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Articles of Unity

Articles of Unity

Connecticut 6th Regiment, Continental Line

Established: February 1, 1993

Be it known on this day, December 13, 2003, revised articles of the 6th Connecticut Regiment as follows:

​ARTICLE ONE:  Basic Objectives

  • To perpetuate and recreate 18th century military history of the American Revolution and to educate the public with lectures, displays and participation in and the sponsoring of patriotic and living history reenactments and programs.

  • To research, preserve, and reproduce, as accurately as possible, 18th century practices, material, social culture, and military dress and drill.

 

ARTICLE TWO: Membership

  • Shall be open to any interested adults regardless of age, race, creed, gender, or religious affiliation. Minors (anyone under the age of 18) may join provided a guardian or parent accompanies them to all events attended. A 75% majority vote by members in good standing is required for membership.

  • Upon completion of payment of the current annual dues (set for that calendar year), and a onetime initiation fee of $50 to the Regimental Paymaster, and all necessary forms filled out and returned to the Company Clerk to kept on file, the recruit will be considered a member in good standing. All dues and fees are set at the annual Regimental meeting. All dues are payable at the annual Regimental Meeting.

  • Good Standing Member: To be considered a member in good standing, a member must have paid the onetime $50 initiation fee and the current annual dues. There is no minimum events requirement to be as member in good standing.

  • All members in good standing 18 years old or older, who have attended four (4) events during the calendar year, have the right to one (1) vote on all matters subject to vote.

  • Honorary Membership. An honorary membership may be given to anyone who has made a significant contribution to the well being of the Regiment. This honor shall be known as “Friend of the Regiment”. This honor does not carry any voting rights.

 

ARTICLE THREE: Officers

Organizational

  • President – to negotiate all Regimental business.

  • Vice President – to assist and possibly assume the Presidency when required or requested by the President.

  • Secretary - To handle all correspondence, record all Regimental business as directed, and to maintain a minutes/meeting record. 

  • Treasurer - Responsible for all financial records of the Regiment.

  • Historian - Responsible for keeping all past history and current history, whether it be written word, photographs, and / or records of attendance.

 

Military

  • Commander – Shall be responsible for the safety, well being, military dress, appearance, and performance of the members of the Regiment at any event.

  • Quarter Master – Shall be responsible for all Regimental property including but not limited to, flags, tents, ironware, etc., or any other Regimental property as directed by the Commander.

 

Election of officers 

  • All organizational and military officers will be elected for a term of one (1) year, this election taking place at the annual meeting. The annual meeting shall take place no later than the second Friday in March and Officers may serve with no term limits.

  • Nominations for all Officers, organizational and military, shall be solicited by a nominating committee 21 days before the annual meeting. All members in good standing may nominate candidates for any position except 1st Sergeant. All members in good standing may nominate candidates for 1st Sergeant. A proposed slate of officers shall be distributed by the Nominating Committee to all members in good standing no later than 7 day prior the annual meeting.

  • All members eligible to vote may elect all officers except 1st Sergeant.A 67% majority of those members present or voting by proxy is required for all elections of officers.

  • Candidates for the platoon non-commissioned officers (NCO) to be decided are to be decided by each platoon on an annual basis. Members of each platoon will caucus to decide and vote on the nominations for the NCO for the coming campaign season. The candidates names will be presented to the Commander of the Regiment, without prejudice.The Commander of the Regiment has final decision on all promotions. The Commander of the Regiment may agree to promote those nominated or may reject the nominations and promote others, for the good of the Regiment. This process must be completed before the first public assembly of the Regiment in a campaign year.

  • Other positions may be added or deleted in response in the growth or decline of membership in the Regiment. These positions will be created with the majority of the membership. Likewise may be deleted by majority vote of the membership.

