Camp Charter Ceremony
Camp Charter Ceremony

Joseph Melvin  
 Leonard Camp No.168

The SSAWV    

Camp Charter Ceremony

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Camp No. 168,
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    Joseph Melvin Leonard Camp Charter Ceremony:
"The Sons return to the Empire State"
Joseph Melvin Leonard Camp No.168  
is Chartered in Cohoes,NY on Sunday, August 27th

    The Day was almost lost due to the heavy rain, but we persevered and took up in the Cohoes Visitors Center the Cohoes Spindle City Historical Society Offices and made it into a true Charter Ceremony. Having been formally moved from the Canal Square Park.  

Charter Members; Brothers Harry Taylor, Michael Popolizio, John LaBarre, Fred LaBarre, and James LaBarre and Camp President Raymond W. LeMay III came together to Cohoes to celebrate recieving our Charter and in signing.  

(Bro. Harry G. Taylor Jr.(Real Son) Signs the Camp Charter as Camp President Raymond W. LeMay III looks on.)
Bro. John LaBarre, dressed in uniform of the 71st NY and his small display of memorabilia of the regiment;
we were honored to have him for the Day.
We all joined with National Secretary Jonathan Schau who proclaimed "I now charter this Camp" after jokingly admitting,
"It has been awhile, since this seal has been used"
and with the old National Seal, Camp President LeMay assisted in pushing down sealing the Charter and with Secretary Schau's dashing Signature, it was done.
We were very proud of the Recognition we recieved; as Far as from National and Dept of NY Sons Of Union Veterans of the Civil War, New York State Assembly, City of Cohoes, Spindle City Historical Society as well as the Cohoes Caretakers.  
We were Graced by the visit of National Secretary of the Sons Of Union Veterans of the Civil War  
Mr. Michael S. Bennett, who became an Associate Member of the Camp that Day.
Brothers participating in the Charter Ceremony recieved a limited mint 1 of 20 Charter Ceremony Souveneir Ribbons produced by the Hodges Badge Company of Newport,RI.  
At the conclusion of the Charter Ceremony, we all preceded to the Canal Square Park  
and Camp President LeMay and Secy Schau formally laid the Camp Wreath at the Hiker Monument; formally ending the Day's Ceremony.
(Brothers From LtoR-Bro. Michael Popolizio,Bro.Harry Taylor,Bro.James Kelley, Bro.John LaBarre,  
and Camp President LeMay)
Following the ceremony the camp moved to the E.T. Ruane Post of Cohoes American Legion to hold their 1st Camp Business Meeting.
To complete the ceremony in days following; we found out that a photographer with the Albany Times Union had taken some photos; of which you now see with this article.
Photographs Courtesy of and Credited to:  
 Philip Kamrass Albany Times Union.

  1st Camp Business Meeting Minutes:

Sunday, August 27th, 2006

Ruane Post American Legion Office Cohoes,NY

The Following Brothers were in Attendance:

National Secretary SSAWV: Jonathan D. Schau

Camp Organizing Officer: Raymond W. LeMay III

Bro. Michael Popolizio

Bro. Harry G. Taylor Jr.

Bro. James E. LaBarre

Bro. Frederick LaBarre

Bro. John LaBarre


Mr. James F. Kelley and Wife

Bro. James LaBarre's Wife and Child

Mrs. Harry G. Taylor Jr.  

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Murray

A motion was made by Bro. Schau to nominate and elect and install officers for the Camp.  

The following Brothers were nominated for office:

Camp President=Raymond W. LeMay III

 Camp Sr. Vice President- Gary P. Salmon

Camp Secretary/Treasurer: Acting to be Michael Popolizio

(Until the Office can be filled)

Chaplain-Rev. LeRoy R. Lincoln

Camp Graves Registration Officer: Edward A. Coyne

Camp Monument Registration Officer-Jerome "Jerry" Orton

Camp Trustees

1.  Joseph F. Salmon Jr.

2. Harry G. Taylor Jr. (Real Son)  

3. Michael Popolizio

National Color Bearer-Harlow Gardenier (Natl. Sgt. At Arms)

Sgt. At Arms- John E. LaBarre

Bro. Popilizio motioned that the Brothers be nominated and confirmed by Vote of show of hands.

All officers were confirmed.

Discussion ensued regarding a proper meeting place, and it was motioned and carried that we meet at the Cohoes Public Library.

With same motion was an amendment to meet quarterly;  

every 3 months. Until our membership warrants meeting regularly.

A motion was passed that we create a camp newsletter, "The Hiker" to be discussed further at next camp meeting.

There was a general discussion of a Camp Flag Fund, it was agreed that one should be established, and warrants further discussion.


Mr. Michael Bennett was confirmed by the membership as an Associate Member, with the thanks of the camp.

Mr. James Kelley was confirmed by the membership  

as a New Member.  

Pres. LeMay presented Membership Medals to Brothers LaBarre and Father Fred LaBarre, Bro. Taylor and Bro. Kelley.

It was agreed that our next meeting be held in conjunction with our 1st Maine Day Service.

Camp President LeMay Thanked the guests and members for being present and with no further business and the hour late, closed the meeting.
   Gallery Of Some Photos Of The Day
The Podium Is Set at the Cohoes Visitors Center
Bro. Frederick LaBarre Signs The Charter,  
 as Camp Pres. LeMay Looks On
 Bro. James LaBarre and Daughter,  
 With Camp Pres. LeMay with hand on the Completed Charter
Brothers Meet at the Monument and  
 Prepare to Lay the Camp Wreath
L-Bro. James Kelley, R-Bro. John LaBarre
Bro. Harry Taylor; Real Son,   
Holding one of Leonard Camp's Guidons