Minutes of the Sept. 20, 2003 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:00. Jim Washburn offered the invocation. Secretary Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Claude Ritchie, Cy Gamber, Dwight Tetrick, Jack Bolen, Walter Lane, Jack Bolen, Rod Stebbins, Luther Lloyd, Jim Washburn, Edward Neugaard, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests: June Bolen, Fimi Ritchie, Jeanne Lloyd, Joseph Dato, Steven Hall, and Thierry De Seguins-Cohorn


The president recognized the guests and then asked Compatriot Seguins-Cohorn to address the meeting. He is a thirty year member of the French Society of the SAR. He briefly told of his current work with the US military in the area of counter terrorism.


The SAR membership approved the minutes of the May meeting as distributed.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,398.85.


President Tetrick reported receiving the status of several new members.


The Secretary, on behalf of the State Society, presented Dwight Tetrick with a Liberty Medal and certificate. This was awarded at the 2003 National Congress in recognition of the fact that Dwight has recruited and sponsored ten members into the society.


President Tetrick announced that the Fort Brook Chapter of the CAR will hold its January meeting at the Seminole Indian Village. Dwight announced that he would be attending and invited other members to join him.


Edward Neugaard asked about presenting flag certificates to persons flying the flag. Rodney Stebbins reported on how the chapter had presented certificates in his community. The president will get with Edward to work out handing out additional certificates to some residents Edward knows.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


Rodney Stebbins reported that the Tampa Chapter now has a website, patriot-web.com. He described some of its features. Members can choose to add their names and other information to the site.


The secretary asked if the site had been linked to the state and national society web page. Rodney said that our site had links to the state and national, but not the other way round. The secretary offered to contact Dick Fowler, webmaster of the FLSSAR website, to have a link posted at www.flssar.org.


Dwight also reported on the progress made in planting a Liberty Tree.


Jack Bolen introduced Joseph Dato and Steven Hall members of the Rough Riders organization. Steven presented a brief history of the story of Rough Riders and Teddy Roosevelt. Steven discussed the current Rough Riders organization today beginning with its founding in 1978. They are dedicated to the preservation of Tampaís history and the memory of Teddy Roosevelt. They currently have close to 600 members and perform a number of community projects for the Tampa area.


Jim Washburn won the 50/50 and donated his share to the chapter. $12.00 was thus added to the treasury.


President Tetrick led the recessional and Jim Washburn gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 2:03.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary