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Constitution and Rules of Order
MAJ. KYLE BLEVINS CAMP
UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS
East Tennessee Division
Adopted June 22nd, 1896.
OFFICERS OF THE CAMP.
Commander - L. N. KYLE.
1st Lieut. Com. - H. B. CLAY.
2nd Lieut. Com. - W. L. ARMSTRONG.
3rd Lieut. Com. - W. W. CHARLES.
Adjutant - F. A. SHOTWELL.
Quartermaster - C. M. HARLAN.
Surgeon - H. J. NELSON.
Chaplain - P. L. PEARSON.
Officer of the Day - ERNEST FAIN.
Treasurer - E. D. POWEL.
Sergt. Maj. - W. W. CHARLES, JR.
Vidette - H. S. BUREM.
Color sergt. - O. A. RICE.
Color Guards - J. H. WINFREY, J. H. McRAE.
1st. Lieut. Com. H. B. CLAY.
Adj’t. F. A. SHOTWELL.
W. W. LEGG.
W. W. CHARLES, JR.
Lieut. Com. W. L. ARMSTRONG.
J. L. GALBRAITH.
E. D. POWEL.
LITERARY AND HISTORICAL COM.
E. D. MILLER.
W. H. WATTERSON.
R. L. BLEVINS.
B. F. ALLISON.
C. G. LYONS.
NAME AND TIME OF MEETING
SECTION 1. This Camp shall be known as “Maj. Kyle Blevins Camp, No. 777, United Confederate Veterans, Tennessee Division.”
SEC. 2. The stated meeting of this Camp shall be held quarterly, the First Monday, at 1 p.m., in the months of February, May, August and November.
SEC. 3. Meetings may be called at any time by the Commander, or , in his absence, by the First Lieut. Commander, or the next officer in rank, for any special business or funeral occasions. No other business shall be transacted at a called meeting other than that specified in the call.
SEC. 4. It will require the presence of 10 members to form a quorum for business, but with that number only in attendance, no appropriation shall be made except by a unanimous vote.
SEC. 1. The object of this Camp shall be “Social, Literary, Historical and Benevolent,” and its labors shall be directed to cultivating those friendly ties of broth-
erhood between the survivors of the Armies and Navies of the Confederate States; to keeping fresh the memories of our comrades who gave their lives a sacrifice to the cause they deemed right , or to those who have died since the war, to the perpetuation of the records of their gallant deeds, and their heroism, and to aiding and relieving all members, their widows and orpans in extreme cases of sickness and want.
SEC. 1. None but persons who have served honorably in the Army or Navy of the late Confederate States during the war between the States, serving until the close of the war, unless previously discharged for real physical disability, or honorably relieved from service, having an unimpeachable war record, and of good standing since, can be members of this organization.
SEC. 2. Membership shall be classed as Active, Life and Honorary.
SEC. 3 All applications for membership must be presented in writing, at a regular meeting; must give full name, age, residence, occupation or profession, with a brief military record, written or
verbal. The applicant must be endorsed by two members in good standing, and the application accompanied by the membership fee; it shall be read in open session and referred to the committee on credentials, to be reported and acted upon at the will of the Camp.
SEC. 4. Elections for membershiop shall be held with ball ballots, and three black balls shall constitute a rejection.
SEC. 5. Life membership shall be accorded to any member upon the payment of $10.00. Applications to be placed upon the roll must be accompanied by the above amount, and must be read, and acted upon at regular meetings. They shall enjoy all the privileges of active members, and be exempt from all fines and other charges, except in case of holding office, or voluntary service upon committees, when they shall be liable to the fines and penalties of active membership.
SEC. 6. Honorary membership may be accorded any person for distinguished service rendered the late Confederate States of America, or any special service rendered the Camp. They shall be exempt from all dues and all other charges.
FEES AND ASSESMENTS.
SEC. 1. The fees of this Camp shall be as follows: For membership, 10 cents; for dues, 50 cents per annum, payable quarterly in advance.
SEC. 2. Should the funds of the Camp become exhausted, an assessment may be levied on all members, not exceeding 50 cents, subject to the same laws as quarterly dues.
SEC. 3. To levy an assessment a resolution shall be presented in writing, signed by seven members who are clear on the books, which shall be read at two stated meetings, and action taken thereon when, if two-thirds of the members present are in favor of the resolution, it shall be declared carried.
SEC 4. Any member who shall be found to be 12 months in arrears in payment of dues and assessments shall lose his good standing in the Camp, and shall not be eligilble to office or entitled to vote or debate at any meeting, or claim other benefits from the Camp.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS.
SEC. 1 The election of officers shall occur annually, at the May meeting.
Their term of office shall be for one year, or until their successors are installed. The voting shall be done by ballot, and the candidate receiving a majority shall be declared elected. Where no one receives a majority, the lowest candidate shall be dropped on the next ballot until but two candidates are left.
SEC. 2. All officers and standing committees shall make annual reports, to be placed in the hands of the Commander one week before the annual election, that he may incorporate them in his own report to the Camp.
SEC. 1. The Commander shall immediately after his election appoint the following standing committees: (1) The Executive Committee, composed of five members, including the First Lieut. Commander and the Adjutant, the former to act as chairman. (2) The relief Committee, composed of four members, including the Second Lieut. Commander as chairman. (3) The Literary and Historical Committee, composed of three members. (4) The Committee on Credentials composed of three members, to whom shall be referred all applications of mem-
bership, and after hearing the testimony of the applicant, report the same back to the Camp for reception or rejection.
SEC. 2. All reports of committees shall be made in writing, and signed by the majority of the members thereof.
SEC. 1. No money shall be drawn from the general fund except on order of the Commander, countersigned by the Adjutant, unless it be in response to an application for relief in cases of unusual distress, when the Chairman of the Relief Committee may draw an order on the Treasurer for $5.00, to be used for this purpose. Ordinary applications for relief shall be reported to the Camp for action.
Any amendment to the Constitution and By-Laws must be submitted in writing at a regular meeting, come up for consideration at the next regular meeting, and acted upon at eh third regular meeting from date of presentation.
It will require a three-fourths vote to adopt any amendment.
RULES OF ORDER.
In the transaction of business this Camp shall be governed by the usual rules of procedure and debate that govern deliberative assemblies.
The following shall be the order of business:
1. Calling the Camp to order.
2. Prayer by the Chaplain.
3. Calling the Roll.
4. Reading the Minutes.
5. Collection of Fines and Dues.
6. Report of the Treasurer.
7. Report of Executive Committee.
8. Report of Committee on credentials.
9. Report of Relief Committee.
10. Report of Lit. and Historical Com.
11. Report of Special Committees.
12. Reading Applications for Membership.
13. Unfinished Business.
14. New Business.
15. Order of the Day
16. Reading Communications.
17. Election of Officers.
18. Installation of Officers.
(This information for the above was taken from an original booklet in the historical collection on Hawkins County belonging to Mr. George E. Webb Jr., Tennessee Books and Autographs, 109 S. Church St., Rogersville, Tennessee)
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