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April 2009

2009 Calendar of Events

April 24-26 Living History at Joliet Public Library - Black Road Branch, Joliet, IL
May 15-17 Re-enactment at Naper Settlement, Naperville, IL
June 1 Unit Dues/Insurance due
June 26-28 Re-enactment at Hesston Steam Museum, La Porte, IN
July 10-12 Re-enactment at Lake County Discovery Museum, Wauconda, IL
July 24-26 Re-enactment at the Grove, Glenview, IL
September 11-13 Re-enactment at Dellwood Park, Lockport, IL
October 16-18 Re-enactment at Dollinger Farm, Minooka, IL

Remember that you can always find more event details and directions at the unit website, http://www.64thill.org/events/. We also have info on several Civil War dances/formal balls held throughout the year in the area.


Military Leadership For 2009 Season

The Board voted to keep the existing rank structure as in previous years (captain and 2 sergeants; corporals are appointed as necessary per event). It was also voted to suspend military rank elections and keep everyone in their current ranks for the next term:

Captain: Scott Gutzke
1st Sergeant: Bruce Malesh
2nd Sergeant: Tony Lobello


Dues Costs

The deadline for dues will once again be June 1 (with a 30-day grace period). The 2009 dues are $10 per individual or $15 per family. Last year the Board voted to cease insurance for the unit due to rising cost. Please send your dues to our treasurer, Dianna Bierman. Checks may be made payable to 64th ILL Yates Sharpshooters, Co. E.


Notes From Unit-Wide Meeting, March 14, 2009

This meeting was called to get input from the membership on the future direction of the unit, due to declining attendance at events. Twelve members were in attendance.

Discussion began regarding average attendance of 4-6 members at events, and the fact that the 64th is often brigaded with other companies. This can sometimes lead to safety concerns and morale issues. Frequently other soldiers fall in with the 64th but it's not something we can rely on. The 64th is not unique in this situation; other units also have problems getting members out to events and personal commitments will arise. Following discussion of these concerns, the membership present voted unanimously to continue the 64th Illinois as a unit for at least another year. The membership present discussed ways in which all members can help to improve the unit:


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