Nampa, Idaho was the place to be on Saturday, November 14th! Camp 2244 of Idaho was the  Host Camp for this years Division Convention. Both Camp 2244 and Camp 458 of Portland Oregon were very well represented.


There were several guest speakers, including Walter “Donnie” Kennedy (Author of “The South Was Right”).


ATM Commander Charles Lauret, PNW Div. Cmdr. Erik Ernst, ATM Aide-de-Camp George Grimillion.


ATM Chaplain/PNW Div. Adjutant Fr. John Sigmon.


PNW Div. Lt. Commander Jim Hinson


PNW Div. Genealogist Norm Ernst.

The six hour long meeting was jammed packed with great information, fiery speakers, tasty food and wonderful fellowship.


Division Commander Erik Ernst swore in the new Camp officers for the Cpl William Mink Camp 2244.


Commander Ernst also presented the “Commander in Chief” Award from CIC Kelly Barrow, to Lt. Cmdr Jim Hinson and Adjutant Charlie Skaug.


New Camp Commander Bland Ballard was given a special medal by outgoing Camp Commander Jim Hinson.


Col. Isaac W. Smith Camp 458 Commander Jay Willis and Secretary Norm Ernst, swore in two new Camp members, Bob Rogers and David Gillaspie.



After the days events, 14 of us met at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant for Dinner. Several of us after dinner visited late into the evening.

It was a great weekend and we’re all looking forward to future events put on by the Pacific NW Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans!

Keep your calendars free in August 2016. Anchorage Alaska is next years host city for the Division Convention. I look forward to seeing you there!

PNW Div. Cmdr. Erik Ernst







SCV Leadership Conference and Division Convention. Saturday Nov. 14th, 2015, Nampa, ID.

As many of you already know, Saturday, November 14th, we will be hosting a SCV Leadership Conference and Pacific NW Division Convention in Nampa Idaho. We have several great guest speakers coming, including “The South Was Right” author, Walter “Donnie Kennedy.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the SCV and to help build new leaders in our Camps and Division.  Bring your friends and family!

Meeting starts at 12 noon at the Canyon Creek Restaurant and Lounge (next door to the Shilo Inn). Located at 1411 Shilo Dr, Nampa, ID 83687.

There will be many special presentations and a great time of fellowship for all! See ya tomorrow!

Man viciously attacked by street thugs, because of Confederate Flag on Truck!


Two buddies went to Salt Lake City to see Garth Brooks in concert, but they forgot one critical piece of equipment when you travel in the big city in a pickup truck displaying a Confederate flag: a gun.

In what could be considered a hate crime, two friends were viciously beaten by a group of black men in a motel parking lot.

Kelly Leeper noticed the men near his friend’s pickup truck, he told Fox 13, there was $50,000 worth of welding equipment in the back of the truck.

Leeper and his friend went to the parking lot to confront the group.

“The point is it’s my right to drive what any kind of vehicle I want. If I want to fly the Confederate Flag, it’s my right,” he said.

Apparently without provocation, one man threw a powerful punch and knocked out Leeper’s friend.  Leeper was then wrestled to the ground and pummeled by six men.

A bystander captured the fight on cellphone video, which has been turned over to Salt Lake City police.


Police spokeswoman Sgt. Robin Heiden told the station that it was fortunate someone at the scene wrote down a partial license plate number of the vehicle in which the men fled the parking lot.  “I think we’ll probably be able to track down that vehicle,” she said.

“It could potentially be a hate crime.  We’ll then present all that to the district attorney who will make that final determination.”

Bruised and battered, neither Leeper or his friend were seriously injured.  “I’ll be damned if I ever come to Salt Lake again without bringing my gun,” Leeper said.


SCV Camp 458 Schedule of Events and Meetings. Oct. 2015 to Jan. 2016

October 22nd:
SCV Camp 458 Mid-Month Meeting @ 6:30pm.
Special Presentation: History of Col. Isaac W. Smith
The Bomber Restaurant (Banquet Room)
13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR. 97222

November 7th:
SCV Camp 458 Meeting @ 11am.
Special Presentation: Emergency Survival Preparedness Pt. 1 “72 Hour Survival Kit”.
Location: Vancouver Meeting Hall (email for for directions)

November 14th:
SCV Leadership Conference and Division Convention. @ 12 noon thru 6pm
Special Presentations By:
Walter “Donnie” Kennedy author of “The South Was Right”
SCV Army of Trans Mississippi Commander Lauret
SCV Pacific NW Division Commander Erik Ernst
SCV Pacific NW Division Adjutant/Chaplain Father John Sigmon
SCV Pacific NW Division Genealogist Norm Ernst
Canyon Creek Restaurant & Lounge
1411 Shilo Dr.
Nampa, ID 83687


November 19th:
SCV Camp 458 Mid-Month Meeting @ 6:30pm.
Special Presentation: TBA
The Bomber Restaurant (Banquet Room)
13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR. 97222

November 21st-22nd:
SCV Recruiting Event (Gun Show)
Portland EXPO Center
2060 N. Marine Dr
Portland, OR  97217

December 5th:
SCV Camp 458 Meeting @ 11am.
Special Presentation: Emergency Survival Preparedness. Pt. 2 by Dave Gillaspie
Location: Vancouver Meeting Hall (email for for directions)

December 6th:
SCV Camp 458 Christmas Dinner @ 5pm.
Christmas Carols, Stories and fellowship.
Denicola’s Italian Restaurant
3520 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR. 97202

January 2nd, 2016:
SCV Camp 458 Meeting @ 11am.
Special Presentation: TBA
Location: Vancouver Meeting Hall (email for for directions)

January 16th, 2016:
SCV Southern Hospitality Night @ 5pm
What to look forward to: Potluck dinner, sharing of stories, Confederate pictures and heirlooms, music and dancing.
Location: TBA (very soon)
Cost: TBA

January 21st, 2016:
SCV Camp 458 Mid-Month Meeting @ 6:30pm.
Special Presentation: TBA
The Bomber Restaurant (Banquet Room)
13515 SE McLoughlin Blvd
Milwaukie, OR. 97222

Ohio ACLU opposes flag ban

Kettering City Schools Board of Education
(WDTN Photo)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – The ACLU of Ohio said Wednesday morning they are against the decision by Kettering City School District to ban display of the Confederate flag.

In a release, Christie Link, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, said, “As an organization that has fought for civil rights for almost 100 years, the ACLU recognizes that for many the Confederate Flag represents a painful history. At the same time, suppression of constitutionally protected expression goes against our founding principles as a nation. As the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear, students’ rights don’t end at the schoolhouse gate—they also don’t end in the school parking lot.”

“The First Amendment protects the right to express any viewpoint, no matter how unpopular, and therein lies its strength. It is not up to the government—be it the local school district or Congress—to decide for us which speech is acceptable,” said Link.

The ACLU also pointed out a number of court decisions protect students’ right to express themselves at school, even when their ideas are unpopular or controversial.

SCV Leadership Conference and Division Convention, to be held in Boise Idaho! 11/14/15

Fellow Compatriots and Friends,

SCV Camp 2244 of Boise, Idaho and the Pacific NW Division, will be hosting a SCV Leadership Conference, followed by a small Division Convention/Meeting. November 14th is the date, so make sure to keep you calendars open for this! These two events will be on the same day, and will take place in Boise, Idaho.

Leadership Conferences are put on by SCV headquarters. More than likely, we’ll have Commander in Chief Kelly Barrow and Lt. Commander in Chief Thomas Strain, put on the class. This will be a great time for everyone to meet the leadership of our great organization. We will have a few special guest speakers as well.

There will be much more information about this event posted over the coming week. If you have any questions, please contact Division Commander Ernst.

Thank You,

Commander Ernst