Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice, February 2008



            The next meeting of the Tampa Chapter will be held on February 16th 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.

            In keeping with our tradition of the February program being about George Washington, Compatriot Bob Yarnell will present a talk on "Why It Worked", a discussion of how and why the new government of the United States worked (when many thought it would fail) with special emphasis on the part George Washington played as President and referee.

            I trust you’ll make every effort to attend. It is always good to see each of you.




Kevin Yarnell

Secretary, Tampa Chapter


Upcoming Meetings

In April we’ll hold our annual ROTC luncheon and we hope you’ll make a special effort to attend. We’ll honor the cadets chosen by their commanders to receive the SAR JROTC award. It is always a wonderful time meeting and talking with these fine young men and women. So save April 19th on your calendar and remember guests are always welcome.


Presenters Needed

Speaking of the JROTC program, we are in need of members to attend awards ceremonies at the local high schools. If you would be interested in going to one or more schools please let Kevin know at the meeting or at kayarnell@hotmail.com. There is no public speaking involved. Your task is to simply present the medal to the cadet.


We know of two dates at this point: Newsome High School, April 1st, 9:15-11:30am; and Middleton High School, May 7, 9:30am.


Thanks for considering this important task.


Minutes of the January 26, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Neugaard called the meeting to order at 12:00. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Robert Yarnell led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Luke Lloyd, Richard Hardesty, Dick Hurley, Cy Gamber, Allen Bell, Rod Stebbins, John Skillman, Marty Miller, Ed Neugaard, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  FLSSAR President Grant Wallin, Jr., his wife Pat, FLSSAR Regional VP Nelson Jantzen, Jeanne Lloyd, Ben Ridder, Doug Brown and his wife Emily, Dick Young and his wife Lissette. Ben, Doug, and Dick are prospective members.


The guests were introduced by various members.


The minutes of the December meeting were approved.


The secretary relayed a note from the Saramana chapter regarding a Veterans award they will present at their February meeting.


The Treasure reported a balance a checking balance of $2,359.37 and a petty cash amount of $115.19. Marty Miller agreed to audit the chapter treasury records again. Also, the membership agreed to allow the treasurer to destroy the records from 2004. It is the custom of the chapter to retain only 3 years of financial records.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, reported that we have one supplemental application at National.  We currently have 26 contacts on the prospective list. The president presented Dick Hurley with an approved supplemental certificate.


Allen Bell reported that the color guard performed for the December meeting with the CAR. More members are needed and anyone interested should speak with him.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


Following lunch the President reconvened the meeting at which time FLSSAR President Grant Wallin installed the following officers for the 2008 term.

            President: Allen Bell

            Vice President: Bob Yarnell

            Secretary / Treasurer: Kevin Yarnell

            Registrar: Luke Lloyd

            Chaplain: Luke Lloyd

            Sergeant at Arms: Don Weir


Newly elected President Bell took a few minutes to introduce himself to the members then introduced President Wallin who addressed the members on the theme of “get involved”. He discussed several programs that are in need of assistance. In particular Grant highlighted the youth programs and the 225 anniversary of the Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution. An associate program for men working on their application has been very successful in the Clearwater and Grant suggested it as a possible idea for the Tampa Chapter.


President Wallin highlighted the state Education Committee and the work that group is doing to improve the teaching of American History in the school. The need for excellence in this area is clear. The members were encouraged to support the Education Committee as they work to shape legislation that would address this need. He closed by inviting the members to the annual / spring BOM in May.


Allen Bell won the 50/50 drawing. The treasury was thus enriched by $7.00


President Bell led the recessional. Chaplain Lloyd gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:04 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary