Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

September 2016





          Meeting announcement

          Revolution education note

          Program Schedule

          Vietnam Veterans Recognition

          Color Guard Activity

          President General Butler Visits Tampa Chapter

          Future Events of Interest

          Dues Reminder

          Misc. reminders and information


Meeting announcement and notes from President Klug about meeting:


Meeting Location - I am pleased to announce the meeting location for our September 17th, 2016 membership meeting.  We have reached an agreement to meet in the Cypress Room at Grille 116 from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Grille 116 is located on North Dale Mabry Highway next to the Carrabbas Restaurant between Kennedy Boulevard and I-275.  The address and telephone number for Grille 116 are: 612 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33609 and 813-350-0216 The use of the Cypress Room is at no charge.  Instead, we will have to meet a food and beverage minimum of $225.  Lunch is optional. However, for those ordering lunch, we have negotiated a fixed "all inclusive" price of $16 per person, which includes the meal, drink, tax and gratuity.  Attached is the list of menu items which will be available for this $16 fixed price.  Thus, we will meet our minimum if 15 people order lunch. 


September Program - The program will be Donald Miller speaking on his new book Lafayette: His Extraordinary Life and Legacy.


October Meeting - Grille 116 is not available for our October 15th meeting, but appears to be available for the remainder of our meeting dates this year.  At the end of the September 17th meeting I will ask the membership to voice their opinion on the meeting location and arrangements and whether we should hold future meetings there under the same terms.   In the interim, please let me know if you have any comments or concerns about meeting at Grille 116 for lunch and the set lunch menu. 


Officer Installation - At the September meeting, we will also discuss Officer Installation.  For the past three years we have participated in the American Legion Post #5 (Tampa) Wreaths Across America Ceremony.  In the past there has been no conflict with our meeting schedule.  However, in 2016 as well as 2017-2018, the WAA ceremony will be on the         third Saturday of December, our usual meeting date.  We need to discuss whether to move officer installation to January and hold our December meeting as part of the WAA Ceremony or have our officer installation as usual in December and miss the Wreaths Across America ceremony.


New Member/Supplemental Certificates from SAR - We recently determined that all the new member certificates and supplemental certificates approved by National SAR over the summer were lost in transit to the Tampa Chapter.  We are not sure how far back this goes.  The Florida State Secretary has been notified and he is finding out how many are missing and how we get replacement certificates.  Hopefully we will have an answer by our meeting date. 


Prospective Members - We have had a number of inquiries about SAR membership over the summer.  All have been forwarded to Registrar Alan Bell or one of his assistants.  They have all been included (hopefully) to the Newsletter e-mail list and are invited to attend this and any future meetings as we work together on their applications.  For any prospect who has not shared his ancestry information with anyone in the Tampa Chapter, feel free to bring it to this meeting so we can start the discussion.


Florida Patriot Magazine electronic version - The FALL 2016 Issue of The Florida Patriot is ready for members and friends to read at the link (http://flssar.org/FLSSAR/Docs/PatriotMag/46-3-E.pdf) on the Florida website.


Glenn Clepper - It is my sad duty to report that on July 15 we lost Compatriot Glenn Clepper, at age 83.  Glenn had not been a member of SAR for very many years; however, he was a great patriot, a veteran and an active member of the Tampa Chapter when he was able to attend meetings. 


Revolution Note:

Since the 229th anniversary of the signing of the U S Constitution falls in September, it is the natural topic for this month’s newsletter.


          One of the main reasons many people do not understand the (big C) Constitution is they do not know what the word (small c) constitution means.  The word constitution (small c) simply means the rules for government.  That is, it is the rule book the members of government are to follow.  When the delegates met in Philadelphia during that long hot summer 229 years ago they argued over the mechanism by which the government would function: Who could do what; What procedures were to be followed and so on.  One big issue they confronted was what powers to give the government.  Under the first constitution, The Articles of Confederation, the national government had been limited to 10 powers.  The new constitution expanded that to 17. It is important to note that they wrote down what the national government was allowed to do, not what it was prohibited from doing. 

          During the debates over ratification of the new rule book, the issue of the powers to be granted was hotly debated.  Madison in the Federalist Papers assured people that the powers given to the national government were few and specific. Once the government began operating under the new rule book this issue came to the fore.  When Hamilton proposed legislation not covered by the powers granted the new government it set off a debate that has lingered since.  Madison and Jefferson simply said that if the legislation in question was not permitted in the Constitution, it was prohibited.  Hamilton, on the other hand, put forward the notion that if it was not prohibited, it was permitted.  When Madison heard this he was supposed to have replied that they didn’t have enough paper to list every thing the government couldn’t do, so they put down the few things it was allowed to do.

          In my classes I use the following example to illustrate this.  It is simplistic, but it makes the point.  The baseball rule book says three strikes and you are out.  No one would ever think of saying to an umpire “where does it say I don’t get 4 strikes?” or 5 or 6 or 7 etc.  The rule book doesn’t list how many strikes you do not get, it lists what you do get, 3.

          Thus we have the confusion of many people today. Their incorrect conclusions related to constitutional issues stem from the fact that they do not understand the Constitution as a rule book for government that the members of the government are to follow.



Below is the tentative program schedule for the remainder of 2016.

Sept — Donald Miller speaking on his new book Lafayette: His Extraordinary Life and Legacy.

Oct — Law Enforcement/Fire Fighter Commendation awards

Nov.— First Thanksgiving controversy revisited—Compatriot Bob Yarnell 

Dec, - To Be Determined


Vietnam Veterans Recognition

Both the Tampa Chapter and the Florida Society are Commemorative Partners in the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  There are many and varied recognitions of veterans who served on active duty during the Vietnam Era, which is defined as November 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975.  Any veteran serving during this time period, regardless of where they served are eligible for recognition as part of this Commemoration.

Florida Society - As part of the Fall Board of Management Meeting in October, the Florida Society will recognize those SAR members who served in the active military during the Vietnam Era.  We have submitted nine names from the Tampa Chapter.  If you are a current member of the SAR and an eligible veteran and you are not sure if your name has been submitted, please see Dick Young at this meeting or contact him by e-mail at dyoung22@aol.com. 

Tampa Chapter - A local DAR Chapter has asked to recognize Vietnam veterans at our November meeting, as part of their Commemoration and in conjunction with Veterans Day.   Their recognition will not be limited to SAR members.  They will recognize anyone who is able to attend our November meeting and is a veteran of that era.  No proof of service is necessary.  This covers members, prospective members, spouses, other family members, friends and neighbors.  The names of Tampa Chapter members will already be available; however, for any others, please get the word to Dick Young, to include your branch of service.  He must get this information to the DAR by the first of November.   


Color Guard Activity

On June 7, the Tampa Chapter Color Guard joined the Clearwater DAR and met the return of the Honor Flight at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater airport.  This flight included veterans from WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  We were recognized in the latest issue of the Florida DAR Magazine for joining the DAR Clearwater Chapter in this event. 

The Color Guard plans to again join the Clearwater DAR to meet the return flight on September 20.  Everyone is invited to join us.  You do not have to be in uniform to welcome these veteran guys and girls back home from their long trip to Washington to see the WWII Monument and many others.

Pictured below are David Bryant, David Chestnut (St. Petersburg Chapter), Dick Young and Commander Alan Bell at the June 7 Honor Flight. 


President General Butler Visits Tampa Chapter

At our last meetng in May, former SAR President General Judge Edward Butler visited the Tampa Chapter to make a presentation "Without the Assistance of Spain, We Would Still be Under the British Flag".  PG Butler based his presentation on his book Galvez: Spain - Our Forgotten Ally In The American Revolutionary War:  A Consise Summary of Spain's Assistance.  He enlightened the Chapter with many facts and statistics related to General Galvez' leadership of the Spanish assistance to the Colonial cause for independence.  The meeting was (appropriately) held at the Tampa Bay History Center.  The Chapter purchased two copies of PG Butler's book for presentation to the History Center and the Hillsborough County Public Library System.  After the presentation, Judge Butler and Robin joined some of the members and guests for a relaxing lunch at the Cloumbia Restaurant inside the History Center. 


Future Events of Interest

September 20                 Honor Flight - St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport

October 14-15                 Florida Society Fall Board of Management Meeting (new location)

                                                (see the www.flssar.org website)

October 22                     Family Heritage Festival - John Germany Library

November 1                     Honor Flight - St. Petersburg/Clearwater Airport

November 11          Veterans Day

December 17                   Wreaths Across America


Dues Reminder

It is that time of the year again.  Dues for 2017 are payable soon.  This year the total bill for dues is $80, broken down as follows: National $35 - State $20 - Chapter $25.  As always the Chapter welcomes any extra you may want to pay as a donation to the Chapter Treasury.  The Tampa Chapter is an IRS recognized non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, therefore any donations are eligible for deduction on your personal tax return.  Junior members (under 18 on January 1, 2017) have no dues.

Active military members do not pay Chapter dues, but must pay National and State dues ($55)

Make your check payable to "Treasurer - Tampa Chapter, SAR" and bring it to the September or October meeting.  This will save us the time and expense of mailing you a hard copy dues notice. 

Misc. Reminders and notes:


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

Compatriot Kevin Yarnell is working on an update to our webpage so you might want to check it out in a week or so.


One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick and sympathy notes to the family of a member who has passed away. If you know of anyone for whom a card should be sent, please mention it to Chaplain Sessums or President Klug at our next meeting.


Chapter officers and committee chairman are encouraged to send to the editor any pertinent information they wish included in the newsletter.


Florida Society website - www.flssar.org

National Society website - www.sar.org