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Arizona Division
Dr. Robert C. Massey, Commander

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Compatriots,

The Arizona Division has had an eventful year beginning with our 23rd Annual Division Reunion and Convention held on 13 May 2017 in Sierra Vista. The Reunion was hosted by the Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710. We were pleased to have in attendance Lt. Commander-in-Chief and Mrs. Paul Gramling, Army of Trans-Mississippi Commander Johnny Holley and Executive Councilman Darrell Maples. Among the numerous awards presented at the Reunion were the Lt. Col. John R. Baylor Distinguished Camp award to the Captain Granville H. Oury Camp 1708 and the Captain Sherod Hunter Distinguished Member award presented to Commander Bookard Dooley of the Col. Thomas Green Camp 2251. The 24th Annual Division Reunion and Convention will be held on 12 May 2018 in Safford, hosted by the Pvt. Nathan Terry Wanslee Camp 2096. Elections for officers for the 2018-19 term will be held.

The Arizona Division sent a delegation to the national SCV Reunion and Convention held in Memphis. We were pleased that several Arizona Compatriots received awards this year. We were especially pleased that the Confederate Secret Service Camp 1710 was awards an “Outstanding Camp” streamer.

Confederate Memorial Day ceremonies were held in Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson, Sierra Vista and Tombstone. A memorial ceremony was held at the site of the Battle of Dragoon Springs where the only Confederate soldiers killed in action in Arizona are buried. Memorial ceremonies were held in honor of President Jefferson Davis and Captain Granville H. Oury, Arizona’s representative in the Confederate Congress.

The Division presented 22 H.L. Hunley JROTC awards to deserving Cadets from schools in Avondale, Apache Junction, Glendale, Sierra Vista, Gilbert, Tucson, Vail, Phoenix, Bullhead City, Nogales, Pinon (on the Navajo Reservation), Rio Rico, Sahuarita, Tombstone and Mesa.

Membership across the Division showed a loss of 36 members (32 non-renewals, 2 transfers to other divisions and 2 deaths). New members totaled 36 (transfers, reactivations and new members) for a net gain/loss of 0. Division strength stands at 198.

Our Camps continue to participate in community events such as parades, reenactments, living history presentations at schools and other organizations and charitable projects. Camp 1708 established an award for nurses at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix. Camp 1710 donated books about the War for Southern Independence to the Pearce Elementary School. Many members contributed to the SCV Heritage Defense Fund and to the Confederate Museum Fund. The Borderland Veterans Camp 2201 has a project to raise funds to repair the Confederate Soldiers monument at the Arizona Capitol and has nearly $10,000.00 in the account. Parades included the Rex Allen Days parade in Willcox, the Graham County Fair parade in Safford, the Helldorado Days and Rose Parades in Tombstone and the Veterans Day parades in Prescott and Tucson and Christmas and Independence Day parades in Palominas. Confederate Flag Day observances were held in Mesa and Tombstone.

On the Heritage front, members rose to defeat a challenge by the usual suspects and their efforts to remove the Jefferson Davis monument in Apache Junction and other Confederate monuments at the capitol and in Greenwood Cemetery in Phoenix, at Picacho Peak State Park, at the Southern Arizona Veterans Memorial Cemetery and at the site of the Battle of Dragoon Springs in Coronado National Forest. Several members, working with members of the state legislature, crafted a monument protection bill to stop the removal of any historical monuments, plaques and memorials in Arizona. As of 15 March 2018, the bill has passed the House and is now awaiting action in the Senate.

The officers and members of the Arizona Division are looking forward to another successful year. We extend a hearty invitation to any Compatriots who may be visiting the Grand Canyon State to stop by a Camp meeting. I remain, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

Dr. Robert C. Massey
Commander, Arizona Division SCV