Sons of Union Veterans

of the Civil War

 

Department of Iowa

 

 

 

Dept. of Iowa

National SUVCW

 

 

Department Orders

 

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa
Orders Number 2

SERIES 2007-2008

 

Kevin Pearson, Department Commander

1485 Yale Avenue

Meservey, Iowa 50457

Phone: 641-587-2483

 

 

1.    The members of the John Q. Wilds Camp #235 of the Department of Iowa have passed a motion formally endorsing Jeff Stephen, PCC for the position of Central Region Commander.

 

2.    The Department of Iowa does not endorse Brother Stephen for the position of Central Region Commander.

 

3.    This Order does not interfere with any Camp’s ability to endorse Brother Stephen, nor does it interfere with any Brothers in the Department ability to personally endorse Brother Stephen. 

 

Ordered this 25th Day of September, 2007.

Kevin Pearson, Department Commander

Attest:

Dennis Geesaman, Department Secretary

 

 

Series 2007-2008

Department Orders Series 2007-2008

Department Orders No. 1

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa

Kevin Pearson, Dept. Commander

1485 Yale AVE

Meservey, IA  50457

641-587-2483 (home)

Jim Wolf, Chief of Staff

641-424-7032

e-mail

 

1. Brothers, It was good to see all of you at the Department Encampment in Des Moines.  It is an honor to serve as your Department Commander this year.

2. Contact me at home with any questions or concerns.  I do not have an email account, so you can also e-mail my Chief of Staff, Jim Wolf, with any questions or concerns.

3. Appointed Department Officers

Chief of Staff- Jim Wolf

Patriotic Instructor- Dann Hayes

Chaplain- Bill Cahalan

Historian and GAR Highway Officer: Ron Rittel, PDC

Counselor: Les Weber

Guide: Mike Rowley

Color Bearer: Tanner Creery

Guard: Steve Valley

Graves Registration Officer: Carl Boars

Memorials Officer: Tom Gaard

 

 

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty

 

Kevin Pearson, Department Commander

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest:

Jim Wolf, Chief of Staff

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 

Department Orders Series 2006-2007

Department Orders No. 1

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa

Orders No. 1, 2006-2007

Ronald F. Rittel, Dept. Commander

2318    - 40th Street
Des Moines, IA  50310-3942

(515) 274-1183 (home)

(515) 205-8401 (cell)

rittel@mchsi.com (e-mail)

1. It is an honor to have been elected and installed as the Department Commander by the assembled delegates of the 122nd Annual Department of Iowa Encampment in Johnson, IA on April 1, 2006.  I hereby assume the position.

2. All correspondence requiring the attention of your Department Commander should be sent to the above address.

3. I thank those Brothers that supported me and those that are willing to fill offices for the good of the Department.  Special thanks go to the Members that told me to continue with my dream of Commandership in spite of recent problems and surgery. 

4. All reports, business, and requests for payment should be sent to Dennis Geesaman, Dept. Secretary/Treasurer, cedengee@netins.net, 1061 72nd Street, Elberon, IA, 52225, (319)439-5478.

5. Requests for Eagle Scout information should be directed to Carl Fulk, Dept. Eagle Scout Coordinator, 52025 Highway 210, Slater, IA, 50244, (515)685-2212.

6. The other elected Department Officers are:

Jeff Stephen                  Senior Vice Commander

Dennis Sasse                Junior Vice Commander

Dennis Geesaman         Secretary/ Treasurer

Kenneth Lindblom        Dept. Council (1)

C.R. Stephen                Dept. Council (2)

Mike Rowley                Dept. Council (3)

 

7. The appointed Department Officers are:

Carl Fulk, Eagle Scout Coordinator

Larry Brewer, Chaplain

Dan Rittel, Historian

Jim Stephen, Counselor

Lee Fritz, Guide

Court Stahr, Color Bearer

Ken Lindblom, Guard

Carl Boas, Graves Registration Officer

Jim Wolf, Civil War Memorials Officer

Mike Carr, Recruiting Officer

Doug Slauson, Signals Officer/ Web Master

C.R. Stephen, Dept. Camp Organizer/ Camp Site Comm. Chair

 

8. I ask that any member that may be able to show up for the National Encampment in August, please do so. The Department of Iowa is lacking two Delegates and maybe even an alternate or two will be able to cast a vote if things work out as normal by then.  If we had a 100% turnout of all eligible Delegates at both Department and National events, Iowa could again be at the helm of the nation.  Over Seventy Thousand “Men in Blue” from this grand state need to be spoken for.  Please help.

