Minutes of the December 20, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:05 and instructed the uniformed color guard to post the colors. The secretary offered the invocation. DeVaux McClain led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present:: Luke Lloyd, Jack Bolen, Cy Gamber, Barry Marler, Marty Miller, DeVaux McClain, Ira Ward, Dick Young, Robert Koehler, Alan Bell, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

CAR members present: Ms. Mimi Leroy-Marler, State Sr. 1st VP and Fort Brooke Society Treasurer; Valerie Bagenski, Florida CAR President; Chrissy Herreid, Florida CAR 2nd VP, and Fort Brooke President; Dr. Charlene Herreid, Fort Brooke Sr. President; Lily Calary, a prospective CAR member and her parents Bill and Pam Calary

Welcome guests: Jeanne Lloyd, June Bolen, Lisette Young, and Chuck Hawley a prospective member.


Members’ wives and guests were introduced as were the CAR members.


The minutes of the November meeting were approved.


The secretary reported that dues are coming in slowly. So far only 18 members have paid their 2009 dues. He will send out reminders in the next few days.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,877.86. Of this $759.65 is obligated for dues and donations leaving the chapter a net of $2,118.21.


Luke Lloyd gave the registrar’s report. In the last month he’s received four new contacts, two of which have submitted applications. The chapter currently has 1 new member application and two supplemental applications at National pending approval. Dick Young’s application was approved earlier in the month and so becomes our newest member.


Allen Bell reported that the Color Guard will be aiding a local Boy Scout troop with their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge in April or May. This will involve a presentation by the color guard members of about 20-30 minutes.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


Following lunch the President introduced Bob Yarnell who, in turn, introduced Valarie Bagenski, the Florida CAR president. She spoke on the CAR theme for the year, “Discovering Florida’s Roadside Attractions”. The local chapters have made an effort to visit some of these attractions that are still in existence. The money collected through the sale of pins is being donated to the Museum of Florida History to support their Florida Tourist Memorabilia collection. One of the things the museum is doing is collecting postcards and brochures from these attractions and preserving them. Valerie reported that the CAR members are enjoying the trips to these destinations despite the absence of modern rides.


At this point Vice President Yarnell rearranged the seating to get some CAR members at each table with SAR members. The groups were then challenged to complete a crossword puzzle dealing with the Revolution and colonial times. Dr. Herreid, on behalf of the CAR, gave prizes to the group who completed the puzzle first.


Chuck Hawley won the 50/50 drawing winning $7.00.


President Bell led the recessional. The secretary gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:26 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary