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


President Luke Lloyd called the meeting to order at 12:05pm. John Skillman offered the invocation, Chuck Hawley led the pledge to the flag and Pres. Lloyd led the SAR pledge.  Guests were introduced.  In the absence of Color Guard captain Alan Bell, Pres. Lloyd mentioned the CAR convention/banquet and the Honor Guard presentation at the event.


In the absence of the secretary, V. President Bob Yarnell gave a brief report on the ROTC program planned for the April Meeting.   The chapter will pick up the tab for the cadets lunch.  Any member wishing to help defray this expense may give money to treasurer Chick Copeland before or after the meeting in April.


Due the departure of Sec. Kevin Yarnell after the May meeting, Pres. Lloyd offered the following for how we will cover Kevin’s various functions until elections are held in November.

Robert        will take over the secretary’s job o na temporary basis.  He was not present today so Bob Yarnell took minutes from the meeting.

Bob Yarnell will take over the newsletter.

John Skillman will handle the paper work for and take over the chapter challenge.

Jack Bolen will take over the coordination of the ROTC events.


Treasurer Chuck Copeland reported a balance of 2532.56 in the bank and 144.05 in petty cash on hand.


Pres. Lloyd reported on the audit of the books done by Jack Bolen and Chuck Hawley.  The books checked out fine.  After discussions with treasurer Chick Copeland, the following recommendations were made and accepted:

someone will double check the 50/50 and petty cash after each meeting

the account will be moved to a different bank.


Pres. Lloyd read the report of the registrar.  He gave an update on new applicants and reported that the continued problems at the national office have still not been solved.

Pres. Lloyd also reported that a student from our area won the state eagle state competition.

John Skillman then reported on his attendance at the Last Naval Battle commemoration. He reported on the parade, the attendance and the keynote speaker, on all of which he gave a glowing report.


Luke then brought to the attention of the membership the SAR French exchange program in case anyone was interested in pursuing it.


Before adjourning for lunch, Pres. Lloyd presented VP Bob Yarnell the SAR meritorious service medal in recognition of all he has done for the chapter and in the community on behalf of the SAR.


Adjourned for lunch at 12:47


After lunch VP Yarnell introduced pour Fire/EM medal recipient for the year, Mario Pitts.  Mario has been with the HCFR for many years as well as having served on active duty in the army and reserves.  While doing duty at his reserve location Mario Pitts –in his words—was at the right place at the right time to perform the Heimlich maneuver and save the life of one of his comrades.  He then discussed his work as a paramedic with HCFR.  Following his wonderful presentation the audience asked several very good questions and a brief discussion ensued.

Due to the secretary being absent, Mario did not get his medal; it will be taken to his station and presented to him there.


The 50/50 was won by-----and the money donated to the chapter.


John Skillman read the recessional.  Meeting was adjourned at 1:50pm.


Submitted in the absence of the secretary by VP Bob Yarnell