Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

Meeting Notice and News, January 2012



          Meeting notice

          Meeting agenda items

          Misc. notes from chapter officers

          Revolution History note

          November Minutes

          Program Schedule

          Misc. reminders and information



          Our next meeting will be held on January 21st 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.

          Nelson Weeks Jantzen, Fl. State West Central Regional VP will be on hand to install the officers and give an update on the state society to the members.


January meeting agenda items

The newsletter editor does not know of any impending important new business.  Obviously, any member may bring up any matters, both old and new, that they believe need to claim the attention of the members at the appropriate place during the meeting.


Brief note/request—please sign the sign in sheet that will be circulated at the beginning of the meeting so the secretary can have an accurate attendance record.


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. I have been remiss in these areas and am asking your help. I need your input.

Jack C. Bolen            




ROTC Reminder

I am very pleased with the response to the request for ROTC presenters. We are down to 7 schools. All of these are in the eastern and southern part of the county. If anyone could help, it would be appreciated.                                                                                                                                                                                      Jack C. Bolen                                                                                                                                                                    

ROTC Awards Coordinator

Call me at 813-685-4026 to sign up.       



American Revolution Notes

There were 3 notable events in January during the revolution that I’ve chosen for this month’s newsletter.


January 9, 1776 - Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was published in Philadelphia. The 50 page pamphlet was highly critical of King George III and attacked allegiance to the Monarchy in principle while providing strong arguments for American independence. It became an instant best-seller in America.

"We have it in our power to begin the world anew...American shall make a stand, not for herself alone, but for the world,"  Thomas Paine

January 3, 1777 Washington’s troops defeat the British at Princeton and drive them back toward New Brunswick. Washington then established winter quarters at Morristown, New Jersey. During the harsh winter, Washington's army shrunk to about a thousand men as enlistments expired and deserters fled the hardships. By spring, with the arrival of recruits, Washington would have 9000 men.

January 17, 1781 - An American victory at Cowpens, South Carolina, where Gen. Daniel Morgan defeated British Gen. Tarleton.


Tampa Chapter, Sons of American Revolution

Minutes of the December 17, 2011 meeting


The meeting convened at 12:00 noon.  President Luke Lloyd  chaired the meeting.

Jack Bolen gave the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.  President Lloyd led the SAR Pledge.

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Jack Bolen, Charles Bearss, Larry Coats, Chuck Copeland, Paul Ergler, Paul Farley, Bill Floyd, Chuck Hawley, Leo Kelly, Charles Klug, Robert Koehler, Luke Lloyd,  Martin Miller, Ed Neugaard, Gray Reese, John Sessums, Terrell Sessums, John Skillman, Terry Sopher, Jack Spangler, Bob Yarnell and Dick Young

GUESTS ATTENDING:   Sue Akinson, Jennifer Bagenski, Pamela Berkey, June Bolen, Carli Brown, Leigh Sue Brown,  Edna Broyles, Lin Coats, Glenn Clepper, Judy Copeland, Charlene Herrid, Christi Herrid, Kay Herrid, Jeanne Lloyd, Lauren Moreno, Neva Sessums, Cathy Sopher, Linette Young and one other whose name is illegible 

Minutes of the November 19, 2011 meeting were adopted.

TREASURER: Chuck Copeland reported a balance of funds available in the amount of $4,386.12.  However, the Chapter will be disbursing a substantial amount to cover State and Nations dues; thus the operating balance will be reduced to about $1,600 very shortly.

REGISTRAR:  Chuck Copeland reported for Alan Bell who was absent from the meeting, regarding the status of applications:   Two applications have been approved at National and the chapter is awaiting their certificate delivery.  Four supplemental ancestor applications are being processed at State or National levels and about 8 prospects are working on their applications currently.   One received application is being worked on by Alan Bell to assist an applicant whose documentation has been weak.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION:  President Lloyd presented the following:

1.       Larry Coats was welcomed as a new member and received his certificate.  During this presentation, President Lloyd, reminded all present that wives were always welcome to attend our meetings.

2.     Supplemental patriot-ancestor recognitions were awarded to Gray Reese and Terry Sopher.

3.     War Service Medals were presented to Robbins Denham (WW II) and Jack Spangler (Vietnam).

4.     President Lloyd encouraged members to wear their medals to recognized membership and to encourage curiosity of the public which can serve as a recruiting influence.

ROTC RECOGNITION:  Jack Bolen reminded members that need still 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 jbolen@mindspring.com.

STATE BOM LIASON:  John Skillman advised that the chapter will have a contingent of members attending the January 13-14, 2012 Board of Management meeting in Kissimmee.

NATIONAL ANCESTOR SEARCH PROGRAM: President Lloyd brought attention to this program which is a service to wounded warriors in VA hospitals and their families staying at Fisher Houses.  It is aimed at keeping these families occupied as they visit and await their warriors’ healing.  It engages them in genealogical research to alleviate the anxiety and tediousness of “waiting” of the soldiers and families in this situation.

CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE:   Jack Bolen is spearheading this effort.  The Tampa Bay History Center is assisting by allowing use of its meeting rooms and parking area for participants.  Civil War Roundtables are part of a national movement; however, each roundtable is independent and not a part of a national organization.   The first meeting will be held at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water Street (East side of the St. Pete Times Forum) at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, January 25, 2012.

The meeting recessed at 12:30 PM for members and guests to dine.

The meeting reconvened about 1:10 PM.

RESEARCHING 19TH CENTURY FLORIDA RECORDS:  Charles Klug advised that a lecture will be held in the auditorium of the John F. Germany Library, 900 N. Ashley Street, Tampa at 11:00 AM , Saturday, January 14th by Jerry Morris, author of Fort King Road. 

FISHER HOUSE DONATIONS:  Jack Bolen indicated that donations of books, tapes, CD’d and food would be most welcome at Fisher House.   Patriotic themed articles are most encouraged.

Bob Yarnell introduced our guest group, Children of the American Revolution, and they were invited to introduce themselves individually.  They then told us about several projects they are engaged in and offices they hold locally and at state level.   Following that, Compatriot Bolen engaged all (young and old, alike) in a game called “CANDY QUIZZ”.   Everyone enjoyed the game and it helped encourage our common interest in our heritage and a holiday spirit which are goals of this the annual meeting with the CAR.

SONS OF LIBERTY”:  Bob Yarnell gave a short talk on the derivation of this term.  Interestingly, the term was originated by an English member of parliament who was sympathetic to the interests of the colonists.   And he did so in 1765, ten years before the American Revolution.

The meeting adjourned about 2:00 PM




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


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



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