This month we had Lynn Gaskins making a presentation on Infantry weaponry of the Civil War. Very interesting information and displays regarding long guns, hand guns, and the ammunition they used and how they developed over the time period. We also swore in new commanders as Commander Bryant has stepped down. Phillip Griffin is our new Commander, Marty was promoted to 1st Lt, Robert to 2nd, and David Deffenbaugh was promoted to 3rd Lt Commander. All officers present were presented with certificates. We also presented certificates to our new members Brian Nickens and Eddie Farish.
Confederate Heritage Month!! Camp Elections!! We had a busy night with camp elections, keeping a few of our original officers and bringing in some new ones. The current listing is on the officers page of this site. We had our 2nd annual candle light vigil service to honor our Confederate ancestors. We also welcomed 3 new members to the camp, watched the officer change for the local OCR, and had birthdays to celebrate! It was a fantastic night to be a Rankin Grey!
Phillip, our 3rd Lt Commander ran the meeting this month and did a fantastic job! Brandon Beck was our speaker and spoke about his newest book, Streight's Foiled Raid on the Western & Atlantic Railroad, a story that includes Nathan Bedford Forrest and Emma Sansom. It was an excellent presentation. He also had copies of this book and 2 of his previous books for sale. We also welcomed to the camp 2 new members, Jason and Ronald, and a new associate member, Ricky.
January was a great meeting with our 2nd Lt Commander leading the way. Marty did a fantastic job running the meeting and also giving a presentation on period clothing and weapons of the Confederate military with some assistance from JJ.
These programs work. We have only recently gotten set up on the Kroger programe, but we've been on the Amazon Smile for a while, and with it limited to PC based purchases only (there is no app for Smile), we have managed to raise about $64. While it's not much, it required very little to get it. Everyone buys groceries, many at Kroger, and many people shop on Amazon everyday. Pass the word. Every little bit helps, and to those that have, thank you so much!
The November meeting was fantastic as per usual. We had the Dixie Hummingbirds with us. Murray Stewart and Joe Tubb played guitars and entertained, and Mr. Stewart gave a presentation on the voyage of the CSS Shenandoah. Billy presented our honored veterans with certificates of appreciation for their service for Veterans Day. We also voted in a Ronald Pursley making application for membership, and welcomed Robert Richardson to our ranks.
Initiative 62 is in full swing! Signature collection booths are popping up all over the state. The Greys have been involved with 2 so far. The Jackson Gun Show at the Shriner's Temple and Florence Fest. With several hundred signatures already collected, we want to keep the momentum up to save the state flag!
The Rankin Greys hosted a dunking booth at Fall Muster this year to raise money for Beauvoir. With the turn out reduced a bit due to weather and only running the booth for one day, we managed to end up with three very clean loud mouth members and raise enough to donate $100 to Beauvoir after cost!
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/81-2262508 and Amazon donates to Sons Of Confederate Veterans Inc.
If you shop at Kroger, and you would like to help the camp out, here is a simple way you can do this. You’ll need an email address and a Kroger Plus card.
If you don’t already have a Kroger Plus card you can ask about this the next time you visit the store.
If you don’t have an email address, type this link into your web browser and it will give you step by step instructions on how to set one up: Http://www.wikihow.com/Create-a-Gmail-Account
Once you have your email and Kroger Plus card, open your web browser and enter in: https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
You’re done! You can now close your browser.
Use your card whenever you shop and some of the proceeds of your purchase will go to support the camp.
You will need to re-enroll every year for your donations to continue coming to the camp.
If you have any questions or need any assistance getting set up, call or text Chris Bryant at 601-383-4958. Leave a message if there’s no answer. You can also email at firstname.lastname@example.org.