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Department Order #7 – 2019-2020

   
HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Roger A. Tenney, Commander
4960 Reeder School Road
Greenbrier, TN 37073
ratenney@comcast.net
615-406-2697
DEPARTMENT ORDER # 7, 2019-2020

These are extraordinary times. No one could have seen or predicted the events that have occurred in the first six months of this year. This has had an impact on each of us and on our order As every Brother in the Department should be aware, we have had to postpone our Department Encampment several times, and we are now to a point that we are running out of time.

Therefore, our 25th Department Encampment will be held as a virtual meeting on 25 June 2020, 6:30 p.m. CST. This will allow us to manage the business of the Department. Unfortunately, this will be a less personal meeting and, in many ways, will be limited from our normal scope.

     1. We will suspend using most of the ritual and ceremony that we would use in a live event.

     2. The following are the known matters of business that will be addressed.
          a. Approval of Minutes from the 24th Encampment
          b. Financial Report of the Department
          c. Resolution to release the three (3) Camps located in Alabama to become their own Department (details included in DEPARTMENT ORDER # 4, 2019-2020 (3))
          d. Proposed amendments to our By-Laws (details included in DEPARTMENT ORDER # 4, 2019-2020 (4), and “Department Encampment – Proposed Changes to the By-Laws”
          e. Election of Officers
          f. Installation of Officers
     
     3. Reports from the Camps and Staff Officers are to be provided in writing. These will be compiled and posted to the Department website by 21 June 2020. I order that the reports be sent to the Department Secretary no later than 19 June 2020. These will not be presented at the Encampment, unless required by stated business, but will be included in the Department minutes for the Encampment. I further order that a link to the reports be posted to the Department Facebook page, as well as sent to all Brothers of the Department with known email addresses.

     4. I order that all Camps provide to the Department Secretary a list of delegates for your Camp no later than 15 June 2020.

The foregoing Department Order is proclaimed this 8th Day of June in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-third, in the town of Greenbrier, State of Tennessee

By order of: ROGER A. TENNEY
Department Commander

Attest:
George A. Huttick
Department Secretary – Treasurer

Department Order # 6, 2019-2020

   
HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Roger A. Tenney, Commander
4960 Reeder School Road
Greenbrier, TN 37073
ratenney@comcast.net
615-406-2697
DEPARTMENT ORDER # 6, 2019-2020

1. It is my sad duty to report the passing of Brother John Halsell of Army of Tennessee Camp #64 He was a charter member of the Camp. He died Thursday, 26 March 2020. He is survived by his wife, Irene and daughters.

2. He was an active member in his Camp. He participated in many events to highlight the American Civil War in Middle Tennessee.

3. With the passing of our very good friend and beloved brother, I order the Department Charter, all Camp Charters and Membership Badges to be draped in black for thirty days. Please keep Br. Halsell, his wife and family, his Camp, and community in your thoughts and prayers, he will be sincerely missed by all.

The foregoing Department Order is proclaimed this 27th Day of March in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-third, in the town of Greenbrier, State of Tennessee



By order of: ROGER A. TENNEY
Department Commander
Attest:
George A. Huttick
Department Secretary – Treasurer

Department Order 2019-2020 – 05

   
HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Roger A. Tenney, Commander
4960 Reeder School Road
Greenbrier, TN 37073
ratenney@comcast.net
615-406-2697
DEPARTMENT ORDER # 5, 2019-2020

As the Brothers of the Department should know by now, there is an outbreak of a novel virus (COVID-19} that is impacting our country. This is a highly contagious virus and has been shown to have significant health issues for people who are over the age of fifty years. It has been attributed to many deaths world-wide and within our nation.

There have been many precautions that have been suggested by health care professionals. Most significantly they are encouraging avoiding large gatherings, and to maintain social distancing. Also, they are suggesting limiting travel to areas where known cases exist. All of these measures are to limit the chance that someone comes in contact with a carrier of the virus, surface they have touched, and then contract the virus themselves.

By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi, I am ordering the Department Encampment scheduled for 20-22 March 2020 to be postponed. This is being done out of concern for the health and welfare of our Brothers, our Camps, and the Department.

