Minutes of the December 19, 2009 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:08. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Jack Bolen led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jack Bolen, Marty Miller, John Sessums, Allen, Bell, Chuck Copeland, Ed Neugaard, Dick Young, Robert Koehler, Luke Lloyd II, Cy Gamber, Milton Alexander, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.


Welcome guests:

From the CAR: Jennifer Bagenski, Valerie Bagenski, Chrisy Harreid, and adults Charlene Harreid, and Mimi Leroy-Marler,

Wives: June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Judy Copeland, and Lissette Young,

Other guests: Edna Broyles who is Regent of the De Soto chapter DAR, and Officer John Vallejo our Law Enforcement Medal recipient


The President introduced the guests.


The minutes of the November meeting were approved.   


The secretary reported on the collection of dues and reminded the membership of the next Board of Management meeting in Kissimmee to be held January 15 & 16. He announced the graduation of Bear Marler from Georgia Tech and his commissioning into the Air Force. His mother, Mimi shared Bear’s deployment plans and some pictures from the events.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $3,194.96 and petty cash of $28.26. The balance is inflated with the 2010 dues that have yet to be paid to National. The treasurer transferred $70.00 from petty cash to the checking account.


Luke Lloyd gave a brief report on his activity as registrar. The potential list now stands at 54. Seven applications and one supplemental are at National. William Vassar was approved. He announced a Genealogy workshop at the Tampa History Center on February 13, 2010 from 9:00noon. The speaker will be Debbie Duay who is excellent and has presented at past Florida Society meetings.


Luke also reported that Rod Stebbins spent nearly a month in the hospital and was, at one point, near death. He returned home a few days ago. Luke suggested phone calls and cards from the membership would be appreciated.


Jack Bolen thanked Edna Broyles for representing the DAR. Charlene and Mimi are also De Soto chapter members.


Luke took a moment of personal privilege to announce the publication of his book, “Out of Darkness“. As he put it, the completion of the book should be an encouragement to us all as we contemplate attempting new things.


Cy Gamber shared with the membership that Pennsylvania has begun digitizing maps. He was able to use this data to find the location of his ancestor’s home and encouraged others to try this resource.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


The President called the meeting to order and presented the SAR Law Enforcement medal to John Vallejo. Officer Vallejo works for the Tampa Police department having spent 19 years as a traffic and homicide investigator. He was chosen for the award for his extraordinary work in the area of DUI arrests. Officer Vallejo has been a DUI investigator for 14 years and has been responsible for over 2,200 arrests. Further, he conducts education programs and participates in community events to raise awareness to the problem of drinking and driving. Since 1998 more than 80,000 students have participated in an education program originated by Officer Vallejo.


A lively question and answer session followed the presentation which undoubtedly added to the knowledge of the membership.


The President then called on Vice President Yarnell to introduce the CAR. Chrisy took the floor and explained to the membership the CAR state project – Preserving Florida’s Waterways. Donations will be going to the St. John’s River Keepers, a private organization that works to safeguard the St. John’s River. Chrisy related some of the work of this organization and shared that the members from Fort Brooke went to Jacksonville on an outing to aid in cleaning up a tributary of the St. John’s river.


Following the presentation, the Vice President encouraged the CAR members to join the SAR in small groups and passed out a crossword puzzle on pre-revolutionary times. The CAR provided small prizes for the winning group.


Our guest Edna Broyles won the 50/50 and donated the proceeds to the CAR. $5.00 was added to the chapter treasury.


The President led the recessional, Luke Lloyd gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at 1:52pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary