"Ramblins from Forrests 'Riter"

By Ed Butler, Tennessee Division Heritage Defense Chairman

During the past several years there has been a steady increase in the number of attacks on not just the South and all things Confederate but also on all things Patriotic and Christian. While there have been a few setbacks, these assaults have produced one very positive result. An email posted on the Tennessee Echo a few days ago announced that the roster of the SCV has just exceeded 34,000 men. While that is the largest number of members the SCV has had since it was founded, it is only a fraction of the men who are eligible for membership.

I am sure you remember the feeling of safety you experienced as a child when you were walking down a dark road or street with others. Alone, the walk would not have been very pleasant. Today it is not as much a matter of safety as a show of solidarity. The SCV International and the Tennessee Division are experiencing rapid growth. New Camps and being formed and old Camps are being revived. Men who let their membership lapse have decided it is time to renew and do their part to continue the fight. What is your part of the fight? There are members of the Dillard-Judd Camp that I have never met. They have never attended a meeting or Camp event. While it would be most gratifying to have to move our meetings to a larger room, it is unrealistic this day in time, to think that many members of any organization would attend one hundred percent of the activities.

It is an American characteristic to want to participate. We want to be a part of clubs or organizations. We want to be informed and know what is going on in many circles of influence. There are so many worthwhile and positive organizations one can be a part of; it is difficult to decide where to devote our time. You may be expecting a lecture at this time on why you should be more active in the Dillard-Judd Camp. It will be a challenge during the next two years to budget my time between by business, my family, and the SCV. I will be fortunate to accomplish this and feel that I have not slighted any aspect of my life. I would not be so vain as to presume to tell anyone else how to spend his or her time.
We voted on awards recipients for the year 2002 at our December meeting. Each of us voted for someone we thought made a great contribution during the year. We have many members that were not even considered but I wonder

if in some aspects if they really are our most valuable members. Those of us that take the time to participate in Camp events may make a lot of smoke and noise but it is the silent partners that keep our numbers up in the Camp, the Division, and in the International Organization. It is the numbers that give the SCV increased credibility, more visibility, and the funding to work for worthwhile goals. The advocates of political correctness hope those of you that do not attend our many events will NOT renew your membership. The liberals that want to change our culture hope those men that have thus far been too busy to join the SCV will continue to avow that they are too busy. The major media outlets would take great pleasure a year from now in reporting that the membership rosters of the SCV are dwindling.

SCV dues are a bargain, even for those of you that never expect to attend meetings or events. You will get your moneys worth in unbiased Southern oriented articles in the "Confederate Veteran" magazine and the "Highlander Dispatch" newsletter. If you love your ancestry, your heritage, your culture, your religion, and the fact that you are Southern, there is one thing that you can do that requires only a few moments per year. It is the single greatest contribution any of us can make. It is the one thing you can do even if you are too busy!

Renew your membership! Join the SCV!

Capt. Champ Ferguson SCV Camp
is now a reality!

The Dillard-Judd Camp announces the formation of a new camp in the Middle Tennessee Brigade.

Members of the Dillard-Judd Camp have had the foresight to forge into and form what will be known as the Capt. Champ Ferguson SCV Camp of Monterey, Tennessee. Members of the Dillard-Judd Camp have been working on this project for some time now.

I can say with pride that I have had the privilege to stand arm and arm with most of these men at memorials, marker dedications, living history programs and the various other events that the Dillard-Judd Camp has sponsored. They will do us proud.

The officers taking positions in this camp are as follows:
Commander. (W. Ken Tyler) 1st. Lt. (Jack W. Looper) 2nd. Lt. (Mike W. Ray, who is a descendant of Champ Ferguson) Adjutant & Treasurer (Mike Wilson) Chaplain (Steve A. Parker)

Members: Michael D. Parker, Alan Gail Parker, David G. Morgan, Bruce Breedlove, Larry Burks, Andrew C. Looper and Johnnie C. Tyler. EDITOR