Brothers who made reservations at the hotel are responsible for cancelling their reservations.
The officers of the Department in conjunction with Fort Donelson Camp #62 will be working to set a new date for Encampment business. As this is a highly fluid situation, and there is no current forecast of when the pandemic will peak and subside in our nation, it is asked that the Brothers of the Department be patient as we attempt to solidify a new plan.

The foregoing Department Order is proclaimed this 12th Day of February in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-third, in the town of Greenbrier, State of Tennessee


By order of: ROGER A. TENNEY
Department Commander
Attest:
George A. Huttick
Department Secretary – Treasurer

Department Encampment – Proposed Changes to the By-Laws

Subject: Department By-Laws – Proposed Changes to be resolved at Department Encampment 24 (2020)
Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2020 04:13:46 +0000 (UTC)
From: gahuttick@aim.com
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All,

As I do not know all the changes in the Camps regarding newly elected officers, I am sending this largely to the officers of note from 2019 and asking that you send it forward to your appropriate Camp Commanders, and Secretaries.
 
At the 22nd Department Encampment, the late Br. David McReynolds presented us with significant changes to the Department By-Laws.  These were sent as a singular change, and there were items that Brothers at the Encampment felt were appropriate and others that needed to be changed.  At the Encampment, we went through each change one-by-one approving, changing and rejecting as necessary.  As the records of the 22nd Department Encampment were lost, we do not know how we ended this task.
 
In the past year, we have had other needs that should be reflected in our by-laws based on circumstances that arose.

Our current by-laws may be found here: http://www.suvcwdepttn.org/?page_id=145

 
To resolve these, I propose that we discuss each of the following changes individually at the Department Encampment.  This will allow us to accept / accept with friendly amendment / reject as is the will of the Department.  There are some changes that we don’t have much say in, as they are required by National.  As noted above, I am sending this to you (as you are the last Camp Commander of Record) pursuant to ARTICLE XIV – Amendments Section 2: Any proposed amendment, alteration or addition to these Bylaws shall be printed” or typewritten and a copy sent to the Commander of each Camp at least sixty (60) days prior to the annual Department Encampment. The Camp shall take action on same and instruct their delegates accordingly.
 
Br. McReynold’s changes:
  1. Article IAdd the following language as paragraph 2
    The department is organized as an unincorporated association under the laws of the State of Tennessee. The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and scientific purposes under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future tax code.

    Note: it is believed that this change was required by the National Organization

  2. Add the following as Article II and renumber the remaining Articles

    ARTICLE II – Activities not in furtherance of exempt purposes

    No part of the net earnings of any part of this unincorporated association shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, trustees, officers or other private persons, except that the unincorporated association shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes described in section 501(c)3 of the federal tax code. No substantial part of the activities of the unincorporated association shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the unincorporated association shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office. Notwithstanding any other provision of these by-laws, the unincorporated association shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an unincorporated association exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code, or (b) by an unincorporated association, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c)2 of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

    Note: it is believed that this change was required by the National Organization

  3. Existing Article VI (Br. McReynold’s Article VII)

    Change Section 1 as noted in red:

    Section 1: The Department Council shall meet after their installation and elect a Chairman, and Secretary. All Past Department Commanders will be asked to serve one, two year term as a member of the Department Council, upon leaving office. The Department Council shall have charge and supervision of all investments of funds and property of the Department. They shall convene no later than the morning of the first day of the Department Encampment at nine o’clock a.m. (9:00 a.m.) for the purpose of an full audit of the Department books and accounts, and accounting for all Department property; and to review a budget, prepared by the Department Treasurer, for the upcoming year; and for the consideration of such other business as may be brought to its attention.

    Note: no context was given for this change

  4. Existing Article VIII (Br. McReynold’s Article IX)

    Change Section 4 as noted in red:

    Section 4: Camps shall be exempt from Department Per Capita Tax assessment on Real Sons, Life Members, and Juniors.

  5. Existing Article XVI (Br. McReynold’s Article XVII)

    Change Section 2 as noted in red:

    Section 2: Authorization for a Department certificate of appreciation award is provided. The award shall be known as the Department of Tennessee Charles Henry Engle, Jr. Award of Appreciation. The award shall be conferred by the Department Commander upon any individual or entity who, in the judgment of a three-member panel appointed by the Department Commander, has through his/her actions, words, and/or deeds significantly contributed to the furtherance of the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic within the Boundaries of the Department of Tennessee. Recommendations for possible recipients of said award shall be submitted, along with a one-page description of the contribution made, to the Department Secretary no later than two (2) months prior to the annual Department Encampment. Recipients of the award shall be publicly announced and a certificate and/or other appropriate symbol of the award presented at the annual Department of Tennessee Encampment. No more than three (3) recipients shall be selected for the award in any one year.

