1. The 118th National Encampment will be held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania August 5-9, 1998. Every department is encouraged to send its full compliment of delegates to the National Encampment. The National Encampment is the supreme authority of the Order. Any action by a National Encampment can only be changed by another National Encampment. This is the body which determines the direction we will follow for the coming year. If any Department does not know the number of delegates to which they are entitled, please contact the National Secretary.
2. All officers and committee chairmen are advised that their respective reports to the National Encampment should be limited to a maximum of five (5) minutes unless prior arrangements have been made with this office. When possible, all reports should be submitted to the National Secretary on a 3 inch IBM compatible computer disc. The documents should be in Word Perfect 6.1 or less, MS Word 5.0 or less or an ASCII text file. Additionally, two copies of all committee reports must be presented in typed form and three copies of all officers reports must be presented in typed form. All reports should be sent to the National Secretary prior to July 25, 1998.
3. The following Brothers have been appointed National Aides for recruiting five (5) or more new members: Lee Booton, Robert Kennedy, Brad McGowan, Dr. David G. Martin, Clark McCullough, Marty Weisman, Thomas R. Burke, Larry Waggoner, John Suttles, and Roger Beverage.
4. Brothers are reminded to support the Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief's Fund, the Grand Army of the Republic Fund, the Permanent Fund, and the National Headquarters Fund. Send all donations to the National Treasurer. Please be sure to indicate the fund to which you are donating. All contributions to the SUVCW are tax deductible (1941 IRS ruling).
5. As another year draws to a close, I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to those Brothers who have served on the National Staff this past year.
6. To Sister Jacqueline Johnston, National President of the Auxiliary, Sister Barbara Tyler, National President Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, Sister Beverly Goodenough, National President of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865 and Sister Linda Bennet, National President of the Women's Relief Corps, Auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, I wish to extend my thanks for all your assistance and cooperation during the past year. It has been a distinct pleasure to serve with you. I sincerely hope that each of you has a productive and harmonious encampment.
7. Out condolences are extend to any bereaved Brother or Brother's family and our best wishes go to all who may be ill.
8. On to Harrisburg.
By Order of
Richard D. Orr