Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Recent Missouri Camp Meetings


I just wanted to give a brief report regarding what I feel to be a new spirit of cooperation within the Missouri Division.  I've had the opportunity over the past several weeks to attend several camp meetings of the camps in our MO Division.... still have a few more to make, but will do that as time permits.  Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the James H. McBride Camp meeting at Springfield, had a great time meeting with the camp members, etc., and I was also thrilled to see Western Brigade Commander B.J. Montgomery in attendance as well.  This just made my evening.  This is the spirit of cooperation and communication that I am hoping to see continue with the Division.  Commander Montgomery took it upon himself to make a visit to a camp in his Brigade, to get to know the membership and be of assistance where he could.  We must do more of this, we are all in this together, and we all have the same Confederate blood that makes us who we are.  My sincere gratitude and appreciation is in order to Commander Montgomery and to the McBride Camp as well.  While there, McBride Camp Commander Mark Harris volunteered to be the Western Brigade representative on our Heritage Defence Committee, and for that we are all grateful as well.  Conversation was also had regarding a Western Brigade "get-together" later this year, which will again strengthen the bonds of Confederate brotherhood between camps and members.

My sincere thanks to all the camps I have visited since our Reunion this past March, and I look forward to spending time with those still on the list to visit.  Please feel free to share this message with your respective memberships.

Confederate Regards,

Darrell L. Maples - Commander
Missouri Division - SCV