9. The Department now has an Assistant Secretary as authorized by action of the 117th Department of Iowa Encampment.  He is our very own Les Weber.  Have faith in Brother Geesaman; but, I’d want Les as a mentor on that daunting task too!

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

Ronald F. Rittel
Commander,

Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest,

Dennis Geesaman
Secretary/Treasurer
Department of Iowa
SUVCW

 

Department Orders No. 2

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War
Department of Iowa
Orders No. 2, 2006-2007

Ronald F. Rittel, Dept. Commander
2318- 40th Street
Des Moines, IA  50310-3942
(515) 274-1183 (home)
(515) 205-8401 (cell)
rittel@mchsi.com (e-mail)

 By the orders of the 122nd Department of Iowa Encampment, I appoint the following Committees.  The Brothers appointed as Committee Chairmen will report back to the 123rd Department with reports of their suggestions and/or achievements. 

1.  Resolution: Michael Carr.  “The incoming Department Commander will appoint a committee to look into the prices and alternate materials for reproducing a replica of the GAR flag.”  Passed.

Brother Michael Carr will chair the committee to look into the prices and alternate materials for reproducing a replica of the GAR flag.  There will be a minimum of five members on this committee.  PDC Roger Batchelder, Brother Michael Rowley and Brother Dennis Geesaman should be three of those members.

2. Motion:  Jeffrey Stephen.  “The new Department Commander will appoint a committee to investigate actions that the Department may and may not pursue in displaying the Department’s artifacts and the repository for such artifacts.”  Passed

Brother Jeffrey Stephen will chair the committee to investigate actions that the Department may or may not pursue in displaying the Department’s artifacts and the repository for such artifacts.  There will be a minimum of seven members on this Committee.  Members representing the Cedar Rapids Veteran’s Hall, the Waterloo Veterans Building and the Redfield GAR Hall should be included among three of those members.

3.  Motion:  Dave Stephen.  “The new Department Commander will appoint a committee to purchase, if necessary, artifacts and records in the possession of the Anthony Estate.  The Department will spend a reasonable amount to recover Department and Camp artifacts and records as authorized by the Department Commander.”

PDC Dave Stephen, PDC Jim Hawk and Brother Larry Brewer will co-chair this committee.  The committee will include any interested member of at least two different camps.  They will keep the Department Commander and the Department Secretary/Treasurer informed of anything that needs to be purchased.   

I also appoint the following committees and ask for reports as noted:

      0.      Brother Les Weber is hereby appointed as Chairman of the Department Award Committee.  He will work with each Camp Commander to decide fairly the recipient of each of the three traveling trophies.  He will report to the Department Commander by mid January 2007 with his final decision on the winners of the trophies so that they may be engraved before the 2007 Department Encampment.
 

      0.      Brother C. R. “Steve” Stephen is hereby appointed as Chairman of the 2007 Department Encampment Badge Committee.  He will select four members from at least three camps to decide if this Department should have an encampment badge for 2007 and what the price of such badge would be to each member.  He will deliver his preliminary report to the Department Commander by mid October 2006.
 

      0.      Brothers Dennis Geesaman and Daniel Rittel are hereby appointed Co-chairs of the 2007 Department Encampment Location Committee.  They will accept any volunteer willing to work on this committee and a representative from the Auxiliary.  They will have recommendations for the Department Commander by mid October 2006 on at least two sites and a firm date for the 2007 Department Encampment.
 

      0.      I hereby appoint a committee to evaluate how the American Civil War is taught to Iowa students, to suggest improvements, including those that can be easily developed with resources already in place, such as the Web and throughout the re-enactment community.  I ask Brother Michael Dann Hayes to chair a committee and fill positions on the committee with members of the Department of Iowa and those who are current or retired educators.  I hope to receive a preliminary report of suggestions by January 2007.

The Department Commander reserves the right to take part in any committee meeting as either a voting member of the committee or as an observer. 

No committee meeting will exclude any member of this Department from witnessing what takes place.  Closed meetings will not be tolerated.

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

Ronald F. Rittel
Commander, Department of Iowa 
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest:

Dennis L. Geesaman
Department Secretary/Treasurer
Department of Iowa, SUVCW

 

Department Orders No. 3

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa

Orders No. 3, 2006-2007

Ronald F. Rittel, Dept. Commander

2318-40th Street

Des Moines, IA  50310-3942

(515) 274-1183 (home)

(515) 205-8401 (cell)

rittel@mchsi.com (e-mail)

 

 

Brothers:

 

I would like to have a meeting with all newly elected Camp Officers for next year (2007) and those Officers elected at the last Department Encampment for the term 2006-2007. The date will be January 27, 2007.

