Minutes of the February 17, 2007 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Neugaard called the meeting to order at 12:04. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Don Weir led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Luke Lloyd, John Skillman, Ken Skillman, Ed Neugaard, Alan Bell, Marty Miller, Don Weir, Roger Quackenbush, Dick Hurley, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  Tom and Darleen Choepski, Bill and Dotty Love


The president introduced the guests.


The minutes of the January meeting were approved. The secretary thanked Bob Yarnell for filling taking the minutes in his absence.


The secretary had three items of business.

At the recent state Board of Management meeting a request was made of the chapters to report their efforts regarding get the “Keyhole to History” CD’s aired on local radio stations. The members who have the CD’s agreed to report their efforts in March.


“Chapter Ambassadors”, members who donate $25 to offset the cost of mailing the newsletter to prospective members, are needed. President Neugaard agreed to cover March.


The chapter received a check from the Florida Society Endowment Trust Fund for $84.73 which is the remaining amount due for reimbursement of our expenses for the ROTC medals last year. The secretary related the circumstances under which 7 members of the Florida Society contributed the money necessary to cover our check as well as the needs of several other chapters.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,108.87.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, gave an update on Jack Bolen’s status after his back surgery this week. The prospective list is now up to 21. Two of these came from the Florida Society. Dick Hurley noted that the National website showed his application as approved- which is welcome news for the chapter. Luke also reported on the status of other prospects.


Allen Bell gave a brief update on the color guard. Three members are ready to go and the first outing will be Friday, March 3rd at the state CAR meeting where the unit will provide the color guard. The group also hopes to participate in the Lutz 4th of July parade.


In new business, the secretary reported on the plans for this year’s JROTC presentations and luncheon. The units will be sending us the dates of their awards ceremonies and the secretary offered to pass these along to members that wished to present the medal at a particular school.


Don Weir talked about an idea to provide a small booklet containing the Constitution and amendments to middle and high school students. The membership very much liked the idea. There was some discussion of how best to proceed. Having a member, in uniform, pass out the booklets as part of some presentation would be a possible avenue to pursue. This might be especially effective in the middle school. Ken suggested that the information in the booklets might be made available on our website. This would eliminate the cost of purchasing the printed booklets. The JROTC students are another potential audience.


Several members shared books on revolutionary war people that the others might enjoy.


President Neugaard, in honor of George Washington, read a brief biography of our first president.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


President Neugaard introduced Vice President Bell who introduced our speaker Floyd Head the owner of Head’s Flags. He began his remarks by recounting how he came to be in the flag business. It began in a bit of an accidental way at an auction and a realization that there was no place in Tampa to purchase current or historical flags other than an American or Canadian flag.


Mr. Head then showed several flags from the revolutionary war era and recounted various stories about each. One was the “Sons of Liberty” flag adopted by the colonist who participated in the Boston tea party. It is solely made of red and white stripes. Another is considered the oldest “American” flag. He has detailed information on this flag available at his store for those who stop in. The flags and interesting stories continued as Mr. Head emptied a box of flags for the benefit of the members. His last flags were the “Tampa” and “Hillsborough” flags and he explained the symbolism contained in each. Mr. Head ended with an original poem


President Neugaard thanked Mr. Head for his presentation.


Kevin won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $7.00.


President Neugaard led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd offered the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:36 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary