Minutes of the November 18, 2006 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bolen called the meeting to order at 12:02. The President offered the invocation. The secretary led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jack Bolen, John Skillman, Ken Skillman, Ed Neugaard, Alan Bell, Don Weir, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  Dick Hurley, and Chuck Sheldon prospective members


The president introduced the guests.


The minutes of the October meeting were approved.


The secretary reminded the membership that dues are now payable for 2007. The state and national amounts remain the same. As the state society has dropped their 365 club we will not be soliciting additional donations for the Endowment Trust fund.


At the October meeting a request was made for membership directories. The secretary completed this task and brought copies to the meeting for distribution.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $1,961.13.


On behalf of the registrar, Luke Lloyd, the president gave an update on the status of those applying for membership. He commented on the fine job Luke has done this year as registrar. There are 18 gentlemen currently at some point in the application process.


Under new business Ken discussed the newsletter. He explained to the membership how the newsletter is currently being produced. It is a significant effort in both time and money. He suggested the chapter consider outsourcing the production side of the newsletter. The company he has in mind would use high quality digital printing. The cost for everything would work out to $2.25/ newsletter for 40 copies. There was much positive discussion about the financial issues. Bob Yarnell moved and Ed Neugaard seconded that the chapter dues be raised to $15.00 per year beginning with 2007. The increase would not be enough to cover the additional cost of the newsletter but the chapter would commit to absorbing the rest from the treasury. The motion also included adopting Ken’s proposal for handling the newsletter. The motion passed.


With regard to paying for newsletters sent to prospective members, Ken suggested we institute an “ambassador” program. Each month a current member would be asked to be the ambassador. This would entail a donation of $25.00 to cover the cost of mailing the newsletters to these prospects. All were in agreement. John Skillman volunteered to be the first ambassador.


The next item of business was the newly formed color guard and items needed by the group. Allen Bell moved that the chapter purchase a Betsy Ross flag, 2 adjustable poles, 2 parade belts and 2 flag tops for the color guard. In addition the President is given the authority to purchase an SAR flag if the current one proves not to be suitable for use in a parade. The cost will be approximately $400. Bob Yarnell seconded. The motion carried.


The slate of officers for 2007 was put forth in nomination with two additions. Ken Skillman agreed to continue being the newsletter editor and Don Weir was nominated for Sergeant at Arms. The slate was approved by acclamation.


Ken moved that we present a certificate of appreciation to Debbie Hladych, the wonderful server who hosts us each month, for her kindness over many years to the chapter. The motion passed.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


President Bolen reconvened the meeting and introduced Bob Yarnell who presented the program. He addressed the question, “Which group deserves the title of having held the first Thanksgiving?” Many groups came to the new world and most celebrated some sort of thanksgiving event. In the course of his presentation Bob explained the claims of these groups:

-          The Berkeley Plantation in Virginia 1619

-          The French Huegonots, in Florida 1564

-          The Spanish at St. Augustine 1565

-          The Juan de Onala Expedition, Rio Grande Texas, 1598

-          Popham Colony in Maine, 1607

-          Coronado, in Texas 1541

-          Plymouth religious, 1623

-          New Foundland, 1578

-          Harvest Celebration, Separatists, Plymouth, Mass. 1621


Three criteria could be considered. First that there was a religious service; Second that food was present; Third that the event was perpetuated. The Berkeley Plantation is the only event that satisfied all three criteria. Bob prepared a “tournament” bracket and the membership enjoyed working through the “contest” to see who deserved the honor. While there was some dissention, the majority of the members voted the Berkeley Plantation the honor of holding the first Thanksgiving.


Don won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $6.00.


President Bolen led the recessional. The meeting adjourned at 1:42 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary