Minutes of the February 21, 2004 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Tetrick called the meeting to order at 12:02. Chaplain Washburn offered the invocation. Chuck Grant led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Dwight Tetrick, Jack Bolen, Luther Lloyd, Rodney Stebbins, Marty Miller, Jim Washburn, Walter Lane, Don Millleton, Dan Stutzman, Bob Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: June Bolen, Billie Washburn, Chuck Grant (potential member), and John Skillman (potential member)


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


The secretary reported receiving confirmation of 5 new members from National. The certificates have not yet been signed by the State President and will be presented at a future meeting. He also thanked Rod Stebbins for his work on the Chapter yearbook but pointed out that the information on the 2003-2004 State Officers printed in the booklet are incorrect. He referred the membership to the state website (www.flssar.org) for the correct list.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,105.51. He asked Marty Miller to report on the audit conducted on the 2003 books. Marty reported that the books balanced and that he found no errors in the data.


The president reported on the status of various people in the process of applying for membership.


The ROTC medals were discussed briefly. The secretary reported that heíd have a listing of the units and dates of their award ceremonies so that members might volunteer to present the award on behalf of the chapter.


Rod Stebbins discussed a society based on having an ancestor that was an officer for the Union in the Civil War. He was able to recently join this group. A discussion of other ancestral societies ensued.


There being no other business the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Tetrick introduced the Vice President Jack Bolen who, in turn, introduced Don Middleton, an 11th grade US History teacher at Hillsborough High School, who provided the program.


Donís presented a fine program on George Washington. He began by asking the membership to complete a short quiz and discussed the answers along with other myths about George. Next Don gave a chronological presentation of Washingtonís life.


Don concluded by telling the membership about a group of students at Hillsborough High who are completing in a contest sponsored by the History Channel. The History Channel is looking to motivate students in the area of preservation. Donís group has set forth four major projects that they will complete. Each deals with preserving the building and history of the High School. The membership was encouraged by this news and wished Don the best in this effort.


A brief question and comment session followed.


John Skillman won the 50/50 drawing. The chapter treasury was enriched by $10.00.


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


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary