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January, 2011


Commanders Column


I'm looking forward to this years events in high honor being the new camp commander. I'd like to thank everyone for giving me this position in the camp and will do my best to make it go as smooth as possible for the up coming 2 years. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a happy new year.

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  On a side note I would like to remind everyone to have their dues paid up as quickly as possible to make it as easy on Mike as we can for sending in these dues for everyone.

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Sincerely,
Jeff Oberdank
Camp Commander
Austin Blair Camp No. 7
Department of Michigan
S.U.V.C.W.
www.austinblair.com


Treasure's Report
Mike Maillard

1 November 2010 thru 31 December 2010

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 November 2010 . Total Begining Balance $2,473.46

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1 November 2010 . General Fund Beginning Balance $702.53

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. Received partial 2010 Dues and Initiation fees for Brock Lloyd $35.25
. Received 2011 membership dues for Bob Griggs $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Josh Hurd $41.00
. Received 2011 Junior membership dues for Bob Griggs $10.00
. Issued Check 450 to Bob Griggs for 2010 website fee $59.40
. Received 2011 membership dues for Ron Lewis $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Tom Green $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Mike Maillard $41.00
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31 December 2010 . General Fund Ending Balance $893.38
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1 November 2010 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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31 December 2010 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 November 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
31 December 2010 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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31 December 2010 . Total Ending Balance $2,664.31

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DID YOU KNOW??

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Causes of Death in the
Union Army

Cause
Officers
Enlisted
Total
Killed or died of wounds
6,365
103,705
110,070
Disease
2,712
197,008
199,720
Accidents
142
3,972
4,114
Drowning
106
4,838
4,944
Sunstroke
5
308
313
Murder
37
483
520
Killed after capture
14
90
104
Suicide
26
365
391
Military execution
0
267
267
Executed by the enemy
4
60
64
Died in Confederate prisons
83
24,783
24,866
Causes known but not Specified
62
1,972
2,034
Causes not Stated
28
12,093
12,121
Totals
9,584
349,944
359,528
No accurate account of Confederate cause of death exists due to lack of documentation after the war.

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The November 8, 2010 meeting of the Austin Blair Camp No.7 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.

Members in attendance were Brothers: Kyle Bublitz, Chris Cox, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Henry Hawker, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr. and guest Dept. Commander Don Shaw and SVC Dave Arnold.

Commander Griggs opened the meeting by welcoming the Dept. representatives. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Waters, seconded by Brother Gilman. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Lewis, seconded by Brother Oberdank. Motion passed. Commander Griggs informed the Camp that Chaplain Heath was absent due to his Mother-in-law was taken to the Hospital emergency room for a fall and Commander Griggs asked the Camp to keep her in our thoughts and prayers.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Lloyd handed out literature on the Battle of Appomattox Station, April 8, 1865 when General Custer's troopers secured the station and road which secured the high ground west of Appomattox Court House blocking General Lee's line of retreat.

Graves Registration

1. Treasurer Maillard read Brother Waters' report: Research continues in Newaygo County, three veterans: Charles Barton 2nd Mich. Cav.; William and Walter Dickinson both from the 41st Ohio Inf. were added to the Grave Registration database. John Dunnick, Wallace Dickinson, Benjamin Henderson, Frederick Higee, Alburtus Andrew, William Addis, Joseph Brunnt and Horatio Barnhard graves are being currently researched since they are listed as veterans in Newaygo.

Signals

1. Commander Griggs reported that the Camp's website has all the Brown Book links currently with the addition of the 4th & 5th Cavalry recently linked.

Communications

1. The Camp received an invitation to the Veteran's Day ceremony and new monument dedication at Withington Park.

2. The 150th anniversary of President Lincoln's election will be celebrated by the Lincoln Presidential Library/Museum in Springfield Illinois with the "Team of Rivals" displays until August 2011.

3. The newly renovated Ford Theatre and the new Center for Education and Leadership on Lincoln's legacy across from the Petersen House brochures were received.

4. Commander Griggs asked our Eagle Scout coordinator Dave Gilman for the information on the latest Scout Brother Gilman has been working with so that it can be placed on the Camp's website.

Old Business

1. The Veteran's Day program on Nov. 11th at the "Defense of the Flag" monument at Withington Park, downtown Jackson was discussed.

2. Dept. Commander Shaw installed the 2011 Camp positions per ritual: Commander Oberdank, SVC Gilman, JVC Howard Lloyd, Treasurer Maillard, Secretary Tyrl and Camp Council: Brother Cox, PCC Griggs and PCC Hawker.

New Business

1. Literature was handed out on the up-coming 2011 National- August 11-14 at Reston, Virginia and Department- Great Lakes Christian College, Lansing, May 20-21, Encampments; more to follow as these events near.

2. Commander Oberdank presented Past Commander Griggs with the PCC Commander's Badge and thanked him for his service to the Camp.

For the Good of the Order

1. Department Commander Shaw and Dept. SVC Arnold "Thanked the Camp" for our participation and summarized the Department's Sesquicentennial "Kick Off" at the Detroit's Veteran's Day parade with about 60 participants and 11 Camps represented. They both encouraged our participation next year and Fort Wayne will be available for overnight stays.

2. Brother Chris Cox reported on the State Library in Lansing's Veteran's Day event on Sunday November 7, and also encouraged our Camp's participation at this event due to next year's "Sesquicentennial" anniversary of the Civil War.

3. The Sesquicentennial planning meeting will be held at the State Library/Museum Saturday November 13th in Lansing.

4. The Camp's Christmas party invitations scheduled for Sunday 1pm to 5pm, December 19, 2010 at the Sandstone Church were handed out at the meeting.

New Commander Oberdank proceeded to close the meeting at 8:15pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2011, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Upcoming Events


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January: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday January 10th;

Austin Blair Camp Meeting Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).
Monday January 10th;

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

February: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Saturday February 12th;

~ Abraham Lincoln's 202st Birthday ~


Monday February 14th;

Austin Blair Camp Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome).

Monday February 14th;

Austin Blair Ladies Auxiliary Meeting. Jackson Eagles-612, 301 Detroit St. Jackson MI. ( Visitors welcome). .

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