Category Archives: Notices

Calendar Events 2016

Jan 11, 2016—Monthly meeting, Rockwall Cavalry Camp, Compatriot Jim Skelton presenting. We will also be installing camp officers for 2016.

Feb 8, 2016—Monthly meeting, Rockwall Cavalry Camp

Nov 5-6, 2016—Tentative short trip to Vicksburg, MS for tour of sites (Vicksburg Battlefield, Soldiers Rest Cemetery, Champions Hill); Saturday afternoon & Sunday morning after breakfast and short service. If interested, contact Daryl Coleman.

Editor’s Corner – December 2015

In our November meeting we held elections to decide on our Camp Officers for the coming year. Our Camp Officer for 2016 are:

Camp Commander: Charles Stansell
1st Lieutenant Commander: Daryl K. Coleman
2nd Lieutenant Commander: Robert “Rub” Bass
Camp Adjutant: Chief Bear Who Walks Softly
Camp Chaplain: Dan DuBose
Guardian Program Chair: Tommy Knox

We wish to make known that more than one camp member has very generously made a sizeable financial contribution to the camp recently for which the camp wishes to express it’s deep appreciation! Thank You very much!!

Thank You
Daryl K. Coleman
1st Lt. Cmdr. & Newsletter Editor

Editor’s Corner – November 2015

I would like to quickly address the upcoming elections for 2016 Camp Officers. As always, this is an important time for our camp, as it sets the course for the next year. At the present, we have three elective offices in our camp (Camp Commander, 1st Lt. Commander and Camp Adjutant). In short, the Camp Commander is our leader, the main camp cheerleader and the facilitator of our camp meetings. The 1st Lt. Commander sets camp presentations and does the meeting agenda, and presides over camp meetings when the Camp Commander cannot be present. The Camp Adjutant handles our camp finances, meeting minutes and registration of new members. All other camp officers are chosen and serve at the pleasure of the Camp Commander. Please be thinking of how and in what capacity you might serve our camp, and be ready to forward nominations on Monday. If you would like to run for an elective office, some training or prep might be in order. Also, the camp could use a 2nd Lt. Commander to handle recruiting and retention. Having someone to handle camp flags and greeting of visitors at meetings would be very helpful also. Note, these things are already being done, but by the existing camp officers who already carry other duties. Remember, no one person has to do too much if we have a number of men willing to do something.

Thank You
Daryl K. Coleman
1st Lt. Cmdr. & Newsletter Editor

2015 TEXAS DIVISION REUNION

2015 TEXAS DIVISION REUNION
JUNE 5- 7, 2015
Frank W. Mayborn Convention Center
Temple, Texas

Host: Major Robert M. White, Camp No. 1250

Friday June 5, 2015
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM Registration – Hotel Lobby
1:00 AM – 2:00 PM Workshop: Recruiting – Hotel Grand Ballroom
2:30 PM – 4:30 PM Tour: Sterling Plantation – Salado, Texas
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Memorial Service – South Belton Cemetery, Belton, TX
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Cocktails (CASH BAR) and Hors d’oeuvres –*TICKET
REQUIRED* – Hotel Grand Ballroom

Saturday June 6, 2015
7:00 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast on your own
7:00 AM – 12:00 PM Registration – Convention Center Lobby
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Opening Ceremonies – Meeting Rooms A & B
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM SCV First Business Session – Meeting Rooms A & B
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM TSOCR Annual Meeting – Meeting Room 2
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Awards Luncheon *TICKET REQUIRED*

Main Ballroom (Meeting Room C)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ladies Afternoon Tea – Meeting Room 2
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM SCV Second Business Session – Meeting Rooms A & B
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cocktails (CASH BAR) – Main Ballroom (Room C)
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM “Southern Breeze through Spanish Moss”
Dinner and Ball *TICKET REQUIRED*
- Main Ballroom (Meeting Room C)

Sunday June 7, 2015
7:00 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast on your own
9:00AM – 1:00 PM Division Executive Council Meeting – Trinity Ballroom
Vendor Sales and the TSOCR Silent Auction will be Saturday from 9:00-5:00 in the
Convention Lobby, Hallways and Rooms 1 and 3.

Editor Corner – May 2015

I would like to take this opportunity to remind all of you that we do not currently have a 2nd Lieutenant Commander for the camp. This position is basically responsible for recruiting and retention. The responsibilities for this are not difficult or overly involved, and will not cost one very much time at all, but it is something vital to the life of our camp. If you believe you could contribute to your camp by serving at this post, please mention it to Commander Bass.

Since questions have been asked over the past several meetings, I would like to offer a quick clarification about our pledges. In our camp we have pledges to the US Flag and to the Texas Flag. We also say a salute to the Confederate Battle Flag, the Soldier’s Flag. These are subject to personal conscience and are not mandatory. Same goes for prayers at the opening and closing of the meeting. Your choices are your own and will be respected. All we ask is that our members show due regard and respect to our flags and practices in our meetings.

