Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

January 2020



          Meeting announcement

          January Meeting

          Revolution History note

          Wreaths Across America

          Program Schedule

          Color Guard Opportunities

          Misc. reminders and information

The January meeting of the Tampa Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will held on Saturday, January 18 at the Floridan Hotel. This is our annual officer installation meeting.   Members and guests will start gathering at 11:00 with lunch planned for 12:00.  Everyone will order from the menu and pay individually.  Due to the size of our group the Hotel will add tax and gratuity to your bill. The Hotel is located at 905 N Tampa Avenue.   Reservations are not necessary; however, President Goolsby must give an expected head count so the room can be set.  Please let him know by Friday, January 10 that you are going and if you will bring a guest.  His email is johndgoolsby@gmail.com

Please note that at the November Chapter meeting, the following officers were elected to serve the Tampa Chapter during 2020:


President – David Bryant

Vice President – Bob Yarnell

Recording Secretary --

Membership Secretary --

Treasurer –

Chancellor – Charles Klug

Chaplain --

Historian  -- Bob Yarnell

Registrar/Genealogist –

Sergeant-at-Arms – William Swain

Members at Large (2) -- Terry Doan


As you can tell, there are still a number of vacancies.  Do not be surprised if newly installed President David Bryant asks you to accept an appointment to one of these positions. 


American Revolution Notes:

New Years Eve/Day in Colonial America

Copied/reprinted from the Tiverton Historical Society web page.


In the Colonial period, New Year’s Eve was a time for young ladies to get together, prepare a large bowl of wassail (heated, spiced ale) and carry it from house to house, sharing the warm drink with their neighbors, and receiving small gifts in return. This was called “wassailing”. The name comes from the Middle English, waes and haeil, meaning “health to you”. The drink consisted of mulled (heated) cider or ale, with sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and other spices mixed in. Pieces of toast would be floated on the top of the bowl. The wassail was also known by the name of Lamb’s Wool.

During Colonial times, it was customary to give small gifts on New Year’s Day. It was believed that the ending of the previous year was to be celebrated with drinking and socializing with loved ones and friends, and that the starting of the new year should be celebrated with the giving and receiving of gifts. A gift that was commonly given was an orange with cloves stuck in it. A ribbon would be tied around a fresh orange, and then the entire exposed surface would be covered with whole cloves and then dusted in cinnamon.

There are a few superstitions associated with New Year’s, one of which is related to the weather. It was believed that if New Year’s Day opened with red skies, that the following year would be one with much strife and debates between people, and that robberies would be quite common.

Another superstition involved the Bible. Before eating breakfast, people would take turns opening a Bible completely at random. Then a verse would be pointed to on the two open pages, again at random. The verse that was thus randomly chosen was believed to foreshadow the events of the following year for the participant.

During this time when houses were heated and lit by open fires, it was believed that if anyone took fire from your house, one of your family members would die before the year was finished.

It was considered bad luck for the first visitor of the day to be a woman.

Bad luck was also feared if anything was thrown out of a house. In the day and age before modern plumbing, women would throw dirty water out the door, and ashes that accumulated in the fireplace needed to be removed. But because the removal of anything portended bad luck, families were very cautious about their actions on New Year’s Day.

from http://motherbedford.com/Holiday01.htm


The regular column will resume next month.                                  


Wreaths Across America

Our December meeting was the Chapters participation in the Wreaths Across America Ceremony at the USS Tampa Post #5 American Legion Veterans Cemetery in Tampa. 



For the seventh year, our Chapter Color Guard Presented the Colors to open the Ceremony.  Color Guard members present were David Bryant, Terry Doan, John Sessums, John Stewart (St Petersburg), Dick Young and Bill Swain.  Other chapter members were present for the Ceremony, as well as a prospective member and Pat Niemann, Past President of Florida SAR.   The DAR and C.A.R. were also present at this WAA Ceremony. 

Future Meetings

Jan. 18         Officer Installation

Feb. 15        TBA

Mar. 21        TBA

Apr. 18        JROTC  recognition

May 16         TBA


Color Guard Opportunities

February 22           C.A.R. Annual Conference Banquet           Orlando

March 6                DAR State Conference Opening              Orlando

March 21               SAR Rumbaugh Oration Contest              The Villages

March 7                Last Naval Battle Commemoration           Merritt Island

March 28              Battle of Thomas Creek Commemoration  Jacksonville

April 28                Honor Flight                                            St Pete/Clearwater

May 1-2                 Florida SAR Annual Meeting                    Kissimmee

May 9                    Battle of Pensacola Commemoration          Pensacola

June 9                   Honor Flight                                            St Pete/Clearwater


Miscellaneous Reminders

Chapter Website—remember you can find information about the chapter and programs on the chapter website.      http://www.tampasar.org/


One of the duties of the Chapter Chaplain is to send cards to our members that are sick. Another is to send a sympathy card to the family of a member who has passed away. If you know of anyone that should be the recipient of these cards, please mention it to the Chapter Chaplain or one of the other officers at our next meeting.


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