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September, 2009

Commanders Column

This is going to be a very short message this month. Where does the time go. It really doesn't seem like it's been just short of a year since I have became Commander of the Austin Blair Camp. We have had a very busy year and it doesn't look like it's letting up to much as we have events in each of the months remaining in this year. Not only have we done our "normal" events that we do throughout the year but this year added some new ones as well, and we have already had request for doing a headstone dedication next Spring.





I would just like to take a minute and thank each and everyone of you for your assistance in making this a very good year. As you all know it is not the officers that make the Camp work but its members and their willingness to give of their time, and knowledge to make events special. Your dedication to "Keeping green the Memory" is what makes this all worthwhile.

With God's blessing, and your continued support I'm sure that the upcoming year will even be better.

Again I thank you all.

In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.

Bob Griggs CC
September 30, 2009


Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 September 2009 thru 30 September 2009


1 September 2009 . Total Begining Balance $2,946.75

1 September 2009 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,093.00

. Auxiliary - Issued Ck 0426 1/2 donation Concord Civil War Day's $100.00
. Mark Heath - Issued Ck 0427 cermonial supplies $55.05
. . . .
30 September 2009 . General Fund Ending Balance $937.95
1 September 2009 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $518.25

. Mark Nye - Issued Ck 0428 Monument correction Jefferson Cemetery $40.00
. Bill Lowe - Issued Ck 0429 Monument cleaning brushes $4.22
31 September 2009 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $474.03
1 September 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
30 September 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
30 September 2009 . Total Ending Balance $2,747.48


Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The September 14, 2009 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, 209 N. Francis Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Kyle Bublitz, Dan Conklin, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Mark Heath, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and Russell Watson. Commander Griggs opened the meeting with a request for the Secretary's report and it was motioned accepted as published in the courier by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Heath. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as published by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Watson. Motion Passed.


1. A "thank you" card was received from the Paddock-Hubbard House for the Camp's participation in their Civil War Days and Veteran Appreciation program in Concord.

2. There is a soldier stone dedication at Mt Hope Cemetery in Lansing, 18 September at 2pm, Commander Griggs will be attending.

3. The Albion, Michigan "A-mazing Festival" will be on October 3, 2009.

4. An invitation was receive to participate in the Waterloo Area Historical Society's 2009 "Pioneer Days" Sunday, October 11, 2009 from noon to 5:00pm. The Camp site will be set up Saturday and our Soldier's database will work out of the ice-house as in years past.


1. Commander Griggs checked all the links on the Camp's website and all are working.

Graves Registration

Nothing new was reported.


1. JVC Dave Gilman reported that he will send a couple of letters to potential members from those interested from this year's muster.

Old Business

1. Commander Griggs requested a 2010 Election Committee, nominations next meeting and installation in November. Brother Lewis and Tyrl volunteered to do this committee.

New Business

1. Chaplain Heath suggested two ad hoc committees to be formed: the Camp's American 34 star civil war national flag had some tears noticed when unfurled during the Muster. It appears that one of the staff pole's center screws rubbed against the flag tearing small slits into the top of the flag. The Camp's National, State of Michigan and Austin Blair Camp flags are over a decade old and Chaplain Heath suggested the committee look at options of either repair or replacement of the National Flag or is there a need for back up flags for times when the camp could use more than one National flag. The other committee will review all the camp's historical items held by Brother Heath, as the Camp's Historian, and review options for what the Camp needs to do with these items since some of the items are duplicates and some are no longer needed. The treasured historical items such as "True Son" Brother LaBanta's badges and memorabilia will be retained, of course, but the duplicate items and other little valued items need recommendations on their disposition. Brother Hoffman requested Brother Heath to list all the items, which Brother Heath has done but just needs to review the list, and give this list to the committee. This motion was seconded by Brother Watson, motion passed.

For the Good of the Order

1. Sep. 19-20, 2009 The Tompkins's Historical Society's festival is this coming weekend. A volley was requested for a memorial service at 9:30am Saturday.

2. Sep. 26, 2009 Saturday, The Hanover Fall Festival will be held from 9am to 4pm, the camp will be setting up at the Conklin Museum grounds.

3. The Concord American Legion post 81 invited the Camp to their Veteran's Day dinner on November 7, 2009 at 6pm at the first Methodist Church.

4. Brother Lowe reported the Michigan Grave's registration database is up to 59,000 names and soon will be at 60,000.

5. Brother Lowe summarized the importance of some of the historical items in the Camp's possession. The original Minutes' book is mostly complete from the charter of the camp in 1914 to present. The original Michigan Brown Books- Regimental Rosters, many which were donated by descendants of the civil war soldiers fifty years ago are a treasured camp item. Discussion on scanning and putting these on discs was covered, more to follow. Commander Griggs offered to use his 12th Michigan Book as a test for placing on a disc since it's a copy and not an original.

6. Brother Lowe also reported that he worked with two individuals from the Muster in the State Library and Archives in Lansing.

7. Brother Mallard reviewed a recent book he read on General Robert H.G. Minty of the Michigan Cavalry. He summed it up as a book on an amazing soldier from Jackson.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:40pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for October 12, 2009, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


Upcoming Events


October 2009

3rd - Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Albion
Albion A-Maizing Corn Festival.

11th - Sunday Noon - 5 p.m. Waterloo
Waterloo Farm Museum Pioneer Day. Waterloo Farm Museum 9998 Waterloo Munith Rd., Waterloo Michigan

12th - Monday 7 p.m. Jackson
Austin Blair Camp Meeting and Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

November 2009

9th - Monday 7 p.m. Jackson
Austin Blair Camp Meeting and Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

11th - Wednesday 11 a.m. Jackson
Veterans Day Ceremony.
Members of the Camp may also be participating in the Veterans Day Parade in Mason. Check back for more information.





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