    Note: Renaming the award was approved at the 21st Encampment of the Department of Tennessee; 20 Feb 2016. The minutes show that the award was to be named “the Charles Henry Engle, Jr. Award of Appreciation” This reference is only to complete the action proposed at that time was not changed in the by-laws

  6. Existing Article XXI (Br. McReynold’s Article XXII)

    Change entire section as follows:

    ARTICLE XXII – Separation, Dissolution and Disposition of Assets

    Section 1: In the case of surrender or forfeiture of the Department Charter, all Department property and assets shall be turned over to the National Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War or to his duly authorized representative and shall become the property of the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
    Section 2: All property of the Department shall be held for the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War as a charitable trust that is held and used for the purpose for which the Order exists. Any such transfer or disposal within six (6) months of disbandment or surrender of the Department Charter without the written consent of the National Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is prohibited. The property and funds of the Department shall not be divided amongst its members.
    Section 3: In the event the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War no longer exists, said property and funds shall revert to the benefit of the first and any remaining organization of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic or in their absence, to the holdings of the State Archives of Tennessee.
    ARTICLE XXII – Separation, Dissolution and Disposition of Assets
    Section 1: In the case of surrender or forfeiture of the Department Charter, all Department property and assets shall be turned over to the National Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War or to his duly authorized representative and shall become the property of the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, an organization exempt from taxes under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
    Section 2: All property of the Department shall be held for the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, as a charitable trust that is held and used for the purpose for which the Order exists. Any such transfer or disposal within six months of disbandment or surrender of the Camp Charter without the written consent of the National Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War is prohibited. The property and funds of the Department shall not be divided among its members.
    Section 3: In the event the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, no longer exists, said property and funds shall revert to the benefit of the first and any remaining organization of the Allied Orders of the Grand Army of the Republic or in their absence, to the holdings of the State Archives of Tennessee.
    Section 4: Notwithstanding the above language, upon the dissolution of this organization, assets shall be distributed for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or shall be distributed to the federal government, or to a state or local government for a public purpose.
    Note: it is believed that this change was required by the National Organization

  7. Existing Article XXIII (Br. McReynold’s Article XXIV)
    Change entire article as follows:

    ARTICLE XXIV – Juniors and Junior Associates
    Section 1: Camps within the Department of Tennessee may allow acceptance of Juniors and Junior Associates in compliance with the C & R. Juniors and Junior Associates will also be accepted as members of the Department’s Camp-at-Large. Juniors and Junior Associates will not pay Department or Camp dues.
    ARTICLE XXIV – Juniors and Junior Associates

    Section 1: All Brothers under the age of 18 years of age should be accompanied by a parent or person designated as a Guardian (Grandfather or Grandmother, Brother or Sister over the age of 18 years, or Aunt or Uncle) when participating in ANY SUVCW activity. Any parent or guardian attending a business meeting of the department shall not be permitted to participate in the activities of such meeting.

    Section 2: At no time will a non-related Brother be permitted “one on one” contact with a Brother under the age of 18. Any interaction with a Brother under the age of 18 must always include at least two (2) Brothers over the age of 18. It is preferable that juniors and junior associates participate in “public” events and activities, whenever possible, to avoid the need for private contact between a Brother under the age of 18 and an unrelated Brother over the age of 18.

    Section 3: Any Brother who witnesses or suspects, in good faith, any type of physical, mental or sexual abuse of any member under the age of 18 will immediately report such suspicion to local authorities first and then the local Camp and Department Commanders immediately thereafter.

    Section 4: Every Brother over the age of 18 who may have contact with a Brother under the age of 18 should complete training related to protecting children from abuse of any type.  Free training is available from the Boy Scouts of America at http://www-myscouting-org. You will need to create an account, then select the Training, then choose the Youth Protection Training. It takes about 30 minutes to complete. Upon completion, you will be able to print a certificate along with a wallet-size certification card which is good for a period of two (2) years. While this training is not a requirement, it is highly suggested that it is completed to be used as a tool to protect our youth and Brothers.
    Section 5: Ultimately, all Brothers must comply with all applicable local and State laws pertaining to child abuse.

