Minutes of the September 16, 2006 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bolen called the meeting to order at 12:00. Chaplain Richard Hardesty offered the invocation. Allen Bell led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, Marty Miller, Dwight Tetrick, Richard Hardesty, Alan Bell, Ken Skillman, Roger Quackenbush, Luther Lloyd II, Luther Lloyd III, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Ralph Lloyd, Kathy Quackenbush, Kumi Skillman, Jim Badger, Liz Becraft


The president introduced the guests.


The minutes of the May meeting were approved.


The secretary read two thank you notes regarding our JROTC presentations and reported that 6 years worth of the chapter minutes are now available on the chapter website. This is part of the ongoing process to capture the history of the Tampa and Florida Society SAR.


The treasurer reported receipt of a check from the Florida Society Endowment Trust Fund in the amount of $144.00 for reimbursement of one half of our expenses for the JROTC and ROTC medals. The current balance of the treasury is $2109.65.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on the status of those applying for membership. Five applications and 1 supplemental application were recently approved. We have 1 pending membership application at National. He is currently working with 16 membership and 4 supplemental applications.


Luke moved that the chapter provide an SAR lapel pin to be presented to new members. The cost is $4.00. Richard Hardesty seconded the motion which passed without dissent.


Allen Bell gave a progress report on the Color Guard. We need to decide on a name, type of uniforms and level of commitment. The president gave some background on this idea for the benefit of the new members and guests. Allen will email those who have expressed an interest to move forward with the idea.


There being no further old business the meeting recessed for lunch.


President Bolen reconvened the meeting. Under new business, he suggested that we move the November meeting to the 2nd Saturday of the month which would be Nov. 11th. Luke pointed out that this was Veterans Day and might affect attendance. Motion passed. President Bolen reviewed the meeting topics for the remainder of the year.


Next the President presented the new members with their certificates. Roger Quackenbush,Luther Lloyd II, Luther Lloyd, III each accepted their membership into the SAR.


Dwight Tetrick was next presented an oak leaf cluster for his Liberty Medal. That brings his total recruiting to 40 members.


Continuing under new business, Dwight asked for the floor and for the benefit of the new members and guests recounted the chapterís efforts to plan and dedicated the Liberty Tree at Al Lopez Park. The city presented Dwight with a plague in appreciation for our efforts. Dwight presented the plague to the chapter for their archives.


Over many years Janett Tetrick provided a great deal of service and support to the chapter. Her geological assistance aided any number of Tampa chapter members in securing their membership into the SAR. The chapter previously had honored Janett with all available SAR sanctioned awards, however these did not, in the opinion of the members, adequately express our feelings of gratitude. Thus, the chapter commissioned a special Presidentís award. This award will be given to a friend of the chapter or member who, having received all other SAR awards is still deserving of recognition. President Bolen observed that he thought the award might not be given again for many years.


Janett recently lost her battle with cancer. She will be greatly missed by the membership who counted her a true friend. President Bolen, on behalf of the membership announced that Janett would be receiving this Presidentís award posthumously. Dwight received the award on Janettís behalf. Liz Becraft, a life-long friend, shared with the members a delightful story about Janett revealing a side of her personality not know to most.


Roger won the 50/50 drawing and donated his share to the chapter. The treasury was thus enriched by $16.00.


President Bolen led the recessional. Chaplain Hardesty gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:29 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary