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