Minutes of the May 19, 2001 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:05. Jim Washburn offered the invocation. Vice President Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jim Washburn, Marty Miller, Elwin Thrasher, Barry Rich, Dwight Tetrick, Fred Patton, Joseph Hill, Bob Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: Walter Lane and David Lane, prospective members, Janett Tetrick, Deputy Joseph Bamford, Mrs. Peggy Bamford, Mrs. Harsh, and Zachariah Lakel


The President announced two new members to the society and chapter. Compatriot Fred Patton was on hand to receive his certificate. Richard Warner was not available.


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


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,302.09.

The secretary read three thank you notes received from ROTC cadets with regard to our April meeting. In total, the chapter presented 7 Jr. ROTC medals and 3 Sr. ROTC medals this past year.

The secretary gave a brief overview of the arrangements for the State Society Summer BOM to be held August 10-11, 2001. All is proceeding on track. A chapter board of governors meeting was set for July 12, 6:30pm at Tampa Catholic High School to finalize the arrangements.

Finally, the secretary reported that hed accepted the position of state chairman of the Knight Essay contest.


Vice President Yarnell introduced Zachariah Lakel, the winner of our chapter essay contest. Zachariah is a junior at Berkeley Prep. He read his essay for the chapter, which was well received. Secretary Yarnell then announced that Zachariah had placed 2nd in the state contest. Thus, President Tetrick was able to present to Zachariah both a certificate for his chapter win, and a $600.00 check for his 2nd place state finish.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick reconvened the meeting and introduced Joseph Bamford, Administrative Chief of the Lutz Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Bamford comes from a family of firefighters. He has been with the Lutz Fire Department for 33 years. President Tetrick read a letter of recommendation from Ed Davis, Chief of the department.


Mr. Bamford then made a few remarks with regard to his personal history and his duties at the department. His talk was most interesting and was well received. A brief question and answer session followed.


President Tetrick led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:40.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary