Tampa Chapter, Sons of American Revolution

Minutes of the December 17, 2011 meeting


The meeting convened at 12:00 noon.  President Luke Lloyd  chaired the meeting.

Jack Bolen gave the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.  President Lloyd led the SAR Pledge.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Jack Bolen, Charles Bearss, Larry Coats, Chuck Copeland, Paul Ergler, Paul Farley, Bill Floyd, Chuck Hawley, Leo Kelly, Charles Klug, Robert Koehler, Luke Lloyd,  Martin Miller, Ed Neugaard, Gray Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, John Skillman, Terry Sopher, Jack Spangler, Bob Yarnell and Dick Young

GUESTS ATTENDING:   Sue Akinson, Jennifer Bagenski, Pamela Berkey, June Bolen, Carli Brown, Leigh Sue Brown,  Edna Broyles, Lin Coats, Glenn Clepper, Judy Copeland, Charlene Herrid, Christi Herrid, Kay Herrid, Jeanne Lloyd, Lauren Moreno, Neva Sessums, Cathy Sopher, Linette Young and one other whose name is illegible 

Minutes of the November 19, 2011 meeting were adopted.

TREASURER: Chuck Copeland reported a balance of funds available in the amount of $4,386.12.  However, the Chapter will be disbursing a substantial amount to cover State and Nations dues; thus the operating balance will be reduced to about $1,600 very shortly.

REGISTRAR:  Chuck Copeland reported for Alan Bell who was absent from the meeting, regarding the status of applications:   Two applications have been approved at National and the chapter is awaiting their certificate delivery.  Four supplemental ancestor applications are being processed at State or National levels and about 8 prospects are working on their applications currently.   One received application is being worked on by Alan Bell to assist an applicant whose documentation has been weak.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:  President Lloyd presented the following:

1.       Larry Coats was welcomed as a new member and received his certificate.  During this presentation, President Lloyd, reminded all present that wives were always welcome to attend our meetings.

2.     Supplemental patriot-ancestor recognitions were awarded to Gray Reese and Terry Sopher.

3.     War Service Medals were presented to Robbins Denham (WW II) and Jack Spangler (Vietnam).

4.     President Lloyd encouraged members to wear their medals to recognized membership and to encourage curiosity of the public which can serve as a recruiting influence.

ROTC RECOGNITION:  Jack Bolen reminded members that need still a few more members to volunteer to be point(s) of contact with some high schools.  Please call Jack at (813) 685-4026 or email him at jbolen@mindspring.com.

STATE BOM LIASON:  John Skillman advised that the chapter will have a contingent of members attending the January 13-14, 2012 Board of Management meeting in Kissimmee.

NATIONAL ANCESTOR SEARCH PROGRAM: President Lloyd brought attention to this program which is a service to wounded warriors in VA hospitals and their families staying at Fisher Houses.  It is aimed at keeping these families occupied as they visit and await their warriors’ healing.  It engages them in genealogical research to alleviate the anxiety and tediousness of “waiting” of the soldiers and families in this situation.

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE:   Jack Bolen is spearheading this effort.  The Tampa Bay History Center is assisting by allowing use of its meeting rooms and parking area for participants.  Civil War Roundtables are part of a national movement; however, each roundtable is independent and not a part of a national organization.   The first meeting will be held at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street (East side of the St. Pete Times Forum) at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

The meeting recessed at 12:30 PM for members and guests to dine.

The meeting reconvened about 1:10 PM.

RESEARCHING 19TH CENTURY FLORIDA RECORDS:  Charles Klug advised that a lecture will be held in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Street, Tampa at 11:00 AM , Saturday, January 14th by Jerry Morris, author of Fort King Road. 

FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS:  Jack Bolen indicated that donations of books, tapes, CD’d and food would be most welcome at Fisher House.   Patriotic themed articles are most encouraged.

Bob Yarnell introduced our guest group, Children of the American Revolution, and they were invited to introduce themselves individually.  They then told us about several projects they are engaged in and offices they hold locally and at state level.   Following that, Compatriot Bolen engaged all (young and old, alike) in a game called “CANDY QUIZZ”.   Everyone enjoyed the game and it helped encourage our common interest in our heritage and a holiday spirit which are goals of this the annual meeting with the CAR.

SONS OF LIBERTY”:  Bob Yarnell gave a short talk on the derivation of this term.  Interestingly, the term was originated by an English member of parliament who was sympathetic to the interests of the colonists.   And he did so in 1765, ten years before the American Revolution.

The meeting adjourned about 2:00 PM