Sons of Union Veterans of The Civil War

Office of the Commander-in-Chief

Charles E. Kuhn Jr., PDC

464 Lake Meade Dr .

East Berlin , PA 17316


SERIES 2007 – 2008
28 August, 2007


  1. Brothers, after careful consideration and a great deal of effort of the National Councilor and the National Committee on Constitution and Regulations they have reported back to this office the results of the efforts of the 126 th National Encampment on the matter pertaining to Junior Associates. In the rush to create a class of Membership known as Junior Associates the vote of the Brothers seated at the 126 th National Encampment Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War have placed their efforts in contradiction to the Congressional Charter, our National Constitution and the Regulations of this Order.

  2. The Constitution speaks to the classes of membership and specifically segregates Associates from Members. It further states there shall be one (1) class of Associates (Article VII, Section 2). The creation of a second class of Associates in the form of Junior Associates is clearly in conflict with this provision of the Constitution.

  3. In instances when there is conflict between the Regulations and the Constitution, both the Regulations and Constitution are mute. However there are several applicable decisions to be found in the Digest of Decisions;

4.) It is generally accepted that the Commander-in-Chief cannot change an action of an Encampment while at the same time the Commander in Chief is sworn to protect the Constitution and Regulations of the Order. Therefore I have come to the following conclusions and decisions;


5.) After considering the above it is also my decision that the acceptance of Junior Associates into any Camp, Department or the National Order shall cease immediately and be held in abeyance until such time as the conflict between the Constitution and Regulations can be resolved by a National Encampment and the Brothers seated there in.

6. Any Junior Associate that has been accepted into a Camp, Department or the National Order after 28 August, 2007 may remain as long as they comply with all restrictions relevant to Juniors and Associates combined.


So ordered this 28th day of August, 2007;

Charles E. Kuhn, Jr.
Commander in Chief
National Order, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War



Donald Palmer
National Order, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War


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