CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

OF THE

SECOND MISSOURI INFANTRY, COMPANY K

CIVIL WAR REENACTORS

Revised January 27, 2007

ARTICLE I: NAME

The name of the organization shall be called: Second Missouri Infantry, Company K, CSA. hereafter referred to as "2MO CO. K” The organization may adopt other names on a temporary basis for specific events or impressions without altering these bylaws. (An example would be 18th Missouri Infantry, CO. D. US.)

ARTICLE II: PURPOSE

The 2MO CO. K is a nonprofit living history organization whose purpose is to promote a better understanding of the era of American history between the years of 1855-1865. Our principle emphasis will be on the time period of the American Civil War, Also known as " The War for Southern Independence", "The War Between the States" etc. Specifically the unit will concentrate on depicting the Missouri Civil War soldier both Southern and Northern as he appeared during the war years in Missouri. 2 MO CO. K will also portray civilians during the same time period as needed. 2 MO CO. K. will meet these objectives by:

  • Improving the knowledge and understanding of the membership through, study and research of the time period by, group discussion, reading works on the war in Missouri and movement of Missouri troops during the war and by viewing audio-visual presentations when available.

  • Presenting "Living History" demonstrations at Schools, to civic groups, encampments, reenactments and other appropriate public forums and events in Missouri or surrounding states.

  • By honoring the valor and sacrifices of the American Soldier, what ever his allegiance, during the civil war. We will do this by participating in Dedications, Memorial Services, Parades, setting of tombstones etc.

ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP

Membership in the 2MO CO. K is open to any person who adheres to the principles of the organization, pays such dues as established by a vote of the membership, and are paid members of the Missouri Civil War Reenactors Association (MCWRA). Only those people who are paid members will be allowed to vote or be elected to a combatant or elected office. They must be present to cast a vote but do not need to be present to be considered for one of the open position. If they are willing to serve in some role but are unable to attend the winter meeting they must forward to one of the company officers, in writing, a statement signed by them to that effect. To hold any office or rank in the second Missouri that member must be at least 17 years old at the time of election.

There shall be three main types of membership;

  1. Combatant: Is open to all members 16 years of age or older who will pass muster as being male on observation. Any member who appears female in the ranks will not be allowed to take part as a combatant.

    • A Veteran is any member of the company who has been a member in good standing for a period of one year and has been voted on individually by the membership of the company. Veterans must meet basic equipment requirements i.e. proper clothing, weaponry and accoutrements of the 2 MO Co. K. They must have attended at least two events i.e. reenactments and demonstrate to the membership a proficiency in safety, drill, behavior and authenticity of their kit. Veterans are authorized to carry and discharge period firearms at events and drills under the general supervision of the field staff. Only a veteran will be allowed to bear the colors.

    • A Recruit is a probationary soldier who is a new combatant member of the unit. During the probationary term the recruit will be instructed in the proper use and care of his equipment and period firearms. The new recruit will be expected to learn and practice the drill used by the Battalion. They may carry and discharge approved period firearms under the supervision of a member of the field staff. (Cpl., Sgt., or higher staff member). At the first meeting of the year Probationary members of the past season will become eligible for discussion by the members of Co. K for Veteran status. (Their safety record, skill in drill, ability to fit in with the group, and the kit of each recruit will be discussed by the entire membership before a vote on an individual basis is made.)

2. Noncombatant: (Civilians) This is intended for family members of the Combatants as well as any other person who would want to take part in the hobby, such as: those who wish to support the activities of the 2 MO Co. K without taking to the field as an combatant. Members in this field must be classified as; cook, camp follower, scout, musician and medical officer or any other period role that might be approved by the members of the company. Noncombatants must adhere to authenticity requirements in dress and equipment for their area of reenacting.

3. Associate: Any member of the 2 MO Co. K who is not a reenactor but wants to support the ideals and goals of the company. To be an associate member one must pay the approved company dues but will not be required to join the MCWRA. Associate members will receive all publications of the company and will be able to vote in company matters.

ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS

There shall be two sets of officers: Field Staff and Organizational Staff. Only those members who have paid their dues for the current season will be eligible for rank or office in the company. To be eligible to vote they must be a paid member of 2 MO Co. K and present to cast their vote. One need not be present to run for office but they must summit their written, signed request to be considered for the office. Members must be 17 years of age to be considered for any office. Officers will be elected on an individual basis and not by a group.

