Department Order 2018-2019 – 09

HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Ben Block Jones II, PCC
246 Highland Place Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211-5909
(601) 927-8479
bejonesii@bellsouth.net

By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee:

  1. The following are reminders for our upcoming Department Encampment:
    a. Our Department Encampment is fast approaching. The deadline for our discount Group rate is January 16, 2019. Reserve your room now and directly with the hotel. Don’t forget to mention Special Code “SUVS” or “Sons of Union Veterans” for our Group Rate of $109 plus tax per night. Courtyard by Marriott, Memphis-Collierville, 4640 Merchants Park Circle, Collierville, TN 38107, Phone: (901) 850-9390. The Encampment Registration fee is now $20 with lunch at $14 per person, payable to Clyde J. Getman, 5922 Hickory Grave Lane, Bartlett, TN 38134-5531. Lunch will be canceled if not enough tickets are purchased by the January 31, 2019, cut-off date. For more details, see Department Order No. 4,
    b. All Tennessee Department Camp Secretaries should be applying the new Department $5.00 per capita dues amount to their “Camp Status Reports” and yearly “Camp Annual Report Form 27”. Camp Commanders are asked to confirm all “Camp Annual Reports” are submitted no later than April 30, 2019, to the Department Secretary.
    c. Camp Commanders and Patriotic Instructors are asked to submit their annual reports on Form 40 no later than March 1, 2019, to Carl Addison, Department Patriotic Instructor.
    d. Camp Commanders and Secretaries are reminded to confirm their Camp’s Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) to the Department Secretary no later than March 1, 2019. Camps are further reminded to file their respective Form 990-N as soon as possible, but no later than May 15, 2019.
    e. Pursuant to C-in-C General Order No. 18, Series 2017-2018, 06 February 2018, all Camps are tasked with amending their respective by-laws to include language required for the SUVCW group exemption. “Department Commanders are directed to ensure that Camps under their command take the necessary action to include these articles in their by-laws no later than 31 May 2019 and to file a report with the National Treasurer stating that all Camps in their Departments are compliant by 30 June 2019.” If your Camp has amended their by-laws accordingly, please bring a copy to the Encampment for submission to the Department Secretary.
  2. I would ask that the Department Secretary prepare a draft of the 2018 Department Encampment minutes and financial report for review prior to convening the 2019 Encampment to order.
  3. I would ask the Department Council to be prepared to meet early Saturday morning with Secretary/Treasurer Craig Taylor Brown in order to meet its obligation to review and “audit” the books. Our Department meeting ceremonies will begin sharply at 9:00 a.m.
  4. Our Encampment will be held before the due date for submission of the Camp Annual Report. For Camps to be eligible for the Department Awards for Membership Growth and Percentage, I need each Camp to submit a list of new members in 2018, new Camp officers, and a newsletter sample ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 8, 2019. These can be submitted informally or on the respective forms in addition to the camp’s usual report to the encampment. Normally, membership actions during December (Form 30) and installing officer reports (Form 22) are submitted no later than February 15, with the Camp Annual Report (Form 27), Roster, and Per Capita due no later than April 30.
  5. All reports of appointed officers and committees should be submitted to the Department Secretary with a copy to the Department Commander ON OR BEFORE FEBRUARY 8, 2019.
  6. I hereby request that every Camp sending brothers and or delegations to the Department encampment to bring your camp flag and base to display and represent your camp.
  7. One of the purposes of the Encampment is to share ideas, provide constructive criticism and suggestions to assist in the improvement of the National Organization, the Department and the camps and to adopt proposals and resolutions for betterment of the Department and its camps and therefore the Order. I am looking forward our encampment.

SO ORDERED on this, the 8th day of January 2019
In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,
/s/ Ben Block Jones II, Commander

Department Order 2018-2019 – 08

HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Ben Block Jones II, PCC
246 Highland Place Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211-5909
(601) 927-8479
bejonesii@bellsouth.net

1. By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi, I wish to extend the following greeting to the camps and members of the Department, borrowing from the eloquence of our Brother Robert E. Grim, Past Commander-in-Chief:
a. During the month of December, we celebrate the most joyous of all the seasons, Hanukah for our Jewish brethren, and the birth of Jesus Christ for our Christian Brothers. This is a time for families, gift giving and celebrating the love of the season. It is also a time of remembrance, and for giving thanks.
b. As we gather with our families during this joyous season, please take time to remember those that are once again serving our Nation away from home. The young men and women of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force that will share their fare this holiday as many of our forefathers have done in the past, with their Brotherin-Arms. Only the scenery has changed from Valley Forge, Iwo Jima, Normandy, Khe Sahn or Fallujah. The sacrifice remains the same.
c. Please join with me in celebrating this season and with the hope that many of those away from home will be able to extinguish “the candle in the window” next year, asm hey will be home. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah to all, and a joyous and safe New Year.

SO ORDERED on this, the 22nd day of December 2018
In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,
/s/ Ben Block Jones II, Commander

Department Order 2018-2019 – 07

HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Ben Block Jones II, PCC
246 Highland Place Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211-5909
(601) 927-8479
bejonesii@bellsouth.net

 

DEPARTMENT ORDER #7, 2018-2019

By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi, I hereby issue this order.

1. Exactly seventy-four years after George Washington’s proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed on October 3, 1863 that the last Thursday in November be set apart to be observed by all citizens as a day of thanksgiving: “The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. . .” He further stated that: “I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”

a. In that same spirit let us enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving this Thursday, November 22th, 2018, with family, friends, and one another across our Department and let us all be thankful for all that we have.
b. As you give thanks around your dinner table let us remember to be thankful for our veteran ancestors and all veterans and serving military who have given their all in serving our country.

2. Additionally, I would like to take this opportunity to formally welcome our newest camp, President Andrew Johnson Camp No. 70 to the Department and congratulate them on their organizing efforts. They will hold a charter ceremony and lunch on Saturday, November 24, in the Brumley Library dining room of the General Morgan Inn in Greeneville, Tennessee. Brother who wish to attend should contact Brother Tim Massey at 423-525-4113 or 423-787-1000 for room reservations.

SO ORDERED on this, the 21st day of November 2018
In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,
/s/ Ben Block Jones II, Commander

Veteran’s Day

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Department Order 2018-2019 – 06

HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Ben Block Jones II, PCC
246 Highland Place Dr.
Jackson, MS 39211-5909
(601) 927-8479
bejonesii@bellsouth.net

 

DEPARTMENT ORDER #6, 2018-2019

By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi,
1. I hereby recognize Sunday, November 11, 2018 as being Veterans Day and request that all Brothers and Camps in the Department celebrate this day with honor and respect to all serving military and Veterans of the United States. President Lincoln’s immortal words of his second
inaugural address on March 4th, 1865:
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan” embody our nation’s obligation to do today, for our veterans, what must be done on every Veterans Day. We must always remember and never forget their service to our country.

a. As Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, we join together in giving honor to all who have faithfully served our country in any war. We seek out, care for and mark the graves and memorials of Civil War veterans. May this day act as a reminder that we shall never forget and always shall honor the service of our veterans in all of the armed forces of the United States of America.

b. I hereby request that all Brothers and Camps in the Department participate, on Sunday, November 11, 2019 and Monday, November 12, 2019, in such commemorations, memorials, parades, services and events as may be held for all veterans in your communities. Honor a veteran and thank a veteran.

c. The Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi salutes all veterans who have served or are currently serving in the military and commends them for their service and their sacrifice for the good of our nation. Your service and sacrifice shall never be forgotten.

SO ORDERED on this, the 7th day of November 2019
In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,
/s/ Ben Block Jones II, Commander

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