The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry
February 28, 2014
Article 1.0. TITLE: Mechanized Cavalry Organization Defined.
1.1. The name of the organization shall be: The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry (SCVMC).
1.2. 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 be worn on the back of a vest, jacket, etc.
Example #2 SCV Logo Patch
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.).
1.3. 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 whoare 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
2.1. 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”.
2.2. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall be an organization that carries on Stephen Dill Lee’s Charge to The Sons of Confederate Veterans.
2.3. The Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry shall be a strictly patriotic, historical, educational, fraternal, benevolent, non-political, and a non-sectarian organization.
2.4. The 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 Flag, etc.
2.5. 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.
2.6. The 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.
Article 3.0. MEMBERSHIP & DEFINITIONS.
3.1. 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 required).
3.2. 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 is applying.
3.3. Proof of Credentials. No one shall be admitted into membership until satisfactory proof of his membership in The Sons of Confederate Veterans is submitted.
3.4. Conduct. 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.
3.5. 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.
3.6. Death. Loss of life.
3.7. 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 Captain.
3.8. 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.
3.9. 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 STRUCTURE
4.1. 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.
4.2. Regimental 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.
4.3. 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.
4.4. 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.
4.5. Removal. 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 Captains.
4.6. Votes. 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.
4.7. Regiment 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.
4.8. Regiment 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 Regimental Assembly.
4.9. The 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.
4.10. BATTALION 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.
4.11. COMPANY 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 company.
4.12. 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.
5.1. General 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.
5.2. Company 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 deem proper.
Article 6.0. ANNUAL ASSEMBLIES
6.1. General 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.
6.2. Notice. 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.
6.3. President. 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.
6.5. Voting. 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 Regimental Commander.
6.6. Officer 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.
Article 7.0. ELECTED OFFICERS.
7.1. Regimental 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).
7.2. 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.
7.3. Company 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.
7.4. Elected 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.
7.5. 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 ADMINISTRATION
8.1. 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.
8.2. Proposing 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.
8.3. Procedure. 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.
8.3.1. 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 subject battalion.
8.3.2. By 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).
8.3.3. The accused shall be invited to provide a timely response in writing (within seven days after receipt of the charges).
8.3.4. If 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.
8.4. Expelled 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 member.
Article 9.0. AMENDMENTS.
9.1 Amending 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.