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March, 2011


Commanders Column


I'm looking forward to meeting on the 10th of March with the legion we used to be at to see if we can work out our differences to make it happen again as that would make things eaiser

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  for us to know more of what's going on and report back to the camp on our findings.

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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 February 2011 thru 28 February 2011

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DATE
Disbursed/Received
Transaction
Amount
1 February 2011 . Total Begining Balance $3,140.56

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1 February 2011 . General Fund Beginning Balance $1,369.63

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. Received 2011 membership dues for Dave Gilman $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Howard Lloyd $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Brock Lloyd $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Chris Cox $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Dan Conklin $41.00
. Received 2011 membership dues for Ron Tyrl $41.00
. Received cash for SUVCW sticker $6.00
. Issued Check 452 to Bob Griggs for mailing flag to John Mann $8.95
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28 February 2011 . General Fund Ending Balance $1,612.68*
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1 February 2011 . Restoration Fund Beginning Balance $435.43

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28 February 2011 . Restoration Fund Ending Balance $435.43
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1 February 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Beginning Balance $1,335.50
28 February 2011 . Camp Blair Memorial Fund Ending Balance $1,335.50
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28 February 2011 . Total Ending Balance $3,383.61

*Twenty two Members and two Juniors have paid their 2011 annual dues as of February 28, 2011. Of the $ 1,612.68 in the General Fund, $ 1,085 will be owed the Department and National for 2011 per capita dues, assuming the camp now has 35 paid Members. We have a total of 39 camp members which includes two Life Members and two Juniors. We have lost one member at the end of 2010 who is James Neeley, that has taken an honorable discharge. In 2010 we added members Christopher Cox, Joseph Davis and Brock Lloyd. Dennis Oberdank has also joined the camp as a Junior. We since have lost Zachery Hurd due to and honorable discharge.

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DID YOU KNOW??

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In January of 1863, the Governor of Indiana Oliver P. Morton, a strong support of President Abraham Lincoln, telegraphed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton with a warning; "I am advised that it is contemplated when the Legislature meets in this state to pass a joint resolution acknowledging the Southern Confederacy, and urging the states of the Northwest to dissolve all constitutional relation with the New England states." He also advised that, "...the same thing is on foot in Illinois."
On May 26, 1865, the Union armies of the West led by General Sherman paraded in the last Grand Review. Germany’s ambassador, basking in the pomp, went agog in bestowing compliments on the various corps marching past. “Here is an army that can whip all Europe! Here is an army than can whip the universe! Behind Grant and Sherman’s Army of the Tennessee, at the very last of the column, was George Thomas’s old 14th Corps, his best. As the Cumberlanders trooped by in an eerie presentiment of things to come, the German out did himself. “Now here…here is an army that can whip the devil!”
Other Bits you might like to know
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A redoubt is a fortification with right angles.
A redan is a triangular fortification.
A lunette is a crescent-shaped fortification

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Secretary's Report
Ron Tyrl PPC

The February 14, 2011 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, Dan Conklin, Chris Cox, Joe Davis, Dave Gilman, Bob Griggs, Bob Hoffman, Ron Lewis, Brock Lloyd, Howard Lloyd, Mike Maillard, Jeff Oberdank, Ron Tyrl, Charlie Waters Jr., and Russell Watson.

Commander Oberdank welcomed everyone to this Valentine's Day meeting. The Secretary's report was motioned accepted as published in the Courier by Brother Gilman, seconded by Brother Griggs with clarification on the "Camp Blair Memorial Fund" money will be used only on projects associated with Camp Blair. Motion Passed. The Treasurer's Report was distributed and accepted as presented by Brother Griggs, seconded by Brother Gilman. Motion passed.

Brother Hoffman requested prayers for recently wounded Marine Medic Andrew Carpenter in Afghanistan. He was wounded in the neck and has been evacuated and is currently at a Medical facility in Germany.

Patriotic Instructor

1. Brother Griggs filling in for Brother Watkins announced a new display at the Albion Library on the 102nd Colored Infantry in honor of Black History month and the 150th Sesquicentennial.

2. The Library of Congress has announced receiving the largest donation of civil war soldier's images in 50 years. The over 700 images are currently being placed on line and can be seen on their website.

Membership

1. JVC Lloyd reported that he has a couple of prospective members he's currently assisting with and more details should follow soon.

