Each year, the Department holds its Annual Encampment on the preceding Saturday nearest to Appomattox Day. The annual meeting has been held at many sites throughout the years, including the Benefit Street Arsenal, the Varnum Armory, LaFayette Lodge No. 47, and the Governor Sprague Mansion, to name a few. It is at this annual meeting when many Brothers of the several Camps in Rhode Island get together to go about doing the good work of the Order, such as electing officers and working out issues that have come up throughout the course of a year of the business of the SUVCW. The Department Encampment is the governing body of the Rhode Island Department, and all Brothers in good standing are welcome to attend and vote on the important issues facing our Department and welcome distinguished guests from the National Organization and various other Departments who come to enjoy our Encampment with us.
2017 Annual Department of Rhode Island Awards Dinner Information
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In 2009, the Department established an annual dinner with a two-fold purpose: to promote fraternity through Department-level social event of the highest caliber, and to bestow special acknowledgement to those dedicated to the betterment of the Department, the SUVCW, its members, and its mission. To this end, many Brothers have been recognized for various actions through the years, but the Department is especially proud of the Stephen A. Kettle Award, the Rhode Island Department’s Citizen of the Year Award, which is given to a person outside of the Sons who has given conspicuous and meritorious service to the benefit of the SUVCW. The award is given by the Department Commander after a strict vetting process, and is a genuine highlight of the evening which includes a social hour, a sit-down dinner at a local venue, greetings from distinguished guests, and all around Fraternity, Charity and Loyalty. Our Department is happy to report that our Annual Dinner is always the toast of the town when mentioned by any of those who have attended in the past.