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December 2002

Field Rank Elections

We are now holding nominations for our field ranks. The nomination form can be found at the end of this newsletter; please fill it out and send it back to John Thurston. The final date for nominations will be the February Board meeting with elections to follow, so that by our first drill we can have the ranks filled. The Board, as required in the Constitution, has determined the ranks necessary to support the unit in 2003. These ranks will be Captain, First Lieutenant [if the Captain is commanding the unit, this person will revert to a Private unless the unit has in attendance enough members for two platoons where the person will be retained as a First Lieutenant] First Sergeant, Second Sergeant, and First and Second Corporal.


Events in 2003

The next Board meeting will be at the House of John Thurston on January 9, 2003 at 7 pm.

Directions from the east: On I-88 get off at the Winfield exit in Naperville. Turn left on Winfield and go through the lights until you get to Diehl Rd. [Winfield stops at Diehl and goes no further, in front of you will be a large health club]. Turn left on Diehl and go through one light until you get to Mill St. Turn right on Mill St. Go to next light and turn right on Bauer Rd. Take Bauer to Bob-O-Link Rd. Turn right on Bob-O-Link. Turn left on Erb Farm Rd and then turn right on to William Penn Dr. The House is on your left at 1519 William Penn Dr. [630-355-7223].

Directions from the west: after exiting off I-88 on to Winfield Rd. you would turn right on to Winfield and go through the lights until you get to Diehl Rd. [Winfield stops at Diehl and goes no further, in front of you will be a large health club]. Turn left on Diehl and go through one light until you get to Mill St. Turn right on Mill St. Go to next light and turn right on Bauer Rd. Take Bauer to Bob-O-Link Rd. Turn right on Bob-O-Link. Turn left on Erb Farm Rd and then turn right on to William Penn Dr. The House is on your left at 1519 William Penn Dr. [630-355-7223].

The meeting will discuss and determine what events the unit will be attending in the 2003 season. This year it appears that Rockford will not be on the list as it will be only a living history type event and not a re-enactment as before.
For those attending the 140th Gettysburg Event, a $10 fee will need to be sent in by March 1, 2003.

There will be a Round Rolling party at Bobís for the guys and a Stitch and Bitch for our ladies on January 19, 2003 from 1-5 pm.

There will an indoor drill at the Minooka farm on February 15 from 1-4. We hope to drill with the 26th NC as we do our drill weekend.

The Company Drill Weekend will be at the Minooka farm on April 12-13. Again the 26th NC will drill with us.

The Game Club is scheduled to have its first meeting on February 22 from 1-4 pm at Bobís house.


64th Color Guard

The unit will be establishing a color guard to attend such flag raising ceremonies like Rosehill Cemetery, Worth and Naperville. We will drill the Color Guard separately at the training camp for all that are interested in it. You should have pair of white gloves and keep your brass in good order. We will also have a discussion of other uniform requirements at the Training Camp.


Views from the Members

The Dispatch is a tool to communicate to our members information on what the unit is doing or is proposing to do. It is also a forum for all of our members to air their own views on events or issues affecting them or the unit. We are happy to include requests from members to air these views. Below is a note from our First Corporal Mike Gyorkas.

Members of the 64th Illinois Regiment:

I am usually not one to get on a soapbox, but I would like to express my opinion on an item in the last newsletter. I was unable to attend the Christmas party as it is fairly distant from my home, but I am sure that the topic of the military camp came up for discussion. Perhaps it is not as big an issue as I think and I donít want to throw a cartridge in the fire for no good purpose.

I had noticed the lack of soldiers in the military camp starting back about Lockport and I was guilty of it myself, as I didnít even pitch my dog tent down there that weekend. I remember using mosquitoes and the West Nile virus as an excuse. I believe that because of this situation, we are not fulfilling the major reason for our being there in the first place, and that is to educate the public that take the time to come out and see us and to keep the history of the people that fought and the people that supported them alive in our time. The soldiers must be in the camp to accomplish this. We cannot forget that we are also there for the fellowship offered by the other members of our unit. The fellowship is wonderful. The varied experiences, knowledge and personalities of the group make the civilian camp a great place to be. Everyone pitches in to make the unit work as was evident at the Belvedere Fall Festival. My family does not participate, but if they were in the civilian camp, I would probably want to spend more time there also. The fellowship in the 64th makes me glad that I chose to join it instead of another.

However, the civilian camp is not the only thing that takes us out of the military camp. When it is a battalion event, so much more of our time is taken up by company and battalion drill that we have to go stand in line with the public for lunch or find it in the civilian camp because there is insufficient time to cook. We all like and need to see what the sutlers have that can make our impression a little bit better and the dear friend that you have not seen since last summer needs to be found, stories (?) exchanged and plans for future events made.

Is this a bad situation? Yes, but as a guilty party, I donít plan to get wrapped around the axel about it. I have to decide how as an individual I can arrange my limited time to make the most of both. As an NCO (at least for now) I should be setting an example and that is what I plan to do.

-Mike Gyorkas


Items for Sale or Want

We will be listing equipment our members might be interested in selling or purchasing so please drop me a line if you have anything.

Panther wall tent
Included center poles, side poles, and stakes
$325 or OBO
Sizes and dimensions available on request
Dave Wirtz
(630) 554-2966

I would like to buy used leathers, Enfield bayonet & scabbard.
Gary Burt [jbcar4@hotmail.com]


Field Rank Nominations Form

We are now holding nominations for our field ranks. The final date for nominations will be the February Board meeting (Feb. 6) with elections to follow, so that by our first drill we can have the ranks filled. The Board, as required in the Constitution, has determined the ranks necessary to support the unit in 2003. These ranks will be Captain, First Lieutenant [if the Captain is commanding the unit, this person will revert to a Private unless the unit has in attendance enough members for two platoons where the person will be retained as a First Lieutenant] First Sergeant, Second Sergeant, and First and Second Corporal.

Please fill out this form and send back to John Thurston, 1519 William Penn Dr., Naperville, IL 60563 or email thurstjc@bp.com.

Captain: __________________________________________

First Lieutenant: ____________________________________

First Sergeant: ______________________________________

Second Sergeant: ____________________________________

First Corporal: ______________________________________

Second Corporal: ____________________________________


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