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Westport Camp #64

Kansas City, Missouri


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1. It is my sad duty to report the passing of Brother David H. McReynolds. He died Saturday, July 27, 2019. Brother McReynolds was the National Treasurer for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. Elected to that post nearly three years ago, he would have completed his term in that position at our upcoming National Encampment in less than two weeks. He was a member of the William A. McTeer Camp #39, Department of Tennessee, and served as Past Commander for both his Camp and Department. To his wife Cindy, to his family, to the brothers of his Camp and Department who he leaves, we offer our sympathies at this difficult time.

2. I now Order that the SUVCW National Charter and the Charters of all SUVCW Camps and Departments be draped and that brothers attach a black mourning ribbon to their membership badges in honor of Brother McReynolds. This Order shall remain in effect for thirty days from this date.

Ordered this 28th Day of July, 2019

Donald W. Shaw
Commander in Chief
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War

The Westport Camp #64 SUVCW website is draped in accordance with General Order #13.

We, the descendants of the soldiers, sailors, and marines who served in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion of 1861-1865, have joined this Patriotic and Fraternal Order for the purpose and objectives set forth by the National Organization, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, and in so doing pledge ourselves to commemorate our forefathers deeds, render loyal services to our country, and promote the maintenance of unqualified American citizenship with respect for, and honor to the flag.
Westport Camp #64 is a Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans based in the Kansas City, Missouri area. This camp was formed on April 28, 1997. The charter members of Westport Camp #64 are: James Beckner, Gill Bergman, J. Robert Brown, Gary Conwell, Steve Daily, Geoffrey Decker, Thomas Dyer, Robert Grover, Perry Marks, John Martin, Oran Moon, Herbert Simon, Kevin Tilly, William Strautman, James Walden, Brian Watts.
The members meet at Bass Pro on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM. Bass Pro is located at 18001 Bass Pro Drive, Independence, Missouri 64055. It is on the west side of 470 at Highway 40. Go downstairs and proceed left towards the restrooms. There is a meeting room at that location next to the restrooms. It is not in the restaurant. Camp dues are only $35.00 per year. If you are a new member, there is an additional one-time application fee of $10.00. For more information on the application process or an application, please contact Camp Commander Michael Lundeen An application is also available on line. For a membership application please click on this link below:
SUVCW Membership Application
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Our Camp participates in many activities including parades, gravesite dedications, visitation to the V.A. Hospitals, Memorial Day ceremonies, reenactments and living history events. If you have an event that you would like to have us participate in, drop me a line, and I'll let the members know about it.
The purpose of our Camp shall be to perpetuate the memory of the Grand Army of the Republic and the men who served the Union 1861-1865; to assist in every practicable way the preservation, and making available for research, the documents and records pertaining to the Grand Army of the Republic and its members; to cooperate in doing honor to all who have patriotically served in our country while in the military; to teach patriotism and the duties of citizenship, the true history of our country, and the respect and honor of our flag; to oppose every tendency or movement that would weaken loyalty to, or make for the destruction or impairment of, our constitutional Union; and to instill and sustain the American principles of representative government, with equal rights and impartial justice for all citizens.
For more information on the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), please see the links below concerning SUVCW Westport Camp 64 Bylaws, SUVCW Missouri Department Bylaws and the SUVCW Constitution and Regulations.
SUVCW Westport Camp 64 Bylaws
SUVCW Missouri Department Bylaws
SUVCW Constitution and Regulations
New Members for 2017: New SUVCW Applications are pending.
Westport Camp #64 Induction of Officers for 2017

Held on 7 December 2016
Westport Camp Officers and Members for 2019:
Commander Rodney Terry Kansas City, MO
Sr. Vice Commander Kenneth Bailey Kansas City, MO
Jr. Vice Commander James Martin Raytown, MO
Secretary Dale Crandell Kansas City, MO
Treasurer Dale Crandell Kansas City, MO
Council James Beckner Raymore, MO
Council Brian Smarker, PDC, PCC Excelsior Springs, MO
Council Dirk A. Stapleton Kansas City, MO
Chaplain James Beckner Raymore, MO
Patriotic Instructor Robert L. Grover Independence, MO
Eagle Scout Coordinator MIchael Lundeen Kansas City, MO
ROTC/JROTC Coordinator Dale Crandell Kansas City, MO
Signals Officer Dirk A. Stapleton Kansas City, MO
Graves Registration David Short Kansas City, MO
Counselor Brian Smarker, PDC, PCC Excelsior Springs, MO
Civil War Memorials Officer Brian Smarker, PDC, PCC Excelsior Springs, MO
Historian John Martin, PDC, PCC Kansas City, MO
Other Members:    
Albert Billings Warrensburg, MO
Gregory Billings Warrensburg, MO
J. Robert Brown St. Joseph, MO
Bob Capps, Jr. Kansas City, MO
Matthew G. Copple Gladstone, MO
John Crandell Salem, MO
Reggie V. James, Sr. Lees Summit, MO
James L. Scott Kansas City, MO
Jeff Smith Madison, AL
Kelton Smith Liberty, MO
Bob Steiert Kansas City, MO
Gary Toms Independence, MO
Paul D. Toms Independence, MO
Dan Tuck Lee's Summit, MO
Lee Ward Independence, MO

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