Monday, March 26, 2012

MO Division Commander -- Thanks/Gratitude & Early Announcements

Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 8:04 AM
Subject: Thanks/Gratitude & Early Announcements

I would like to take this short opportunity to again thank you for your trust and to express my sincere thanks and gratitude for having me as your Division Commander for the next two years.  As mentioned before, it is truly a privilege and an honor, and a responsibility that I do not take lightly.  There is much to do in the days ahead, and the ball is already rolling so to speak.  Plans have already begun for the 2013 Missouri Division Reunion, and the Division will be kept up to date regarding same.  The date and location will be set very soon.  April is already stacking up to be a very busy month for the Missouri Division, we will be most likely chartering the Brig. General Edmund Thomas Wingo Camp on April 21, following the monument dedication for Gen. Wingo, all to take place in Salem, Missouri.  The Col. Coffee Camp's annual Confederate Heritage Dinner is also the same evening - April 21 - and that too will be an outstanding event, as the Coffee Camp has scheduled Donnie Kennedy to be the keynote speaker.
Time and location has yet to be set, but we will be having an Executive Council Meeting on May 5, most likely at Jefferson City.  The Executive Council for the Missouri Division consists of all Camp Commanders, the Brigade Commanders, the three elected Division Officers and the immediate Past Division Commander (Jim England).  More details on the Exec. Council meeting will follow soon.
Finally, I want to announce the appointment of a few key positions of the Missouri Division staff.  I am most pleased to announce that Gary Ayres has been appointed 2nd Lt. Commander of the MO Division.  Keith Daleen has been appointed Chief-of-Staff.  Ollie Sappington has been appointed Division Chaplain.  Randee Kaiser has been appointed an Aide-de-Camp (worker bee).  My sincere appreciation is extended to all of these fine Southern gentlemen for accepting these positions.  There will be more appointments to follow in the very near future.
Again, let us look forward to the challenges before us, let us understand that we have much hard work to do in continuing to defend and preserve our Confederate heritage, and let us move forward together with the knowledge that although much effort is demanded of us, that we can enjoy the Confederate fellowship and camaraderie that comes with being a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Please feel free to share this correspondence with your respective camp memberships, etc.
Confederate Regards,
Darrell Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV