Friday, March 14, 2014

Prattville Dragoons Camp News for March 2014

The following camp news was highlighted in the most recent edition of the Dragoons Camp Dispatch:

Camp News
Dragoons Begin Use of Automated Meeting Reminder Service - Beginning in March, camp members should expect a phone call to remind everyone of the Dragoon meeting.  The Dragoons have contracted with an automated call service to notify members of monthly meetings.  This is a trial of the service and the Executive Committee will determine after the test period whether the service is beneficial.
Dragoons Will Sponsor JROTC Hunley Award.  Commander Stuart Waldo has met with representatives at Prattville and Stanhope Elmore High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) detachments and our Camp will sponsor H.L. Hunley Awards at their April awards presentations on 3 and 9 April.  This award goes to a second-year cadet who exemplifies honor, courage and most importantly commitment to the JROTC unit. Of course the award was named in honor of the crew of the H.L. Hunley who gave their lives in defense of their country and demonstrated these same qualities in performing their duties.
Mt. Zion Tree Removal Project Completed.  Back in November 2013, Director Bill Rambo of Confederate Memorial Park warned that three large dead trees needed to be removed at the old Mt. Zion Cemetery, two miles north of Deatsville off Highway 143, to prevent damage to graves of at least two Confederate veterans buried there.  The Prattville Dragoons Executive Committee voted to take on the tree-removal project, and pledged monies to the effort.  A tree service in Clanton had provided a quote and the Dragoons were in the process of attempting to raise this amount, soliciting and receiving donations from Dragoon Karl Wade, the Yancey Chapter of the League of the South, and the Autauga County Genealogical Association but still falling well short.  Three compatriots from Selma--George Denmark, Butch Godwin, and Charles Kee--heard of our need and generously offered to bring the trees down for only the cost of rental of a bucket lift.  These three exemplars of true service to the Cause made two separate trips from Selma to the Mt. Zion Cemetery, carefully and expertly felling the trees away from the graves so that no damage was done to any grave.  Please attend our March meeting and thank these men personally for accomplishing this very important project at a cost much lower than originally planned.  Commander Stuart Waldo will present each one of them with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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