    Note: it is believed that this change was required by the National Organization
    Note further: I believe there was a friendly amendment to either change the web address to current or remove it altogether as it is not currently active.  Current site is my.scouting.org

The following are changes that I proposed prior to the same encampment, yet these were not acted on.

  1. Existing Article IV (Br. McReynold’s Article V)Add section the following as Section 3 and renumber following sections:

    Section 3: It shall be the duty of the Department Secretary to issue a draft of the minutes of the Departmental Encampment to the elected and appointed officers of the Department, all Camp Commanders, and all Brothers in attendance at the Departmental Encampment within 30 days of the formal conclusion of the Departmental Encampment. This draft may be issued either electronically or by United States postal service.

    Note: This has been an annual motion for the past several years. Recommend codifying it to reduce the need to repeat every year. Basically, we would only have to fill all Delegate spots at Encampment (i.e. have a list of names…)

  2. Existing Article III (Br. McReynold’s Article IV)Modify the section 6 as noted in Green:

    Section 6: Pursuant to the C & R a sufficient number of Brothers of the Department of Tennessee shall be elected as Delegates  and Alternates to attend and represent the Department of Tennessee at the Annual National Encampment of the Order. All other Brothers in good standing at time of the Annual National Encampment may serve as alternates should an elected Delegate not be able to attend. If there are more willing Alternates than openings, the Department Commander shall determine which Brothers will be the Alternate(s). Said election shall occur at the Annual Department Encampment.

    Note: This has been an annual motion for the past several years. Recommend codifying it to reduce the need to repeat every year. Basically, we would only have to fill all Delegate spots at Encampment (i.e. have a list of names…)

Proposed changes based on the challenges we have faced this year:
  1. Existing Article III (Br. McReynold’s Article IV)Modify the Article sections as noted in purple.

    ARTICLE III – Officers and their Duties

    Section 1: The elected officers of the Department shall be as follows: Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, three (3) members of the Council, a  Secretary, and a Treasure  Secretary/Treasurer and an Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. All terms, except for the Department Council, will be for one year, or until their successors are duly elected and installed. Terms for members of the Department Council will be two years. The Commander, Secretary, or  Treasurer  Secretary/Treasurer,or Assistant Secretary/Treasurer shall not serve on the Department Council. If willing to server, the most recent Past Department Commander shall join the Department Council. The same member may hold the office of Department Secretary and the office of Department Treasurer simultaneously The above named elected officers shall all be Brothers of the Department of Tennessee and shall meet the requirements and perform their duties as detailed in the C & R.

    Section 5: All officers of the Department (elected and appointed) shall upon their retirement from office turn over to their successor all property of the Department within ten (10) days after leaving office., with the exception of the physical Department financial records, checkbooks, and other accounts which shall be transferred at the Department Encampment.

    Add the following Section

    Section 7. The Department Secretary/Treasurer shall ensure that following individuals have signatory access to the Department Accounts:  the Council member who has most recently joined the Council of Administration and the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer within four (4) business weeks of assuming office.  Copies of the details of Department accounts including Banking Institution, account numbers, etc. shall be provided to everyone having signatory access as well as the Department Commander.

    Note: Having a Secretary/Treasurer will alleviate confusion of which paperwork goes to which officer, and eliminate the amount of postal mail that needs to transfer across the Department and Nationally.  Many National forms require the signature of the Department Secretary and Department Treasurer.

    Note: An Assistant Secretary/Treasurer builds capability within the organization, and protects our financial processes if there is an sudden absence or restriction on the Secretary/Treasurer.

    Note: There is evidence that the Department financial documents were not transferred to a Department Treasurer in the past.

    Note: The Department Commander is not granted signatory access to the accounts to maintain separation of powers.

    Note: Traditionally, as a Department Commander steps down, we have asked them to be on the Council, the change reflects our tradition and practice

  2. Existing ARTICLES V – BondsRemove the entire Article

    Section 1: The Department Treasurer shall, within fifteen (15) days from the date of his installation furnish a bond in an amount to be fixed by the Department Council which sum shall not be less than one thousand dollars ($1000), for the faithful performance of his duties, and a just accounting for all funds and property of the Department that may come into his hands, said bonds to be taken in the name of the Department of Tennessee, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and to be held in trust for the Department of Tennessee.

    Section 2: The bond shall be taken in a reliable surety company, authorized to conduct and conducting business in the state in which the treasurer resides, and shall be paid out of the funds of the Department of Tennessee.

    Note: With modern banking process, and the reality that we have always had multiple persons with signatory responsibility, we would either have to bond everyone with signatory responsibility or limit access to just the Secretary/Treasurer.  I can find no evidence that we have actually bonded anyone in the past several cycles (although, there is so much unknown, that it is likely that we did much further in the past).

I am available for questions or further clarifications prior to Department Encampment.
In Fraternity, Loyalty, and Charity,
George Andrew Huttick
Secretary/Treasurer
Department of Tennessee (with Alabama and Mississippi)
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department Order 2019-2020 – 04

   
HEADQUARTERS OF THE DEPARTMENT COMMANDER
DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE WITH ALABAMA AND MISSISSIPPI
SONS OF UNION VETERANS OF THE CIVIL WAR
Roger A. Tenney, Commander
4960 Reeder School Road
Greenbrier, TN 37073
ratenney@comcast.net
615-406-2697
DEPARTMENT ORDER # 4, 2019-2020

By the authority vested in me as Commander of the Department of Tennessee with Alabama and Mississippi,

The following are reminders for our upcoming Department Encampment:

  1. Our 25th Department Encampment will be held next month, March 20th-22nd, 2020, at the Fort Negley in Nashville, Tennessee. All Brothers are reminded that group rates for the hotel are good through March 6rh 2020, and that the Encampment Registration Form should be submitted to Scott Holmes, Treasurer, Fort Donelson Camp #62 as instructed in the previously issued Department Order # 3, 2019-2020.

  2. The order of business for the day:
      • 8:30 am Department Council Meeting
      • 8:30 am – 9:30 am – Meet and Greet
      • 9:30 am – 12:00 pm – Department Meeting
      • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
      • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Department Meeting

  3. As a Resolution has been proposed by Pvt. Richard Taylor, Camp 53, MG James H. Wilson, Camp 1 , MG John T. Croxton, Camp 17 to become a new Department, I am instructing the Department Secretary to post the Resolution to the Department website. Further, I am instructing that this resolution be sent to the known Camp Commanders and their officers for review and consideration by their Camps. As required by Chapter II Article I section 5 of the SUVCW C&R, this resolution requires a super majority vote by the Camps for the petition to create a new Department move forward. Unlike most actions of our Department, this vote will be taken by Camp representative and not the individual members of the Department Encampment. I am strongly encouraging all Camps to send at least one member in good standing to represent the will of the Camp on this matter. As there are nine Camps in the Department, we need the voice of every Camp in this matter, and at least six Camps in good standing in attendance and agreement to address the resolution

  4. Proposed changes to our Department By-Laws have been previously issued to all Camps in compliance with our existing by-laws. Many of these changes were acted upon during the 23rd Department Encampment yet that record was lost during some transitions. Additional changes are requested to address some of the struggles our Department has faced this year. I am instructing t the Department Secretary to post the proposed changes to the Department website. Further,I am instructing that this proposed changes be reissued to the known Camp Commanders and their officers for review and consideration by their Camps,.

  5. All reports of elected and appointed officers should be submitted to the Department Secretary with a copy to the Department Commander ON OR BEFORE March 7th 2020. Reports may be submitted electronically.

  6. All reports of Camps should be submitted to the Department Secretary with a copy to the Department Commander ON OR BEFORE March 7th 2020. Reports may be submitted electronically.
    1. The report shall include a current copy of the Camp roster indicating which brothers are in good standing
    2. I am instructing the Department Secretary to send copy of current Camp Rosters provide by the National Organization SUVCW to all known Camp Commanders and Camp Secretaries. ON OR BEFORE March 1st 2020.

The foregoing Department Order is proclaimed this 25th Day of February in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred forty-third, in the town of Greenbrier, State of Tennessee


By order of: ROGER A. TENNEY
Department Commander
Attest:
George A. Huttick
Department Secretary – Treasurer

ENCAMPMENT REGISTRATION FORM