Minutes of the March 28, 2009 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:03. Luke Lloyd 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 Sessums, Ira Ward, Marty Miller, Roger Quackenbush, Devaux McLean, Ed Neugaard, Luke Lloyd, Allen, Bell, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  Prospective members Chuck Hawley and Terrell Sussums; June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Licia Sessums, Phyllis Ward, Captain Derrick Ryan and his wife Debbie.


The President introduced the guests.


The minutes of the February meeting were approved with additions made to the list of members present.   


John Skillman announced that he had secure Lt. Gen. James Ellis as our speaker for the November meeting.


The secretary made several announcements:

-          He thanked Vice President Yarnell for assuming the duties of secretary at the last meeting

-          The first commemoration of the Battle of Pensacola will be held May 8-9. The secretary had information available.

-          At the FLSSAR annual meeting, April 24-25, eight changes to the society bylaws will be considered. The proposed changes will be printed in the Patriot magazine which is expected to be mailed next week. Members were asked to consider these so that, if necessary, they might be briefly discussed at the April meeting.

-          The National Society is considering an increase of $60 in the new member application fee. The secretary solicited feedback as the topic would be considered at the next FLSSAR Board of Management meeting so that the FLSSAR delegates to the National Congress can be instructed on voting this matter. The consensus of the members was clearly that the increased seemed like a poor idea and if there was a need for funds, perhaps to hire another genealogist, then the National Society needed to do a better job of communicating this need.

-          The National Congress will be held in Atlanta this year. Any member is able to attend and the Florida Society still needs voting delegates. The secretary offered more information if anyone had an interest.

-          Our next meeting will be the annual JROTC luncheon. Some of the details were briefly discussed. Copies of the invitation that was mailed to the ROTC units were available.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,698.62 and petty cash of $48.47. During the month the treasurer moved $125 from petty cash to the checking account.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, reported that National had approved the change to require documentation for “center check marked” DAR applications that are used as proof. This means that future applications must provide proof for these items that, until now, had been acceptable with just the DAR application. This is causing delay and extra work in getting applications ready. Currently the chapter has four applications at National and several more in progress. 


The Compatriot Bell, as commander of the color guard unit reported on the unit’s recent attendance at the Florida Children of the American Revolution state meeting held here in Tampa last Saturday evening. The unit provided the main color guard for the start of their main banquet. The secretary had a certificate of appreciation and photo on display.


In old business the secretary inquired of the membership how they wished to respond to the FLSSAR President’s call for support of the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage. The membership, while supportive of the project as evidenced by a recent chapter donation, was not inclined to do anything else at this time. The secretary will send on the “seed” donation make by the FLSSAR President at the last meeting with a note to National expressing our current view of the Society’s responsiveness to local chapter needs.


Under new business Luke Lloyd and Jack Bolen reported on their judging of the Poster Contest. First Place went to Ty Woods (10 years old, 4th Grade), second Place to Samantha Talley (10 years old, 5th grade), third Place to Aisling Moss (10 years old, 4th grade). The men commented on the improved quality and quantity of the entries for this year. Jack moved that the chapter purchase small trophies (approximately $30) and provide cash prizes of $50, $35, and $25. The motioned was seconded by John Skillman and passed without dissent. The membership decided that May would be the best month to invite the students and their parents to our meeting for the presentation.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


The President reconvened the meeting and introduced Vice President Yarnell who introduced Captain Derrick Ryan, our recipient for the Fire Safety Award. Derrick Ryan is a Tampa native, Leto High School graduate and a 23 year veteran of Hillsborough Fire-rescue. Captain Ryan received the Timothy Rumrell Medal of Valor for actions on June 7, 2008 reacting to a shooting on that day that claimed the lives another Captain (Chris Artigas) as well as 2 other people and injured several deputies.


Captain Ryan first observed that he wasn’t entirely convinced that he was deserving of any award thinking instead that he had done only what was expected. He then recounted the story of that day. It isn’t possible to include the details of the Captain’s story here, but the membership was in rapt attention throughout the presentation. After answering a few questions, Captain Ryan was presented with the SAR Fire Safety Award by President Bell.


John Skillman won the 50/50 drawing and graciously donated his share to the chapter. The treasury was thus enriched by $24.00.


Luke Lloyd gave the benediction. The President led the recessional and adjourned the meeting at 1:55 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary