Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice, January 2009



            The next meeting of the Tampa Chapter will be held on January 17th 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.

            We have several items on the meeting agenda.

-          Grant Wallin, past president of the Florida Society, will install the chapter officers as they begin their 2009 term

-          We’ll present new membership certificates and welcome our two newest members Ira Ward and Walter Young

-          We’ll present supplement membership certificates to Luke Lloyd and Richard Hurley

-          As follow-up to our December meeting Vice President Yarnell will provide an overview of the American Revolution in Florida


Also, the secretary will have new membership directories and membership cards for the members. If you can’t make the meeting these will be mailed later this month. And finally, we hope to meet Milton Alexander, an Alabama SAR member who will be transferring his membership to Tampa.


            I trust you’ll make every effort to attend. The company and conversation alone always make the trip worthwhile.





Kevin Yarnell

Secretary, Tampa Chapter




A few announcements and items that may be of interest


Report on Revolutionary War sites

The National Park Service has completed and submitted to Congress its report on Revolutionary War sites including which ones are endangered and which should/could be preserved.  You can find the complete report on the web at http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/abpp/Rev1812Study.htm. Once page opens in your browser click on the link at the left to load the report. The sites are listed on pages 53-61. The information may be of interest to your membership and may provide opportunities for a chapter meeting topic. 



January 30-31, 2009, Winter Board of Management Meeting

            The winter BOM will be held in Kissimmee beginning with committee meetings Friday afternoon. The BOM meeting takes place following the evening meal and concludes Saturday morning.

            Committee meetings and workshops include:

-          Rumbaugh Oration committee meeting and Contest

-          Last Naval Battle committee meeting

-          Webmasters meeting / workshop – a roundtable discussion for chapter webmasters

-          Genealogy workshop - Debbie Duay will discuss her new tutorial "Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestor."  This tutorial gives step by step instructions on finding a patriot line as well as locating the necessary documents to prove that line.

-          Eagle Scout committee meeting

-          Executive Committee meeting

-          A "townhall" meeting related to the entire range of NSSAR/FLSSAR/Chapter Education Programs

All are welcome to attend the BOM and these other meetings and workshops. You can find more information and the registration form at www.flssar.org.



February 28, 2009, The Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution Commemoration

The Brevard Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution along with the Florida Society of the SAR will be celebrating the 226th Anniversary of the Last Naval Battle of the American Revolution at the Canaveral Port Authority building, 445 Challenger Rd, Cape Canaveral, Florida. As usual, the Color Guard will be stepping off at 10AM promptly and the ceremonies will end by 11:30AM. There will be special seating set aside for Color Guard members and for the public. Cold drinks will be given away FREE!

We invite you and/or your Color Guard to participate in this national SAR event. Flag steamers will be giving away to every Color Guard Unit. There will also be a Wreath Laying Ceremony. On Friday night there will be a complimentary social hour from 5-6PM on the first floor of Country Inns and Suites, 9009 Astronaut Blvd., (A1A) Cape Canaveral. Afterward a Southern Style BAR-B-Q Dinner Buffet will be served at 6:30PM. It will contain Pork, Chicken & Beef and all the fixings. Price is $22.00 per person - also at the Country Inns.

Please contact Compatriot Ben DuBose @ 321-952-2928 or email him at BrevardSAR@cfl.rr.com to confirm your attendance or for any further information. Details can also be found at http://www.flssar.org/LNBAR.htm. The turnout in the last few years has been wonderful. We hope additional chapters will be represented this year.



May 8-9, 2009, The 225th Anniversary of the Battle of Pensacola Commemoration and Reenactment

We hope you’ll make plans to attend the commemoration of the 1781 engagement at Pensacola that resulted in the British surrender of Florida. The two day event, May 8-9, 2009, includes

            May 8th           9:00-12:00 – Children’s Day at Ft. George

                                    6:00-8:30 – “Torches in the Night”, historic tour at 8 downtown locations

            May 9th           9:00-11:15 -   Battle reenactment at Ft. George

                                    12:30-1:30 – Celebration Luncheon



Minutes of the December 20, 2008 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:05 and instructed the uniformed color guard to post the colors. The secretary offered the invocation. DeVaux McClain led the pledge to the flag and the president led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present:: Luke Lloyd, Jack Bolen, Cy Gamber, Barry Marler, Marty Miller, DeVaux McClain, Ira Ward, Dick Young, Robert Koehler, Alan Bell, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

CAR members present: Ms. Mimi Leroy-Marler, State Sr. 1st VP and Fort Brooke Society Treasurer; Valerie Bagenski, Florida CAR President; Chrissy Herreid, Florida CAR 2nd VP, and Fort Brooke President; Dr. Charlene Herreid, Fort Brooke Sr. President; Lily Calary, a prospective CAR member and her parents Bill and Pam Calary

Welcome guests: Jeanne Lloyd, June Bolen, Lisette Young, and Chuck Hawley a prospective member.


Members’ wives and guests were introduced as were the CAR members.


The minutes of the November meeting were approved.


The secretary reported that dues are coming in slowly. So far only 18 members have paid their 2009 dues. He will send out reminders in the next few days.


The treasurer reported a balance of $2,877.86. Of this $759.65 is obligated for dues and donations leaving the chapter a net of $2,118.21.


Luke Lloyd gave the registrar’s report. In the last month he’s received four new contacts, two of which have submitted applications. The chapter currently has 1 new member application and two supplemental applications at National pending approval. Dick Young’s application was approved earlier in the month and so becomes our newest member.


Allen Bell reported that the Color Guard will be aiding a local Boy Scout troop with their Citizenship in the Nation merit badge in April or May. This will involve a presentation by the color guard members of about 20-30 minutes.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


Following lunch the President introduced Bob Yarnell who, in turn, introduced Valarie Bagenski, the Florida CAR president. She spoke on the CAR theme for the year, “Discovering Florida’s Roadside Attractions”. The local chapters have made an effort to visit some of these attractions that are still in existence. The money collected through the sale of pins is being donated to the Museum of Florida History to support their Florida Tourist Memorabilia collection. One of the things the museum is doing is collecting postcards and brochures from these attractions and preserving them. Valerie reported that the CAR members are enjoying the trips to these destinations despite the absence of modern rides.


At this point Vice President Yarnell rearranged the seating to get some CAR members at each table with SAR members. The groups were then challenged to complete a crossword puzzle dealing with the Revolution and colonial times. Dr. Herreid, on behalf of the CAR, gave prizes to the group who completed the puzzle first.


Chuck Hawley won the 50/50 drawing winning $7.00.


President Bell led the recessional. The secretary gave the benediction. The meeting adjourned at 1:26 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary