Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

November 2012



            Meeting announcement

            November agenda items

            Revolution History note

            Program Schedule

            Miscellaneous reminders and information


Our annual joint meeting with the CAR will be held on November 17th  at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660).  The meeting will reprise a program from several years ago about the “real” first Thanksgiving.  Several chapter members have asked for this program to be repeated and with many new members, the November meeting seemed an appropriate time.


An agenda for the meeting will be provided. The most important agenda item for the November meeting is the election of officers.



American Revolution Notes

For this month I have copied a portion of G. Washington’s Farewell address to the Army.

2 November 1783,   Rocky Hill, New Jersey

A contemplation of the complete attainment (at a period earlier than could have been expected) of the object for which we contended, against so formidable a power, cannot but inspire us with astonishment and gratitude--The disadvantageous circumstances on our part, under which the War was undertaken, can never be forgotten--The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving--where the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement, for the space of eight long years was little short of a standing Miracle.

It is not the meaning nor within the compass of this Address, to detail the hardships peculiarly incident to our Service, or to describe the distresses which in several instances have resulted from the extremes of hunger and nakedness, combined with the rigors of an inclement season. Nor is it necessary to dwell on the dark side of our past affairs. Every American Officer and Soldier must now console himself for any unpleasant circumstances which may have occurred, by a recollection of the uncommon scenes in which he has been called to act, no inglorious part; and the astonishing Events of which he has been a witness--Events which have seldom, if ever before, taken place on the stage of human action, nor can they probably ever happen again. For who has before seen a disciplined Army formed at once from such raw Materials? Who that was not a witness could imagine, that the most violent local prejudices would cease so soon, and that Men who came from the different parts of the Continent, strongly disposed by the habits of education, to despise and quarrel with each other, would instantly become but one patriotic band of Brothers? Or who that was not on the spot can trace the steps by which such a wonderful Revolution has been effected, and such a glorious period put to all our Warlike toils?




Below is the tentative program schedule for the remainder of this year and the first half of next year.  As always, send along any suggestions for speakers.


November       VP Bob Yarnell on the “real” first thanksgiving + joint meeting with CAR

December        Installation of Officers at Emerald Greens Country Club


February          Washington speaker—tentative/TBA

March              tentative—genealogy speaker

April                ROTC luncheon

May                 Speaker from Veterans Memorial Park and Museums



Save the Date for our Special December Meeting
Please mark December 15th on your calendar and plan to join us at the Emerald Greens Country Club for our December meeting. Our well known hospitality will be enhanced by the change in venue and the Christmas season. The meeting includes the installation of our chapter officers. We hope you'll be present to support those chosen to lead our chapter in 2013. Guests as always are most welcome.



Miscellaneous Reminders and Notes


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


A note from our Chaplain:

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.