient of the SAR Law Enforcement Medal. Ms. Leland formerly worked for the state attorney's office and is not in private practice.


In her remarks, Ms. Baldwin gave the members and guests a brief personal history and then told of three high profile cases she'd worked on while with the State Attorney's office. Most notable perhaps was the "Stop Sign"case where 3 persons were charged and convicted of stealing a stop sign, that ultimately lead to a fatal car crash at that intersection. She concluded by briefly discussing some of the problems with the legal system, noting that, even with these problems, ours is the best legal system in the world.


The presentation was well received by those in attendance.


The 50/50 drawing fell to Claude Richie.


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


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary