Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice and News, September 2009



            Our first meeting of the 2009-2010 year will be held on September 19th 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 we welcome Rodney Kite-Powell of the Tampa Bay History Center. Rodney has spoken at previous meetings and is always well received. I trust you’ll make every effort to attend. It is always good to see each of you and I know you’ll find the program of interest.

            Below are a number of items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over.




Kevin Yarnell

Secretary, Tampa Chapter


Upcoming Meetings

In the mid-1990’s the chapter President, George Brooks, stressed to the membership the importance of having quality programs and emphasized those that dealt with our heritage and the study of history. Since that time, even as a small chapter, we’ve done remarkably well in living up to this goal. This year promises to be no different. As you’ve read, we’ll start the year with Rodney Kite-Powell from the Tampa Bay History Center. In October we’ll present our annual Law Enforcement Award. Then in November John Skillman has arranged for Lt Gen Jim Ellis to address the chapter on the Mid-east, radical Islam and terrorism. Our annual joint CAR meeting will be in December.


Registrar’s Report

Luke and Jeanne will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on the weekend of our meeting so Luke sent this report on his work with our prospective members. (I’m sure I write for all the members in offering Luke and Jeanne our congratulations on 50 years of marriage.)


Current Potential Contacts:  50
These go back to 2005 when I got started and every once in a while somebody will stick their head in the door.  For instance, I just spent an hour and a half with a gentleman who first made contact in Aug 2006.  I have only had two new contacts since the last meeting.

New Members Since June:   5 Tom Sessums, Gordon Bassett, Tom Quackenbush, Charlie Copeland and David Jenks

(In looking at the records, 24 men have been accepted into the organization since I got involved as registrar.)

New Member Applications At National: 1 (Vassar)

New Member Application Returned By State For Additional Information: 1  (Rosier)

Supplemental On Way To National: 1 (Jenks)


An invitation for our Color Guard

Each year the
Orlando mayor's Veterans Advisory Council, of which I am a member,  sponsors the Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Orlando.  It has grown over the past 10 years to be the largest Veterans Day Parade in the Nation with 100's of floats, bands, military organizations, JROTC Teams and other miscellaneous participants ranging from Tampa Bay Gasparilla Day Floats to High School Drill Teams and re-enactors, and Daytona Speedway race Cars and drivers.  Its a two hour long parade which kicks off at 10am and ends at Noon.

The Central Florida Chapter SAR participates each year and they have proven themselves a great representative of the Florida Sons of the American Revolution, as has the
DAR representatives.  Now it's time for us to help "Beef Up" the "marchers" and take our place in this wonderful opportunity to attract new members.  The event is televised and covered by all area news organizations.  What better publicity could we get? 

I am encouraging each of you, as the leaders of your respective Chapters to join the Central Florida Chapter in this event.  I particularly wish to see your wonderful Color Guards there.  Please think about this opportunity and let me know if you can/will participate.  The only cost is your travel expenses.  Further details will be provided to those who choose to join in the fun.

All my best,
Scott Bushnell



News from Virginia

We received this email from John Skillman last May and thought it might be of interest to the membership.


Hi Compatriots,

In May I participated in my first VASSAR Color Guard event at the Raid at Martin's Station in Ewing, VA, about a 4˝ hour drive from
Roanoke, which required a Friday overnight. Following the memorial ceremony was a mock battle between the Indians, led by a British officer, and the settlers at the fort. Many of the Indian players were barefoot and very authentic looking.

The Color Guard was made up of members from the VA, KY and TN Societies, plus a militia detachment that came from all over the US. The militia detachment was led by a piper and they carried Brown Bess muskets for a three volley black powder salute at the end of the ceremony. Their uniforms were really neat. Many wore boots or gaiters, a variety of hats and cloaks, plus an assortment of pouches, knives, canteens, etc. There were at least 20 settlers' tents selling all kinds of merchandise of the period. You guys could have really decked yourselves out with all kinds of great militia gear. The thing I like about the militia uniforms is that no two are alike and there is much originality.


Minutes of the May 16, 2009 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Bell called the meeting to order at 12:03. Luke Lloyd offered the invocation. John Sessums led the pledge to the flag and the President led the pledge to the SAR.


Members present: Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, Marty Miller, John Sessums , Walter Lane, Allen, Bell, Chuck Hawley, Deveax McLean, Roger Quackenbush, Ira Ward, Milton Alexander, Ed Neugaard, Dick Hurley, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.

Welcome guests:  Jeanne Lloyd, June Bolen, and prospective members Tom Hawley, David Jenks, and Terrell Sessums


The President introduced their guests.


The minutes of the April meeting were approved.  


Secretary’s Report

The secretary gave a brief report of the FLSSAR annual meeting held April 24-25. The chapter received a 2nd place ribbon for the Chapter Challenge contest. In this contest our chapter was judged against others of similar size based on our activities for 2008. This is our best finish in many years and is due largely to Luke Lloyd’s effort in securing new members (for which we receive significant numbers of points) and our ROTC program which is also weighted heavily.

            Wharton High School is conducting their JROTC awards ceremony this Tuesday and the secretary asked if any member was available to attend. None were and he will make arrangements to have the unit commander present the award on our behalf.


The Treasurer reported a balance of $2,670.48 and petty cash of $70.84.


The registrar, Luke Lloyd, reported that we have about 50 prospects on our list. Chuck Hawley and Richard Beatty have both been approved as of May 13th. Four applications are at National awaiting processing. Luke shared some information he obtained from a workshop held at the recent State Society meeting. The workshop provided some excellent information especially with respect to finding documentation from DAR applications.


President Bell reported that the Color Guard will again be participating in the 4th of July parade in Lutz.


The President presented Dick Hurley with an approved Supplemental.


Vice President Yarnell reported that neither education bill considered during the recent Florida Legislation session passed. The bills were not precisely what the Florida Society had wanted and likely would not have done anything to improve history education in the public schools so their defeat is likely a positive outcome.


President Bell reported that the downtown library is in the process of purchasing Revolutionary War records on microfilm. This could be a significant resource for both current and perspective members.


The meeting recessed for lunch.


The President reconvened the meeting and called on Vice President Yarnell to introduce the program. Bob introduced Jack Bolen who spoke on the Battle of Cowpens.


[Secretary’s note: Jack did a great job with this talk. The few notes below do not do his presentation justice but will, perhaps, give a broad overview.]


Jack began with some background of the war in the south after 1780. He gave an overview of the British’s “Southern Strategy” and its early success. Information on the makeup of both armies was helpful and explained the British success.


Using a musket as a prop, Jack was able to explain some of the details of the weaponry at the time particularly as it related to the strategy used by British regulars in battle.


The Battle of Cowpens was the first time an American force met an equally strong British force and prevailed. Considering that the British were clearly the best fighting force in the world at the time, this was an amazing feat. Morgan was in command and was successful because of his effective use of the militia. The strategy was to put sharp shooters out front with orders to shoot for the officers. Next the militia was placed with orders to fire two good shots then retreat behind the regular Continentals.


When the battle began, each group did their job. As the militia retreat, the British commander was convinced that the Continentals were fleeting the battle and a clear victory would be his. The British raced after the fleeting militia and ran into the waiting Continental regulars who had been reinforced by the retreating militia. Their volley shot at the charging British was a decisive moment and the battle quickly turned in favor of the Continentals.


Jack concluded with a summary of the southern theater and then answered some questions from the members.


The secretary acknowledged our anticipation that the poster contest winners would be present to receive their prizes. Since that didn’t work out, Luke Lloyd will take charge of the awards and present them to the students at their school. Kevin also announced that our chapter winner, Ty Woods, had won the state contest and his poster would now be entered into the National contest. Our chapter winners were:

First Place went to Ty Woods (10 years old, 4th Grade, Mrs. Whidden’s class)

Second Place to Samantha Talley (10 years old, 5th grade, Mrs. Uhlarik’s class)

Third Place to Aisling Moss (10 years old, 4th grade, Mrs. Whidden’s class)

Each will receive a small trophy, certificate, and a cash award from the chapter. Ty will also receive an award and prize money from the state society.


The secretary, alas, forgot to bring the 50/50 tickets so the President asked that members might consider an additional tip to our server.


The President led the recessional, Luke Lloyd gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at 1:45 pm.


Respectfully submitted,


Kevin Yarnell

Chapter Secretary