2012 Convention – San Antonio, Texas
Information from the 2012 Annual Convention will be added soon.
2011 Convention – Jacksonville, Florida
The 2011 Annual Convention was hosted by the Florida Society, and held in the City of Jacksonville. Please see the 2011 Convention web page for details.
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2010 Convention – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Video from 2010 Convention
The 73rd annual convention of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars was held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 29 to May 1st, at the prestigious Biltmore Hotel and was hosted by the Indian Territory Society, MOS&B. The Host Chapters were the Brigadier General Douglas H. Cooper Chapter and the Major General Patrick R. Cleburne Chapter, both of Oklahoma City.
The success of the convention was a tribute to the hard work of many dedicated people. Past Commander General Jeffery W. Massey chaired the convention and was ably assisted by Past Commander in Chief Charles H. Smith, Archivist General Dr. Philip Isett, Past Commander General J. Troy Massey, ATM Councilor K. Patrick Sohrwide, Past Chief of Staff John David Massey, Past ATM Commander Dale Fowlkes, Past Commander in Chief Mark Lea (Beau) Cantrell and Eagle Scout and MOS&B member Nichols Massey. Special thanks go to Boy Scout Troop 11 of Edmond, Oklahoma, and all the friends and wives who also contributed their time and energy to this convention.
Starting Thursday afternoon, with a meeting of the General Executive Committee, delegates were treated afterward to a trip across town to the County Line Restaurant to enjoy some excellent barbecue.
Friday opened with the traditional Forrest Cavalry Corps Breakfast meeting conducted by Past Commander in Chief “Beau” Cantrell. In our first Business Session, Commander General Hodges gave his Annual Report to the membership, and in it he made three significant statements:
• He praised the efforts of Past Commander General Albert Jones and Judge Advocate General Richard Knight in working to avoid the $32,000 fine threatened, but not imposed, by the IRS as a penalty for not filing certain documents in a timely fashion.
• He reported that the “All Volunteer” method of running our Headquarters has been successful, and has stopped the financial “bleeding” of funds. Thanks for this goes to Lt Commander General Max Waldrop, Chief of Staff Ben Willingham, Treasurer General Bryan Roehrig, Adjutant General Toni Turk, AOT Executive Councilor Richard Rhone, and ATM Commander Gary M. Loudermilk.
• The Officer’s Call is on track! For this he thanked Editor Jeff Sizemore and Chief of Staff Ben Willingham. Hallelujah!
The Departments then held their own meetings where their elections were conducted for the Department Commanders and Executive Councilors. From the Department meetings, everyone then attended the Awards Luncheon followed by a tour of the Museum of the famous WWII 45th Infantry Division commanded by General George S. Patton, Jr. Next on a very full agenda for the day was a very enlightening tour of the Oklahoma History Center. This thoroughly entertaining day was brought to a memorable finish at the Commander General’s reception where the participants had the opportunity to sit down, eat some fine delicacies and enjoy each other’s conversation while period music played in the background.
Saturday’s activities commenced with the Prayer Breakfast led by Chaplain General Walter Blackman, and followed by the final business session and Luncheon, and a pilgrimage to the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and Museum.
The highlight of the convention occurred during the final business session and involved the election of officers and the “Changing of the Guard.” Outgoing Commander General Anthony Hodges conducted the ceremony that swore in Max L. Waldrop, Jr. of Springfield, Tennessee, as our new Commander General and Dr. Richard Rhone of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as our new Lt. Commander General, for the next two years. During the ceremony, Past Commander General Hodges presented a replica of the sword carried by General Jo Shelby to incoming Commander General Max Waldrop.
The convention featured speakers Ralph “Rocky” Jones, Superintendent of Honey Springs Battlefield Park, and Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, both of whom presented their audience with outstanding orations. The speaker at the Awards Luncheon was acclaimed WBTS artist John Paul Strain who was presented with the Henry Timrod Southern Culture Award.
With Saturday evening came the Grand Finale of the Convention – the Banquet and Awards Presentation.
The presentation of the Robert E. Lee Chalice is the highest award of the MOS&B. This year, that award was appropriately received by Quartermaster General Gary M. Loudermilk of Texas for his many years of outstanding contributions to the Order.
Bob Davidson of Texas, Curtis Hopper of Missouri, Dale Fowlkes of Texas, John Mason of Tennessee, and James Gaston of Georgia were also honored by being made Honorary Commanders General.
The moving celebration of the Banquet and its attending honors provided a truly fitting end to a most memorable convention.
2009 Convention – Columbia, South Carolina
Video from 2009 Convention
The theme of the 2009 MOSB National Convention was “Welcome Home”.
With Columbia, South Carolina being the birth place of our organization in 1938, the Convention Planning Committee wanted to have an atmosphere of a family reunion. With this as our theme, we planned a couple of fun outings that would promote closer family ties between our membership.
Thursday, June 11th
On Thursday, June 11th, after a full day of Executive Council meetings and members arriving for the convention, we held a Family Cookout at the River Center, Saluda Shoals Park. Commander Allen Frye of the General Maxcy Gregg Chapter was our cook and South Carolina State Archeologist, Dr. Jonathan Leader, gave a presentation on the recovery of the 2nd Hunley Crew who were buried under the Citadel Football Stadium.
Friday, June 12th
Friday, June 12th, signaled the beginning of our actual convention. The day began with a rousing presentation by ANV Commander Brett Bradshaw at the Forrest Cavalry Corps Breakfast. Following the FCC Breakfast was the opening ceremonies of this year’s convention and our first business secession. At the conclusion of the first business secession we proceeded into the Annual Awards Luncheon. Our guest speaker for this event was Col. Mike Dawson of the River Alliance. Col. Dawson gave a spirited presentation on the Battle of Congaree Creek and the efforts of the River Alliance to preserve this important historical site. Following The Awards Luncheon was an afternoon seminar on the raising of the H. L. Hunley submarine by State Undwater Archeologist, Chris Amer. Chris was one of the divers who worked around the clock to raise the submarine.
Finally, after a whole day of meetings and activities, eightysix members and guest took a short ride down to Lake Murray Marina, where the Southern Patriot cruise boat was waiting to carry all on a two hour cruise on Lake Murray and the enjoy the gift of song from Stan and Cathy Clardy.
Saturday, June 13th
Saturday, June 13th, marked our final day of the convention. After beginning with the Prayer Breakfeast, the members in attendance conviened for the final Business Secession. Following the final Business Secession the General Executive Council met again for its Post Convention meeting. After the meetings had concluded the members who were taking the tours went first to the South Carolina State Museum for a joint lunch and tour of the Confederate Relic Room. Form there the tours split into two groups. The first group went to Congaree Creek and the second group went to Elmwood Cemetery for the history of Columbia. At the conclusion of these two tours, both groups met at Trinty Cathedral to pay respects to General Wade Hampton III and the other Confederates who are buried there. From Trinity Cathedral the tour proceeded to Millwood Plantation for a presentation on General Hampton, by Joe Long of the Confederate Relic Room. The day concluded with the Grand Ball with entertainment by the Blue Ridge Rounders and a rousing talk by Doug Bostic of James Island.