Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

Council of Administration Meeting
August 10, 2003
Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky

Commander-in-Chief Kent Armstrong opened the meeting at 7:58 a.m. by asking PC-in-C Robert Grim to lead a prayer which PC-in-C Grim did eloquently. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by the Commander-in-Chief. Council of Administration present as follows: Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C) Kent L. Armstrong, Senior Vice Commander-in-Chief (SVC-in-C) Stephen A. Michaels, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief (JVC-in-C) Donald E. Darby, National Quartermaster PC-in-C Elmer F. Atkinson, PC-in-C Robert E. Grim, National Treasurer Max L. Newman, National Secretary PC-in-C Edward J. Krieser, PDC Ronald B. Gill, PDC Robert M. Petrovic and PDC David P. Stephen. In addition were National Washington DC Representative PC-in-C Andrew M. Johnson, PC-in-C Charles W. Corfman, PC-in-C George L. Powell, National Counselor PDC James B. Pahl, National Executive Director PCC Lee F. Walters, National Chief of Staff PDC Michael S. Bennett, National Camp-at-Large and Department Organizer PDC Gary L. Gibson.

Commander-in-Chief Armstrong honored a request by the Ladies of the Gramd Army of the Republic (LGAR) led by National President Lynne Bury, to address the Council of Administration regarding a matter of Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty between the Allied Orders. Points shared as follows:

Commander-in-Chief Armstrong informed the Ladies we would get back with them after certain questions were answered by others not in the room at the time.

Upon continuing with the meeting, the C-in-C thanked PC-in-C Powell for his years of service as a voting member of the Council of Administration, welcomed immediate PC-in-C Grim in his new capacity, and welcomed newly elected Council of Administration Member PDC Dave Stephen.

C-in-C Armstrong recapped the recommendations of Executive Director Lee Walters which were looked at during last Council of Administration meeting August 7, 2003.

PC-in-C Grim moved, second by SVC-in-C Michaels to retain Brother Linn Hoadley as National Membership-at-Large Coordinator and PDC Gary Gibson as National Camp-at-Large and Department Organizer. This immediately passed by unanimous vote.

C-in-C Armstrong directed National Treasurer Max Newman to check with auditors on how to best handle the Litigation Fund that the National Encampment created this weekend.

Had discussion on liability insurance. Executive Director Lee Walters was instructed by C-in-C to check into what can be covered and for what price.

PC-in-C Grim moved, second by PDC Petrovic to re-evaluate the Executive Director's contract vs. his current duties. Unanimously passed.

PC-in-C Grim moved Treasurer Newman seconded to grant temporary pre-approval to the Charitable Foundation of several items for them to pursue and return for formal approval when design is determined. There was a friendly amendment by JVC-in-C Darby to limit the pre-approval for 1 year (untill August 2004). The motion as amended passed by a vote of 9 to 1. The items are:

It was decided by consensus from now on, if the National Encampment Memorial Service and/or Joint Opening will have to be in the same room where the SUVCW Business Meeting will occur, that the room be set up for the meeting (Lodge Style setup) ahead of time. This will help reduce the time that is lost due to the need for furniture rearrangement between functions in the same room.

The meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted in
Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty,
Edward J. Krieser, PC-in-C
National Secretary

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