Sons Of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry Standing Orders
Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry
February 28, 2014
1.0. TITLE: Mechanized
Cavalry Organization Defined.
name of the organization shall be: The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry (SCVMC).
Official Emblems. The official emblem of The Sons of
Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall be (a) the official
emblem of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) organization (b)
with the word Mechanized on top and the word Cavalry on the bottom in
a single one piece circle patch (example 1) or just the SCV logo
(example 2.). The ‘Friends of the SCV’ has been granted their
own patch (example 3) but it cannot be worn with any rockers.
SCVMC Service Mark to SCV Logo Patch
Example #1 be worn on the back of a Example #2
vest, jacket, etc.
Both of these
logos (examples 1 and 2) were approved (Officers Meeting 6/6/2007)
for use as a service mark (patch) to be worn only by SCVMC members in
good standing. Membership dues, submitted to the Mechanized Cavalry,
are only the cost of membership. The Service Mark or Patch is given
to recruits on an on loan basis. Acceptable rockers for these
service marks are 1. Top – Assigned Battalion (“1st
Battalion” etc.) 2. Bottom – Assigned Company (“Company A”
etc.). Although other rockers can be worn with the Service Mark, it
is advised that a rocker should in no way denote territory, (Example,
a state name or city, an area of the country, etc.).
Organization. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized
Cavalry shall be a non-profit, charitable organization whose
membership will consist of members of the Sons of Confederate
Veterans organization who are current on
all dues owed the Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, known as
“in-good standing” (“in-good standing” may be the same as a
member that is current on all dues owed to the Sons of Confederate
Veterans organization). There shall be a Headquarters Camp so
designated in South Carolina named ‘SCV Camp 212 Mechanized Cavalry
Headquarters, Blacksburg’ in which all members of the Mechanized
Cavalry shall be listed as associate members.
Article 2.0. NATURE & PURPOSE
Motorcycle Enthusiast. The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Mechanized Cavalry are motorcycle enthusiast who share the same
historical devotion, and are members of The Sons of Confederate
Veterans organization that are “in good standing”.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall be an
organization that carries on Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge to The Sons
of Confederate Veterans.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall be a strictly
patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent,
non-political, and a non-sectarian organization.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry neither embraces, nor
espouses acts or ideologies of racial and religious bigotry, and
further, condemns the misuse of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
sacred symbols and flags that consist of the following: the
Confederate States of America First National Flag, Second National
Flag, Third National Flag, Confederate Battle Flag, and Bonnie Blue
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, this
assembly shall not, except to an insubstantial degree, engage in any
activities or exercise any powers that are not in furtherance of the
purpose of The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry and
The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry will be covered under
these Standing Orders and that all members of The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall fall under the guidelines of the
Constitution of The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization. And
that The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry does
recognize The Sons Of Confederate Veterans organization as being the
legal, genealogical, and spiritual successor to The United
Confederate Veterans and The United Sons of Confederate Veterans.
3.0. MEMBERSHIP & DEFINITIONS.
Applications for Membership. Members of The Sons of
Confederate Veterans whom are applying for application to The Sons
of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry must be current on all
dues with The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization. Applicants
for membership must be men of good character who emulate the best
qualities of the Confederate soldier, sailor, or statesman.
Application fees of $100.00 shall be submitted to the Company
Captain wherein the Captain will forward the application to SCVMC
Head Quarters for verification with SCV IHQ so that a certificate
can be issued. From the $100.00 application fee: HQ will receive
$25.00 and the applicants Company will receive $75.00. The fee
shall entitle the approved applicant with life time membership in
the Mechanized Cavalry, a Service Mark (on loan for as
long the member is in good standing) and other benefits to be
determined by the Company (maintaining membership in the SCV is
Requirements for Membership. No individual shall be admitted
into membership who has not attained membership in The Sons of
Confederate Veterans organization first. Some Companies (States)
may have additional requirements (attending three meetings,
participation in three rides, etc.) before a member is accepted into
the Company. No individual shall be admitted into membership that
has not met the additional requirements of the Company for which he
of Credentials. No one shall be admitted into membership until
satisfactory proof of his membership in The Sons of Confederate
Veterans is submitted.
Members shall at all-time conduct themselves as gentlemen, so as to
bring credit and respect upon The Sons of Confederate Veterans
organization and upon the memory of our Confederate forebears.
Termination. Membership shall cease by death, resignation,
non-payment of dues to The Sons of Confederate Veterans
organization, or expulsion. Members may also be temporarily
suspended in accordance with these Standing Orders.
Death. Loss of life.
Resignation. A member may resign by sending a written
resignation and his Service Mark (patch) to his Company
Captain. The resignation shall be effective upon receipt by the
Expulsion. Any individual expelled from membership under the
provisions of these Standing Orders shall be stricken from the
roster and his name added to a list of undesirables.
Non-Payment. A member shall be removed from the roster for
not making all payments due to The Sons of Confederate Veterans
organization after notification from National Sons of Confederate
Veterans of member’s delinquency.
Article 4.0. ORGANIZATIONAL
Formation. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry
shall be the Regiment. The Regiment shall be divided into three (3)
Battalions. The three (3) Battalions shall be divided into
Companies. The number of Companies depends
on the number of members in that Battalion and its geographical
location. Usually a company is confined within the boundaries of a
state but may encompass a group of states.
Commander (RC). The Regimental Commander (Colonel) shall make
any and all decisions related to the promotion and execution of
policy in the absence of any other Constitutional body when time and
logistics dictates an immediate response but he shall confer with the
officers of the Regiment at an opportunity that is convenient to all
officers. The Colonel shall be the principal officer of the
Regiment, and shall apply himself in organizing his Regiment into
battalions and companies, being careful to have all the requirements
to strictly comply within the formation of battalions. He shall
promptly transmit to Headquarters Staff and the Company Commanders
(CC - also known as Company Captains) copies of all general and
special orders, all circulars and circular letters, and other
literature which may be issued by him or his officers. He shall be
president of all meetings of the Regiment and the Company Captains.
He has the duties of administration and supervision of the Regiment.
The Colonel shall perform such other duties as may, from time to
time, be prescribed by the Company Captains and will receive a
budget, as approved by the Company Captains, to take care of
administrative expenses and limited travel expenses for travel to two
(2) yearly Officer Meetings. His Head Quarters staff [Lt. Commander
(Lt. Colonel), Sgt. Major, Chief-of-Staff, Adjutant,
Chaplain-in-Chief, Webmaster, and three (3) Battalion Majors] shall
be appointed by him to best serve the Regiment.
Company Captain’s. A Council of Company Captain’s (CCC)
shall consist of the Company Captains both elected by the members of
the Company and/or appointed by the Regimental Commander. The
Captains shall represent the members of the Company in all matters at
the Regiment level: create policy at the Regimental Officer Meetings,
organize the members of the Company, create a staff of officers to
aide in the running of the Company, provide the Regimental Commander
with a report at least twice a year but preferably once a month,
maintain order and harmony within the Company members, pursue and
promote an active role in recruiting membership that will reflect
highly on the SCV, and guide the Company to maintaining the goal of
the SCV Charge.
Attendance. All members of the SCVMC Company Commanders and Head
Quarters staff are expected to attend meetings of the SCVMC Officers
meetings. Any officer that is not able to attend may select a member
of his staff to represent that Company Commander (Captain) but
notification of a substitute must be forwarded to the
Regimental Commander (Colonel) two (2) weeks prior to the meeting.
Any officer elected may be removed by the SCVMC Regimental
Commander if, in his judgment, it is in the best interest of The Sons
of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry, that doing so the SCVMC
will be thereby better served. An appellate review board consisting
of the three (3) Battalion Majors, unless a Major is involved, shall
review and decide if the actions taken by the Regimental Commander
were warranted and pass on any recommendations to the Company
Each member of the Company Captains shall have one (1) vote per
motion during meetings of the SCVMC Company Captains Officers
meetings. The members of the Regiment HQ Staff, [Regimental
Commander (Colonel), the Lt. Commander (Lt. Colonel), Sgt. Major,
Chief-of-Staff, Adjutant, Webmaster, and Chaplain-In-Chief, Battalion
Majors] shall have only one combined vote vested in the Regimental
Commander Election. The membership of The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall elect a Regimental Commander
(Colonel) every two years by a majority vote of the Company Captains.
The Regiment Commander, upon his election, shall appoint a staff to
aide him in carrying out of all his duties.
Lt. Commander. The Regimental Lt. Commander (Lt. Colonel) shall
assist the Colonel, and whenever the Colonel is absent shall serve in
his stead. The Lt. Colonel shall perform such duties as may, from
time to time, be prescribed by the Colonel, SCVMC Company Captains or
Adjutant. The Adjutant shall be the principal records officer.
He must make sure that all records are kept in good order in such
manner and according to such procedures approved by the Company
Captains Council. He shall have custody of all current membership
records of The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization, as well as
the current and correct membership records of The Sons of Confederate
Mechanized Cavalry. The Adjutant shall perform duties as may, from
time to time, be prescribed by the Colonel, Lt. Colonel, SCVMC
Company Captains or Regimental Assembly.
COMMANDERS. The Regimental Commander shall appoint all Battalion
Commanders (Majors). The Major of the Battalion shall be the
principal officer in the Battalion, and shall apply himself in
organizing his Battalion into Company’s, being careful to have all
the requirements to strictly comply within the formation of
Company’s. He shall be president at all meetings of his appointed
Battalion. The Major shall perform such
duties as may, from time to time, be prescribed by the Colonel, the
Company Captains, or the membership of his Battalion.
OFFICERS. The membership of each Company shall normally elect a
Captain (once every two years, schedule determined by the Company;
some Company Captains may be temporally appointed by the Regimental
Commander in such cases as: a death, a sickness, failure or inability
of the Captain to perform his duties, etc). The election of this
Officer is of prime importance to the health and welfare of not only
the Company but of the SCV Mechanized Cavalry. Electing a Captain at
an annual meeting with only members present may usurp the democratic
process that was the hallmark of our Confederate Armies. It also
disenfranchises all other members of the Company in good standing
from being able to participate in the election process to such an
extent as to undermine the authority of the newly elected Captain.
Votes will be by proxy so as to allow all Company members a say in
the election. The Battalion Major will decide the best way for the
vote to be taken. The Captain of the Company shall be the principal
officer in the Company, and shall apply himself in organizing his
Company into Platoons. He has the duties of administration and
supervision of his Company. He may create a staff of officers to
aide in the running of the Company. The Captain shall represent the
members of the Company in all matters at the Battalion and Regimental
level. He shall provide the Battalion Major with a report twice a
year. The Captain shall perform such other duties as, from time to
time, be prescribed by the Colonel, Headquarters Staff, the Company
Captains, the Major of his Battalion, or the membership of his
Vacancies. Any vacancy occurring amongst the leadership of the
Regiment shall be filled by the Regimental Commander (Colonel) or the
SCVMC Company Captains and in the case of Company officers; those
vacancies will be appointed by the Colonel until such time that
elections can be held. Any vacancy occurring amongst the leadership
of the Battalion shall be filled by the Colonel with the advice and
consent of the Company Captains.
Article 5.0. MEETINGS.
Membership Meeting. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized
Cavalry, Regiment, Battalions, and Companies must hold at least one
(1) general assembly (also known as General Membership Meeting) per
year, usually scheduled during the Annual Confederation for the
purpose of transacting necessary business, passing on information,
and a forum for Mechanized Cavalry members to address issues to the
Company Captains Council.
Captains Meetings. The Company Captains shall meet at least two
(2) times in a twelve (12) month period and one of those meetings
will be held the week of the General Membership Meeting. The
business of those Company Captains meetings shall be placed before
the General Membership Meeting. The Colonel may call such a meeting
of the Company Captains Council at such a time and place as he may
Article 6.0. ANNUAL ASSEMBLIES
Membership. The General Membership of the SCVMC will have an
annual membership meeting once (1) a year, held at an annual assembly
usually sponsored by a different Company each year. The Company
hosting the Annual will dictate the site and time of the event. The
general membership of The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized
Cavalry shall be the membership of The Sons of Confederate Veterans
Mechanized Cavalry “in-good standing” that are present and
accounted for during the Annual Assembly.
Notice of the General Assembly shall be provided to every member
“in-good standing” at least ninety (90) days in advance.
Notification shall include the time and place of the Assembly as well
as the general nature of the business to be transacted.
The Regimental Commander or Colonel shall be the president of the
Annual Assembly; he may, at his discretion, designate another
individual to serve as the Annual Assembly president. The appointed
president must be a member “in-good standing” of The Sons of
Confederate Veterans organization and a member of The Sons of
Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry.
6.4. Time and
Place. The Regiment shall be assembled in an Annual Assembly at a
time, date, and place fixed at least one (1) year in advance by the
Company Captains, subject to approval by the Regimental Commander and
the host Company Captain; and shall not be altered or changed except
in the event of an emergency or other crucial circumstances.
Each member “in-good standing” with
The Sons of the Confederate Veterans organization that is a member of
The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall have one
(1) vote per motion on any subject offered to the floor by the
Election. Instructions for Elections of officers are stated in
paragraph 4.11. Officers at the company level can either be
appointed by the company commander or elected by the members of the
company at the Captain’s discretion.
7.0. ELECTED OFFICERS.
Commander (Colonel). At an Annual Officers Call held before the
Annual Assembly and held every other year, the membership of the
Company Captains of The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized
Cavalry shall elect a Regimental Commander (Colonel).
Battalion Officers. The Battalion Commander is appointed by
the Regimental Commander but any further requirement for Battalion
staff shall be appointed by the Battalion Commander unless he sees
fit to offer any positions up for election by the Company Captains
within the Battalion.
Captains. At each Company Assembly held every two years, the
membership of each Company shall elect a Captain. It is the
responsibility of each sitting Captain to conduct an impartial
election for a new Captain.
Term. Elected officers shall serve for a term of two (2) years
or until their successors are elected. They may succeed themselves
in the same office to which they were elected. There is no set
number of times they can be reelected.
Re-Election. Elected officers shall retain the right of
re-election so long as they have conducted fair elections in which
all members of the Company have been given the right of voting.
Article 8.0. DISCIPLINE AND
Publication of Charges. A member of The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry may be censured or suspended, or expelled
from membership only upon proper showing of cause. Those charges
shall be in writing and of such detail as to aid into the
investigation of those charges. Second hand testimony shall not be
considered. Charges of misconduct shall be based upon disloyalty,
neglect of duty, dishonesty, and conduct unbecoming a member of The
Sons of Confederate Veterans organization or The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry.
of Charges. Charges proffered by a Company must be against one of
its own members. The Regimental Commander or the Company Captains may
proffer charges against any member of The Sons of Confederate
Veterans Mechanized Cavalry.
Charges shall be proffered in writing with all details and witnesses
to the Captain of the Company. Battalions and Companies should be
instrumental in resolving conflicts of their own members and should
only forward to the Regimental Commander those complaints and
accusations of misconduct that cannot be resolved.
Within thirty (30) days of the receipt of charges the Captain shall
investigate the charges and testimony of all witnesses. During the
thirty (30) day period the Captain shall contact all available
witnesses and make a report on the progress of the investigation to
include the contact with the accused. If the matter cannot be
resolved then the report shall be forwarded to the Major of the
the thirty-first (31st) day the unresolved matter shall be
referred to the Major if the cause of such charges cannot be resolved
by the Captain of the Company. The Major shall offer them to the
Regimental Commander to be considered by the Company Captains if
after his investigation he cannot resolve the matter. The accused
shall be presented a copy of the charges by the Major of the
Battalion within thirty (30) days after the Major received the case
from the Company Captain (the written charges must be hand delivered
or delivered via registered with ‘signature required’ mail).
accused shall be invited to provide a timely response in writing
(within seven days after receipt of the charges).
the matters in question are not resolved in a timely manner by all
echelons of the Mechanized Cavalry within sixty (60) days, then the
charges shall be proffered in writing to the General Executive
Council of The Sons of Confederate Veterans organization.
Members. Expelled members, having been given a thorough review by
all levels of the SCVMC, may not reenter the rolls of the SCVMC under
any circumstances and will be asked to return their Service Mark.
The failure of the member to disqualify the accusations and evidence
presented against him in a fair and impartial investigation, the time
and effort spent by all parties in the investigation and search for a
resolution of the problem, cannot be laid aside by time or the
promise of rehabilitation. Therefore, no consideration of the return
of the Service Mark or membership shall be given to the expelled
Article 9.0. AMENDMENTS.
the Articles. The articles of these Standing Orders may
be amended, altered, or repealed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
members of The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry
present and voting in the Company Officers meeting of The Sons of
Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry.