Article I - Name
The name of this organization shall be 15th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers
Article II - Object
To associate in one united, compact body of men of Confederate ancestry,
and to cultivate, perpetuate, and sanctify the ties of fraternity and
friendships entailed thereby; to aid and encourage the history and
achievement from Jamestown to ,the present era, constantly endeavoring
to see that the events of the War between the States and the heroic
contribution of the Confederate soldiers of South Carolina are authentically
and clearly written, and that all documents, relics and mementos produced
and handed down by those active participants therein are properly treasured
and preserved for posterity; to aid and assist in the erection of suitable
and enduring monuments and memorials to all Southern valor, civil and
military, wherever done and wherever found; to instill into our descendants
a devotion to and reverence for the principles represented by the Confederate
States of America, to the honor, glory, and memory of our fathers who
fought in that cause.
Article III - Nature
The 15th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers Camp shall be strictly historical
and benevolent, nonpartisan with respect to political parties and non-sectarian.
Article IV - Membership
Section 1. All male descendants, lineal or collateral, at least twelve
years of age, of those who served in the Confederate Army, Marines,
or Navy to the end of the war, or who died in prison or while in actual
service, or who were killed in battle, or who were honorably discharged,
shall be eligible for membership, provided that no member under sixteen
years of age shall have the right to vote.
Section 2. No one shall be admitted to membership until satisfactory
proof of the foregoing qualifications be submitted in duplicate on official
blank applications bearing recommendation by a member in good standing
of the 15th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers Camp. A copy shall be
preserved by the Camp and the original shall by forwarded to General
Headquarters, Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Section 3. Associate membership in the 15th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers
Camp shall be granted to those male applicants, eighteen years of age,
who had no ancestor in Confederate service, but who demonstrate a commitment
to the objects of the 15th South Carolina Volunteers Camp. Associate
members will not have the right to vote or hold office, but will have
all other .privileges of membership. The dues paid by Associate Members
shall remain in the 15th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers Camp, and
shall be set and changed by the executive committee as needed.
Section 4. All applications for membership in the 15th Regiment South
Carolina Volunteers Camp received by the Adjutant shall be reviewed by
the membership committee, appointed by the commander, to pass on the
acceptability of the candidate for membership. Candidates refused membership
may petition the Camp membership for admission, and upon receiving favorable,
written approval of three-fourths (3/4) of the membership present, will
be granted full membership in the Camp.
Section 5. Annual dues must be submitted with completed applications
to the Camp Adjutant.
Section 6. Membership in the Camp shall be:
(a) Active membership as herein set forth.
(b) Associate membership as herein set forth.
Section 7. Active membership in the Camp is membership in the General
Organization of Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Section 8. Any membership in the Camp, removing from the Camp, shall
be entitled to a certificate from the Camp Adjutant stating his membership
and duration thereof.
Section 9. Applications for membership in the Camp will" be read
at a regular meeting of the Camp after favorable report by the membership
committee. Upon reading of the application, membership in the Camp will
be extended only after receiving a two-thirds (2/3) vote of acceptance
by the membership present.
Article V – Dues
Section 2. All dues are paid in accordance with that set by General HQ.
Payment of all back dues within one (1) year, together with all additional
and associate membership. A member delinquent one (1) year or more shall
only be reinstated upon payment of all amounts due by him to the Camp.Article.
VI - Meetings
Section 1. Regular Meetings. The regular meeting of the Camp for the
transaction of ordinary business shall be held each month, at such
time and place as fixed by the Camp Commander with the concurrence
of the Executive Committee.
Section 2. A special meeting of the Camp may be held at any time upon
call of the Commander. The Commander shall also call a special meeting
upon demand in writing, stating the object of the proposed meeting, and
signed by not less than twenty (20%) per cent of the members entitled
to vote. Notice of the time, place and object of any special meeting
shall be given all officers and members in good standing, in writing,
by United States Mail not less than seven (7) days prior to the date
fixed for holding of the meeting.
Section 3. Quorum. Twenty-five (25%) per cent of the voting membership
at any meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Section 4. The rules of procedure at any meeting of the Camp shall be
those set forth in Robert's Rules of Order, Revised, except wherein they
may be altered by the Camp.
Article VII - Officers, Selection, Election,
Section 1. The officers of the Camp shall be Commander, Lieutenant Commander,
Adjutant, Historian, Judge Advocate, Chaplain, Color Sergeant, and an
Executive Committee. The Commander and Adjutant shall be elected by a
majority vote by ballot of the members in good standing present at the
regular November monthly meeting of the Camp. The remaining officers
shall be appointed by the newly elected Commander. They shall hold office
for one (1) year or until their successors are elected or appointed.
Officers elected at the November meeting shall take office on the first
(1st) day of January following their election.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall be composed of the Commander,
Lieutenant Commander, Adjutant, Historian, the past Commander, or in
his stead the past Adjutant, Judge Advocate and one (1) member of the
Camp at large.
Section 3. Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at any time
and place as the Commander may determine. Meetings may be called at any
time on demand in writing to the Commander, by three (3) members of the
Section 4. Three (3) 'members of the Executive Committee shall constitute
Section 5. Resignation of any officer may be accepted by majority vote
of the remaining members of the Executive Committee.
Section 6. When an office is vacated as a result of death, resignation
or removal, the then acting Commander shall appoint a successor, upon
recommendation of the Executive Committee, such successor to hold office
until the next regular meeting.
Article VIII - Officers - Duties
Section 1. COMMANDER. The Commander shall preside at all meetings of
the Camp and of the Executive Committees. He shall be a member ex-officio
of all regular and special committees, and shall perform all such other
duties as usually pertain to his office.
Section 2. LIEUTENANT COMMANDER. The Lieutenant Commander shall perform
the duties of the Commander in his absence or at his request, and shall
be in charge of recruiting for the Camp.
Section 3. ADJUTANT. The Adjutant shall maintain an adequate supply of
SCV brochures and applications to accomplish recruitment of new members.
He shall monitor memberships as to dues payment and meeting attendance.
He shall constantly strive for an active growing membership. He shall
prepare and distribute to the membership in good standing a roster of
members, their addresses and telephone numbers. He shall conduct all
official correspondence pertaining to the proper preparation and forwarding
of all reports required of the Camp to SCV Headquarters. He shall notify
all members of special meetings.
He shall keep a true record of all meetings of the Camp and have custody
of the books and papers of the Camp. All applications for membership,
initiation fees and payment of dues shall be made to the Adjutant. He
shall be responsible for the ordering of all items necessary for operation
of the Camp. He shall have charge of all funds of the Camp and place
the same in such bank or banks as may be approved by the Executive Committee.
He shall pay all bills and keep and accurate account of all his transactions
and render a detailed report to the membership at any meeting when requested.
Section 4. HISTORIAN. The Historian shall keep and maintain written record
of the Camp, its officers and members, and its accomplishments during
his tenure of office. He shall be responsible for the collection of photographs,
newspaper clippings and such other items as necessary in proper recording
of Camp history.
Section 5. JUDGE ADVOCATE. The Judge Advocate shall advise the officers
and Executive Committee of all legal matters, including the construction
and interpretation of the SCV General Constitution and Camp By-Laws.
He shall serve as parliamentarian at both regular and special meetings.
Upon direction of the Commander, he shall conduct investigations into
charge or challenges brought against Camp members. He shall perform such
other duties as are usually incident to his office.
Section 6. CHAPLAIN. The Chaplain provides spiritual guidance for the
Camp. He shall represent the Camp in times of bereavement. He shall periodically
report to the Commander on the well being of members confined by illness.
In event of member death he shall immediately notify the membership.
He shall be responsible for the procurement of flowers, wreaths or such
other items incidental to the accomplishment of his duties.
Section 7. COLOR SERGEANT. The Color Sergeant shall maintain and safeguard
the Camp colors. He shall insure the proper display of colors at all
functions of the Camp and will lead members in salutes to the colors.
He shall appoint assistants to aid in the performance of his duties.
Section 8. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. The Executive Committee shall:
(a) approve or disapprove all bills presented to the Adjutant for payment;
(b) sit in judgment in all disciplinary matters;
(c) offer any help requested by the Commander as to meeting sites and
(d) rule on all questions affecting the election, eligibility and conduct
(e) when in the interest of the Camp, transact business on behalf of
Section 9. EDITOR. The Commander shall upon taking office appoint an
Editor and such other staff as necessary in the preparation and distribution
of the official Camp bulletin.
Section 10. AIDES DE CAMP. The Commander shall appoint at his discretion
members in good standing to serve in the position of Aides De Camp.
Article IX - Awards
Section 1. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the creation
and administration of a program of awards presented to Camp members
and non-members deemed worthy of recognition.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall review and authorize the presentation
of certificates and awards, except Commander's Commendations and Resolutions
of Respect which are reserved to the Commander.
Article X - Suspension or Expulsion
Section 1. Any member may be suspended or expelled from
the Camp for cause, such cause being deemed sufficient by the Executive
Committee by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members of the Committee
present at any regular or special meeting. Cause for disciplinary
action shall be:
(b) neglect of duty (c) dishonesty
(d) conduct unbecoming a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans
(e) an act repugnant to the SCV Constitution or detrimental to the objects
and purposes of the Confederation
Section 2. No vote on suspension or expulsion may be taken unless at
least fifteen (15) days notice, in writing, shall have been given to
the member of the charges preferred and of the time charges will be considered.
The notice must be delivered to the member by registered mail. At such
meetings the member under charge will be accorded a full hearing.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall provide for true and accurate
recording of all proceedings of such hearings.
Section 4. Any officer may be removed by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the
members in good standing present at any special meeting called for that
purpose. No vote on removal may be taken unless at least fifteen (15)
days notice in writing shall have been given to the officer of the reasons
for his removal and of the time and place of the special meeting at which
such ballot on his removal is to be taken. The Executive Committee, upon
majority vote, may suspend the officer pending outcome of this special
meeting. At such meetings the officer shall be given a full hearing.
Section 5. Charges against any officer or member may be preferred by
any member in good standing. they shall be in writing clearly stating
the facts relied upon and accompanied by all affidavits or exhibits which
are to be used in their support. Such charges shall be filed with the
Adjutant, who will immediately notify the Commander. The Commander will
call a meeting to each member of the Executive Committee to hear the
charges. The Adjutant will give at least fifteen (15) days notice of
the meeting to each member of the Executive Committee and to the accuser
and to the accused, which notice shall be in writing and will include
a true copy of the charges and of the supporting affidavits and exhibits.
Section 6. Any member suspended or expelled by the Executive Committee
may appeal to the full membership of the Camp. Such appeal shall be made
in writing to the Adjutant who will notify the Commander. The Commander
will call a special meeting of the Camp for the purpose of acting on
the appeal. The Adjutant shall give at least fifteen (15) days notice
in writing to all members of the Camp in good standing, stating the date,
time, place and reason for such special meeting. At the meeting of the
full Camp the Adjutant will read the original charges, the supporting
affidavits, and will read or display the accompanying exhibits and will
read the minutes of the special meeting to the Executive Committee at
which the charges were heard and action taken. A full hearing will be
given to the accuser and the accused. A vote will be taken by written
ballot of the members in good standing present and a two-thirds (2/3)
vote shall be required to reverse the action of the Executive Committee.
Section 7. Any member who has been suspended or expelled, and having
exhausted the foregoing appeals procedures, has the right to appeal to
the General Executive Council, Sons of Confederate Veterans, the decision
of which shall be final. A member expelled by the Camp is ineligible
for membership in any other Camp of the Confederation.
Article XI - Prohibitions
Section 1. No assessment shall be levied upon Camp members other than
annual dues, levies and initiation fees, except by resolution of the
Section 2. Proxy voting shall not be permitted in the conduct of Camp
elections or business.
Section 3. No political endorsing shall be permitted by the 15th Regiment
South Carolina Volunteers Camp.
Article XII - Official Observances
Section 1. The Camp shall religiously observe the celebration of Confederate
Article XIII - Amendments
Section 1. Any proposed amendment to these by-laws may be introduced
by any member of the Camp at any regular meeting or special meeting called
for the purpose. A vote may be taken upon the proposed amendment provided
a copy of the intended amendment has been sent to each Camp member in
good standing, by United States Mail, at least ten (10) day previous
to the meeting. A two-thirds (2/3) vote of the members present, by ballot,
will be necessary to pass.