Minutes of the January 25, 2003 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:06. Chaplain Jim Washburn offered the invocation. The president led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.


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


Welcome guests: June Bolen and Larry Bradley State Sr. Vice President. Rod Stebbins and Don Middleton, both potential members, were also present.


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


The secretary reported receiving dues from Robert Hill and Ted Dickerson bringing our membership to 22 for 2003. He attended the state BOM meeting last weekend. While there he picked up Eric Stutzmanís membership certificate and several additional copies of the Florida Patriot. These were overruns from the last publication. The state editor hoped that we might donate these to local libraries.


The treasurer reported sending a $25.00 donation on behalf of the chapter for the state and national efforts to raise the amount of prize money offered in that youth competition. This was done after a request came to President Tetrick from the state ROTC chairman and the resulting consultation with the chapter officers. The current balance is $2,112.72.


The President commented on the scrapbooks that the secretary had updated and had on display for the meeting. He then proposed that the chapter purchase a digital camera. The discussion that followed indicated that some research was required. The President asked the secretary to perform this research and report back during the February meeting. He also appointed Rod Stebbins as the chair of a new committee to deal with the technology issues of the chapter.


Vice President Bolen reported on Fred Patton who is currently in the hospital. Fortunately, he is making good progress and may be returning home soon.


The President received an invitation from Charleen Herreid inviting him or another member to the 100th anniversary of the DeSoto Chapter of the NSDAR. No member expressed an interest in attending. President Tetrick also made available wallet calendars courtesy of the Order of Purple Heart.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick introduced Compatriot Bradley who inducted the chapter officers for 2003. He then spoke to the membership concerning recent events in the State and National society. The National Society is currently raising money for a new library and museum. The library receives an additional 1,500 volumes each year. The current building that houses both national offices and the library was not originally built by the SAR and not intended to house a library and the resulting weight. In addition there is no room for the expanding collection. The speaker has personally used the library facilities and found them to very useful. The fund-raising for this project is progressing well. Approximately 1.7 million of the required 3 million dollars needed has been raised.

††††††††††† Compatriot Bradley then discussed the national census survey project. Members are providing information on relatives that are eligible for membership on a survey form. This information is then being distributed to the closest chapter as a source of new members.

††††††††††† Finally, the speaker encouraged the members to attend the state BOM meetings. There is a continual need for new members and leaders of the thirty stating state committee and he encouraged the members to consider participation at the state level.

††††††††††† A brief question and answer question session followed.


June Bolen won the 50/50 drawing (again!). Thus the treasury was enriched by $5.00.


President Tetrick led the recessional and Chaplain Washburn benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:37 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary