Misc. notes from
Our next meeting
will be held on February 18th in the private meeting room of
the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North,
Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660). Meetings begin at but members arrive as early as for a time of camaraderie.
Our speaker for the February meeting is Mr. Bob O’Donnell, adjunct prof. of History at St. PetersburgCollege. His topic will be Blacks in the Revolution.
February meeting agenda items.
agenda will be provided for members at the beginning of the meeting.
Brief note/request—please initial the sign in sheet that will be
circulated at the beginning of the meeting so the secretary can have an
accurate attendance record.
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. I have been remiss in
these areas and am asking your help. I need your input.
Jack C. Bolen
If you have not already done so, please be sure to contact the ROTC
commander of the school you signed up for to make sure they know about
the April meeting and to find out when the yare having their spring
Jack C. Bolen
ROTC Awards Coordinator
Call me at 813-685-4026 to sign
American Revolution Notes.
Easily one of the top 5 moments of the American War for Independence occurred on February 6, 1778.
On that date American and French representatives signed two treaties in Paris: a Treaty of Amity and Commerce and a Treaty of
Alliance. France officially recognized the United States and would soon become the major supplier of
military supplies to Washington's army. Both countries pledged to fight until
American independence was won, with neither country concluding any truce
with Britain without the other's consent, and guaranteed each
other's possessions in America against all other powers. This turned the
American struggle for independence into a world war. Spain entered the war in 1779 as an ally of France. The following year, Britain declared war on the Dutch who had been engaging in
profitable trade with the French and Americans. In addition to the war in
America, the British would now have to fight in the Mediterranean, Africa, India, the West
Indies, and on the high
seas. All of this was made possible by the patient diplomacy of
Benjamin Franklin in Paris and the victory of the American Northern Army at Saratoga in October of 1777.
Min 2012.01.21 Tampa Chapter, Sons of American Revolution Minutes of the January 21, 2012 meeting
The meeting convened at . President Luke Lloyd chaired the meeting.
Jack Bolen gave the invocation. Chuck Copeland led the Pledge of
Allegiance. President Lloyd led the SAR Pledge. MEMBERS PRESENT: Charles Bearss,
Alan Bell, Jack Bolen, Larry Coats, Chuck Copeland, Gilbert Doan, Paul Ergler, Paul Farley, Bill Floyd, Cy Gamber, Chuck Hawley, Leo Kelly, Charles Klug, Luke Lloyd, Martin Miller, Gray
Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, John Skillman, Jack Spangler, Dwight Tetrick, Bob Yarnell and Dick Young GUESTS ATTENDING: June Bolen, Dave Brown, Edna
Broyles, Judy Copeland , Bailey Fleming, Casey Fleming, Lee Fleming, Mike
Frayn, Irene Jantzen,
Nelson Jantzen, Lin Coats, Glenn Clepper, Jeanne Lloyd, Margie Reese, Ellie
Skillman, Ken Skillman, Kumi Skillman, Natalie
Skillman, Olivia Skillman, Deena Valdez, Linette Young, and one other whose name is
illegible. Minutes of the December 17, 2011 meeting were adopted.
President Lloyd introduced FLSSAR Regional Vice President Nelson Jantzen who then installed the Tampa Chapter officers
for 2012; to wit,
President: John E.
Vice President: Robert
Secretary: John F. Spangler
Treasurer: Charles Copeland
Registrar Alan Bell
Our new President, Compatriot
John E. Skillman, accepted the gavel and congratulation; then, assumed
the chair for the meeting and announced a break for lunch.
Following lunch, Regional Vice President Jantzen
then led the Chapter and guests in singing “God Bless America” followed by remarks on building camaraderie, and
the Society. SECRETARY: No report. TREASURER: Chuck Copeland reported
a balance of funds available in the amount of $2,451.86. Compatriot
Jack Bolen, reported that his recent audit found
that the accounting and procedures for same are all in order. He
further commented on the thoroughness Compatriot Copeland applied to
revising and improving procedures over the past two years. REGISTRAR: Compatriot Alan Bell reported that there
are two certificates on hand awaiting a meeting at which they can be
presented to the successful applicants; to wit, Ryan Shelton and Ed
Clark. Further, Mike Frayn was approved
on January 17, 2012; but, certificate has not yet been
received. J. Wilkes and J Mancini applications are being
reviewed at national level. There are several more applicants
preparing paperwork and/ or at state level review ROTC RECOGNITION: Compatriot Jack Bolen reminded
members that he still needs a few more members to volunteer to be
point(s) of contact with some high schools. Please call Jack at
(813) 685-4026 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There have been 2 more high schools added to the ROTC program this
year. So, there is an even greater need for volunteers to “adopt” a
school ROTC Unit to present recognition to
the cadets. PLEASE CONTACT COMPATRIOT JACK – It’s a pleasant and
worthwhile task. BRIEF COMMENTS: President Skillman indicated an interest in
having our chapter participate in Constitution Day (September 17th)
activities which are generally coordinated by Daughters of the American
Revolution in our area SUNCITY CENTER:
Compatriot Luke Lloyd advised of his interest in establishing a new
chapter inSun CityCenter in SouthEastHillsboroughCounty. He has determined there are some men
who may wish to join our society but find the distance a bit too far from
Sarmana or Tampa chapters. He further encouraged all to read
American’s Creed and emphasized the nature of our governmental design of
a “democracy within a Republic”.
President Skillman thanked the members for their confidence in him and
his election to the Presidency. He followed by citing the
great work done by Past President Luke Lloyd over the past two
years. He also thanked Dwight Tetrick
for the example he set as President of the Chapter when John joined in
2004. President Skillman awarded Compatriot Luke with a “Past
President’s Pin” and again thanked him for the fine example he provided
to all our members.
President Skillman noted that
he will have a committee address a review and revision to our chapter
constitution and bylaws which have not been so addressed since 1996 and
are clearly out of date. The proposed revision will be posted on
the chapter website before the February meeting and will be voted on at
the March meeting.
President Skillman requested
that all members consider serving on at least one committee; They are:
Medals & Awards, ROTC Recognition, Membership, Fundraising,
Publicity, Eagle Scout Competition, Programs & Special Events, and
Regional Vice President Jantzen also offered
observations on a myriad of activities other chapters are involved in
which we might consider
The Board of Governors will
meet Saturday February 4, 2012 from 9:30 AM to about Noon at the
Piccadilly Cafeteria for an organizational meeting. All
officers, and certain other designated members, are to attend. All
members are welcome to attend.
The meeting adjourned about 1:45 PM
Below is the tentative program schedule for the 2011-2012 year. As
always send along any suggestions for speakers.
Mr. Bob O’Donnell, adjunct prof. of History at St. PetersburgCollege: Blacks in the Revolution
March Fla. In the Revolution: How do we know what we
know? The story if a lost found and then lost diary.
from Armed Forces Museum in Largo (tentative)
Day speaker (TBA)
October EMT/Fire Medal and Law Enforcement Medal
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
OPERATION HELPING HAND
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
, 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