Minutes of the December 15, 2000 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 11:57. Jim Washburn offered the invocation and the Secretary led the pledge to the flag and President Tetrick led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Elwin Thrasher, Marty Miller, Jim Washburn,  Joseph Hill, Jack Bolen, Claude Ritchie, Ted Dickerson, Barry Rich, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, Fimie Ritchie, June Bolen, Mrs. Hill, President of the Fort Brooks CAR chapter Barry Marlar, and his mother Mrs. Mimmi Marlar.


The SAR membership approved the minutes of the November meeting as published in the newsletter. The secretary reported receiving many inquiries concerning the essay contest, but no entries as yet. The state society has greatly improved the process of filing the annual report for which the secretary express much satisfaction.


Treasurer Marty Miller reported a balance of $2,509.91. Ten members have sent in their dues thus far.


Barry Rich reported that again this year he has had no response / entries into the Eagle Scout contest despite an increase in the local prize money (contributed by Barry). Despite Barry's best efforts (for which the chapter is very grateful- secretary's note) it would seem best to discontinue our participation in this program. The membership concurred.


Barry Marlar, president of the Fort Brooks CAR chapter offered greetings from their membership.


A Board of Governors meeting was scheduled for 6:00 pm on Dec. 28th at Tampa Catholic High School.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick reconvened the membership. Our scheduled speaker had cancelled and so Dwight introduced and showed two short videos dealing with important Christmas events during the Revolution. The first covered the battle of Trent. The second focused on Valley Forge, specifically, the training of the Continental Army during that winter. Following the videos Dwight noted that Christmas time often found the United States at War. As proof, he read a list which was enlightening to the membership.


On behave of the chapter, Jim Washburn offered congratulations to Barry Rich on his Eagle Scout work during the last several years.


The 50/50 drawing was won by Joseph Hill and donated his half to the chapter. Ten dollars was thus added to the treasury.


President Tetrick led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:20.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary