1. Having been elected and installed Commander-in-Chief by the assembled delegates at the 119th National Encampment at Lansing, Michigan on 19 August 2000, command is hereby assumed and headquarters established at the above address and all correspondence requiring the attention of the Commander-in-Chief should be sent to the above address.
2. All business correspondence should be sent to the Executive Director, James T. Lyons, 14650 Willowbrook Drive, Lake Odessa, MI 48849-8491.
3. All supply requisitions with payment should be sent to: Elmer F. Atkinson, National Quartermaster, 1016 Gorman St., Philadelphia, PA 19116.
4. All bills and requests for payment should be sent to the Hon. James B. Pahl, National Treasurer, 445 W Maple St., Mason, MI 48854-1519.
5. All requests for Eagle Scout Certificates should be sent to Ronald B. Gill, Eagle Scout Certificate Coordinator, 655 Sheffield Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46385.
6. My sincerest thanks to all my Brothers who have shown their confidence in me by my election. I will work hard to warrant that confidence. I would also thank the Department of Michigan and the committee there for all the efforts they went through to give us a wonderful encampment.
7. Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty are not only the principles of our Order, they are the means by which our Order exists and will continue. We owe no less to our ancestors. At all levels, Camps, Departments and National must always work in the direction of the good of the Order.
8. We will continue our efforts in graves registration and grave marking, Civil War memorial registration and restoration, locating GAR and SUVCW records, commemorative events and celebrating the deeds of the Boys in Blue.
9. We live in an age of constantly changing technology, and it is changing faster than ever before. Our National Website contains so much information we could not read it all in one day. Not only can non-members find out about and apply for membership online, but also our membership can get needed information, forms, graphics, the C&R and proceedings of certain past National Encampments. There are truly no limits to where we can go with this in the future. We control our limitations.
10. All camps are encouraged to proliferate in membership and activities. The one works to the good of the other.
11. It is now part of the C&R that quarterly reports must be properly and timely submitted for camps to be in good standing with departments and for the departments to be in good standing with the National Organization. The report of election and installation of officers is part of the quarterly reports.
12. My calendar is designed to best serve the Order. Please extend your invitations as early as possible to assist me in making my itinerary. I will attend as many Department Encampments and events as time and overlapping dates will permit.
13. The Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremonies at Gettysburg are designed as a means of remembering the GAR and paying homage to it members. Brothers are encouraged to attend this event on November 18, 2000.
14. All members of the Council of Administration are advised there will be a meeting of the Council at 8:00 A.M., Sunday, November 19, 2000.
15. Information about the ill and bereaved should be brought to the attention of the myself, the Executive Director, and the National Chaplain, Reverend Dr. Robert G. Carroon, 23 Thompson Road, West Hartford, CT 06107. We need to give proper attention to the needs of these members or their family. By contacting all three you are assured to get needed information known.
16. On behalf of the Order, I would like to extend congratulations to all the new presidents of the four Allied Orders of the GAR: Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans Of the Civil War, Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and Woman's Relief Corps. We must work together at all times to reach our goals. We are and always will be Brothers and Sisters bound together in Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty.
17. All percapita tax and other quarterly reports are to be forwarded to Executive Director on time.
18. Appointments of most non-elected National Officers, Standing Committees, Special Committees, and National Aides have been made. Those officers and committees may be found on our National Web Site (http://suvcw.org).
19. This Order should never rest until Memorial Day is returned to May 30th. Please write letters to your legislators in your state. Let's not give up. We need to return Memorial Day to the sacred day our forefathers meant it to be.
20. All Departments who have not already done so this year are to send current rosters to the Membership List Coordinator.
By Order of:
Edward J. Krieser
Todd A. Shillington