The Sons of Confederate Veterans Pacific NW Division held its 2016 Division Convention yesterday (10/15/16) at the VFW Memorial Hall in Eugene, OR. The Rev. Philip Mulkey Camp 2273 of Eugene, hosted this years Convention.
During our business session, we voted on 3 amendments to our Division Constitution and Bylaws. The first amendment changed the names of our regional 1st Lt. Commanders to Brigade Commanders. The second amendment gives the immediate past Commander a vote on the Division Board, but limits him to one vote, even if he holds another office on the Division Board. The third amendment, removing officers from the Board, to be voted on by the Board.
After we finished our amendments, we announced the votes for Division Commander and Lt. Commander. Our next Division Commander is John Sigmon and our next Lt. Commander is Garth McKinney. Garth McKinney was sworn is as Lt. Commander. He spoke about some of the goals he has for the Division. Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond his control, Commander elect Sigmon was unable to attend the Convention. He will be sworn in by me at the next local Camp 458 meeting.
We had a catered BBQ Dinner, with was fantastic. Following our Dinner, we had several special presentations. Author and Friend of the SCV member Jim Elstad spoke about his experiences promoting the truth about the Confederacy. Afterwards, Division Genealogist Norm Ernst spoke about researching family history to locate Confederate Veterans. Then Camp 458 Commander Jay Willis spoke about Jefferson Davis Park and Davis’ role in establishing the Pacific NW. Next was a presentation by Camp 2273 Commander Chuck Ellis, about Rev. Philip Mulkey and the Long Tommers, their role as Oregon Confederates and the skirmishes they had with Union troops.
After all the presentations concluded, I had the opportunity to give my farewell speech. It has been an amazing 4 years since I came up with the idea to start this Division. It is a very good feeling knowing that I can hand over control of a properly functioning Division to our next Commander and Lt. Commander. I am very pleased that Commander elect Sigmon is planning on having me be his 1st Brigade Commander. I look forward to being able to focus specifically on Oregon and Washington, helping promote our organization, grow our Camps, start new Camps and make our Division the shining star for the entire Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
We concluded our Convention with a Candlelight memorial honoring our Confederate Ancestors. After everyone shared the name of their Ancestor and his unit info, we finished the night with everyone singing “Dixie”.
I have full confidence in our new Commander and Lt. Commander. They have great leadership skills and we will only see things continuing in the right direction under their leadership.
Thank you for trusting me as your Division Commander these last 4 years.
Portland’s Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 458 participated in the Canby, Oregon 4th of July Parade. We had a tractor, 20′ trailer with banners and flags, and a freshly painted ’71 Chevy 3/4 ton 4×4. I walked next to the float and handed out hundreds of SCV flyers.There were thousands of people in attendance and we received overwhelming support from attendees. Overall it was a great success!
Its that time of year again. Time to pay your yearly SCV Dues. Dues help your Camp, Division and National Organization pay for recruiting supplies, legal fees, conventions, printing, projects, etc. Without Dues, we would not be able to exist.
You will need to contact your Camp Adjutant about your local Camp Dues.
- SCV National Dues $30 (add $5 if you are delinquent or are a new recruit).
Mail a Check/Money Order to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans (or SCV)
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, TN. 38402
- SCV Pacific NW Division $5
Mail a Check/Money Order to:
SCV Pacific NW Division
PO Box 222
Condon, OR. 97823-0222
The Sons of Confederate Veterans headquarters is currently working on a online Dues paying website, where we will be able to pay Camp, Division and National all at the same time. This will make collection Dues much less confusing. I am certain that we have lost members because of the archaic way we have to collect Dues.
On May 21st, the Cpl. William Mink Camp 2244 of Boise, Idaho, participated in Nampa, Idaho’s “Parade America” Parade. They were greeting with overwhelming support from the public and even picked up a new member because of it.
I’m calling on each Camp in our Division to find a local Parade that their Camp can participate in. There are way more supporters of the Cause than what is being said to us by the Media.
SCV Camp 2244 has been very active in the short 2 years they have existed as a Camp. Keep up the great work brothers!
SCV Camp 458 held their Confederate Memorial Day service on April 30th at River View and Greenwood Hills Cemeteries, in Portland, Oregon.
This year, we did things a little different than previous years. Division Commander Ernst looked thru our Camp’s database of Confederate Veterans buried in Oregon, and was able to locate 10 CSA Veterans buried in the two Cemeteries. Staff from both Cemeteries helped assist us in locating the graves. Unfortunately two of the 10 Veterans, we were unable to locate.
Everyone arrived 3pm at River View Cemetery. Once we were ready, we all convoyed to each individual Confederate Veteran. We researched and prepared biographies for each one of them. Every one of them had a Battle Flag and beautiful arrangement of flowers placed on their grave.
God blessed us with wonderful weather and a great turnout. We ended our walking/driving tour at Col. Isaac W. Smith’s grave. I spoke of his long military history and his successes as a engineer in the Pacific NW and South America.
I want to thank Commander Willis, Lt. Commander Gillaspie and Secretary Ernst, for doing special presentations on several of the Confederate Veterans.
I also want to thank Larry Farley for outfitting us with a proper Color Guard and Rifle Salute. Our very own Lt. Commander Gillaspie was volunteered to wear the uniform and join the Rifle Salute.
After we left the Cemetery, we headed to DeNicola’s Italian Restaurant for dinner. Commander Willis, Lt. Commander Gillaspie and myself, all did special presentations.
It was a wonderful day of celebration for our fallen Patriots and a great time of fellowship with our brothers and sister in the cause. Thanks to all who attended the 2016 Confederate Memorial Day service!
A five-person task force that examined the windows’ symbolic power said the flags cannot remain on the cathedral’s stained glass.
The task force cited recent events to justify their decision in their report.
“A young white man walked into the Wednesday night prayer service… he hated them because of their blackness… photos of the Confederate battle flag were found on the killer’s website… the Confederate battle flag serves as a symbol of racial hatred.”
The Cathedral will begin a public dialogue on Sunday, July 17 to discuss “What the White Church Must Do.”