Tampa Chapter

Sons of the American Revolution

September 2020



          Meeting announcement

          Dues are Due

          Revolution History note

          Color Guard News

          New Members

          Program Schedule

Other Important Dates

          Misc. reminders and information


September Meeting

It is hoped that everyone is healthy, safe, and coping with the current situation as best as they can.  We will have a virtual meeting on Saturday, Sept 19 at noon, our usual day and time.  President Dave Bryant will send out a zoom link to everyone prior to the 19th so you can log on and participate.  If you received the last message, sent from Pres. Bryant, you will receive the link.  If not, send him an email at SenseiDave@MSN.com to be included.


The President, and other officers, will bring everyone up to speed on what the plans are going forward.  The program will follow. We will discuss which of the following Revolutionary War battles you consider to be the most overrated or most underrated. 


Choose from these battles:

Long Island, Monmouth, Trenton, Princeton, Saratoga, Cowpens, Guilford Court House, Yorktown, and the naval Battle of the Capes (off Yorktown)


If you participate, give your choice and at least one reason for that choice.  Compatriot Bob Yarnell will lead and monitor the discussion. Our zoom time is limited to 40 minutes.  To avoid people talking over each other, Bob will call on people.  If you have a computer camera (and many computers have one built in) have it turned on. Then you can raise your hand to be recognized. If you do not have a camera, there will be a chat box you can type in to be recognized. And, if you do not have a microphone, type your choice and reason into the chat box and Bob will read it.




Dues are Due

Dues for 2021 are coming due.  Dues are $80 as they have been for the past few years.  Of that $35 goes to National, $20 to Florida SAR and $25 stays in Tampa.  Send your

check or money order to Paul Ergler, Treasurer

                                      503 Surrey Lane

                                      Lutz, FL  33549

Paul says he can take PayPal, too, but you will need to contact him for that one at paulergler@hotmail.com. 


American Revolution Note:

Several years ago, I compared what textbooks used locally by Pasco-Hernando State College and St Petersburg College had to say about the skirmishes at Lexington and Concord.  It allowed us to see what current students are reading about the Revolution. Since it is Constitution month, let us see what they say about the Constitution.


The Enduring Vision— used on the Tarpon Springs campus of St Petersburg College.

As finally approved on Sept 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was an extraordinary document and not merely because it reconciled the conflicting interests of the large and small states.  In contrast to the articles of confederation, the constitution provided for a vigorous national authority.  Although leaving much authority to the states, the constitution established a national government whose sovereignty clearly superseded the states.


Of the People — used on the other campuses of St Petersburg College.

Although there were sharp differences of opinion among the delegates, there were also wide areas of agreement.  The delegates agreed that the new national government would have to be much stronger (than the Articles of Confederation). Congress would now have the power to lay and collect taxes and duties, pay the country’s debts, regulate foreign commerce and to raise armies and pay for them.  The nationalists were determined not to leave Philadelphia without a constitution, and they were willing to make whatever compromise seemed necessary.  Those compromises were eventually achieved, and the convention adjourned on Sept 17, 1787.


Give Me Liberty — used on all Pasco-Hernando College campuses.

The last session of the convention took place on Sept. 17,1787. The Constitution created a new framework for American development.  It made possible a national economic market. It created national political institutions, reduced the power of the states, and sought to place limits on popular democracy.


Perhaps as part of the meeting we can take a quick poll on which one is the most accurate.


Officer Nominations

It is that time of year to start putting together a slate of officers for 2021.  Current officers should notify President David Bryant if they plan to serve another year, or not.  Treasurer Paul Ergler has already announced that he prefers to give up the position he has served so well for several years.  Anyone interested in serving the Chapter should also contact President Bryant. 

Color Guard News

With the COVID-19 restrictions, the events we usually attend have been cancelled and future events are being cancelled as their dates approach.  We have no news yet on local Veterans Day events or Wreaths Across America.  Your Color Guard Commander was able to attend the Florida SAR Annual Meeting in June and participate in the various Color Guard activities. Some of the recent National Commemorations have been held as virtual events or with limited local participation and more virtual attendance.  Your Color Guard Commander has been able to virtually attend two of those and will keep the Color Guard members aware of any other such events as they are announced.   


New Members

New member applications continue to be accepted and processed.   Since our May meeting the following new members have been approved:

                   Wilford Caruthers

                   Paul Fahle

                   Ethan Thomas Harrison

                   Shawn Edward Harrison

                   John Robert Hassell

                   Charles B Lee

                   Richard Robert Watkins

                   Harold B Young

                   Michael W Young   


We hope to see them at future meetings of the Tampa Chapter.  Since we are not able to meet in person, Membership Certificates on hand will be mailed.       



Program schedule

Since we are unsure when we will have our next in person meeting, (hopefully in October) we have no details on future programs. We are looking forward to a presentation by Compatriot Charles Klug on the Port of Tampa when we are able to meet at the restaurant.

For your planning purposes, the dates for the fall are:

October 17

November 21

December 19


Other important dates

September 4, 1774    First Continental Congress Convenes

September 22, 1776  Nathan Hale Executed

September 11, 1777   Battle of Brandywine

September 3, 1783    Treaty of Paris Signed

October 2-4              Florida Society Board of Management Meeting, Kissimmee, FL

                                         (this will be an on-site and virtual hybrid event)

November 11             Veterans Day

December 19            Wreaths Across America



From the President.

The new face book page for the Tampa Sons of the American Revolution is

Tampa Sar. The password to add anything is American1776.

Please feel free to upload pictures or comments. Invite all your friends to take a look.


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 Chaplain Sessums or one of the other officers at our next meeting.


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