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January 2017

CAMP
265

RANKIN DISPATCH
N E W S LE TT E R O F T H E RAN K I N R O U G H & R EADY’S

COMMANDER’S QUOTE: “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not- you’ll find an excuse.”

COMMANDER’S REPORT
Well, I hope everyone had a safe New Year's Eve and a chance to eat your cabbage, black eyed peas, and
cornbread on New Year's day. Our speaker this month will be Mr. Ross Aldridge. His topic will be our state
flag and politics in MS. this coming year.
We will swear in our new camp officers, bring in a new member, have our OCR meeting at 6:15pm, and
have a good start to our 2017 year at this meeting. So, come early, bring someone with you, and as sure as
half the people in this world are above average, I'll probably see you at our next meeting at Penn's in
Brandon on January 7, 2017 at 7:00pm.

-Tim Cupit

MEETING AGENDA FOR JANUARY 7, 2017
Agenda for January 7, 2017
- Open with prayer at 7pm sharp
- Pledge of Allegiance to the US flag and salutes
- Trivia
- Guest speaker; Ross Aldridge – topic – The MS
Flag and MS politics – Q & A
Unfinished Business
- Camp T-Shirts are $20 – proceeds go to fund the
Relic Show
- www.scv265.com & Stats
- First Thursday Coin Club meeting at Brandon
library 6:30pm
- OCR Report by Brandi Gray
- 11-19-16 Adopt a Highway report
- Dec. Reading report by Tal Floyd

New Business
- Kroger card program
- New members
- Swearing in of officers
- Feb. meeting will be run by Tal Floyd along
with other officers
- Did everyone receive their membership card?
- Did everyone sign in?
- Does everyone have a door prize ticket?
- Please leave $1.00 for the girls to clean up
behind us!
- Door prizes
- Open floor
- Close meeting with prayer at approximately
8:25pm

CHAPLAIN’S REPORT
by Tom Fortenberry
Happy New Year
Have you ever sung the song, “Auld Lang Syne”.
History says many things about the song depending on
whom you talk to or by reading the recorded history
by others. I would dare to say that most families have
their own rendition of the song, many of which come
from the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life.”
Robert Burns is often recorded as one who took the
old Scottish tune and wrote it down sometime in the
1700s. The song has often been remembered as , “ O
the Good Old Days” and “So Long Ago.”
In many homes and meetings at the close of the old
year on December 31, it seems that the song, “Old
Lang Syne” spontaneously begins by someone to be
joined by others to bring in the New Year. Here are the
words to the song:
“Should old acquaintances be forgotten and never
brought to mind
Should old acquaintances be forgotten and Old Lang
Syne!
For Old Lang Syne my dear, for Old Lang Syne.
We'll take a cup of kindness my dear for Old Lang
Syne.
A time of gathering, traditions are again shared.
Traditions such as eating blackened peas, round sweet
cakes and cookies, ham, fireworks, mistletoe, apple
cider, and others traditions celebrated with others.
New Years is a time when the cycle of the year begins
again and with the hope of better things.
May this New Year be one of blessings and love for
your family, friends and neighbors.
May God Bless each of you in the coming year.
Thomas Fortenberry, Chaplain Camp 265

“I cannot trust a man to
control others who cannot
control himself.”
- Confederate General, Robert E. Lee

ADJUTANT’S REPORT
by Sid Boteler
It has been an enjoyable year in our camp. We have
a group of diverse, interesting men I have enjoyed
working with. I believe we have been successful in
our endeavors to honor our Confederate ancestors.
The youth we reached through the turkey shot at the
Trail of Honor and Fall Muster at Beauvoir are our
future. Through this fun event we were able to teach
them the importance of remembering and honoring
our Confederate heritage.
Sure don't want to forget the highway clean-up and
the biscuits afterward. These can be quite the
experience, as you never know what you may see or
find on the roadside.
Let it never be said that cold weather will deter the
SCV from doing a job. We painted the Rankin
County museum in the cold. And yes, the paint
stuck.
Then there is our big event--the Civil War Relic
Show. Through it we reach people who have never
before had any interest in Civil War history. Your
support in getting donations, selling ads, and
advertising is a must for the success of this event.
I want to express my appreciation to our camp's
OCR ladies. Their support of our camp and extra
activities has truly helped advance our camp and
our cause.
If I can be of any help to anyone please let me
know.
Charles Lewis - Adjutant
FASCINATING FACT: During the Battle of Fort
Pillow, Forrest had three horses shot out from under
him, but he suffered only bruises and soreness.
- Library of Congress

Our December meeting was outstanding! Our fearless leader Mr. Tim
Cupit was away on business, but our officers stood up and did a
wonderful job filling in and taking care of business for the meeting! Mr
Tal Floyd commanded the meeting, Mr. Ralph Smitherman read a
Christmas story from his braille bible, Commander Foley was in
attendance, and we even had entertainment from Elvis (aka Gary
Martin)!
The food was excellent, the music was beautiful, and the fellowship was
even better! Everyone’s spirits were high and there was a special energy
in the air that only Christmas time can bring about. There was a sleigh
full of door prizes given away, and even some Christmas carols sung
with crowd participation! I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better
meeting with friends and family. We shall be starting a new year soon,
and I can’t wait to see what new friends and new experiences 2017 will
bring. May we all be blessed in the new year to come.
I hope to see you all at the next meeting!

A Veteran Christmas!
On Saturday December 10th, representatives from the Mary
Ann Forrest chapter of the Order of Confederate Rose, and
the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #265 donated their
time to help the veterans at the G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery
Veterans Hospital in Jackson, MS.
We were able to walk around and help the veterans pick out
gifts for their families and friends. We were also able to get
our organization out in the public eye when a local news
station interviewed President of the OCR, Brandi Gray.
We truly enjoy giving back to our community!

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS - THEY SUPPORT US!

Happy New Year!

The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp #265

THE RANKIN DISPATCH
317 Lake Heather Road
Brandon, MS 39047

Our next meeting is January 7th
at Penn’s in Brandon at 7:00pm.
Come early!

NON-PROFIT ORG.
U.S. POSTAGE PAID
BRANDON, MS
PERMIT NO. 265