Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

December 2012



          Meeting announcement

          Revolution History note

          Program Schedule

          Misc. reminders and information


The December meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution will be on Saturday, December 15th at Emerald Greens Country Club.  The main event of the meeting will be the Installation of Officers, followed by remarks from our Regional VP, Dan Hooper. The social hour will begin at 11:00 AM, not the usual 11:30 AM. There is still space available, so if you did not get an invitation and wish to attend, send a reply email to me ASAP.


American Revolution Notes

Most people associate December and the Revolution with the victory by the Continental Army over the Hessians at Trenton on Dec. 26.  Since this space has dealt with that in the past, this month we will highlight an event most people are familiar with, but do not know it happened in December: Washington’s resignation as commander of the Continental Army.  On December 23rd, 1783, Washington officially returned his commission to the Continental Congress, then meeting in Annapolis, Md.  Following are the highlights of his brief speech to Congress.

"Happy in the confirmation of our independence and sovereignty, and pleased with the opportunity afforded the United States of becoming a respectable nation, I resign with satisfaction the appointment I accepted with diffidence; a diffidence in my abilities to accomplish so arduous a task; which however was superseded by a confidence in the rectitude of our cause, the support of the supreme power of the Union, and the patronage of Heaven…

"Having now finished the work assigned to me, I retire from the great theatre of action; and bidding an affectionate farewell to this august body, under whose orders I have so long acted, I here offer my commission, and take any leave of all the employments of public life.”




Below is the tentative program schedule for spring 2013.  As always send along any suggestions for speakers.


January       TBA

February     Washington speaker—tentative/TBA

March          tentative—genealogy speaker

April            ROTC luncheon

May             Speaker Veterans Memorial Park and Museums

 Park and Museum

September  TBA

October      Law Enforcement/EMT/Firefighter Medals

November    Joint Meeting with CAR (tent)

December    Installation of Officers


Miscellaneous Reminders and Notes


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


One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. If you know of anyone that I need to send a card to, please mention it at our next meeting. Another duty is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has passed away.

Jack C. Bolen           



Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter to the editor, VP Bob Yarnell. I am always grateful to Bob for authoring our monthly Newsletter. I hope to see as many of you as possible at our December meeting. To those who can’t attend, I wish you and your families the very best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.


John Skillman


Tampa Chapter, SAR