Minutes of the December 21, 2002 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:06. He offered the invocation. The secretary led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR. The CAR pledge was offered by their members.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Walter Lane, Jack Bolen, Dan Stutzman, Eric Stutzman, Marty Miller, Barry Rich, Ed Neugaard, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, June Bolen, three CAR members and two of their advisors Charlene Herreid and Mrs. Bagenski. Rod Stebbins a potential member was also present.


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


The secretary reported that the annual report had been submitted with 20 members. Seven were dropped for non-payment of dues. It is hoped that some of these may submit their dues in the next few weeks. The chapter received a note from Joe Walker that the secretary read to the membership.


The treasurer reported for the past month no expenses and deposits of $676.90 leaving a balance of $2,692.59. Not included in this is $385.00 in dues recently received, our obligation of $855.00 for state and national dues, and $36.50 for the Endowment Trust Fund donated by members as part of the 365 campaign.


The President reported on a mailing received from the State Society regarding the Endowment Trust Fund. Included is the list of items that are eligible for reimbursement. In the past the Chapter has only sought reimbursement for the ROTC medals. The President stated that the Chapter would take full advantage of these opportunities.


The President then inducted Eric Stutzman into membership. Eric is the son of Dan Stutzman and our most recent member.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick introduced Valerie Bagenski the President of the Fort Brook’s Chapter of the CAR. Valerie gave a short presentation on the history of the CAR and the Fort Brook’s Chapter. The chapter is named for Fort Brook, an army installation dating back to the beginnings of Tampa. The local CAR chapter is named for this fort.


Each year the state CAR adopts a project for the members. This year they are focusing their efforts on veterans by raising money and donating items for their care.


Another project is to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Teddy Bear. Valerie shared the history of the toy, which though in some dispute, seems to have originated in Germany. The popularity of the toy in the US stems from an incident attributed to President Teddy Roosevelt which she shared with the membership.


The CAR then presented the Tampa Chapter with a CAR pin. We have proudly affixed it to the ribbons on our flag.


June Bolen won the 50/50 drawing. She offered to donate her share to the CAR chapter. The membership agreed to donate the chapter share. Thus the CAR treasury was enriched by $12.00.


President Tetrick led the recessional and gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:31 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary