On June 8th, 1978 Murfreesboro Camp #33 was Chartered, our Camp is now 40 years old! Twentytwo men were the foundation of what today is one of the largest Camps in the entire SCV with 154 members! Over the past 40 years our Camp has had many accomplishments and is active year round, we look forward to the next 40 years.
Congratulations to the following members of SCV Camp #33 that were elected to serve as Camp Officers for 2108-2019:
Commander: James Forbes Jr.
1st Lieutenant Commander: Chris Taylor
2nd Lieutenant Commander: Trey King
3rd Lieutenant Commander: Caleb Stephens
Adjutant/Treasurer: James G Patterson
Judge Advocate: Greg Tucker
Signal Corps Sargent: Robert Woolfolk
Surgeon: Richard Hunter
Chaplain: Steve Murphree
Sargent at Arms: Paul Judd
Color Sargent: Kurt Huskey
Historian: Bruce Gibson
Newsletter Editor: Jason Boshers
Constitution and By-Laws
Murfreesboro Camp #33
Sons of Confederate Veterans
ARTICLE I. Name. The name of this organization shall be the Murfreesboro SCV Camp #33.
ARTICLE II. Object. To associate in one united, compact body of men of Confederate ancestry, and cultivate, perpetuate, and sanctify the ties of fraternity and friendship entailed thereby; to aid and encourage the history and achievement from Jamestown to this present era, constantly endeavoring to see that events of the War Between the States and the heroic contributions of the Confederate soldiers are authentically and clearly written, and that all documents, relics, and mementos produced and handed down by those active participants therein are properly treasured and preserved for posterity; to aid and assist in the erection of suitable and enduring monuments and memorials to all Southern valor, civil and military, wherever done and where found; to instill into our descendants a devotion to and reverence for the principles represented by the Confederate State of America, to the honor, glory, and memory of our forefathers who fought in that Cause.
ARTICLE III. Nature. Murfreesboro SCV Camp #33 shall be strictly historical and benevolent, non-political, and non-sectarian.
ARTICLE IV. Membership.
Section 1. All male descendants, lineal, or collateral, meeting the minimum age requirement set by the national constitution, of those who served in the Confederate Army or Navy to the end of the war, or who died in prison or while in actual service, or who were killed in battle, or who were honorably discharged, shall be eligible for membership.
Section 2. No one shall be admitted to membership until satisfactory proof of the foregoing qualifications be submitted on an official blank application prepared for that purpose, such application bearing recommendation by a member in good standing of the Camp. The original shall be forwarded to the International Headquarters of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Camp shall preserve the duplicate.
Section 3. All applications for membership in the Camp, received by the Adjutant/Treasurer, shall be reviewed by the Commander. The Commander may submit the applications to a confidential, three (3)-man membership committee appointed by him, to pass on the acceptability of the candidate for membership.
Section 4. Annual dues and fees must be submitted with completed applications to the Camp Adjutant/Treasurer.
Section 5. Applications for membership in the Camp must be read at a regular meeting of the Camp. Upon reading of the application, membership in the Camp will be extended only after receiving two-thirds (2/3) vote of acceptance by the membership present.
Section 6. Active membership in the Camp is membership in the International organization of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Section 7. Any member in good standing in the Camp, transferring from the Camp, shall be entitled to a certificate from the Camp Adjutant/Treasurer stating his membership and duration thereof.
Section 8. Associate memberships are available for those in search of, or those that do not have a Confederate ancestor. Members of other SCV Camps may also join Camp #33 as an Associate member. Anyone that joins as an associate member does not have membership in the Tennessee Division of the SCV or membership in SCV International, nor can they vote on any matters of the Tennessee Division or SCV International, nor do they receive any mailings or privileges of the Tennessee Division or SCV International, until such time that they become a full member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Dues for an Associate member shall be two (2) times the regular member dues. Associate members will receive a Camp #33 Associate membership card and the camp newsletter. No regular member shall change from a full member to an Associate member.
ARTICLE V. Dues.
Section 1. The annual dues to the Camp shall be set and approved annually by the membership at the Annual Meeting.
Section 2. Members in arrears three (3) months in payment of dues shall be classified as delinquent, and four (4) months arrears shall automatically impose suspension. Payment of all back dues within the current year, a payment of a $5.00 reinstatement fee together with all additional levies for that year, shall permit reinstatement to active membership. A member delinquent one year or more shall be only reinstated upon vote of the Camp and payment of all amounts due him to the Camp.
Section 3. Any member that has a National SCV Life Membership may become a Life Member of the Murfreesboro SCV Camp #33 upon a one time payment of twenty-five (25) times the annual dues amount, and will be furnished a proper certificate signed by the Commander and Adjutant, and said member to be exempt from payment of Camp #33 dues thereafter.
ARTICLE VI. Meetings.
Section 1. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting of the Camp shall be in August of each year on a date determined by the Executive Committee. If the annual meeting shall not be held at the time fixed it shall be held within a reasonable time thereafter, and the officers shall hold over until their successors have been elected.
Section 2. Regular Meetings. The regular meeting of the Camp for the transaction of ordinary business shall be held on a day of each month, at such time and place as may be fixed by the Executive Committee.
Section 3. Special Meetings. A special meeting of the Camp may be held at any time upon call of the Commander. The Commander shall also call a special meeting upon demand in writing, stating the object of the proposed meeting, and signed by not less than 33% of the members entitled to vote. Notice of the time, place, and object of any special meeting shall be given all officers and members in good standing, in writing, by United States Mail not less than fifteen (15) days prior to the date fixed for the meeting. The Executive Committee shall establish the place of such meeting in advance.
Section 4. Quorum. 15% of the Camp members entitled to vote shall constitute a quorum at any regular meeting.
Section 5. Meeting Rules. The rules of procedure at any meeting of the Camp shall be those set forth in Roberts Rules of Order, revised, except wherein they may be altered by the vote of the Camp.
ARTICLE VII. Officers.
Section 1. The officers of the Camp shall be the Commander, First Lieutenant Commander, Second Lieutenant Commander, Third Lieutenant Commander, Adjutant/Treasurer, Judge Advocate, Signal Corp Sergeant, Surgeon, Chaplain, Sergeant At Arms, Color Sergeant, Historian, Camp Newsletter Editor and an Executive Committee. All officers, except those of the Executive Committee, shall be elected by a majority vote, by written ballot of the members in good standing present at the annual meeting of the Camp. They shall hold offices for two years or until their successors are elected. Officers elected at the meeting shall take office on the first day following their election.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Commander, First Lieutenant Commander, Second Lieutenant Commander, Third Lieutenant Commander, Adjutant/Treasurer, Signal Corp Sergeant, Camp Newsletter Editor, Surgeon and the immediate past commander. No past commanders shall be eligible that have failed to maintain a good standing within the Camp.
Section 3. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at any time and place as the Commander may determine. At least three (3) members of the Executive Committee may call meetings at any time on demand and in writing to the Commander.
Section 4. 4 members of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.
Section 5. Resignation of any officer may be accepted by majority vote of the remaining members of the Executive Committee.
Section 6. When an office is vacated as a results of death, resignation, or removal, the Commander shall appoint a successor, upon recommendation of the Executive Committee, such successor to hold office until the next election during the annual meeting.
ARTICLE VIII. Duties of Officers.
Section 1. Commander. The Commander shall preside at all meetings of the Camp and the Executive Committee. He shall be a member ex officio of all regular and special committees, and shall perform all such other duties as usually pertain to his office.
Section 2. First Lieutenant Commander. The First Lieutenant Commander shall perform the duties of the Commander in his absence or at his request. He shall serve as program chairman, securing guest speakers and presentation for Camp functions.
Section 3. Second Lieutenant Commander. The Second Lieutenant Commander shall perform the duties of the Commander in the absence of the Commander and the First Lieutenant Commander. He shall be responsible for the enlistment of new members. He shall maintain an adequate supply of SCV brochures and applications to accomplish the recruitment of new members. He shall monitor membership as to dues payment and meeting attendance. He shall constantly strive for an active, growing membership. He shall prepare and distribute to the membership in good standing a roster of members, their addresses and telephone numbers.
Section 4. Third Lieutenant Commander. The Third Lieutenant Commander shall perform the duties of the Commander in the absence of the Commander, the First Lieutenant Commander, and the Second Lieutenant Commander. He shall be responsible for the enlistment of new members. He shall maintain an adequate supply of SCV brochures and applications to accomplish the recruitment of new members. He shall monitor membership as to dues payment and meeting attendance. He shall constantly strive for an active, growing membership.
Section 5. Adjutant/Treasurer. The Adjutant/Treasurer shall conduct all official correspondence pertaining to the proper preparation and forwarding of all reports required of the Camp to International Headquarters, Division, and Brigades. He shall notify all members of special meetings. He shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Camp and have custody of the books and papers of the Camp. He shall be the keeper of the Camp seal. All applications for membership, initiation fees, and first year dues shall be made to the Adjutant/Treasurer. He shall be responsible for the ordering of all items necessary for operations of the Camp. He shall also maintain adequate stock of SCV membership pins, decals, and applications. The Adjutant/Treasurer shall have charge of all funds of the Camp and place the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee. Such money shall only be withdrawn by check signed by the Adjutant/Treasurer. He shall keep an accurate account of his transactions and render a detailed report to the membership at any meeting when requested. He shall present a detailed report, in writing, of income and expenditures at the annual meeting. Bills paid by the Adjutant/Treasurer shall have received approval by the Executive Committee. He shall be responsible for collection of dues and fees, taking proper note of the paying member, his address and other information necessary in the maintenance of Camp records and posting such information.
Section 6. Judge Advocate. The Judge Advocate shall advise the officers and Executive Committee of all legal matters, including the construction and interpretation of the SCV General Constitution and Camp By-Laws. He shall serve as parliamentarian at both regular and special meetings. Upon direction of the Commander, he shall conduct investigations into charges or challenges brought against Camp members. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to his office.
Section 7. Surgeon. The Surgeon shall be responsible for the establishment and observance of ceremonial forms and courtesies of the Camp. Upon direction of the Commander or Executive Committee, he shall issue announcements to the public concerning the Camp, its members and activities. He shall be familiar with basic techniques of first aid and shall stand ready to administer basic medical assistance when called upon at meetings and functions of the Camp.
Section 8. Chaplain. The Chaplain provides spiritual guidance for the Camp. He shall represent the Camp in times of bereavement. He shall periodically report to the Commander on the well being of members confined by illness. In event of a member’s death, he shall immediately notify the membership and the Chaplain-in-Chief. He shall be responsible for the procurement of flowers, wreaths, or such other items incidental to the accomplishment of his duties.
Section 9. Sergeant at Arms. The Sergeant at Arms shall be the doorman at all regular and special meetings. He will keep order during regular and special meetings of the Camp as well as other functions of the camp. He will be in charge of security at all camp functions when necessary. He will be the poll watcher during all balloted and voice voting. He will perform other duties as directed by the Commander.
Section 10. Color Sergeant. The Color Sergeant shall maintain and safeguard the Camp colors. He shall issue the proper display of colors at all functions of the Camp and will lead members in salutes to the colors. He shall appoint assistants to aid in the performance of his duties.
Section 11. Historian. The Historian shall keep and maintain a written record of the Camp, its officers and members, and its accomplishments during his tenure of office. He shall be responsible for the collection of photographs, newspaper clippings, and such other items as necessary in the proper recording of Camp history. All items will be affixed in a bound volume as to insure preservation.
Section 12. Signal Corp Sergeant. The Signal Corp Sergeant shall create and maintain an internet website for the Camp. The website content shall consist of at least a calendar of events, local Confederate history, photographs of camp activities, links to other websites regarding ancestral research, and a “Hall of Fame” displaying photographs of camp member’s Confederate ancestors. Other information may be added at the request of the Commander or the Executive Committee. The Signal Corp Sergeant shall frequently update the website to maintain a timely reference for the Camp members. The Commander shall periodically review operation of the website to ascertain if its operation is in the best interest of the Camp.
Section 13. Editor.
The Commander shall, upon taking office, appoint an editor and such other staff as necessary in the preparation and distribution of the official Camp Newsletter, “The Monthly Rebel Banner”. The Commander shall periodically review operation of the newsletter to ascertain if its operation is in the best interest of the Camp. The Editor, shall, at the end of the fiscal year, prepare a written report concerning number of copies produced, number distributed and associated cost; this report to be submitted to the Commander at the annual meeting.
Section 14. Executive Committee.
The Executive Committee shall:
Approve or disapprove all bills presented to the Adjutant/Treasurer for payment.
Sit in judgment in all disciplinary matters.
Authorize and approve all meeting dates and arrangements.
Rule on all questions affecting the election, eligibility, and conduct of members.
When in the interest of the Camp, transact business on behalf of the membership.
ARTICLE IX. Awards.
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the creation and administration of a program of awards presented to Camp members and non-members deemed worthy of recognition.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall review and authorize the presentation of certificates and awards, except the Commander’s Commendations and Resolutions of respect, which are reserved for the Commander.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall periodically review and authorize the presentation of the “Archibald Patterson Award of Excellence” to any camp member that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the SCV and Camp 33. This award must be approved by the Executive Committee upon receiving a written recommendation from any camp member and awarded at the discretion of the Commander. This award can be awarded only once per year.
ARTICLE X. Suspension or Expulsion.
Section 1. Any member may be suspended or expelled from the Camp for cause; such cause being deemed sufficient by the Executive Committee by a two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the members of the Committee present or at a regular or special meeting called for that purpose.
Cause for disciplinary action to the camp shall be:
Neglect of Duty
Conduct unbecoming a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
An act repugnant to the Sons of Confederate Veterans Constitution or the objectives and purpose of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Section 2. No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at least fifteen (15) days notice, in writing, shall have been given to the member of the charges preferred and of the time and place of the meeting of the Executive Committee at which such charges will be considered. The notice must be delivered to the member by registered mail. At such meetings, the member under charge will be accorded a full hearing.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall provide for true and accurate recording of all proceedings of such hearings.
Section 4. Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members in good standing present at any special meeting called for that purpose. No vote on removal may be taken unless at least fifteen (15) days notice, in writing, shall have been given to the officer of the reasons for his pending removal and of the time and place of the special meeting at which such a ballot on his removal is to be taken. The Executive Committee, upon majority vote, may suspend an officer pending outcome of this special meeting. At such meetings, the officer shall be given a full hearing.
Section 5. Any member in good standing may offer charges against any officer or member. They shall be in writing clearly stating the facts relied upon and accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits, which are to be used in their support. Such charges shall be filed with the Adjutant/Treasurer, who will immediately notify the Commander. The Commander will call a meeting of the Executive Committee to hear the charges. The Adjutant/Treasurer will give at least fifteen (15) days notice of the meeting to each member of the Executive Committee, to the accuser, and to the accused, which notice shall be in writing and will include a true copy of the charges and of the supporting affidavits and exhibits.
Section 6. Any member suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee may appeal to the full membership of the Camp. Such appeal shall be made in writing to the Adjutant/Treasurer who will notify the Commander. The Adjutant/Treasurer shall give notice, in writing, to all members of the Camp in good standing in the next monthly newsletter—stating the date, time, place, and reason. At the next regular meeting of the full Camp, the Adjutant/Treasurer will read the original charges, the supporting affidavits, and read or display the accompanying exhibits and will read the minutes of the special meeting of the Executive Committee at which the charges were heard and action taken. A full hearing will be given the accuser and accused. A vote will be taken by ballot of the members in good standing present and a two-thirds (2/3) vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Executive Committee.
Section 7. Any member who has been suspended or expelled, and having exhausted the foregoing appeals procedures, has the right to appeal to the Tennessee Division and afterwards, if necessary, the General Executive Council, whose decision shall be final. A member expelled by the Camp is not eligible for membership in any other Camp of the Confederation.
ARTICLE XI. PROHIBITIONS.
Section 1. No discussion of political or religious subjects, or any political action, or the endorsing of aspirants for political office, shall be permitted.
Section 2. No assessment shall be levied upon the Camp members other than annual dues and initiation fees, except by resolution of the general membership.
Section 3. Proxy voting shall not be permitted in the conduct of Camp elections or business.
ARTICLE XII. OFFICIAL LADIES. The Camp Commander may appoint only the following ladies to represent the Camp—Matron of Honor, Chaperon, Sponsor, and three (3) Maids of Honor.
ARTICLE XIII. OFFICIAL OBSERVANCES.
Section 1. The Camp shall observe the celebration of Confederate Memorial Day.
Section 2. The Camp shall, as a token of appreciation to friends and family, annually host a Christmas Dinner during December on a date selected by the Commander.
Section 3. The Camp shall observe the anniversary of General Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Raid on Murfreesboro and his Birthday.
Section 4. The Camp shall observe General Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson’s birthdays on the weekend before the third Monday in January each year.
ARTICLE XIV. COMMITTEES. There shall be 3 standing committees as follows:
Section 1. Education Committee. The Education Committee shall be in charge of organizing School and Public living history programs. The Education Committee will develop and approve programs and materials to be distributed, as well as organizing living history programs for the camp. The Chairman will be elected by the camp members.
Section 2. Monument Committee. The Monument Committee will be in charge of all matter regarding the placement and care of Confederate monuments in Rutherford County. The Committee will make proposals on placement of new monuments as well as the care of those already established. The Chairman will be elected by the camp members
Section 3. Cemetery Committee. The Cemetery Committee shall be in charge of locating Confederate cemeteries and grave sites, and organizing the cleaning of those sites. The Committee shall also be in charge of locating and cataloging as many Confederate graves as possible with Rutherford County. The Chairman will be elected by the camp members.
Section 4. Special Committees shall be appointed by the Commander as necessary.
ARTICLE XV. FINANCIAL.
Section 1. With the exception of printing the camp newsletter, memorial programs, copies and postage, all expenses under $100 may be approved by the Camp Executive Committee with a limit of $500 per annual year. A report of all Camp Executive Committee expenses will be given at the following Camp meeting. All expenses over $100 shall be approved by the camp members at a regular meeting.
Section 2. A perpetual CD account will be maintained as a monument fund. These funds shall be used only upon a vote by the camp members at a regular meeting, for placement of or maintenance on Confederate monuments.
Section 3. There shall be three Officers names on the bank signature cards for all Camp accounts, the Camp Adjutant and two other Camp Officers appointed by the Camp Commander. The Adjutant shall have the sole responsibility to sign all checks, deposit funds, and make withdrawals. The two additional Officers on the signature cards will, only in the event of the Adjutant becoming incapacitated or resigning of his office, assume the financial responsibilities previously held by the Adjutant, at the Camp Commanders request.
ARTICLE XVI. AMENDMENTS. Any proposed amendments to these by-laws may be introduced by any member of the Camp at any regular or special meeting called for that purpose. A vote may be taken upon the proposed amendment, provided a copy of the intended amendment has been sent to each Camp member in good standing, in the next monthly newsletter. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, will be necessary to pass or reject.
Adopted this day of , 20 by the members of the Camp # .
Camp Adjutant/Treasurer Camp Commander