Daryl Coleman, Editor

Editor Corner – Feb/Mar 2015

Certainly it did not escape your notice that there was no newsletter at the beginning of February. My computer developed a problem which required me to go out and get a new one. I am still ironing out a few issues, but I am partially back in business. Sorry about that… it happens (as you know).

While I have your attention, be aware that in June we will be having our annual Texas Division Reunion, this year in Temple, Texas. I would strongly encourage each of you to consider attending. This is a voting year, and we will be electing for the Texas Division a Commander, and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd Lt. Commander to help lead us through the next 2 years. Our current Texas Division 2nd Lt. Commander, Gary D. Bray, has announced that he will be running for the office of Division Commander. Brigade elections will also take place, and we will need to be present to elect our three Fourth Brigade officers who will represent us on the Division Executive Council. As it stands right now, I will be running for 2nd Lt. Commander of the Brigade, a position I am currently serving in.

Daryl Coleman, Editor

Editor’s Corner

I wish to convey my thanks and gratitude to the camp for the honor I have of continuing to edit The Dixie Banner on behalf of the Rockwall Cavalry Camp 2203 for another year. Of course, my own bias not withstanding, I am continuing to strive to make it one of the best newsletters in the Texas Division. As stated before, I do need your feedback and contributions. If you wish to write an article or contribute anything, even a profile of one of your own veteran ancestors, all you have to do is send it to me and I will get it included in an upcoming newsletter.

Daryl Coleman, Editor

Upcoming Elections for 2015 Camp Officers

Gentlemen, in our November meeting (the last regular meeting of the year) we will have elections for our 2015 Camp Officers, those being Commander, 1st Lt. Commander and Camp Adjutant. All other positions will be appointed by the Camp Commander for 2015, most likely in consultation with the other elected camp officers.

At our upcoming October meeting we would like to accept and record nominations for our three elected officers.

Please give this careful consideration as these gentlemen will be the leaders that will take us forward into the coming year.
For those who may not be familiar with the terminology, below is a brief description of the duties of various camp officers:

Commander

The Commander has a unique responsibility to lead, encourage, assist, guide, maintain esprit de corps, and above all, to work to achieve harmony within the camp. While an SCV camp is a democratically run organization, the camp Commander does have the overall responsibility for the camp he has been elected to serve. The Commander presides at all meetings or otherwise designates his subordinate officers to do so. He is nominated for office by a nominating committee, or from the floor. He will appoint all non-elected officers and all necessary committees and will perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office. He will also fill all vacated offices occurring during during his administration until the next election of officers, with the advice and consent of the camp executive council.

Lieutenant Commander

His authority is second only to the Commander. He presides in the absence of the Commander. Upon the resignation or death of the Commander, the Lieutenant Commander automatically becomes Commander for the un-expired term. He usually chairs the Programs Committee, and sets the agenda for camp meetings. He represents the Commander at all memorial services when the Commander is not present. The Lieutenant Commander is also a member of the camp executive council.

Adjutant

The Adjutant may serve more than one term and a good one should be encouraged to continue in his post. The duties and responsibilities of Adjutant include those duties performed in many organizations by secretary, treasurer and registrar. In many camps a treasurer, a secretary, a genealogist or several other positions may assist the adjutant. His position is the
most critical for the camp’s continued growth and administrative responsibilities. An individual who procrastinates should not be considered for this office. This office and its complexities require an entire section of its own. Details are therefore contained in Section 7 for the adjutant’s position within the camp.

Second Lieutenant Commander

The Second Lieutenant Commander is not a required position (and currently not an elected position in our Camp Constitution), but is a position developing the future leadership of the camp and possible future camp commander. He serves at the direction of the commander and usually chairs the membership committee. He is authorized to represent the camp whenever the above officers cannot be present. However, he does not have the authority to speak for the commander or the camp unless given that authority by the commander. Some very large camps may even choose to have a Third and Fourth Lieutenant Commander to ease the burden of the above officers.

With only a small word change here or there, this is taken from the Camp Handbook, found on the National SCV web site. It should be understood that these and all officers should be ready and willing to train their replacements.

Recommended Reading

The Abbeville Institute (http://www.abbevilleinstitute.org/) is a rich source of very good information regarding Southern Culture and History. Here you will find wonderful articles by men such as Dr. Clyde Wilson, Dr. Donald Livingston, Walter D. (Donnie) Kennedy, James Ronald Kennedy, Brion McClanahan, Carl Jones and a host of other engaging authors. A number of these writers are also members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. These articles can be a great source of helpful information. Be sure to listen to the Statement of Principles (photo of Dr. Donald Livingston) on the front page. This site (and organization) is highly recommended.

Abbeville