Communications

1. The camp received a request to become a founding sponsor for the "National Museum of the Army" for a $35 donation to their campaign to fund the building at Fort Belvoir on the Potomac River near Washington D.C. The Army is currently the only branch of the Armed Forces that does not have a National Museum and once the funds are raised the proposed date of completion of the Museum is 2015. The campaign's and Museum logo has a modern soldier flanked on the left by a Colonial soldier and his right by a Union Army soldier. After discussion, Brother Watson motioned to donate $35 for the funding of the Army Museum, seconded by Brother Waters. Motion Passed.

2. Brother Zach Hurd requested a discharge for the 2011 year and Commander Oberdank signed the discharge and it will be forwarded to Brother Hurd.

Old Business

1. Brother Griggs brought the Camp's two new National 33 star flags with one attached to the new and the other to the old pole for viewing. Discussion was held on the purchasing of an Eagle or a Spike or Battle Axe for the new pole's topper and Brother Griggs agreed to research the pricing differences and bring the results to the March meeting for a decision on which to purchase.

2. Brother Waters met with American Legion Post 29 to request our return there for the Camp's meeting place. The Post welcomed the Camp at the same cost and meeting date and time as before. Discussion on the communication and uncooperative issues encountered at the post under the previous post commander which resulted in our Camp leaving to the Eagle's was done. Commander Oberdank asked volunteers to accompany him at the Post's next meeting Thursday, March 10th at 7pm to get a formal agreement and then bring it back to the Camp for a vote for a change of location back to Post 29 for our meetings. Four members agreed to accompany Commander Oberdank to the March meeting.

New Business

1. Treasurer Maillard reminded the Camp that all 2011 dues are requested by the end of March.

2. Fliers for the "Dexter Civil War Days" event June 10-12, 2011 sponsored by the 4th Michigan reenactors were given to the Camp by the Auxiliary.

For the Good of the Order

1. Brother Cox is continuing with the planning for an April, date to be determined, presentation for a Northwest School 8th Grade class; more to come on this at the March meeting.

2. March 7, 2011 Michigan Theater showing of the movie "Glory" is coming up.

3. Brother Griggs informed the camp that the Gerald Ford Museum will be having a War Photography program March 17-June 17, 2011, from the Civil War to present. Brother Griggs will be coordinating a car pool for those interested in going as a group. More to follow.

4. Brother Maillard read two articles: "Two Nine Foot Arlington Cemetery decorative Urns returned to the National Cemetery after being auctioned off in the 1990s". The Urns were originally near the Tomb of the Unknown flanking the theater stage but were decommissioned and placed for auction. The current antique dealer owner is donating them back to the cemetery and it is unknown why they were originally auctioned off to private dealers. The second article: "Message in a Bottle" a 147 year old glass bottle was recently opened at the Museum of the Confederacy to review the message contents and after expert decoding it was found to be a message from Confederate Major General John Walker informing General Pemberton at Vicksburg that he "…can expect no help from this side of the river." The dispatch was sent on the day of surrender July 4, 1863 and the dispatch was returned once the city was noticed already surrendered before the dispatch arrived. The bottle was later donated to the museum.

5. Brother Lewis informed the camp that his son Submarine Commander Lewis was recently awarded the Legion of Merit for returning a submarine and crew back to operational status. Brother Lewis summarized that the Legion of Merit is awarded just behind the Medal of Honor and the Silver Star as the highest award an individual can receive in the Armed Forces of our country.

Commander Oberdank proceeded to close the meeting at 8:20pm and our next camp meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2011, to be held at the Eagles, Jackson, Michigan.


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Upcoming Events


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April: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday April 11th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday April 16th; Springfield IL

55th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

Monday April 11th; 7 p.m.

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


Saturday April 16th; Springfield IL

55th Annual Lincoln Tomb Ceremony Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Ceremony at 10 a.m., luncheon at noon, centeral time.

May: 2011
Austin Blair Camp No. 7Auxiliary
Monday May 9th; 7 p.m.

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


Friday May 20th - Saturday May 21st; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.


Date to be announced

Cleaning Veterans headstones
Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Jackson MI.


Monday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional, also this year the day it is observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.

Monday May 10th; 7 p.m.

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


Friday May 20th - Saturday May 21st; Lansing MI

Department Encampment: Great Lakes Christian College
6211 West Willow Highway, Lansing, MI.


Monday May 30th

Memorial Day - Traditional, also this year the day it is observed.
9:30 am, - Jackson and Concord Parades starting at 10:00 am.


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