Minutes of the April 21, 2001 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


In the absence of the president and vice president, Secretary Yarnell called the meeting to order at 12:05. Jim Washburn offered the invocation. Cadet Adam Ficca led the pledge to the flag and the secretary led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jim Washburn, Jack Bolen, Jim Chambers, Marty Miller, Claude Richie, Elwin Thrasher, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: Femi Richie, 5 JROTC cadets and their guests- totaling 17.


The secretary invited the cadets to introduce their guests.


The SAR membership approved the minutes of the March meeting as published in the newsletter. The secretary reported on the absence of the president and vice president. The plans for our hosting the summer state Board of Management meeting are moving along. A board of governors meeting was set for May 3rd at 6:30 to choose a location for the meeting.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,264.59.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


The secretary reconvened the meeting and began his remarks by briefly explaining to our guests the nature and purpose of the SAR organization. He then spoke on the book “Flags of our Fathers”. The book detailed the raising of the flag on Iwo Jimo and the lives of the six men involved in the flag raising. Most striking was the fact that the famous picture actually depicts the raising of a replacement flag and that there was little combat in the area on the day of the flag raising.


The talk was well received and a brief question and answer session followed.


The 50/50 was won by Marty Miller who donated all the proceeds to the treasury. The chapter thus gained $10.00.


The secretary led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:35.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary