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October, 2009

Commanders Column

There are two things that stand out in my mind concerning our group and the month of November. The first one we come to is Veteran's Day. I thought long and hard for a way to say thank you to all veteran's but everything I came up with seems to fall way short for all that the veteran's of this country have given each of us.

In looking around the web I found a website that to me says things much better than I ever could. I have listened to this many times over the last month and every time I do it brings tears to my eyes thinking about all that they had to give up for me, for all of us, to have the rights we have. Please follow this link to Before you go, and wait for it to load and play as this might take awhile. Although this says it is for WW II and Korean veterans, I think it pertains to all generations of veterans. No matter how inadequate it seems, I would like to add my own personal "Thank you" to each and every one of you. To paraphrase from the second thing for November, the world will never forget what you did. Again, I thank you all.

The second thing is the 146th anniversary of the Dedication of the Soldiers Cemetery at Gettysburg on the 19th of this month. There is absolutely nothing that I could say or add to make that address any better (talk about the all time understatement) so I'll just place a copy of the article here from the New York Times from 1863 about the dedication and the Presidents speech. .




In Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty.

Bob Griggs CC
October 27, 2009


Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard
1 October 2009 thru 30 October 31 2009


1 October 2009 . Total Begining Balance $2,747.48

1 October 2009 . General Fund Beginning Balance $937.95

. Received check from Consumers 2nd quarter dividend $20.25
. Auxiliary - Donation 1/2 donation Albion Corn Festival 75.00
. Contributed to Breakfast in a Box Breakfast in a Box meals for soldiers $75.00
. . . .
31 October 2009 . General Fund Ending Balance $958.20
1 October 2009 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $474.03

31 October 2009 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $474.03
1 October 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 October 2009 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
31 October 2009 . Total Ending Balance $2,767.73


Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The October 12, 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, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Howard Lloyd, Bill Lowe, Mike Maillard, Ron Tyrl, Dave Van Hoof, and Charlie Waters Jr.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting with a request for the Secretary's report and it was motioned accepted as published on the website by Brother Hawker, seconded by Brother Waters. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as published by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Lloyd. Motion Passed.

The obituary of pass Camp Member, Anthony (Pat) Glesner was read on his passing this past Friday. Pat was a Vietnam Navy Veteran with service on the USS Enterprise. He then served twenty years with the Coast Guard, over the course of his career; he sailed twice around the world crossing both the equator and the date line. Pat earned his Masters in History and his thesis was 'Facets of Courage: Colonel Charles Deland and the American Civil War." He taught at College and was a Tech Writer and Editor at TACOM in Warren, retiring weeks before his passing. Pat is survived by his Wife and Children.


1. An article on trails included to the New Mexico's Glorieta Battle Field was read.

2. A brochure was received on the 24th Lincoln Lecture Series in Springfield, Illinois being held Oct. 15-18, 2009.

3. An invitation for our Camp's attendance at a State Historical Marker dedication at the Mt. Hope Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday October 20, 2009 at 10am was received. Commander Griggs and others will be attending.

4. An invitation was received for the Mason, Michigan Veteran's Day Parade Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 2:30pm starting at the Mason High School.

5. The Camp received the Jackson, Michigan Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009 Veteran's Day observance program in Withington Park, at 11am. More on this at the November meeting.


1. Commander Griggs reported that Geocities our service for the Camp's website's last day of operation for uploading is the 26th of October. The account will possibly be transferred to Yahoo and our cost of $4.95 per month which is locked in for five years will double once expired but our current 25 meg website space will be unlimited once transferred. Commander Griggs and Brother Dan Doyle will be working this issue.

Graves Registration

1. The secretary read a report from Graves Registration Officer Waters III on a soldier's stone ordered for William Beverly, 26th Michigan Infantry Regt., interned at Woodlawn, more to follow.

2. Bill Lowe discussed some of the problems associated with cemetery restoration. Since July of this year the Veterans Administration has instituted some changes which would seem to make it more difficult to obtain new or replacement Civil War headstones. Additionally he mentioned some local opposition to our Camp working in a couple of Jackson County cemeteries. Brother Lowe will continue to work with these cemeteries to hopefully state our record of work for our cause for Civil War veterans, more to follow.

3. Brother Lowe also reported that there are new procedures for ordering Veteran military headstones through the V.A. There are a couple of stones that have been ordered under these new procedures - more documentation, family of veteran must be included in the ordering process if possible, and pictures taken, etc., to experiment on how these new procedures are going to affect our work at placing military headstones for veterans. Currently, a 5th Michigan Infantry soldier who died on the way home from Virginia on the 12th or 15th Dec. 1862, records conflict, and there is a discharge for this man a few months after his reported death, more records conflict; is being worked more to follow as worked.


No report given

Old Business

1. The nominating committee reported that Commander Bob Griggs, Treasurer Mike Maillard, Secretary Ron Tyrl, Camp Council: Dan Conklin-PCC, Daniel Watkins and Charlie Waters Jr. agreed to continue in their positions for 2010. A motion was given to accept the committees report by Charlie Waters, seconded by Howard Lloyd, motion passed. Installation will be in November.

2. The two ad hoc committees for options for the Camp's Flags and Historian's items currently (open).

New Business

1. The Auxiliary presented a "Breakfast in a Box Holiday" program that with the cost of $150, breakfast supplies enough to feed 40 troops will be sent to those serving in our Armed Forces overseas. Commander Griggs passed around a Kepi for donations. The Auxiliary also reported that $150 was donated to them from the Albion Corn Maize program and half will be donated to the Camp as a whole. Brother Lowe motion to place our half towards the "Breakfast Box" program and with the donations received the $150 was collected and a "Box" was purchased!

For the Good of the Order

1. An invitation was sent to attend the Cascade's Muster appreciation dinner at the Cascade's Manor House on the 25th of October at 5pm.

2. 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.

3. The Camp's Christmas party will be on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 1pm at the Sandstone Congregational Church, a pot luck lunch and the annual auction for entertainment will be done.

4. Brother Hawker reported that he, and Brothers Dan Conklin and Mark Heath attended an event at President Rutherford Hayes, (23 Regiment Ohio Infantry- wounded five times while in the service), Library and Museum, in Fremont, Ohio two weeks ago. The event featured President's Hayes' Civil War veteran status and there were a number of reenactors and Sons groups in attendance and was well attended by the general public. Brother Hawker stated that our members may want to attend this event as a Camp. More to follow when event happens.

5. Brother Dave Van Hoof was initiated into the Camp and presented with the Son's Badge and was warmly formally welcomed as our newest member.

Commander Griggs proceeded to close the meeting at 8:45pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for November 9, 2009, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


Upcoming Events


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).

7th - Saturday 2:30 p.m. Mason
Mason Veterans Day Parade. Assembly time: 1 p.m. at the south parking lot of Mason High School on South Barnes
Street north of Kipp Road. The parade will begin at 2:30 p.m.

11th - Wednesday 11 a.m. Jackson
Veterans Day Ceremony. Defence of the Flag Monument.

December 2009

No meeting scheduled for December.

13th - Sunday 1 p.m.
Annual Christmas party to be held at Sandstone Road Church of Christ 224 S. Sandstone Rd., Jackson MI





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