Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Union Defender November 2012

1.  Members discussed the upcoming Veterans Day parades in Springfield and Branson. 
2.  Members were urged to think of ideas for utilizing the Greg Wait Memorial Fund.

NEXT MEETING:  Traditionally, the members of Phelps Camp make the December meeting a dinner gathering to celebrate the holidays.  This year, we will meet at the Ruby Tuesday’s in Republic (on Highway 60, across the street from Wal-Mart) on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.  Spouses, children or significant others are welcome to attend as well.  Please RSVP to Jeff Patrick (417-350-7192 or no later than 3 p.m. Monday, December 3 so he can contact the restaurant and reserve our table.     

VETERANS DAY PARADES:  Phelps Camp participated in two area parades on the weekend of November 10-11.

On Saturday, November 10, members of Phelps Camp formed a Civil War colorguard and portrayed General and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant for the Springfield parade.  The new, 1.3 mile parade route was lined with spectators, many of whom applauded and cheered the “boys in blue,” the Stars and Stripes and the Grants.  Our thanks to Bob and Jake Clanton, Kip Lindberg, Larry Toll, Jeff Patrick, and Jim and Patty Millikin for participating in the “new” Springfield Veterans Day parade.

On Sunday, November 11, camp members formed the “Parade of the American Soldier” unit for the Branson parade.  Despite threatening weather, the stalwart members of Phelps Camp “soldiered on” and were within sight of the end of the parade route when it started to rain.  A very large crowd of spectators thoroughly enjoyed our entry, and cheers and applause rang out all along the route.

Our thanks to Bob Clanton, John Rutherford, Eddie Cox, Jeff Patrick, Larry Toll, David Coffman, Gary Riley, Jonny Clanton, Chris Strodtman, Harry Clanton, Kip Lindberg, Herb Jackson, David Mills and Kirk Singleton for participating in one of the biggest Veterans Day parades in the nation.

Huzza to the men of Phelps Camp for paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom!

RECYCLING OFFICER NEEDED:  The position of camp recycling officer is once again open.  If you are willing to collect, store and transport aluminum cans for the camp, please contact Jeff Patrick (contact information above).  The camp has earned a significant amount of money through the years thanks to our recycling efforts.

Yes, we still have some!  The camp has purchased several SUVCW “Challenge Coins” for resale.  Two designs are available—one for the Civil War 150th anniversary and one for the Grand Army of the Republic anniversary.  Check out the designs:   
These are priced to move at only $10 each!  Jeff Patrick will have them available at upcoming meetings.

NEW ISSUE OF THE MISSOURI UNIONIST NOW AVAILABLE:  The new issue of the Department of Missouri’s newsletter is scheduled to be published on or about December 14. 


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