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


President Bolen called the meeting to order at 12:00. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Roger Quackenbush 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, Marty Miller, Don Weir, Cy Gamber, Barry Marler, Roger Quackenbush, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  John Sessums a prospective member, Kathy Quackenbuck, June Bolen, Mrs. Ken Skillman, Charlene Herreid, Kelly Herreid, Chrissy Herreid, Elizabeth Walker, Pamela Bagenski, Jen Bagenski, Valerie Bagenski, and Mimi Leroy-Marler.


The president introduced the guests.


The minutes of the November meeting were approved.


The secretary reminded the membership that dues are now payable for 2007. Twenty-three members have renewed thus far. Two notes that members had included with their dues were read. One requested that the chapter consider a non-Saturday meeting at some point during the year.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,633.68. He noted that $810 is dues that will be sent to the state and National.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on the status of those applying for membership. He recapped the year which included 6 new members, 1 supplemental, 1 transfer from Alabama. There are 18 gentlemen currently at some point in the application process.


Allen Bell gave a brief update on the color guard. He and president Bolen attended the meeting in their new colonial uniforms. Other members are working on acquiring their uniforms as well. The President showed the color guard’s new “Betsy Ross” flag. Our old SAR flag was able to be used and mounted on a new pole. Both poles are telescoping. Harnesses were also purchased so that the flags may be used in parades and similar activities.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


President Bolen reconvened the meeting and introduced Bob Yarnell who presented the Fort Brooks CAR chapter. Kelly Herreid current Florida CAR President presented the program on the “Wild, Wild East: Florida’s Frontier Heritage”. The CAR chooses a state program each year. This year’s program is to study Florida’s frontier heritage. In particular they hope to raise funds for a new brochure for the Florida Cracker Cattle Association. The brochure will inform the public about the Cracker Cattle breeding program and to encourage cattle-raising families to continue to expand their involvement in the breeding program.


Kelly presented a project pin to President Bolen and then introduced Charlene Herreid who spoke on the Fort Brooks chapter efforts to put together a book giving stories of frontier ancestors. She invited the members to contribute a story should they have an ancestor that lived in Florida in the nineteenth century.


Robert Yarnell concluded the program with a reminder of why the study of history is important and thanked the CAR for their program and work.


President Bolen presented a certificate of appreciation to Debbie Hladych our server of many years at the Picadilly Restaurant.


Ed won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $11.00.


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


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary