Secession Camp held its annual Lee-Jackson Banquet on Saturday, January 20th at the American Legion Post in Goose Creek. This year’s banquet was an especially significant event, not only because of a special speaker, Compatriot Brian Summers but also because of the size of the crowd. Thanks to the hard work of organizer, 1st Lt. Commander Sid Shingler, more than 80 tickets were sold making this year’s banquet one of the largest in recent memory. Also making this banquet special was speaker Brian Summers, a black Compatriot from NC, who gave an informative presentation on how the leftists in America are dividing the races for political gain.
As usual Compatriot Don Pace and his cooking crew produced a fine meal but one of the main features at all Lee-Jackson Banquets is the swearing-in of new Camp officers. This year we welcomed a new Commander and thanked our excellent outgoing Commander. Outgoing Commander Charles Long passed the Camp flag over to new Commander Michael Dixon. Commander Long also swore in all the new Camp officers. Remaining as 1st Lt. Commander is former 1st Lt. Commander Sid Shingler and the 2nd Lt. Commander will be Ron Corry. Stepping down is our long-time Adjutant John Waring who turned the position over to new Adjutant Rob Dillon. Cain Griffin will remain as our Camp Treasurer, Jim Harrelson will take over as Color Sgt. from Mark Blalock and Paul Murray will remain our Camp Chaplain. Randy Burbage will remain as our Judge Advocate and Steve Malony will take over the Quartermaster’s job, formerly held by Rob Dillon. Bill Norris will continue as Editor of this newsletter.
The other main feature of these banquets is the awarding of this year’s Camp awards. The White Star Award was presented to Compatriot Fred Polston. The Brigadier General Johnson Hagood Award was presented to Compatriot John Waring and the Compatriot of the Year Award was given to Compatriot Rob Dillon. Congratulations to all these deserving men. We can all look forward to another fine year at Secession Camp.