Minutes of the December 18, 2010 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


Vice President Robert Yarnell called the meeting to order at 12:00. Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The President led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Marty Miller, Paul Farley, Chuck Copeland, Jack Bolen, Bill Floyd, Chuck Hawley, John Sessums, Ed Neugaard, John Skillman, Dick Young, Charles Klug- our newest member, Robert Yarnell, Gray Reece, Doug Brown and Kevin Yarnell. Also, Terry Doan of the Emerald Coast has recently moved to the area and will be joining the Tampa Chapter as a dual member.


Welcome guests: Edna Broyles, Regent of the DAR

Wives: Lissette Young, Judy Copeland, Mrs. Brown

            Leo Kelly prospective member


Chrissy Herreid - Florida C.A.R President, Dr. Charlene Herreid, Valarie Bagenski- honorary state C.A.R. President, Pam Bagenski, Mimi Leroy-Marler


The Vice President asked the members to introduce themselves as we are blessed to have several new faces in the room.


The minutes of the November meeting were approved.  


Our Treasurer, Chuck Copeland, reported a balance of $3,066.29 in the checking account and $90.88 in cash. He received a check for $100 from the Wounded Warrior Benefit in which our color guard participated earlier this fall. Chuck moved that we add this money to the collection we are making for the program. The motion was seconded and passed.


The secretary had nothing to report.


Jack Bolen reported on the next function of the Color Guard – Presenting the colors at the Florida C.A.R. state meeting on March 12, 2010.


Vice President Yarnell presented Dr. Charlene Herreid with the SAR Medal of Appreciation in appreciation for all her work with the C.A.R. and her cooperation with our Chapter.


Next Christie Herreid, current President of the Florida C.A.R. made a brief presentation regarding the National C.A.R. project. Their goal is to raise funds to aid in the restoration and upgrade of the display cases for “Great Essentials Exhibit” at the National Archives which displays the Declaration of Independence and the other founding documents. Chrissy Herreid, Florida C.A.R President, presented the Florida State C.A.R. project entitled, “S.O.S. Save our Springs”.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


The Vice President introduced John Skillman who began the program on the Founding Fathers. He began by sharing with the members the recent conference on George Washington sponsored by the NSSAR. John found the presentations to be excellent and encouraged us to attend this year’s conference on African Americans in the Revolution to be held in Baltimore this summer.


John then reviewed a short timeline of the Revolution and then brief biographies of George Washington and John Adams. Bob then joined John to start the interactive part asking, “If you could ask a question of either George Washington or John Adams, what would it be?” Several members volunteered suggestions. At the same time the members took advantage of John and Bob’s expertise to ask some questions regarding the founders and the early years of the United State.


John then moved to Alexander Hamilton, giving some brief background, and focusing on his work in consolidating the war debt and establishing the national bank. A brief background of Jefferson was next with more suggested questions that the members would ask these founders.


Bob provided an interesting look at 4 of the founders:

-          James Madison: You’d want him to take your SATs

-          Alexander Hamilton: You’d want him to take charge of your startup company

-          John Adams: He’d win an argument you wanted fought; in part because he didn’t mind offending people

-          Thomas Jefferson: You’d want him to help you explain a reasoned argument and to work behind the scenes for a cause


Our speakers recommended several books that might aid the members in their further study.

McCullough, David. John Adams. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001.

McCullough, David. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Ellis, Joseph J. Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.

Ellis, Joseph J. His Excellency: George Washington. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2004.

Ellis, Joseph J. American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Chernow, Ron. Alexander Hamilton. New York: The Penguin Press, 2004.

Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2003.

Henriques, Peter R. Realistic Visionary: A Portrait of George Washington. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2006.


Mrs. Leroy-Marler won the 50/50. She donated the money to the chapter and thus the treasury was enriched by $20.00.


The Vice President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at 1:34pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary