Sons of the American Revolution
Meeting Notice and News, October 2010
Our second meeting
of the 2010-2011 year will be held on October 16th in the private
meeting room of the Piccadilly Cafeteria,
John Sessums will be our speaker and we look forward to his presentation.
Below are a number of items that may be of interest to you. Thanks for taking the time to look them over and thanks to Luke Lloyd for the pictures.
Color Guard Participates in Wounded Veterans Benefit
The evening of
From Jack Bolen:
Directly in front of me was a black veteran from Haley. He was in a wheel chair with his feet raised. His feet had wrappings that they use to prevent blood clots. Most of the time his eyes were closed although, occasionally, he would open them slightly. When we sung the national anthem, I could see his lips moving as he tried to sing along. It almost brought tears to my eyes. He seemed barley conscious but was determined to sing the anthem. It was an HONOR to be there and, in a small way, help these vets.
You can always get the latest schedule of meetings from our website but here’s a quick rundown of the fall lineup.
November 20th – Law Enforcement Award and program; We’ll also elect our 2011 officers.
December 18th - our annual joint
New Members and Approved Supplementals
Thanks to the fine work of Registrar Alan Bell and our President who formerly served as our registrar, the Tampa Chapter has seen a fine increase in approved regular and supplemental applications. Our chapter membership currently stands at 44!
Pictured here, Robert Koehler receives an approved Supplemental membership from President Lloyd. Robert proved ancestry to Severinus Cook.
Our newest member is Paul Farley who recently transferred from
Minutes of the September 18, 2010 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR
President Luke Lloyd called the meeting to order at . Jack Bolen offered the invocation. The President led the pledge to the flag and the pledge to the SAR.
Members present: Marty Miller, Terrell Sessums, Chuck Hawley, Robert Koehler, Dick Young, Chuck Copeland, Ira Ward, Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Luke Lloyd, Paul Farley, Robert Yarnell, and Kevin Yarnell.
Wives: Lissette Young, Judy Copeland, Jeanne Lloyd
Other guests: prospective member Leo Kelly and Gray Reece (Gray’s application has been approved and we look forward to receiving him into chapter membership when the paperwork arrives.
The President and members introduced our guests.
The minutes of the May meeting were approved.
The secretary read some correspondence from members unable to attend and
a thank you note from the
Our Treasurer, Chuck Copeland, reported expenses for summer picnic at $148 leaving a balance of $2,719.05.
Alan Bell, the registrar reported on the status of several applications. We have one membership and two supplementals pending at National and many more in various stages of completion.
Alan Bell, our color guard commander, reported that on our annual
participation in the Lutz 4th of July parade. Four members attended.
On Oct. 7th the color guard will be presenting the colors for the
The President reinforced John’s Skillman’s requests for medal nominations especially encouraging those with military service to apply for those awards.
The secretary presented President Lloyd with a certificate and oak leaf cluster for his Liberty Medal. Luke earned this award from the National Society for being the first-line signer on 10 approved applications. The reader may recall that Luke served the chapter as registrar prior to be elected president. This award is a small testament to the success of his work in that office.
The chapter by-laws require that a nominating committee be formed at the September meeting. Nominations were suggested and subsequently approved by the membership. Alan Bell will chair the group. Jack Bolen and Kevin Yarnell will assist.
The President then presented an approved supplemental application to Dick Young proving his ancestry to Silas Veatch. The approved membership for Dick’s son was also presented. Robert Koehler also had a supplemental applications approved based on his ancestry to Severinus Cook. This was also presented.
Under new business the members discussed Officer and Director Liability Insurance. The Florida Society is in the process of purchasing this for their leadership. As part of the package, local chapters may, at their option, elect to participate in the insurance at a cost of $350 per year. Terrell Sessums was able to bring his law experience to the discussion. Since the exact nature of the policy and what it would cover was not available, Chuck Copeland moved, with second from Bob Yarnell, to table the issue until the October meeting. This passed.
The meeting recessed for lunch.
Our speaker for the meeting was Vice President Yarnell who filled in at the last minute for the speaker previously scheduled. Bob pointed out that the American Revolution was unique in that it did not have as its ultimate goal radical change as was true in the French revolution and others. Rather, the colonist goal was to reclaim the freedoms they possessed in the 1750’s.
In the 1750’s the colonist were perhaps the most free people on the planet. They paid taxes but only to state legislatures they had elected. The body of law at the time was very small so there was not likely to run afoul of a law not known to him. Economically, the colonists were in good shape and government intruded only to a slight degree with business and commerce.
Following the French and Indian War all of this began to change.
Bob pointed out that the same political leadership that was in place in the 1750’s returned to leadership in the 1780’s following the war. This is a clear indication of the thesis of the talk.
A number of questions were posed and answered.
Our president won the 50/50 and donated his half to the chapter. Thus the treasury was enriched by $6.50.
The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at .