04/25/17 SCV Telegraph - New Orleans Situation
As you've most likely heard by now, a purge of our history has taken place in New Orleans, Louisiana. In a scene reminiscent of Kristallnacht in 1930's Germany, cultural Marxists leaders of the City of New Orleans attacked and destroyed the first of our monuments erected over 100 years ago in that city. While this is a despicable and depressing episode to those of us who value our history, our ancestors and our own blood, this is one battle in a much larger campaign. Our brothers in Louisiana led a valiant effort to curtail this situation, but the rampant ignorance and vile hatred that exists in New Orleans was too well entrenched. We will continue to fight and we will not back down.
As it stands right now, we are in the process of waging a legal battle over a similar situation in Charlottesville, Virginia. We believe we have much better standing in this situation due to the existence of a State law that protects historical monuments. We MUST get similar laws passed in every Southern State if we are to have legal standing to combat these attacks. If your Division is not working on this type of legislation, now is the time to start.
Ultimately, the road map to victory will be achieved by strengthening your local Camp and solidifying relationships with the powers that be in your area. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of becoming active in your local community and projecting a positive message in an effort to harness a wider base of support. Following this plan will help to head off such despicable situations as occurred in New Orleans before they even get off the ground. As they say, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure".
Gentlemen, the fight is not over. But, we must all become engaged in the effort to save our history. If not now, when?
Chief of Heritage Operations
Sons of Confederate Veterans
04/22/17 SCV Telegraph - 2017 National Awards Program Information & Guidelines
Awards Program for the National Reunion July 18-23, 2017, Memphis, Tenn.
The new 2017 edition of the Awards Manual may be downloaded from the SCV website at the following link: http://www.scv.org/new/forms-and-documents/awards-manual/
Previous editions of the Awards Manual are obsolete.
The SCV Awards Display will be set-up for the National Convention in Memphis near the SCV General Headquarters table by noon on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. This is the drop-off and pick-up point for all SCV awards at the convention.
Gen. William D. McCain Distinguished Camp Award
Camps who wish to participate in this competition should print a copy of the all new application form from the SCV website or they may request a copy from GHQ if they have no internet access. Entry forms should be sent to:
Distinguished Camp Award Competition
1130 John Rutledge Ave. Hanahan, SC 29410-2018
All entries should be on the new form approved effective April 1, 2017 which is available on the SCV website at the following link: http://www.scv.org/new/forms-and-documents/distinguished-camp-award/
Please check and make sure you have the current form. The deadline to submit best camp entry forms is Thursday June 15, 2017.
To be entered in the newsletter competition, four (4) copies of each camp or division newsletter issued during the eligibility period must be submitted to the National Awards Committee by Thursday, June 1, 2017. Eligibility period is June 2016 issue through May 2017 issue. See the Awards Manual for all details that must accompany the entry. Newsletters may be submitted in hard copy or sent electronically to:
PO Box 5641
High Point, NC
Scrapbook and Historical Project Award
Entries for the scrapbook or historical project awards must be delivered to the awards display table not later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017. No entries will be accepted after that time. Camps must arrange to pick up their entries on Saturday, prior to the dismantling of the Awards Display Table. Entries not picked up will be discarded at the end of the convention. See the Awards Manual for requirements and details for these awards.
Best Website Award
SCV units interested in competing for the Best Website Award should submit their URL through the link on the front page of the website at www.scv.org no later than Monday June 12, 2017. Judging will be performed by experienced webmasters who may or may not be SCV members, based on generally recognized criteria for website excellence. Judging will take place at a randomly chosen time between June 13 and July 02, 2017.
Individual Member Awards
Any nominations for individual member awards should be submitted to their respective Division Commanders along with a brief statement citing the reason the particular individual should receive the award. Division Commanders will forward to GHQ after consulting the above awards manual for the proper criteria of each award using the official award nomination form located on the national website: http://www.scv.org/new/forms-and-documents/awards-nomination-form-pdf/
The lists of proposed award recipients must be submitted to the Chief of Staff and GHQ no later than May 15, 2017 to allow time for Awards Committee to review, consultation with and approval by the Commander in Chief, and for the GHQ staff to prepare the awards and include the names in the professionally printed Awards Luncheon Booklet. Award recommendations should be submitted by email to the Division Commanders prior to the deadline on the required form at the above link. It is important to have the awards lists at GHQ by the deadline or GHQ will not be able to list your division's award recipients in the Awards Luncheon souvenir booklet.
Presentation of Awards
All awards will be recognized at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, July 21, 2017 or at the Saturday night banquet on July 22, 2017. Please pick up your awards after the luncheon as well as those of men in your camp to take them home with you. This simple process will also save the SCV hundreds of dollars of postage expense and enable the staff to process your dues and new memberships more quickly when they return to GHQ.
03/15/17 SCV Telegraph - Get Your Oratory T-Shirt!
Ya'll have been asking for this for years, but Hank said no, until now!
Whether you will be at this year's Oratory or not, this is a must have, historic item. If you are going to be there, wear this shirt. You do not have to be a member to buy one.
And all for a good cause! The proceeds from the sale of this shirt will all go to the Confederate Museum Fund!
Get the word out, there are only 20 days to order yours. Share this post and please send this message out to any email list you have.
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10/11/16 SCV Telegraph - Have You Renewed Your Membership?
Gentlemen Of The SCV,
Retention in the Sons Of Confederate Veterans is a priority that the leadership has endeavored to "tackle." As most, if not all, of you know, your membership dues are currently due. Just as a reminder, this month of October is the last month you will be able to pay your dues before you are dropped from the membership active roster......at that time you will become delinquent and it will cost an extra $5.00 to be reinstated. Please do not let this happen.
When you completed and submitted your application for membership in the Sons Of Confederate Veterans, the camp that voted and approved your application for membership did so, saying, "You are special and we believe you will honorably represent your Confederate Ancestor and the SCV well."
As a member of the SCV, you have shown you are interested and concerned about how our ancestors are remembered.....and how their honorable actions will survive the onslaught of political correctness. You have done the genealogy work and took the necessary steps to join the largest Heritage Organization in the country. You walked through that door of membership......why would you walk out that same door, especially during this critical time?
If you have paid your dues, thank you for your continuing support. If you are "sitting on the fence," please consider the reason why you joined. Our enemies are hoping you will turn your back on those that stood up against tyranny. I've said it many times before, the South DOES need all of her Sons......and our Ancestors are counting on us to stand up for them.....so, I ask you, do not walk out that door.
Army, Division, Brigade, and Camp Officers, please share this message with ALL your members, so they will know they ARE wanted and needed.
Paul Gramling, Jr.
Sons Of Confederate Veterans
09/20/16 HQ Acknowledges our $200 Contribution to the Heritage Fund
I received this very nice letter from Executive Director Mike Landree, thanking us for our division’s $200 contribution to the Heritage Fund.
09/09/16 SCV Telegraph - Camp Museum Fundraiser Challenge
As you may know, the SCV is moving forward rapidly with the new Confederate Museum at our Headquarters at Elm Springs. With about $500,000 in our account, we are going to need to raise over $2.5M to turn this dream into reality.
The 47th Regiment NC Troops Camp 166 in Wake Forest, North Carolina has issued a challenge to each of our camps to raise and donate at least $1,000 for the Confederate Museum. As I believe that competition is normally healthy, I would like to accept this challenge for our Confederation and I will have a prize for the camp which donates the greatest amount of money for the building of our museum. What that prize is will be a secret, but I can assure you it will be worthy of the momentous sacrifice to achieve it. The start date of the competition is 15 August 2016 and the date we close this competition will be 31 December 2017 so each camp has a little less than 17 months to collect and donate their monies for this significant camp prize. You do not have to make just one donation - we will keep track of each donation for each camp, no matter how small or large. As a reminder, any person or camp who donates $1,000 or more will be included on a plaque at the new museum.
As much as I look forward to this competition, let us work together in a true spirit of brotherhood as the ultimate prize is our museum. I ask that each camp try to match this challenge and, if possible, exceed it so that we may pay off the debt which we are surely going to have to incur to make this a reality. Our museum is so essential to our long term mission for providing THE educational venue for teaching our ancestors' story properly and with truth. Let us build this museum together for our posterity!
Thos. V. Strain Jr.
Sons of Confederate Veterans
08/25/16 SCV Telegraph - Disaster Relief Fund
Compatriots and friends:
We, the descendants of Confederates, are in a new battle. I am asking you to stop for a few moments and read this letter asking you for a donation to the SCV Relief Fund.
As we all watched the news over the past few weeks showing the devastations in Louisiana and Texas, you could be looking at the faces of our compatriots that live in those areas. Most in the area have lost something, some have lost everything. Just think this could be you. Now you have a chance to help compatriots across this devastated region.
Last year we helped seven SCV members with relief and went over budget by $500. We have always been able to use what is budgeted. This year is different. I already have nine SCV members seeking relief and our resources are almost gone.
Our SCV Relief Fund is set up to be quick to get our members just a little money to get by until their insurance can kick in. We need for you to act now and spread the word so we can help as many members as we can.
As various disasters and catastrophic events occur and affect our membership, we must stand ready to assist our brothers and sisters in gray. We must prepare and distribute information on the level of relief we can provide based upon our available resources and the need to assist as many compatriots as possible in any given catastrophe. All levels of our organization must be made aware of the fund and its limitations. Assistance can only be provided as short term, stop gap measure and at the request of those needing the assistance.
If you give, your donation is tax deductible since we are a 501c 3 organization. Make checks payable to "Sons of Confederate Veterans" and in the memo section denote your donation for "SCV Relief Fund."
Mail checks to:
Sons of Confederate Veterans
c/o SCV Relief Fund
P.O. Box 59
Columbia, Tennessee 38402-0059
Do not wait. Reach in your pocket and give to the SCV Relief Fund today. For more information, please contact me directly at email@example.com or 870-926-2985. We sincerely thank you for your time and continued support.
Yours sincerely, / faithfully
W. Danny Honnoll