We started off the new year with a visit to the room we used to meet in and with a great attendance and a lot of welcome visitors. Conor Bond gave a presentation on Generals Lee and Jackson. Central Squad LT Billy Bryant patched in two new members Eddie Farish and David Deffenbaugh. At the end one of our future OCR members had her birthday recognized. It was a great evening for the Greys! We meet on the 2nd Saturday every month. Y'all come join us and bring the family!
An awesome time was to be had at our annual Christmas in Dixie party this year. Confederate Santa couldn't make it so Marty Claus made an appearance in his stead to give the kids gifts and candy. We presented our favorite restaurant and our host location with a cake for taking such good care of us every month. Merry Christmas everyone! The Rankin Greys will see you again after the new year!!
November was a meeting for the record books. We had the national CIC Paul Gramling, Lt CIC Larry McCluney, Historian in Chief Todd Owens, AOT Commander Jason Boshers, a newly minted ensign to the CIC (our own Ryan Griffin), and the national Sergeant at Arms (also our own Billy Bryant) in attendance along with the Mississippi Division Commander Jeff Barnes and Lt Commander Conor Bond. We had guests from several other camps in attendance as well. All of our guests spoke and gave updates on the status of the Confederation. Certificates were given to Ryan Griffin for his ensign promotion and to Billy Bryant for his Sergeant at Arms promotion. Makenah Cox was presented with a coloring book and a confederate teddy bear. Commander Gramling was also made an associate member of the camp, and we welcome to our ranks our newest member Jonathan Weeks!
We had a full house for the October meeting. We had several visitors from Camp 265 and others. Andy Stewart, running for Circuit judge, gave a few words before having to cut out to another event. Tim Cupit from Camp 265 in Brandon spoke about the upcoming Division Reunion his camp is hosting in 2019 during the annual relic show in Brandon and also gave a very interesting presentation about the characteristics of a successful SCV camp. Conor gave a rundown on the latest EC meeting, and the OCR president Kelly Griffin welcomed in a new member to the Grey Roses. We also welcomed past member John Douglas and his family back into the camp! It was a great meeting, indeed.
Grady Howell was our speaker and as always he did a fantastic job presenting on Shiloh. He has a new book out on the subject. We also presented Rock with his National Life Membership certificate. Another great meeting in the books.
Upcoming dates to remember:
September 22 - Governor's Ride for the Wounded Warriors. Mechanized Cavalry will be meeting at the Raceway in Richland pre ride as per usual. See Billy Bryant for details.
October 13 - Next month's meeting and the deadline for donations for the school supply drive hosted by the Grey Roses OCR. Benefits the Florence School. https://www.facebook.com/greyrosesocr/
October 20-21 - Fall Muster at Beauvoir. http://www.visitbeauvoir.org/events
If you're interested in participating in one of the programs mentioned last night to help support the camp, please click one of the links below:
KROGER COMMUNITY REWARDS
In honor of National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day by the Sons of Confederate Veteran’s, the Rankin Greys fed the Florence Police Department. We also presented Chief Richard Thomas with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Rankin Greys and the Grey Roses.
Had another great meeting with a full house. Rock received his life membership. There was much discussion about the upcoming ride to help Bobby Joe with his medical costs and also the Governor's Ride in September. Conor gave an interesting talk on the Confederate Corps of Engineers. Also, the OCR is collecting school supplies to help local kids at Florence. If you're interested in helping, see Kelly Griffin or any Rankin Grey or Grey Rose.
We had a packed and eventful meeting this month. Our national LT CIC and the AOT Commander were in attendance, and we had Brandon Beck speaking on The Battle of Okolona. Commander Gramling is running for National CIC and Commander McCluney is running for LT CIC. They spoke with us about their platforms. Commander Griffin presented Eddie Farish and Brian Conger with their new member certificates and packets, and more officer certificates were presented. It was a busy night, indeed!
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.