Minutes of the December 20, 2003 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:15. Chaplain Washburn offered the invocation. The Rod Stebbins 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, Luther Lloyd, Rodney Stebbins, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Jim Washburn, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: Janett Tetrick, Jeanne Lloyd, Billie Washburn, Chuck Grant and John Skillman (potential members), three CAR members Valerie Bagenski, Jennifer Bagenski, Barry Marler, and two of their advisors Pam Poagenski and Mimi Leroy-Marler.


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


The secretary reported that the annual report currently had 18 members and would be submitted late next week. Ten currently have not paid their dues. It is hoped that some of these may submit their dues in the next few weeks. Two have resigned.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,969.60.


Rod Stebbins reported on his work in compiling an ancestry database. As an example of the benefits of this work he was able to take information provided by Jim Washburn concerning his ancestors and link it with data already collected. The merger in this case succeeded in linking Compatriot Washburn with a Mayflower descendant. Money raised from this effort is being donated via the Tampa Chapter to the Fort Brook Chapter of the CAR.


An extensive, impromptu question and answer question followed this.


The president reported on the status of various people in the process of applying for membership. He also showed a mockup of the plague to be used for our Liberty Tree. The sight has still not been selected.


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 brief outline of their activities planned for the coming year. It was an extensive list.  She also offered an “American History Fact”. This is a practice at their regular meetings. Valerie shared with us some details about the first president of the US under the articles of confederation.


Next Barry Marlar spoke about the state CAR yearly project. They are hoping to raise money to buy car child seats for needy children by selling pins. Valerie presented Dwight with one of the pins.


Chuck Grant won the 50/50 drawing. The chapter treasury was enriched by $12.00.


President Tetrick led the recessional and gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 2:01 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary