Dispatches From HQ

TEXAS DIVISION DISPATCHES

MRS Renewal System Statements
Adjutants and Commanders,

The Membership renewal notices will be sent to the members in July, through the United States Postal Service.

The MRS System is a system whereby members of the Texas Division are sent a notice of renewal that outlines what the member owes for the coming year in dues. The notice includes National dues, Division dues, Camp dues and additional donations to which he may wish to donate to in one or more or all of 6 categories. The notices are sent direct to the members at their current address of record and the member will receive the notice in the mail.

The notices will be mailed out by the end of June and should be in the members mailbox by the first week in July.

The member should make payment of his dues direct to the Camp Adjutant listed on his dues renewal notice as his Camp Adjutant (or Commander in some instances). The Camp Adjutant (or Commander) will consolidate the dues payments periodically when enough are received and then send the dues payments for National dues into National Headquarters for the National portion of dues and send payments of the Texas Division dues into the Texas Division Adjutant for the Texas Division portion of dues. Each camp will, of course, keep the Camp dues portion of the dues payments for the Camp treasury if the Camp charges camp dues. In addition, the Camp Adjutant should keep a record of the additional donations given under the 6 categories of additional giving reflected on the dues notice and at some point in time when the Adjutant submits dues payment he should also submit the payment of the donations made by the members into the Texas Division along with the submittal of dues to the Texas Division Adjutant. The donations DO NOT go to National Headquarters. The donations are a Texas Division project.

I will be sending each Camp a notice of their Camp’s MRS Run Roster that will reflect the amount of dues owed by the member. This can be used for recording dues payments from your members should you so desire. Some of the newer members may not be reflected on the roster as they may not have been posted or processed at the time the MRS run was being processed.

I realize that this may be old information for many of you but we do have several new Camps and Adjutants who have never been through the process and they may need this information for guidance.

If any of you need help or have more questions regarding the MRS renewals or how to process them just give me a call and we can discuss it and I will be happy to assist you through this and give you more information on how best to do this.

Best regards,
Texas Division Adjutant
Sons of Confederate Veterans
 

Camp Dues Submittables

Camp Dues Should be Submitted to the following addresses:

National
Adjutant-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans
P. O. Box 59 Columbia, TN 38402-0059

Division
Cooper Goodson Jr.
725 David Drive
Tyler, Texas 75703-4818
(903) 312-0216 cgoodsonjr4846@yahoo.com


New DVD Released by the Texas Division Media Group
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Black October 1862 A Documentary Film The Story of the Great Gainesville Hanging

With a donation of $20.00 (includes shipping) a copy will be rushed to you!
For more info contact David Moore or (817) 694-0092
Make checks out to David Moore.
All money donated goes to the Sons of Confederate Veterans - Texas Division.


Texas Division Commemorative Revolver

Now available from A&A Engraving
807 E. Saint Andrew St
Rapid City, SD 57701
800-243-4641
infodbird@aaengraving.com
www.aaengraving.com



09/20/14 Construction of Confederate Memorial on schedule



INTERNATIONAL HQ DISPATCHES

02/02/17 SCV Telegraph - Confederate Flag Day

Compatriots,

We are just a month away from our 2nd annual Confederate Flag Day. Let's make even bigger and better than last year. I ask you to make every effort to take part in one of the many events across the Confederation. You can get information on the Flag Day website which is updated as details are provided by your Divisions.

http://csaflag.org

Please share this message on all the lists that you have access to. I look forward to seeing reports of our glorious flags flying all across the land.

Thomas V. Strain, Jr
75th Commander in Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans


02/01/17 SCV Telegraph - Stephen D. Lee Institute Update

The 2017 SDLI is almost here!

One of the best programs the SCV has for spreading the truth about our Confederate Heroes is the Stephen D. Lee Institute which annually assembles some of the best minds in the South to discuss important issues about our Southern Heritage.

This year's event will be March 3-in Knoxville, Tennessee. We have a great lineup of speakers including:
• Ron Kennedy: author of numerous books including "The South Was Right" and "Punished with Poverty: The Suffering South
- Prosperity to Poverty & the Continuing Struggle" among many others.
• Dr. Samuel W. Mitchum, Jr.: noted professor of History and author of "Bust Hell Wide Open: The life of Nathan Bedford Forrest."
• John Remington Graham: author of "A Constitutional History of Secession" and "Free, Sovereign, and Independent States: the intended meaning of the American Constitution."
• John Avery Emison: a sixth-generation Tennessean, he is the author of "Lincoln Über Alles: Dictatorship Comes to America." He is an expert on state constitutions in the 19th Century.

You can register to attend the event at this link.

Registration includes:
• Admission to symposium programs including a special panel discussion with all of our distinguished speakers Saturday afternoon
• Friday night Social
• Saturday night banquet

The cost is $150 per person ($125 for SCV members) and the first twenty-five (25) Compatriots who register will receive a special free gift in recognition of your support.

Please register right away as space is limited.

The host hotel for this event is the Crowne-Plaza Knoxville. For room reservations at the SDLI rate ($103.00 + local taxes), please call the hotel directly at 865-522-2600, and ask to speak with Jamie Julius.

You can find more information at the SDLI website.
Please direct questions to Christopher Sullivan at SDLeeinfo@gmail.com

Thos. V. Strain, Jr.
75th Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans


01/17/16 Special Message from SCV CIC Strain

One of the best programs the SCV has for spreading the truth about our Confederate Heroes is the Stephen D. Lee Institute which annually assembles some of the best minds in the South to discuss important issues about our Southern Heritage.

Having attended several of these events, I can tell you that this is one of the most rewarding programs we have. If you’ve ever attended the SDLI before I’m sure you’ll agree. If you haven’t had the chance yet, now is the time.

I am pleased to announce that this year’s program will be in Knoxville, Tennessee, March 4-5.

Our team is working very hard to make the SDLI affordable to our members and want to personally encourage you to support this program. It is a great time to socialize with kindred spirits and learn more about our ancestors. Of course anyone is welcome to attend this event, but SCV members receive a special discount.

Here’s what you need to do:
1. Register to attend the event by clicking here.
2. Spread the word by forwarding this message to your Compatriots. Click here to forward!
3. Share this information at your next Camp meeting.
4. Like our Facebook page

By the way, the first twenty-five (25) Compatriots who register will receive a special free gift in recognition of your support

In the next few days we will have some more exciting announcements about the speaker’s for this year’s event, but I can assure you the program will be first-class as always.

You can find more information at the SDLI web site www.StephenDLeeInstitute.com.

The host hotel for this event is the Crowne-Plaza Knoxville. For room reservations at the SDLI rate ($103.00 + local taxes), you may call the hotel directly at (864) 522-2600 and ask to speak with Jamie Julius; or you can reserve online here.

Thank you for all you do for the Cause.
Tom

P.S. We have a limited number of scholarships available for students. Contact GHQ for details.


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.
Lt. Commander-In-Chief
Sons Of Confederate Veterans


09/09/16 SCV Telegraph - Camp Museum Fundraiser Challenge Compatriots,

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!

Deo Vindice,
Thos. V. Strain Jr.
75th Commander-in-Chief
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 danny@honnoll.com or 870-926-2985. We sincerely thank you for your time and continued support.

Yours sincerely, / faithfully
W. Danny Honnoll


06/25/16 SCV Telegraph - Heritage Defense Manual - 2016 Edition

Gentlemen,

The 2016 Edition of the Heritage Defense Manual is currently online at:
https://scv.secure-sites.biz/pdf/HeritageDefenseManuel2016.pdf

If you lose this link, you can always access it on the SCV website by going to the Forms and Documents page. Go to
www.scv.org and on the left side of the site, click on "Services" and then "Forms and Documents."

This page has a plethora of different manuals and forms for you to take advantage of.

Mike
Michael L. Landree
Executive Director Sons of Confederate Veterans
P.O. Box 59 Columbia, TN 38402
(800) 380-1896 ext 207


06/18/16 SCV Telegraph - The Charge

Compatriots and friends,

Below is the correct Charge given to the USCV in 1906 and it can also be found in our Constitution on pages 3 and 4.

https://scv.secure-sites.biz/pdf/AIC-SCVCONSTITUTION-(Revised-Nash).pdf

Over the years, there have been many variations and add-ons; however, this is the Official Charge and it "highly encouraged" that it should be the one used. How can we as an organization who defends the truth and fights revisionism but then in turn use a version of The Charge that is not true or historical accurate be taken seriously? Be sure your Division and its members use the correct Charge.

Charge to the Sons of Confederate Veterans
"To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish."

Lt. General Stephen Dill Lee, Commander General,
United Confederate Veterans,
New Orleans, Louisiana, April 25, 1906.

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans


06/17/16 SCV Telegraph - The Anti-Confederate Resolution

Compatriots and friends:

The anti-Confederate resolution by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) on Tuesday was a significant act -- we, of course, made public statement regarding that resolution. However, what local SBC churches do in the days and weeks to come is infinitely more important -- this is where the rubber meets the road.

As you go into this weekend, keep this in mind. Also, be cognizant of the fact that one of the main media narratives will be the one-year anniversary of the tragic killing of nine Christians in a Charleston church.

Please be assured that we are still engaged on the SBC matter; an appropriate and directed response is being developed and will be implemented soon. For now, I would call on SCV members that are members of SBC churches to notice how your pastor reacts this Sunday; give him space, for now, to see what he says -- he might be an ally. As you have opportunity, after that, you should utilize the statement issued after the resolution. Again, there will be more to come from HQ.

For non-SBC members, I am asking you to stand down; avoid a dialogue with local churches, area and state Baptist offices, etc. Our most effective combatants in a heritage battle are always those that are within the circle of influence. Battle plans are critical to a successful engagement; we are still in that stage. Keep in mind that there is often a "feeding frenzy" dynamic -- there WILL be another group that will make an outrageous ant-Confederate statement. Be vigilant.

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans


04/14/16 Confederate Soldiers are American Veterans by Act of Congress

This is an excellent, well-written article on the Veterans Today website


05/25/16 SCV Telegraph - U.S. House Bill Insults Confederate Veterans

Compatriots and friends,

As many of you are by now aware the U.S. House of Representatives on May 19, 2016 passed H.R. 4974 - Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017. Adding to H.R.4974, an amendment was introduced and passed that will prohibit large scale displays of the Confederate Flag in VA Cemeteries (National Cemeteries) such as at mass Confederate graves; however, it would still permit famlies to place small individual Confederate flags on graves for a very limited amount of time, two days a year. Presumably the federals will then remove any flags left by family members.

This amendment is unacceptable to the members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and also to all citizens who have any common sense and believe that the U S Constitution truly allows free speech and expression by its citizens. Even though the House of Representatives passed this bill, it can still be stopped or altered in the Senate. I encourage each of you, and your families, to contact your U.S. Senators today http://www.senate.gov/general/contacting.htm and tell him or her to vote NO to H.R. 4974.

Remind these public servants that the branch of government in which they serve, previously approved Public Law 85-425 signed into law by President Eisenhower in 1958 that bestowed full veterans rights to Confederate Soldiers and their widows which made them equal with all other American Veterans of our nation's wars. These soldiers deserve equal rights, and they can no longer defend their own sterling reputations. We, who are their descendants, must carry this fight for these brave men.

Deo Vindice!
Charles Kelly Barrow
Commander-in-Chief
Sons of Confederate Veterans