Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice and News, November 2011





          Meeting notice

          Meeting agenda items

          Revolution History note

          October Minutes

          Program Schedule

          ROTC Report

          Misc. reminders and information



          Our next meeting will be held on November 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.  Thespeaker for the November meeting will be David Boyett. Program Description: Genetic Genealogy - Understanding your DNA
Covers how different types of
DNA testing that can assist in connecting family lineage and finding common ancestors.
1. Male line Y-
2. Female line mt-
Autosomal male/female DNA




Bob Yarnell

Vice President, Tampa Chapter



You should have received your dues invoice in the mail.  Either mail it to Compatriot Chuck Copeland, the Treasurer or bring it with you to the November meeting.  If you did not get an invoice in the mail, see Chuck at the meeting.


November meeting agenda items.

Following the usual introductory things and the officer reports, John Skillman will give a brief report on the Fall State BOM.  After which any old business is in order. Then we will proceed to new business, the main item being the election of new officers.  Attached to this newsletter (as an attachment) is the slate of officers as known by the nominating committee.  The floor will be open to nominations.  If there are any, a secret ballot election will be held.  Chuck Copeland and Jack Bolen will count the ballots.  If there are no nominations from the floor, a motion will be in order to approve the slate as presented by the nominating committee.  If it is seconded and approved the election is over.  If there is no other new business we will then adjourn for lunch with the program to follow.


Not much happened in November during the Revolution, so we will use this space to provide a chuckle; an admittedly corny, but cute revolutionary war joke.

During the Revolutionary War, there were British sympathizers known as Tories among the colonists. Some of them would work hand-in-hand with the Redcoats to try to foil the battle plans of the Continental Army.
After a certain skirmish, a group of General Washington's men tracked one of these sympathizers to a farm, which they searched for hours without success. A militiaman then came up with the idea to release a hen into a barn where they suspected the fugitive might be hiding.
Sure enough, loud cackling and commotion quickly ensued, and the soldiers were finally able to take their prisoner into custody. This was the first known instance where someone had a chicken catch a Tory.


I have no doubt there are some errors in the minutes below.  If your name is omitted or misspelled, it is unintentional.  Let me know and I will have it corrected prior to the meeting on the 15th. Likewise if there are any notable or glaring omissions bring them to my attention, they too, are unintentional.   Bob Y


Minutes of the Oct. 15, 2011 meeting of the Tampa Chapter SAR


President Luke Lloyd called the meeting to order at 12:00.


Members present: Luke Lloyd, Marty Miller, Alan, Bell, Cy Gamber, Charles Bearss, Terry Doan, Chuck Copeland,  Leo Kelly, Jack Bolen, Chuck Hawley,  Paul Farley, Robert Yarnell,  Robbins Denham,  John Skillman


Welcome guests:

Wives:  Judy Copeland, June Bolen

Other guests: Glenn Clepper, Mike Frayn, Leigh Frayn, Dave Bryant, Robert Denham, David Whipkey, Jack Spangler  Detective Ronald Corr


Jack Bolen gave the invocation. John Skillman led the Pledge of Allegiance and Pres. Lloyd led the SAR Pledge.


The President introduced the guests.


The minutes were approved as printed in the newsletter.  There was no secretary report.  Chuck Copeland reported a balance of $2055.91 in the treasury.  Chuck Copeland also announced that dues invoices would be going out and that the dues would be $65.  $30 for the national, 20 for the state and 15 for the chapter.  A brief mention was made of possible insurance problems.  This will be addressed in the spring by the by-laws review committee.

Alan Bell reported 3 new applications, 3 supplementals in process and 3 that have been sent to national.

Ed Neugard, Jack Bolen and Alan Bell represented the chapter at the Fla. Genealogical society meeting at USF.  They reported that it seemed to go well and was useful for getting the word out about the chapter.

President Lloyd then reviewed the chapter challenge reminding members to tell the chapter of any thing they have done or participated in that might garner points.


New Business.

John Skillman reported on attending the Ramseur’s Mill event.

Pres. Lloyd then presented John Spangler with his new member certificate.

Mention was made, again, of the review of the By-Laws and Constitution that will be done in the spring.

Jack Bolen then reviewed where we stand on the ROTC program.


President Lloyd, adjourned the meeting for lunch at 1:10.


 After lunch, VP Bob Yarnell introduced Detective Ronald Corr. Detective Corr then spent a few minuets explaining the nature of his work.  He is involved in investigating and working to stop metal theft in the county, especially copper.  He gave a few examples of the types of cases he has worked on. There followed a brief question and answer period. President Lloyd awarded him the SAR Law Enforcement award.        


After Det. Corr’s presentation, the business meeting resumed.


Bob Yarnell gave the report of the nominating committee. (the slate of officers is attached to this email) A discussion ensued that resulted in a consensus of the chapter to approve the post of chancellor and further explanation of the at large members of the Board of management took place.



________ won the 50/50 and donated his share to the treasury.  The treasury was thus enriched by $.


The President led the recessional, Jack Bolen gave the benediction, and the meeting adjourned at  2:20..


Respectfully submitted,


Robert Yarnell, Vice President and

(very) temporary Secretary




Below is the tentative program schedule for the 2011-2012 year.  As always send along any suggestions for speakers.


Nov.   David Boyett.   Topic: Genetic Genealogy - Understanding your DNA     Genealogy and DNA

Dec.   CAR and Oratorical Entrant

Jan.   Nelson Weeks Jantzen, Fl. State West Central Regional VP

Feb.   Mr. Bob O’Donnell, adjunct prof. of History at St. Petersburg College: Blacks in the Revolution

March          Fire/EMT award

April  ROTC—speaker TBA

May   Tentative—Speaker from Armed Forces Museum in Largo



ROTC Reminder

Compatriots, our chapter plans to present Junior ROTC medals and certificates to all 25 Hillsborough High School programs in 2012. This is more schools than we have ever done. To date, we have 14 of the schools covered.  We need for members to step up and agree to present these medals and certificates for the following schools:                                                        Gibsonton            Plant City         Durant        Riverview       Spoto         South County Center  Armwood      Blake     Jefferson     Midleton     Freedom                                                                                          As you can see,  the big need is in the Plant City and south county areas. If you live in these areas or have ties to schools there, please consider adopting one of the schools. The awards ceremonies occur in April and May. The average ceremony last about 1 hour.  You do not have to make a speech. Your name will be called out at the ceremony and you simply walk up and hand the medal and certificate to the cadet with a hand shake and a big smile; salutes are optional.  It’s a great way to support our young people.   Call me at 813-685-4026 to sign up.       

  Jack Bolen


Misc. Reminders and notes.


Chapter Website—always remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website.  http://www.patriot-web.com/



The Veterans’ Legacy Archives is a local organization founded by (ret.) Congressman Bilirakis.  The Archives are housed at the library on the Tarpon Springs Campus of St. Petersburg College.  The goal of the archives is to preserve the stories and experiences of veterans of America’s wars.  The specific goal at the moment is to concentrate on WWII and Korean War veterans.  The archives consist of video taped interviews and presentations, documents provided by veterans and fact sheets about veterans.  If any one in the chapter knows of a WWII or Korean War veteran who might be interested in sharing his story, please contact Bob Yarnell.  It can be as simple as filling out a fact sheet or, if the veteran is willing, being interviewed and that interview turned into a narrative by a trained person.  Or even making a 30 min presentation to one of the college’s history classes and responding to students questions and allowing that presentation to be videotaped for future students and interested persons to view.  Again, more details available from Bob Yarnell



Operation Helping Hand, a visitation program at the V A hospital.  Operation Helping Hand (OHH) is a local program begun in 2004 to help the wounded and their families who are at James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa.  The third Thursday evening of each month at 6 p.m., the OHH Committee has a catered supper for these folks in the dining room area of the Spinal Care Clinic.  Anyone can attend and interact with these families.  SAR members are encouraged to attend