Commander’s Call & National Reports
From the Commander
The growth of SAMS over time is not a measure of how we are today or how we were yesterday. Its potential transcendent is best discovered by analyzing the nature of its composition. In other words, the passage of “time served as a member” categories within its national roster. A recent study (August 2016) disclosed that 11% of members were under one year indicating that the success of recruitment was then currently acceptable, 50% of members were in the one to ten year category, 25% were in the eleven to twenty year category, 11% were in the twenty one to thirty year category, and finally 3% were in the thirty one to thirty five year category. These percentages indicate a strong growth during the most recent years. Of the realm covered, the zero to ten year period reflects 61% of targeted membership and occurs within the years 2006 through 2016. The percentage relationship between the aging categories of membership reveals the true growth pattern of the society. The limitations imposed by our charter and/or bylaws directly affect the available pool of potential members.
Our charter states “primarily war veterans” while our bylaws expand to “present or past members of the armed forces” both of which set a minimum of 75% (regulation 3:00-3) of total membership. Complicated? Not really, our National Adjutant, a member of the executive committee, monitors all applications for conformity. There are no limitations as to the total number of members allowed. With the exception of the Gulf War there are no new war veterans (charter) being produced which sets the by-laws (armed forces) as the prime source. (Side note: Deployed members, on proper APO/FPO notice to National Adjutant, may receive “dues free” status during the year of deployment.)
Elsewhere in this issue of the Patriot you will find an updated copy of the dress code dated May 14, 2017 which is meant to provide clarification on the issues of ladies dress and also side arms. Approximately eight per cent (non-static) of our membership are ladies and at least one state classifies the sgian dubh as a dangerous weapon by allowing its possession but restricting its carry. (possession is defined as control while carry is defined as movement).
–Howard J Farquharson, NC