Minutes of the February 17, 2001 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:01. Jim Washburn offered the invocation and Secretary Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the President Tetrick led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Elwin Thrasher, Marty Miller, Jim Washburn, Jack Bolen, Bob Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, June Bolen, Fred and June Patton, Billie Washburn, and David Taylor.


The SAR membership approved the minutes of the December meeting as published in the newsletter. The secretary reported receiving the dues for Joseph Walker and read a short note from him. The ROTC medals have been received and an invitation regarding the medals has been received from the Army ROTC unit at USF.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,319.84.


In new business President Tetrick passed on a request from the state society concerning our hosting a Board of Management meeting. Some discussion ensued regarding what would be involved as well as whether the chapter would have sufficient manpower to host the meeting. The consensus was that we should pursue the matter. The Board of Governors will seek more information and make a decision based on the data.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick reconvened the meeting and introduced David Taylor our speaker for the day. Mr. Taylor was pleased to announce that the material for this talk was contained in a small book he'd written entitled "Give 'em Watts Boys" and that the book had recently been approved for publication by firstbooks.com. The subject today was the battle of Long Island.


Mr. Taylor highlighted the engagement and paid particular attention to the evacuation of the colonials from Long Island to Manhattan. The circumstances surrounding the retreat, including highly unusual weather conditions caused many colonials to see the hand of Providence at work. Clearly, had the retreat not been successful, the course of the war might well have been altered.


The membership heard this presentation with much interest. A short question period followed.


Billie Washburn drew the 50/50 that was won by the secretary. The chapter gained $6.00 from the proceeds.


President Tetrick led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:51.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary