Sons of Confederate Veterans
3rd Arkansas Infantry Regt. Camp #246
P.O. Box 10062
El Dorado, AR 71730
Meeting & Program: Our next meeting will be Monday January 11 at 6:30 p.m. This will be the first camp meeting of 2010 and as always we will meet at the Miles House located at 510 North Jackson. Visiting with us will be Steve Ray of the Sons of the American Revolution. Stephen Kermit Ray is a native Mississippian who makes his home in West Monroe, Louisiana with his wife Leigh Ann Bailey Ray and their son Alexander Davidson Ray where they are members of the Cedar Crest Baptist Church. Some of Steve’s favorite pastimes are genealogy, history, and helping coach his son’s ball teams.
A graduate of the University of West Alabama (formerly Livingston University), Steve holds a B.S. degree in Biology. Steve has been employed with the Louisiana Office of Public Health in Monroe, Louisiana as a licensed Sanitarian for 15 years and currently holds the position of the Safe Drinking Water Program Coordinator for Region 8, which is comprised of 12 parishes in northeast Louisiana. A member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans since 1992, Steve has also served for the last 11 years as the elected Treasurer for the Major Thomas McGuire Camp #1714 of West Monroe. Steve has received the honor of a SCV Meritorious Service Medal in 2008 for his decade of service. Steve joined the Benjamin Tennille Chapter of the Louisiana State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on September 1, 2008 at the age of 41 and since that time has been appointed the Region 3 Board Member and the Forming Chapter President of the James Huey Chapter of West Monroe. Steve will bring us up to speed on the formation of the James Huey Chapter and how our Confederate heritage and Revolutionary heritage are intertwined.
Recent Events: Many of you are aware that camp member Selby Pace has been diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. A recent radio advertisement on KIX 103.3 FM gave information for a benefit bank account that has been established for Selby. For those of you receiving this newsletter by regular mail, a card has been included with the account number. For our members receiving this by e-mail please note that the account is at Smackover State Bank, Account # 9055249 and is in the name of Selby Pace, Jr. Selby has been a member of Camp #246 since 2002 and gave us our first presence on the internet by creating the website for which he continues to serve as webmaster. Selby is the sole source of income for he and his wife, although he has begun to miss work due to side effects of the recently initiated chemotherapy treatments. Selby’s wife, Judy, is unable to work due to being a full-time caregiver to an elderly family member who lives with them. Please be generous and make a donation at any Smackover State Bank location. Our compatriot is in need.
This year will begin with the annual David O. Dodd memorial. Due to the unusually cold weather expected in downtown Little Rock on Saturday, January 9th, the annual march from the Macarthur Military Museum has been cancelled but the memorial is planned to start promptly at 11:00 a.m. at the Mt. Holly Cemetery on Broadway Street one block south of I-630. The keynote speaker this year will be the Commander of the Arkansas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Mark Kalkbrenner. The annual Arkansas Division (SCV) Executive Meeting will be held following the David O. Dodd memorial at 12 p.m. at the Whole Hog Cafe located at 2516 Cantrell Blvd in Little Rock. A report of this meeting will be given at the meeting Monday night.
Also, please remember the family of Clarence Ritchey. Clarence died after being shot during a home invasion on December 23. Compatriot Ritchey was a new brother in the SCV having recently joined the Alf Fuller Camp #1819 in Junction City. Some of us had the pleasure to meet Clarence and his wife when they visited us at the November meeting.
Upcoming Events: It’s almost time…….for the 27th annual Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade in Monroe/West Monroe. The parade will be Saturday February 6 with line-up time at 3:00 p.m. We had over 100 participants last year and would like to exceed that this year. Line-up will be at the same location as always, just down from the old Lowe’s building in West Monroe. If you need driving directions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For our Ancestors,
Chris Smith, Cmdr.
SCV Camp #246
El Dorado, Arkansas