Minutes of the February 19, 2011 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Lloyd called the meeting to order at 11:59. Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The President led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Marty Miller, Luke Lloyd, Terry Doan, Chuck Copeland, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Roger Quackenbush, John Sessums, Chuck Hawley, John Skillman, Charles Klug, Milt Alexander, Robert Koehler, Paul Farley Gray Reece, Dick Young, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell


Welcome guests:

Wives: June Bolen DAR Regent, Lissette Young, Judy Copeland, Kathy Quackenbush, and Ellie Skillman

Other guests: prospective members Leo Kelly and Kerry Brown; Ken Nichol, Victoria Blake; Katherine Szydlowski, (daughter of the Lloyds) and her children Thomas, Megan, Caroline


In our continuing effort to get to know our members, the President asked Robert Yarnell to give a brief self-introduction.


John Skillman gave a brief report on the recent Florida Board of Management meeting. He’ll be attending the Last Naval Battle celebration and invited others to join him.


The President and members introduced the guests.


The minutes of the January meeting were approved.  


The secretary related some emails from members that were unable to attend. Our ROTC program will begin in earnest next month. Details for the April luncheon were provided and the secretary asked for volunteers to help with making the award presentations at the high schools.


The President asked the secretary to provide some further explanation of the Chapter Challenge Contest run by the Florida Society which he provided.


Treasurer Chuck Copeland reported a checking account balance of $2,548.56 and cash of $136.88 for a total of $2,685.44.


On behalf of the Chapter Color Guard, Alan announced that the group will be presenting the colors at the March 12th C.A.R. State Annual Meeting to be held in Tampa. Also a Massing of the Colors will be held Sunday, March 6th. The group participated in this event last year and hopes to do so again. Alan will be getting the details to the Color Guard members when they are finalized.


Alan Bell, the chapter registrar, reported on the status of our prospective members. We have 2 membership applications pending at national. A third prospect is nearly complete as are nearly a dozen supplemental applications


Under old business, Terrell Sessums researched the issue of liability insurance and sent his findings to the President. Based on this information, the chapter decided that such insurance was not necessary.


Chuck Copeland, as Treasurer, requested that the chapter books be audited. The President asked for a volunteer.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


The President then presented awards to

  • Paul Farley with a War Service medal for his service in Vietnam,
  • Bill Floyd with a Military Service medal for his service.


The President then called on Bob Yarnell, the Vice President, to introduce our speaker Ken Nichol. Ken is a member of the St. Petersburg Chapter of the SAR and spoke on the Declaration of Independence. The speaker began by detailing the major events leading up to the Declaration. A handout detailed twenty-eight such events which Mr. Nichol explained. He then gave a brief overview of the Declaration and concluded with a few significant events that occurred after the Declaration was signed.


John Skillman won the 50/50. He donated his share to the treasury which was thus enriched by $27.00. John Skillman provided three copies of the “Patriots of the American Revolution” magazine which were given to three additional attendees whose tickets were selected.


The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at 2:07pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary