August 12, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Charles Lauret former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and Commander Army of Trans-Mississippi. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12.
Charles Lauret – Biography
Member of the SCV since 2000.
Brig. Gen. J.J. Alfred A. Mouton Camp #778 of Opelousas, La.
· 1st LT Commander
· Southwest Brigade Commander
· 1st LT Commander
· Division Commander
· Chief Aide de Camp
· ATM Councilman
· ATM Commander (present)
Finding Your Way Home
Commander’s Column August, 2014
What is basic and fundamental to our unity as a local SCV camp? I believe the basis of our unity is found in the SCV Charge which we read publicly at every meeting:
“To you, Sons of Confederate Veterans, we will commit the vindication of the Cause for which we fought. To your strength will be given the defense of the Confederate soldier's good name, the guardianship of his history, the emulation of his virtues, the perpetuation of those principles which he loved and which you love also, and those ideals which made him glorious and which you also cherish.”
General Stephan Dill Lee
It is the SCV Charge that defines, motivates, challenges, and unites us as SCV brothers. Our whole purpose for existence is found in this historic statement. We exist to defend the good name of our Confederate ancestors, protect the true history of the War Between the States, and perpetuate the ideals and values of our forbearers. This is our purpose. If we ignore the SCV Charge and focus upon secondary, non-essential issues, then we will see our unity shattered and our effectiveness diminished as a camp. We do not have to like each other to be unified. It is nice when we all like each other, but it is not necessary. We do not all have to have the same personality to work together There will be personality clashes in our SCV Camp but such should not destroy unity. We have to respect each other, even when the personalities of some of our members drive the rest of us up the wall. Why? Because the SCV Charge challenges to emulate the virtues of our Confederate ancestors, who fought side by side with our us fellow soldiers who had different personalities. We do not have to agree on every issue to be unified. But we must focus upon fulfilling the SCV Charge even when we disagree with our fellow members. Interests outside the SCV should not divide us. I am a Baylor Bear. There are members in our Camp who are great LSU, McNeese, University of Houston, Texas A. & M., and UL Lafayette fans. We can have some fun with each other in this area but the support of our favorite college football team should not divide us or cause strife in the Camp. Contemporary politics should not divide us. Our religious preferences should not divide us. We do not all have to dress alike to be united. We do not all like to hunt and fish in order to be united. And we do not have to be Republicans or Democrats to be united in the SCV. The core values set forth by the SCV Charge are basic to our unity. Our responsibility is to work together to implement the principles set forth in the SCV Charge. Any significance issue or position that does not come out of the SCV Charge should not be allowed to divide us. If secondary issues arise, then such issues should be addressed in private, outside of our monthly meeting, not in front of guests or potential members. The recent issue over the banner is a prime example of a divisive issue which negatively impacts our fellowship and unity. As your commander allow me to address this issue within the context of our SCV Charge. I prefer to display in public, banners or flags without the “heritage not hate on it.” I personally don’t think we need any slogan or phrase on a banner or flag representing the SCV which seeks to define us apart from our historic Charge. There are fellow SCV members who like the “heritage not hate” phrase. I will respect their opinion, but to quote our distinguished adjutant, “that’s my opinion, and like a true rebel, I’m sticking to it.” Placing a phrase on a banner or flag is a secondary issue which must not divert us from our historic purpose as established by the SCV Charge:
1. To vindicate the Cause for which our Confederate ancestors fought.
2. To defend the Confederate soldier's good name.
3. To guard of the true history of the War Between the States.
4. To emulate of the virtues of our ancestors.
5. To perpetuate of the principles loved by the Confederate soldier.
6. To support those ideals which made the Confederate soldier glorious.
I want to work with every member of the camp to fulfill our historic purpose. We cannot vindicate, defend, guard, emulate, perpetuate, or support our great cause and our beloved ancestors if we are diverted by division and conflict over secondary issues. Please help our camp work together as a unified team. In this way we truly honor the ancestors who fought to defend our freedom and our dear Southern way of life.
Reaching out to enlist new members to join the Sons of Confederate Veterans is critical during this time of the year. Please make every effort possible to encourage perspective members to join. No organization including the Sons of Confederate Veterans can continue to be healthy without a constant inflow of new members.
Yours in Our Great Cause,
Dr. Andy Buckley
FUTURE MEETING SPEAKERS
September 9, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: James Ronald Kennedy, former Louisiana Division State SCV Commander and author of The South Was Right. Topic: "Post Appomattox: Reconciliation or Vindication?"
October 14, 2014: Logan’s Roadhouse Restaurant, Lake Charles Program. Speaker: Rev. Shane Kastler member Captain James W. Bryan Camp and author.
November 11, 2014: Joe’s Italian Restaurant Sulphur Program. Speaker: Texas State Representative James White (invited)