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From: Jim Pahl <>
Subject: Re: [SUVCW] Any National Encampment Reports?
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2009 05:28:11 -0700 (PDT)
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Allow this as a very brief report of the 128th National Encampment in Louisville, Kentucky, just completed.  Leo Kennedy of Rhode Island was elected Commander-in-Chief in an Encampment that ran very smoothly.  James Hanby was moved up to Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief and Brad Schall of the Department of California/Pacific is our new Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief.  Max Newman resigned as National Treasurer, with Rich Orr of Pennsylvania being elected to fill out the final year of his term.  This is intended to be a temp. measure and Rich is not really interested in continuing - but in helping the Order as we locate a brother willing to assume this important office.

With Brad's promotion to JVCinC, there were three available seats on the CofA, with five very well qualified candidates.  Eric Schmincke of Pennsylvania was running for reelection, along with Don Shaw of Michigan, Ken Freshley of Ohio, Tad Campbell of California/Pacific and Bill Vieira of Rhode Island.  Elected was first Tad Campbell, then in the second round, Ken Freshley.  The third round was for a one year term to replace Brad and Bill Vieira was elected.  They join existing Council Members Perley Mellor and Bob Petrovic.  Don Palmer is in the middle of his term as National Secretary, as is Danny Wheeler as Quartermaster.

The brother's approved minitures of the current Camp Commander badge, Department Commander badge, Past Camp Commander badge, Past Department Commander badge and Past Commander-in-Chief badge, which eliminates the wearing of stars on a miniture member badge to indicate current or past offices held.  The Past Camp Commander miniture and the Past Department Commander miniture are immediately available for $9.50 each (I believe), plus postage from the Quartermaster.  The remaining badges will be available shortly.

Several policies were adopted in the the National Regulations.  The Digest was throughly reviewed and any applicable decisions will now appear as footnotes (in the manner of the old Blue Book maintained by the Grand Army of the Republic) in the Constitution and Regulations as they appear on the web site, eliminating the Digest as being authorative.  It will remain for historical reference.

All discussions were held in the spirit of fraternity, charity and loyalty, making this a very enjoyable Encampment.  Saturday evening's banquet was visited by a Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  The evening's entertainment was a civil war style brass band, whose first selection was Dixie.  The Auxiliary and the Ladies of the Grand Army, also meeting with us, were represented at the head table by their National Presidents.  Also visiting us were the National President of the Women's Relief Corp, the National Junior Vice President of the Daughters of Union Veterans and the National President of the Daughter's of the Union - while not one of the Allied Orders, they were welcomed.  MOLLUS was also represented by our own Past Commadner-in-Chief Rick Bury.

The Department of Kentucky did a wonderful job in hosting this year's Encampment, with next year being in the Department of Kansas, followed by the Department of Maryland hosting the 2011 National Encampment in northern Virginia.

The Council of Administration meeting on Sunday morning, starting at 8:00am and usually lasting until past noon, was completed by 9:35am. 

My wife is now awaiting me patiently, as we leave the Encampment hotel and travel to Illinois for a funeral. 

Respectfully submitted in fraternity, charity and loyalty
James B. Pahl
Past Commander-in-Chief
Assistant National Treasurer
Assistant National Counselor - Blue Book

--- On Mon, 8/17/09, Ernest Everett Blevins <> wrote:

From: Ernest Everett Blevins <>
Subject: [SUVCW] Any National Encampment Reports?
To: "suvcw" <>
Date: Monday, August 17, 2009, 12:52 AM

So what all happened at the National Encampment?

Ernie Blevins
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