CWMO Schwander Receives Camp 14’s First Sharpshooter Award and Department’s Abraham Lincoln Award
CWMO Schwander was honored by Camp No. 14, as well as by the Department of Michigan for his extensive efforts in cleaning hundreds of Union Veterans, working on the GAR marker restoration project, extensive research, and his . . . more . . .
Brother David Smith Completes Term as Department Commander
At the 134th Department of Michigan Encampment in Lansing, Brother Smith presided over the Encampment as his final act in serving as Department Commander. Camp No. 14 was well represented at the Encampment with PDC Aurand . . . more . . .
SUVCW Vietnam Veterans Honored by SAR
At the April meeting of the Northern Michigan Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, several Compatriots that are Vietnam Veterans were honored by the Chapter. Two Brothers of Robert Finch Camp No. 14 (also of NMC-SAR) were among those honored at the event. Military & Veteran Affairs Officer Calvin Murphy . . . more . . .
The Oakwood 11
On 19 May 2018, Robert Finch Camp No. 14, Frances Finch Auxiliary No. 9, along with various local, state, and federal organizations and community members from the greater Grand Traverse Area assembled in Traverse City’s Oakwood Cemetery under weeping skies to honor the memory of 11 Union Veterans . . . more . . .
Local Montessori School Aids Camp No. 14 with Cemetery Preparations and Participates in the Oakwood 11 Ceremony
The Children’s House Montessori School in Traverse City provided aid on various days prior to the ceremony performing clean-up activities and placing US flags along the roadways and at Veterans’ graves throughout Oakwood Cemetery. Additionally, a student choir from The Children’s House . . . more . . .
2018 Memorial Day Events
Camp No. 14 and Auxiliary No. 9 members attended various Memorial Day ceremonies throughout their geographical area. Several pictures are included of a few of the events as submitted to the Editor . . . more . . .
Bear Lake VFW Post 6333 Hosts Robert Finch Camp No. 14 in July
On Saturday, 14 July 2018, the Bear Lake VFW Post 6333 hosted Robert Finch Camp No. 14 for a business meeting and a picnic. The meeting was held in the Post’s meeting room, with the picnic held in the hall. Family and friends of the Brothers of the Camp were in abundance, and several visitors . . . more . . .
Gold Star Family Ceremony
On 30 September 2018, the Grand Traverse area community came together to honor our Gold Star Mothers and Families at the annual National Gold Star Mothers Day. Camp 14 members actively participated in the ceremony under the direction of MVAO Calvin Murphy along with other area . . . more . . .
Atwood Catholic Cemetery Rededicated
After extensive efforts by Banks Township in Antrim County to repair fallen gravestones and perform clean-up within the Atwood Catholic Cemetery, township officials asked Robert Finch Camp No. 14 to perform a cemetery rededication ceremony. The ceremony was held on 25 October 2018 at 4PM (1600) . . . more . . .
CWMO Schwander receives Community Service Award from DAR Job Winslow Chapter
On 17 November, CWMO Scott Schwander gave a presentation on headstone cleaning and the various techniques involved and Native American Veterans that he has researched to the Job Winslow DAR Chapter in Traverse City. At this meeting, Brother Schwander received the 2018 Community Service Award from the Chapter . . . more . . .
Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff’s Union Donates Funds for D2
Just in time for Christmas, the Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff’s Union has donated 500 dollars towards the purchase of D2 cleaning solution to use in cemeteries within Grand Traverse County for Veterans’ headstones and memorials. CWMO Schwander (a retired Grand Traverse County Deputy Sheriff) . . . more . . .