Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice, December 2008




            The next meeting of the Tampa Chapter will be held this Saturday, December 20th in the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). Meetings begin at noon but members arrive as early as 11:30 for a time of camaraderie.

This month is our annual joint meeting with the Fort Brooke Chapter of the CAR. The CAR Florida President is a member of the Fort Brooke chapter and plans to attend. The children will provide a short program and then our Vice President has an activity that will allow the SAR members and guests to interact with the youth. We hope you’ll join us.

As an added incentive, the chapter has a small present for the members.

Guests are always welcome. We encourage members to bring a guest and continue to welcome those working on their applications.

Finally, please see the note below regarding 2009 dues.




Kevin Yarnell

Secretary, Tampa Chapter



2009 Dues

If you are not yet a member, or have already paid your 2009 dues (bless you!), please ignore this note. For the rest…


Dues for 2009 are now being collected. Inflation has not hit us so the dues remain the same as last year.

            National Society        $25

            Florida Society          $20

            Tampa Chapter         $15

                        Total                $60


Please make your check out to the Tampa Chapter SAR. You can bring your check to the November meeting and save 42 cents or mail it to the secretary:

            Kevin Yarnell

            7507 Summerbridge Dr.

            Tampa, FL 33634


Minutes of the November 15, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:05. Chaplain Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. John Skillman led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Marty Miller, John Skillman, John Sessums, Luke Lloyd, Rodney Stebbins, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Cy Gamber, Robert Koehler, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests: June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Chuck Holly, Terrell Sessums, and Steve Gaskins our Law Enforcement honoree


The guests were introduced by the president.


Our Law Enforcement Honoree needed to return to his official duties and so to accommodate this, the President switched the normal order of the meeting. Sgt. Gaskins is with the Florida Highway Patrol. The President shared with the membership some of Sgt. Gaskins’ previous accomplishments and recognitions. These included:

-        2007 state officer of the year for his action which involved rescuing an abducted child from a moving vehicle in Tallahassee

-        recognition by the FHP and Mothers Against Drunk Driving for having over 100 dui convictions

-        Multiple trooper of the month citations


Sgt. Gaskins answered several questions from the members and guests. This time was quite interesting and entertaining for the group. President Bell then presented Sgt. Gaskins with the SAR Law Enforcement medal and certificate.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


Following lunch, President Bell reconvened the meeting.


The minutes of the October meeting were approved.


The secretary reported on two requests from the Florida Society. The first was a request to become a “Friend of the Library” with a donation of at least $25. These funds go to a trust fund which supports the work of the NSSAR library. Since the state cancelled the “365” program (asking members for $3.65 per year for the society’s trust funds) the secretary suggested that those willing to add a dollar or two to their dues check might consider doing so for this cause. The second request was for the chapter to support the Center for Advancing America’s Heritage with a monetary donation. After some discussion Luke Lloyd moved that any money given above the dues by the members would go to the library fund and that $50 be donated to the CAAH from the chapter treasury. Jack seconded this motion which passed.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,129.95 in checking and $59.16 in petty cash. Expenses this month included a large order to the NSSAR merchandise store for ROTC medals, member name tags, and next year’s Fire and Law Enforcement awards. Also, a roll of stamps was purchased from petty cash for the Registrar.


Luke Lloyd, our Registrar gave his report. Currently there is one application and two supplementals at National. Ira Ward’s application was approved recently. Luke provided a recap of the recent policy change at National regarding the use of DAR record copies as lineage proof.


Vice President Yarnell reported that the CAR will be joining us for our December meeting. Bob has planned a small activity that will allow the SAR and CAR members to interact. He reported on the meeting schedule for the first few months of next year. Alan suggested that the Color Guard be in uniform for the meeting to which those members agreed.


Jack Bolen, as chair of the nominating committee shared with the membership a slate of chapter officers for 2009.

Alan Bell                     President

Robert Yarnell            Vice President   

Kevin Yarnell              Secretary and Treasurer 

Luke Lloyd                 Chaplin and Registrar

John Sessums           Sgt at Arms


Jack moved that the slate be elected. John Skillman seconded the motion and the slate was elected.


Luke Lloyd asked if a new directory could be published. The secretary agreed to take care of this.


President Bell presented John Skillman, III with a recently approved supplemental application for his ancestor John Skillman.


John then won the 50/50 drawing and donated the winnings to the chapter. The treasury which was thus enriched by $20.00.


President Bell led the recessional. The Jack gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:48 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary