Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice and News, November 2009
Our next meeting of the of the Tampa Chapter SAR will be held on November 21st in the private meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). As is our custom, meetings begin at but members arrive as early as for a time of camaraderie.
This month we welcome Lt. Gen. (Retired) Jim Ellis. He will speak on “The Mid-East, Radical Islam, and Terrorism”. Here’s a preview of the presentation.
"Modern resurgence of militant Islam has
confounded Western leaders. The response to Islamic terrorism has been spotty
and sometimes damaging to Western interests. In large part this confusion and
uncertainty is due to a substantial ignorance of the Islamic religion, culture
and history—especially the history of conflict between Islam and Western
Civilization. My presentation will be on the 1400 years long
conflict—highlighting the key events and the major shifts in the power struggle.
For over 1000 years, Islam was in the ascendancy (from Mohammad’s death in AD
632 until the Turkish defeat at the gates of
We hope you’ll make plans to attend. The company is always excellent and the program should prove to be most interesting.
Below are a number of items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over. I hope to see you at this month’s meeting.
Another year has past and it is time to pay your SAR dues for next year. National has increased their dues by $5, but everything else remains the same.
National dues: $30.00
Each year we collect for some other cause. The idea is that if members,
as they are able, can add a few dollars to their dues check, the combined
efforts can be significant. Last year we raised nearly $100 for the NSSAR
Library. This year, the membership will support the “Paws for Patriots”
organization. Located in Palmetto,
So, if you can add on a dollar or two to the dues check, we’d be grateful.
Bring the check to the November meeting or mail it to Kevin Yarnell,
Minutes of the October 17, 2009 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR
President Bell called the meeting to order at . Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. Ed Neugaard led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Jack Bolen, Marty Miller, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, Allen Bell, DeVeux McLean, Ira Ward, Chuck Copeland, Chuck Hawley, Rodney Stebbins, Ed Neugaard, Milton Alexander, Cy Gamber, Bill, Floyd, Dick Young, Robert Koehler, Luke Lloyd II, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
Welcome guests: June Bolen, Jeanne Lloyd, Judy Copeland, Lissette Young, and Sharon Lloyd
The President introduced the guests.
The minutes of the September meeting were approved.
The secretary reported that the membership list has been added to the chapter website. Members’ ancestors are also listed. He asked members to verify that the ancestor list is complete as those records were obtained from the state and some supplemental applications may be missing.
Dues ($30 for National, $20 for
The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,165.07 and petty cash of $87.84.
Luke Lloyd gave a brief report on his activity as registrar. He thanked Judy Copeland for her fine work on her husband’s application.
Vice President Yarnell reported that the nominating committee had a full slate of officers which will be published in the newsletter. Speakers are nearly all arranged for the rest of the year. A speaker for May has been confirmed.
Jack Bolen gave a brief report on his new role as
The President reported that the color guard will present the colors at
our December meeting. He also came across a 1995 letter asking for participation
in a wreath laying ceremony at the
Rod Stebbins gave a report on the ancestry database that had been discussed at the September meeting. After a brief history, Rod announced that Ed Neugaard has agreed to maintain this database. Rod has given a copy of the records to Ed which include 79,341 individuals and 11,243 surnames.
The secretary, in his duties as state secretary, determined that Marty Miller is celebrating his 25th anniversary as a member of the SAR- all of which has been with the Tampa Chapter. On behalf of the chapter, President Bell presented Marty with a 25 year service pin.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
called on Vice President Yarnell to introduce our speaker. Rodney Kite-Powell
is the Saunders Foundation Curator at the
Rodney’s presentation was very well received by the membership. After a question time the President presented Rodney with an SAR coffee mug in appreciation for his time and program.
Marty Miller won the 50/50 and donated the proceeds to the chapter. Thus $14.00 was added to the treasury.
The President led the recessional, Luke Lloyd offered the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .