Purpose & Mission

LEARN ABOUT OUR CHAPTER’S UNIQUE PURPOSE & MISSION

Washington on Education

“A primary object should be the education of our youth in the science of government.  In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important?

And what duty is more pressing than communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?”

– George Washington

Purpose

The NSSAR’s 1903 Federal charter specifically directs the Society to extend the institutions of American Freedom and educate [American citizens].” These are not just inspirational words. They are mandated by Congress and backed by Federal Law.

Preserving and extending the institutions of American Freedom are predicated upon the education of its citizens.

Therefore, we as Compatriots can do nothing more important than educate as many Floridians as possible. Effectively implemented, the positive impact of this Initiative will endure for many generations.

Mission

Consistent with its founding purpose, the St. Petersburg Chapter, working in concert with the FLSSAR Education Committee, accumulates, maintains and provides access to a substantial body of authoritative genealogical, historical, civics and related resources. It also has an extensive talent and expertise reserve available to support schools and develop educational initiatives that focus on Early American History, Civics, and related topics.  

Goals

Through planned, consistent and focused outreach, provide proactive input, advice and guidance to community thought leaders, media, parents, school boards, system superintendents and their designees, state educational system leadership and governance, legislators, legislative committees, and the governor as well as other decision-makers on educational curricula approved by NSSAR.

Chapter Tactics:

  1. Utilizing Tampa Bay SAR Compatriots and expertise, create standing SAR task-forces and committees to monitor public school curricula, collaborate with, relate to and inform decision-makers, and distribute and encourage use of NSSAR-Approved history curricula and educational resources to public and private schools, academies, and home-school students. 
  1. Utilizing Tampa Bay SAR Compatriots and their expertise, provide advice and resources in the creation the policy infrastructure within public school curricula, and operating procedures for SAR involvement in school presentations such as essay contests, poster contests, oration, and all other NSSAR approved Patriotic initiatives designed to inform, educate and inspire students.
  1. Utilizing Tampa Bay SAR Compatriots and their expertise, as well as other resources, provide ongoing and reliable access to SAR expertise and participation by participating on appointed or elected State Board of Education Advisory Committees, Legislative and Gubernatorial Education Advisory Committees. 
  1. Develop an SAR standing committee to focus on specific topics relating to minority groups, particularly African-American, Hispanic, and Native American and their participation in the founding of America, and their continued importance in preserving its Founding ideals. 
  1. Develop an SAR standing committee to focus on specific topics of special interest to Advanced Placement students and their importance in preserving its Founding ideals. 
  1. Develop an SAR standing committee to focus on specific topics of special appeal to Special Needs students and their importance in preserving its Founding ideals. 
  1. Develop an SAR standing committee to focus on specific topics of special appeal to elementary and middle students and their importance in preserving its Founding ideals.
  1. Develop and advocate innovative and interactive means and methods of teaching Civics, History, Constitutional Literacy, duties of citizenship, critical thinking and America’s Founding Principles consistent with NSSAR standards to key decision-making bodies in Florida’s education hierarchy. 
  1. Utilizing Tampa Bay SAR Compatriots and expertise, Identify and incorporate allied community resources and expertise from other SAR chapters to support and assist the TB SAR Education Initiative in implementing the approved NSSAR education outreach goals and objectives. 
  1. Utilizing the resources of the NSSAR, provide ongoing and reliable access to SAR expertise for appointed or elected State Board of Education Advisory Committees, Legislative and Gubernatorial Education Advisory Committees, as well as Hillsborough and Pinellas School governance, and schools.
  1. Provide periodic reports to the NSSAR and FLSSAR detailing activities and accomplishments of the TB SAR Education Initiative.
  1. Provide other related or derivative initiatives to be developed in response to requests from the FLDOE, Governor, and school system administration.

Chapter Members

We, the St. Petersburg Chapter, are also a growing community of like-minded compatriots all desiring to promote and protect the legacy of freedom, liberty, and justice that we are the direct beneficiaries of from our ancestors who fought, bled, and died during the founding of our nation. But in the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

Chapter Members
As chapter members decide to be included as part of our public directory their pictures, names, and short biographies will be included here.

Board of Governors

Finally, the Board of Governors for the St. Petersburg SAR is responsible for overseeing the activities of our chapter and provide direction and advice to our chapter’s governance.

Charles R. Butler
Chairman
Past Chapter President
Will M. Scott
Member
Past Chapter President
John M. Stewart
Member at Large
Past Chapter President
Peter J. Ford
Member