Minutes of the January 26, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Neugaard called the meeting to order at 12:00. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Robert Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Luke Lloyd, Richard Hardesty, Dick Hurley, Cy Gamber, Allen Bell, Rod Stebbins, John Skillman, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  FLSSAR President Grant Wallin, Jr., his wife Pat, FLSSAR Regional VP Nelson Jantzen, Jeanne Lloyd, Ben Ridder, Doug Brown and his wife Emily, Dick Young and his wife Lissette. Ben, Doug, and Dick are prospective members.


The guests were introduced by various members.


The minutes of the December meeting were approved.


The secretary relayed a note from the Saramana chapter regarding a Veterans award they will present at their February meeting.


The Treasure reported a balance a checking balance of $2,359.37 and a petty cash amount of $115.19. Marty Miller agreed to audit the chapter treasury records again. Also, the membership agreed to allow the treasurer to destroy the records from 2004. It is the custom of the chapter to retain only 3 years of financial records.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, reported that we have one supplemental application at National.  We currently have 26 contacts on the prospective list. The president presented Dick Hurley with an approved supplemental certificate.


Allen Bell reported that the color guard performed for the December meeting with the CAR. More members are needed and anyone interested should speak with him.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


Following lunch the President reconvened the meeting at which time FLSSAR President Grant Wallin installed the following officers for the 2008 term.

            President: Allen Bell

            Vice President: Bob Yarnell

            Secretary / Treasurer: Kevin Yarnell

            Registrar: Luke Lloyd

            Chaplain: Luke Lloyd

            Sergeant at Arms: Don Weir


Newly elected President Bell took a few minutes to introduce himself to the members then introduced President Wallin who addressed the members on the theme of “get involved”. He discussed several programs that are in need of assistance. In particular Grant highlighted the youth programs and the 225 anniversary of the Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution. An associate program for men working on their application has been very successful in the Clearwater and Grant suggested it as a possible idea for the Tampa Chapter.


President Wallin highlighted the state Education Committee and the work that group is doing to improve the teaching of American History in the school. The need for excellence in this area is clear. The members were encouraged to support the Education Committee as they work to shape legislation that would address this need. He closed by inviting the members to the annual / spring BOM in May.


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


President Bell led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:04 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary