Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

October 2015



          Meeting announcement

          Revolution education note

          Program Schedule

          Notes from the President

          Misc. reminders and information


The October meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will be on Oct. 17 at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, located at 11810 Dale Mabry Highway North, Tampa, Florida (813-963-1660).   The speaker will be John L. Smith and his topic is the story behind how Benjamin Franklin made the decision to support the American cause. We may also have one new member to induct and welcome into SAR. 

Revolution Note:

The First Continental Congress

          The First Continental Congress met from Sept. 5, 1774 to October 26, 1774.  Following the Boston Tea Party and the British response (Intolerable Acts and Boston Port Bill in particular), leaders in the colonies thought it would be wise to convene a meeting of representatives of the colonies to discuss the situation.  After several weeks of debate and getting to know each other, Joseph Galloway presented a plan for reconciliation that called for the formation of a colonial council—each colony would have representation elected by the people of the colony.  There would be a Governor General appointed by the British King.  The council would concern it self with matters relating to relations with the mother country.  Many of the delegates liked and approved the plan.  However, prior to it being voted on, the Suffolk Resolves arrived from Massachusetts.  The resolves were passed by Suffolk County in response to the Boston Port Bill and Mass, Government Act and called for a boycott of British goods and general civil disobedience in response to the British actions.  On October 22, the Galloway plan was rejected by 6-5 vote.  The Congress then passed a resolution calling for all of the colonies to boycott British goods in solidarity with Massachusetts.  The Congress also voted to meet again the following year to assess the situation and take whatever action might be necessary to alleviate the strained relations with the mother country.




Below is the tentative program schedule for the remainder of 2015.


November - C.A.R. Joint Meeting plus Law Enforcement and Fire Fighter recognition

December - Officer Installation - Rusty Pelican Resturant

Notes from the President

We had a great program in September with Compatriot Terrill Sessums informing of the Scots migration to Ireland and the Scots/Irish migration to American and their contributions to the development and defense of our country.  I am sure many of us have ancestors we can trace back to Ireland or Scotland.  We also welcomed four new members into the SAR, two of which were present for induction into the Tampa Chapter: Chris Rollins and Jim Arthur.



Dues reminder - Secretary Compatriot Brian French has already sent out the 2016 Dues Notice.  As announced previously, National increased their portion of dues by $5 making annual dues $80. 

Another copy of the 2016 dues notice accompanies this Newsletter.


Color Guard Opportunities -

1.  The Tampa Chapter has committed to present the Colors at the opening of the DAR 125th Anniversary Luncheon on October 31 at the Palma Ceia Country Club.  

2.  The Chapter has also been asked, again, to present the Colors at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the American Legion Tampa Post #5 Veterans Cemetery at Noon on Saturday December 12. 


Wreaths Across America - Speaking of WWA, the Tampa Chapter is again an official sponsor of the American Legion Veterans Cemetery.  Donations can be made on-line at the www.wreathsacrossamerica.org website.  If made on-line be sure to include our sponsor # FL0127P and the cemetery location code FLAMLC so the Chapter will received credit and the American Legion will receive the wreath.  But feel free to chose some other veterans cemetery if you prefer.  Also accompanying this newsletter is a copy of the donation form if you prefer to write a check like I do as well as informative brochure on WWA.  



Misc. Reminders and notes:


Please note the new chapter web page address:   http://www.tampasar.org/


Chapter Website— Remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website. 


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.

John Goolsby