On August 15, 1993, at Portland, Maine, I was honored by this
patriotic order by being elected and installed as Commander-in-Chief. I
have considered it a real privilege, as well as challenge, to serve this
organization during the past year. This has afforded me many
opportunities to honor my great-great-grandfather that I would not have
had otherwise. I have worked diligently to fulfill the responsibilities
of this high office.
First, I wish to express my appreciation for the teamwork of the
National Officers. It has been because of this cooperative effort that
this organization has progressed as much as it has during my tenure. We
are indebted to each National Officer for the splendid work that he has
performed. Thank you very much, National Officers, for donating your
time, expertise, and effort to perpetuate the memory of the Boys
During the year I have received much correspondence from Brothers who
have special concerns as well as from potential members inquiring about
membership. I have responded promptly to every communication. I have
written a total of 587 letters. Communication is vital to the success of
This year you have received five issues of the Banner containing a
total of 80 pages. This is a significant increase over past years, and
we commend the Editor for producing a national periodical of
journalistic merit. I have advised the Editor to avoid articles of a
controversial nature which might alienate any readers. We can now be
proud of our national publication. The Banner mailing group is also to
be commended for the many hours they have spent preparing the issues for
Not all decisions that I have had to make have been easy ones. Upon
the request of one Department, I removed for cause the Department
Secretary-Treasurer. Also, upon the request of one Department, I revoked
the Charters of two Camps because of non-payment of per-capita tax. Such
duties I did not enjoy; however, they became part of my
Our membership has risen to nearly 3,600 do to the recruitment
advertising in national publications along with the diligent efforts of
Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief David Medert in promptly following up on
all inquiries from those ads. MAL Coordinator Doug Park is also to be
commended for his splendid work. Both recruitment and retention are
necessary for the survival and progress of our Order.
To date, I have signed Charter Applications for 19 new Camps in the
states of Texas, Maine, Utah, Oklahoma, Michigan, Massachusetts,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Colorado, and Virginia. At the present time,
organizers are working in other states to establish new Camps and
Departments. Such growth is indicative of a healthy organization.
This year, I have established two new awards, which I hope will
motivate both individual members as well as Camps to strive for
excellence in their work to promote the memory of the Grand Army of the
Republic. The first is the Abraham Lincoln Commander-in-Chief Plaque,
which is being awarded to the most outstanding Camp. The second is the
Cornelius F. Whitehouse Plaque, which will be given to the most
outstanding member. Both plaques will be held by the recipients for one
year and then be given to next years award winners. I trust that
these new awards will encourage more involvement in worthy projects
among our membership.
I have appointed 34 Brothers as National Aides for recruiting three or
more new members this year, and I have awarded Certificates of Merit to
16 Brothers for outstanding service to our Order.
This year I signed a contract with Turner Publishers to write,
publish, and market a history of our organization, and I appointed
Brother Gary Gibson as liaison with Turner Publishers. Much historical
material has already been gathered for inclusion in our history.
Brothers who possess historical material and photographs are urged to
share them with the publisher.
One of my goals this year was to initiate a National Headquarters
Fund, which I have done. As we look to the future, there is a dire need
for a national headquarters, preferably in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,
similar to those of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War
(DUVCW) and Womans Relief Corps. We desperately need a repository
for artifacts, historical material, and records as well as an office
address that does not change every few years. I strongly urge my
Brothers to donate to this worthy cause while living as well as making a
provision in your will to insure a national headquarters.
Another achievement this year has been accomplished by the Program and
Policies Committee. This committee is to be commended for the excellent
job descriptions they have completed for Camps, Departments, and
National Officers as well as suggested revisions in our application and
The following is a chronological list of activities I participated in
and the duties I have performed as Commander-in-Chief 1993 - 1994:
In conclusion, I wish to thank the many Brothers who have been very
cordial during my visits to their Camp and/or Department. I have been
impressed by the strong leaders our organization has at all levels, and
they are to be commended for the outstanding programs and activities
conducted during the past year. The future of our organization is
promising if we will put aside petty differences and biases and focus on
the real purpose of our existence - to perpetuate the memory of those
boys and men who served their nation to keep it united. We, too, must be
united. May God bless each member and our Order during the ensuing
years! I trust my service has been of value to you and to the Sons of
Union Veterans of the Civil War. Thank you for this opportunity to be
Respectfully submitted in Fraternity, Charity and Loyality,
Allen W. Moore
2. That all responses from recruitment advertising be sent
directly to the Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief.
3. That a National Headquarters Committee be established by the
National Encampment for the purpose of securing a suitable National
4. That all members consider donating to the National Headquarters
Fund and/or making a bequest to that fund in their will.
5. That each Camp adopt a project such as the restoration and/or
maintenance of a Civil War monument or the graves of Civil War
6. That the Proceedings of each National Encampment henceforth be
published within one year after the National Encampment.
7. The Banner be issued six times a year with the issues evenly
distributed and that controversial issues be avoided.
8. That the Commander-in-Chief become the publisher of the Banner
with the Editor being in charge of journalistic work and reporting
directly to the Commander-in-Chief or to another National Officer.
9. That each Camp, Department, and National Officer consider the
oath he takes at the time of his installation to be a sacred
obligation to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War.
10. That the motive for holding an office of any kind be solely to
fulfill the duties of that office and to perpetuate the memory of
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