 

The Soldier's Home in Marshalltown should be a good meeting place as it is near the center of where Members of Iowa reside.  There are good Highways to reach Marshalltown at that time of year and a number of places to stay a day if inclement weather moves in.

 

I need to meet with all Camp Commanders at that time.  We need to discuss the individual goals of each Camp, how we can support each other with enough members to not make our Grand Army Fathers to look slighted, and what we are doing to support our Allied Orders.

 

The Department Senior Vice Commander needs information on Camp activities, from Camp Senior Vice Commanders  for publication in the "Banner".  Ways of getting more media coverage should be discussed.

 

Our Junior Vice Department Commander will work with the Camp Junior Vice Commanders on recruiting new as well as retaining current Members. 

 

The Department Secretary/Treasurer has a program to help Camps get the paperwork done right and on time the first time.

 

All appointed Officers and any interested Members are welcome to attend.  Any input would be a help.

 

The meeting should start about 10:00 AM and last about four hours.  Thank you.

 

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

 

Ronald F. Rittel

Commander, Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 

Attest:

Dennis L. Geesaman

Sec./Treas., Dept. of Iowa

SUVCW

 

Department Orders No. 4:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa

Orders No. 4, 2006-2007

Ronald F. Rittel, Dept. Commander

2318-40th Street

Des Moines, IA  50310-3942

(515) 274-1183 (home)

(515) 205-8401 (cell)

rittel@mchsi.com (e-mail)

Whereas, the Brothers of Bloomfield, Iowa want to reactivate the Newt Batten Camp #74, Department of Iowa, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Whereas, I discussed this matter with a member of the Council of Administration and the National Counselor at the 125th National Encampment of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in Harrisburg, PA.

Whereas, the following letter was given to me to bring back to the Department of Iowa:

                 August 11, 2006

               To: Commander Dept. of Iowa

               RE: Newt Batten Camp No. 74

              The original Charter for the above SUVCW Camp may be used by a reactivated Camp named Newt Batten Camp No. 74 in the Dept. of Iowa.  There is no need to apply for a new Charter for a Camp that is being reactivated.

 Yours in F. C. & L

Signed

Robert E. Grim

National Counselor
  Sons of Union Veterans
 Of the Civil War

I hereby proclaim the Newt Batten Camp #74 of Bloomfield, IA in the Department of Iowa of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War to be reactivated. 

Form 22 and other required paperwork will be submitted with all due speed.  Full Per Capita dues will start for the year 2007 and are expected to be on time.  There will be no penalty or fine for the period they were not active in the Order. 

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,
Ronald F. Rittel
Commander, Department of Iowa 
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Attest:

Dennis L. Geesaman
Secretary/Treasurer, Dept of Iowa
Sons Of Union Veterans Of The Civil War

 

Department Orders No. 5:

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Department of Iowa

Orders No. 4, 2006-2007

Ronald F. Rittel, Dept. Commander

2318- 40th Street

Des Moines, IA  50310-3942

(515) 274-1183 (home) (515) 205-8401 (cell)

rittel@mchsi.com (e-mail)

November 15, 2006

Brothers:

 

Since the ruling that the Newt Batten Camp #74 could proceed with the old Charter, it has come to my attention that this Camp does not possess the said Charter. The Charter was turned it over to another group by Davis County authorities. The Camp in Bloomfield is not even allowed to use the Charter for a Camp Meeting. At this time, they cannot afford a court case to fight for the "Old Charter".

 

So, with deep regret, I have asked them to disband as the above Camp. I also rescind Department Orders #4 of last August.

The Camp Members are ready to proceed with paperwork for a new Charter to change the Camp Name and Number. Their new name and number will honor two Medal of Honor recipients of the Third Iowa Cavalry.

A member of the former Camp and I are willing to meet with the Council of Administration next week, at Gettysburg, if it will quicken a resolution to this problem. Hopefully the Power-Dunlavy Camp #3 will be up and running again in the Department of Iowa very quickly.

The Department Signal Officer is also asked to remove all references to the Newt Batten #74 from our Homepage on the web.

Submitted in Fraternity, Charity & Loyalty,

Ronald F. Rittel

Commander, Department of Iowa

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

 

Attest: Dennis L. Geesaman

Secretary/Treasurer

Department of Iowa

 

 

 

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