Sons of the American Revolution

Tampa Chapter

Monthly Membership Meeting

January 19, 2013


The January meeting of the Tampa Chapter was held at its usual meeting place in the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Dale Mabry Drive in Tampa, Florida at Noon on Saturday, January 19, 2013.President Skillman called the meeting to order at approximately 12:00 Noon.


Chaplain Jack Bolen gave the invocation.

Compatriot Brett Thomas led members and guests in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Compatriot Gray Reese led members in the SAR Pledge.


Each member and guest introduced themselves.


Members present: Chuck Bearss, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Ed Clark, Terry Doan, Paul Ergler, Paul Farley, Bill Floyd, Cy Gamber, Chuck Hawley, Charles Klug, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Gray Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, John Skillman, Brett Thomas and Dick Young.


Guests present: Tim Badger (prospect), Glenn Klepper (application in process), Ann Palmer (speaker), Thomas Rohr (prospect), Ellie Skillman, Jerry Walters (application pending), Judy Walters and Lisette Young


Past Presidents were recognized by President Skillman.


Report from the Board of Governors

         President Skillman reviewed the decisions made at the meeting of the Chapter Board of Governors meeting of January 5, 2013.Minutes of that meeting are available to all members, on request.

         President Skillman noted that he and Compatriots Luke Lloyd and Dick Young, accompanied by their wives, attended the FLSSAR Board of Management meeting in Kissimmee on January 11-12.Detail minutes of those proceedings are available on the FLSSAR web site.

         President Skillman provided a brief description of the Sons of the Revolution organization and differences with the SAR.He also acknowledged an article from the SR magazine about a Skillman ancestor presented to him by SR member Ed Neugaard.

         Vice President Dick Young reported on the speakers or activities expected at the Chapter meetings scheduled for February through May 2013.More details are available in the December newsletter.

         In the absence of Secretary Mike Frayn, President Skillman asked if there were any suggestions for change or comments regarding the minutes of the December meeting, recently distributed by e-mail.There being none, Compatriot Jack Bolin moved that the minutes be accepted as presented, seconded by John Sessums and approved with no opposition.

         Treasurer Paul Ergler gave a preliminary (subject to audit) report on the year ended December 31, 2012.The Chapter collected $5,540 and expended $5,400 leaving an excess for the year of $140.There was an approximate balance of $2,455 in the bank at December 31.Motion was made by John Sessums to accept the Treasurerís report as presented, seconded by Charles Klug and passed with no opposition.

         Compatriot Alan Bell gave the Registrarís report.There are two new members approved with certificates available for presentation.He also reported that there are two additional applications pending in Louisville.

         Compatriot Alan Bell also reported as Color Guard Commander. He plans for the Chapter Color Guard to participate, again, in a Massing of the Colors for the Military Order of the World Wars usually held in Pinellas County in March.

         Compatriot Jack Bolen reported that he needs volunteers to present the JROTC medals.†† Compatriot Bolen also raised the question about whether we should continue the practice of inviting the Cadets, instructors and families to our April meeting.As previously discussed, we have outgrown the Piccadilly for this event and the cost is strain on the Chapterís Treasury.After some discussion, President Skillman advised the members that this matter was a Board decision.

o   Compatriot Bolen also reported that he was attending the organizational meeting of the proposed Sun City Chapter, with Compatriot Luke Lloyd.It that Chapter is successful, it is believed that it will want to assume responsibility for JROTC awards in that part of the County.

o   Compatriot Bolen invited everyone to the January 30 meeting of the Tampa Bay Civil War Round Table at the Tampa History Center.


At approximately 12:30, President Skillman recessed the meeting for lunch.

At approximately 1:15, President Skillman reconvened the meeting.


Vice President Dick Young introduced the speaker, Ann Palmer, Senior Librarian of the Florida History and Genealogy Library, located within the John L. Germany Library in Tampa.Mrs. Palmer gave an interesting presentation on genealogical resources available at the Library.A copy of her handout is attached to these minutes.


President Skillman reminded everyone that our next meeting was February 16.He also advised the members of the Annual FLSSAR BOM Meeting in Kissimmee on May 3-5.He will not be able to attend and hopes some other members are able to represent the Chapter.


Compatriot Alan Bell announced that the 50/50 raised $33.00.Mrs. Palmer drew the winning ticket.Chuck Bearss won $16.50.


Compatriot Bill Floyd led the members in the SAR Recessional.

Chaplain Jack Bolen gave the Benediction.

President Skillman adjourned the meeting at approximately 1:55.


Respectively Submitted




Dick Young

January 19, 2013