1. Field Staff: The field staff shall consist of such persons, at such ranks, as the combatant membership shall decide. However there shall be no more than one commissioned officer for the first ten veterans with another commissioned officer added for each additional ten veterans. All members of the field staff will be veterans in good standing. All staff positions will be voted on by the combatant members at the first yearly meeting for a term of one year.

a. The Commander will be a commissioned officer with the rank of Captain. He has the overall responsibility for the conduct of the Unit at all events and will represent the company in all commanders meetings. When the 2 MO Co. K serves with other units, he will fill such positions designated by the overall commander based on rank and experience. The commander will also serve on the organizational staff as the Vice-president. He will preside over meetings and represent the unit in the absence of the President. He will perform such other duties as the membership may designate. This office will be for one year and at the pleasure of a vote of the general membership.

b. The Lieutenant, if needed, will hold the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, unless that person has held the rank of a commissioned officer before then he may be voted in at the rank of 1st Lieutenant. If veteran numbers are two low to justify a second commissioned officer at an event the Lieutenant will fall into the ranks as a private. If the Captain is unable to attend an event he will then fall in at his elected rank and do the duties of the Captain. This job will be by vote of combatant members of the company.

c. The 1st Sergeant, will be responsible for overseeing other non-commissioned officer’s and combatants and the enforcement of company guidelines as well as assigning special duties. He will also see that event reporting requirements and unit standards are met. If and when the need arises he will fill in for the company commander if either a Captain or Lieutenant are unavailable, this job will be by vote of the combatant members.

d. The 2nd Sergeant, if and when the need arises, will assist the first Sergeant and will fill in for the same. This job will be by vote of the combatant members.

e. The Quarter Master, will be used on an as needed bases and may be only a temporary duty position instead of a rank. His duty will be the holding of company owned equipment and bringing it to events. This might include cooking gear, tents or other company owned equipment. This rank might also be bestowed upon the company cook. This job will be by appointment by the Commander.

f. The 1st, 2nd, 3rd Corporal will be added as needed by a vote of the membership. There will be no more than one corporal for every 10 men. His job will be to follow the orders of the first Sergeant or to serve in that capacity if the Sergeant is unable to serve. If the Corporal is not needed he will serve at the rank of private. This job will be filled by a vote of the Combatant members.

2. Organizational Staff: Organizational Staff shall consist of a president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. They shall be elected by the membership for a term of one year by a vote of the general membership.

a. The President will represent the company in all official matters. He/She will preside over all meetings; enforce the constitution and by-laws and 2 MO Co. K polices and company guidelines.

b. The Vice president will preside over meetings and represent the company in the absence of the president. He will also hold the rank of commander of the company. (See Commander)

c. The Secretary will be responsible for all company records, including membership and minutes of all meetings. He/She will maintain such records as required by the company.

d. The Treasurer will be responsible for the company treasury (checking account), and collecting all dues from the membership. He/She will maintain accounting records and any other revenues of the company.

ARTICLE V: MEETINGS

Regular meetings will be held on an as needed basis. The first meeting to be held before the reenacting season begins. At this meeting the members will elect officers and staff for the year, as well as vote on which events the company will make as maximum effort. A time and place for the spring drill will also be voted upon at that time. A voting quorum will be fifty percent of the members and at least three of the organizational officers.

ARTICLE VI: SAFETY AND PROBATIONARY GUIDELINES

Safety is the primary consideration of every member at each event or drill, a set of safety guidelines will be provided to each veteran and new recruit. It is each member’s duty to understand and comply with the rules set up by the Company and the MCWRA. All rules will comply with the standards set by the MCWRA. The following guidelines are include in the constitution and by-laws as a source of information only, and are not subject to the same amendment procedures as the rest of the constitution and by-laws. The officers of the company may change these guidelines as necessary.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR INFANTRY

Weapon

  • Absolutely no ammunition is allowed in camp or on the field.

  • The firearm must be in proper functioning order.

  • Ramrod is free to be pulled from its secured location.

  • Ramrods are not to be used in the field unless ordered by the commander.

  • Barrel is free of obstructions.

  • Hammer is fully released upon depressing the trigger.

  • Hammer screw is secure.

  • Nipple is free of obstruction and is firmly seated.

  • Overall appearance of the weapon is clean.

  • The bayonet must be firmly secured in its scabbard.

  • Bayonet scabbard must have a metallic tip attached.

  • A knife must be firmly secured in its sheath.

  • Percussion Caps should be carried in a sturdy leather cap pouch.

  • If you carry a powder horn/ flask as part of your impression, it must be empty or contain non-explosive materials.

Cartridges

  • Should be rolled in soft paper and contain no foreign substances.

  • Should contain no more than 75 grains of FFF or FF Black Powder.

  • Should be carried, individually, in a cartridge box containing tin inserts.

  • Should be carried, packaged, in a paper wrapping of sturdy construction.

Footwear must be of sturdy construction with soles firmly attached to the upper.

Canteens must be kept full of water.

If an emergency medical condition occurs or is observed on the field, the soldier should call out “Medic” so that the activities will stop, and proper medical care can be administered.

Additional safety guidelines are listed in the probation guidelines.

Second Missouri Probation Guidelines

(Revised January. 27, 2007)

Keep in mind that reenacting is a hobby, by our own free will.

Civil War reenacting is a Military hobby and must be treated as such.

Civil War reenacting is a Family hobby and should be treated as such.

You must follow 2nd Missouri; Company K and MCWRA guidelines and safety procedures.

You must follow the Woman's guidelines, which pertains to you.

You will not cause embarrassment to 2nd MO or to the MCWRA.

If you have rank or authority in 2nd MO, know what it consist of and do your duty to the best of your ability.

Good physical and mental health or a Doctor wavers stating that you can participate as a Civil War reenactor.

You must maintain a 1860's: Tent, Clothing, Camp site, Equipment, Weapon(s), Eye Wear, Manners, etc., during open camp hours.

It is your responsibility to let someone know where you will be, during open camp hours, when leaving camp.

If joining 2nd MO as a non-soldier, you will need to be classified as one of the following: (Medical, Civilian, Scout, Musician, Cook, Servant or Camp follower; and dress and act the part.)

If you do not know how to do something, ASK.

Veteran members will give advice in a proper manner.

New members should listen to sound and safe advice of veteran members.

You must try to give respect to other reenactors, if they do not deserve respect, stay away from them.

Give respect to the spectators, they are the lifeblood of future reenactments.

You are responsible for you own children.

You are responsible for any non-member, you should bring with you.

If you bring a non-member to dress out with 2nd MO, it is your responsibility to supply the needed items, not the other members of the company.

If you borrow something, return it the same way that you received it or make retribution for it.

Clean the weapon that you use, away from the company street.

If you carry a pistol, it is your responsibility to load it correctly and safely.

If you carry a pistol, it is your responsibility to know when and where to use it safely.

If you carry a sword, it is your responsibility to use it in a safe and prudent manner.

All belt knifes, must be checked and authorized by company command to be worn during a event.

NO one shall carry a boot knife, a pistol or any other form of weapon in their boot top.

NO bayonet will be carried, if it is missing the brass tip from the end of the scabbard.

If you do carry a period belt knife it must be fasten safely or tied into the scabbard.

NO one will ever draw a knife during a battle reenactment.

NO one will draw or fix their bayonet, without being ordered to do so, during a battle reenactment.

NO one will draw his ramrod, without being ordered to do so, during a battle reenactment.

NO one will fire their weapon at a point blank or unsafe distance, toward people or animals.

Clean up your own mess: Pick up your own trash, during the weekend and when you break camp.

NO crude remarks to anyone: If something must be said, say it in private &/or away from camp.

Modern swearing needs to be curbed. Watch what you say, this is the 1860's that we are portraying.

If you are put on a work detail; be on time and do the job correctly.

Anyone under the age of 17, must have permission of their guardian, to be alone with a non-relative adult away from camp. (Example: To go to the sutlers, into town, to the Ball, etc.).

Anyone under the age of 17, must have a guardian or adult sponsor to participate in events with 2nd MO.

If you drink alcohol, you are responsible for your own actions.

2nd MO will not be responsible for any underage drinking. Only the guardian and minor will be held responsible, if something should occur from the minors drinking &/or actions.

NO illegal drugs of any kind, will be allowed.

If you wear your period clothing away from the reenactment area, remember what your outfit stands for and be responsible for yourself and the reputation of 2nd MO.

NO physical fighting in or away from camp is allowed.

NO unauthorized talking in the military ranks.

It is up to you to supply a change of address to the company Secretary.

It is your responsibility to let someone know, if you can or cannot make a company event.

Bring food for yourself and your children or guests. Do not rely on 2nd MO or the event to supply your food.

ARTICLE VII: FINANCE

Financial revenue of the unit shall consist of dues, contributions and funds raised by other means. The organizational officers have the authority to expend funds for postage, copying and other routine matters without a vote of the membership. Expenditures for the purchase of equipment and food for events must be approved by a majority of the total membership present.

Dues will be structured for individual membership or family membership. Company dues will be set annually at the winter meeting, and will be due at that time. A member will be considered in good standing when their company and MCWRA dues are current. Those members who are late paying their dues will not be allowed to vote or hold office until they have proof that they have paid their MCWRA dues for the current year.

ARTICLE VIII: AMENDMENTS

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the membership at any meeting provided that the intent to amend the by-laws and substance of the desired amendment is announced at a meeting 60 days prior to the voting.

ARTICLE IX: DISSOLUTION

Should the Company be dissolved, it's assets will be distributed to other NOT FOR PROFIT Living History Organization as decided by the remaining members.


Constitution and By-Laws

Certification page of

The Second Missouri Infantry, Company K,

a group of Civil War Reenactors

Officers for the reenacting season of 2007 are: Vern Stottlemyre, President, Dan Hill, Secretary, Betty Wilson, Treasurer, Captain Ron Ulrich, Vice President, David Wilson, 2nd Lieutenant, Robert Allison, 1st Sergeant, and John Cullifer, 2nd Sergeant. The foregoing Constitution and By-Laws were presented to the membership of the 2nd Missouri Company K, in Mexico, Missouri on September 24 for their review, discussion and amendment.

Adoption of this Constitution and By-Laws was in Leonard, Missouri on January 27, 2007 by a vote of the membership of the 2nd Missouri, Company K. This Constitution and By-Law becomes effective upon the approval by vote of the membership and signatures of the elected officers, and will remain in effect until properly amended or the dissolution of the Company.



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