1. 1. A new National Secretary has been named. Please send all correspondence to: Todd A. Shillington, 15 Park Place, Holley, New York 14470-1022; 716-638-5929; CoH94NYVI@worldnet.att.net. On behalf of the Order, I would like to thank Brother Shillington for taking on this most important job.
2. Brother Hann, the Order thanks you for your years of dedication and we all hope to work again in the future with you.
3. Membership Eligibility Ruling - The question had come up again on allowing potential members to join if their forefather had been in the Confederate Army and deserted, and later joined the Union Army. It has been decided to affirm the 1890 ruling:
"The son of one who has borne arms against the United States is ineligible not with standing the subsequent loyal service of his Father." This ruling was made by SofV Commander-in-Chief Charles L. Griffin (1889-90) opx1x, and xx, Blue Book 17."
4. Three new camps have been chartered since August. We have two from California and one from Tennessee:
The National Order salutes these new camps and wishes those Brothers within much success and continued growth in the years to come.
5. Congratulations to the following Brothers, who, with this General Order, are designated National Aides, as a result of the fruits of their recruiting efforts. Each has been presented with a certificate and National Ribbon, to be worn under his badge. It is new members, recruited by such Brothers as these, that assure the future of the Son's long into the 21st Century. We salute the following:
6. New, updated Bylaws are approved for the Departments of Kansas, Maine, and Wisconsin.
7. The next Council of Administration meeting will be held at the Quality Inn, in Erie, Pennsylvania, March 25, 2000. The meeting will start at 8:30 a.m., and will continue until completed. As always, all Past Commanders-in-Chief welcome to attend. If more information is needed, contact PCinC Richard Orr.
By Order of:
Danny L. Wheeler
Todd A. Shillington