  • Any Officer Military or Organizational or NCO unable to perform his/her duty shall be replaced. This replacement may occur at any time at the discretion of all the other officers. The Commander shall appoint a replacement for Military officers and the President shall appoint a replacement for Organizational officers. In the event that the President needs replacing, the Vice President will fill the Presidency until a new President is elected. In the event the Commander needs replacing, the 1st Sergeant will become Commander and the 1st Sergeant appoints a new 1st Sergeant.

 

ARTICLE FOUR:  Politics

  • No part of the activities of this Regiment shall be for the carrying on of propaganda or to influence any legislation, nor shall the Regiment participate in any political campaigns on behalf of any candidate for public office. It shall not partake in any religious activities designed to favor one religious dogma over another. The purpose of this Regiment is to foster the ideals of the American Revolution as they relateFounding Fathers of the Country and its form of Government guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights.

 

ARTICLE FIVE: Expenditures

  • All expenditures must be read and approved by a simple majority of the membership before they are paid. The President may approve expenditures less than $200 without a vote not to exceed $600 in any Regimental campaign year.

  • All expenditures shall be accounted for by the Treasurer and communicated to the membership at the annual meeting.

  • There will be an audit of the Treasurer’s records every three (3) years or at the request of the President. The results of the audit will be communicated to the membership by the President.

 

​ARTICLE SIX:  Amendments

  • Any member may propose an amendment.Amendments to these bylaws must be made in writing 4 weeks before the annual meeting and distributed to all members. Amendments maybe ratified by 75% majority of attending members who are eligible to vote. The President may authorize a meeting at any time to discuss the bylaw change without waiting for the annual meeting. All members are to be contacted by any means possible and notified of said meeting. Proxy votes will be allowed in writing for any matters that shall come before the membership.

 

ARTICLE SEVEN: Scheduling of Events

  • The preparation of the yearly campaign schedule shall be the responsibility of the President – not the Commander, unless they are one in the same – dependent upon the approval and input from the membership. Each member has the right to suggest events. Each member has the right to declare one event a year as their “home” event and shall be supported with appearance of the Regiment as voted.

 

ARTICLE EIGHT: Authenticity

  • All clothing, arms, and accoutrements must meet historic standards of this particular Regiment in accordance with Regimental records, histories, and/or other verified historical sources pertinent to the time period being portrayed.

ARTICLE NINE: Safety

  • All members shall be provided with current safety manual and be responsible to follow approved safety regulations both in camp event site and on the field. Failure to adhere to strict safety rules could result in loss of membership.

  • All members shall provide to the designated keeper of Medical records a completed information form, including all medications currently being taken, allergies, and special medical considerations or conditions. This information will be kept confidential and only be used in case of emergency. It is the responsibility of each member to update this information as needed.

 

ARTICLE TEN: History

  • The 6th Connecticut Regiment, Continental Line, was raised in the year 1777 and served until consolidation in the year 1781. The particular time period being portrayed by this Regiment, for the purpose of clothing and rank identification, shall be December, 1780. Militia year will be the year 1775.

  • This Regiment has adopted the Light Infantry model of officers and NCO’s providing there is enough rank and file, of one Commander, one 1st Sergeant, one corporal for each platoon. The Commander and /or 1st Sergeant may appoint acting corporals during absence of elected/ appointed NCO’s.

  • The officer/NCO positions available to vote on will be determined by the voting members with a 75% majority vote of voting members present. (Meaning we don’t have to fill every position. As we grow, we add to the Officers corps)

  • All positions will be elected by the Regiment at annual meeting by secret ballot. (delete)

 

ARTICLE TWELVE: Dissolution

  • This organization shall be dissolved by 75% vote of the membership. Any funds remaining in its accounts shall be distributed as directive by the membership to another non-profit entity.

 

 

 

 

1993 Original Charter Members

Richard Swartwout  

Lance Swartwout -

Russell Wirtella - resigned

David Holloway - deceased

Bert Armington -

Jeffery Hessler - resigned

Michael Chuckta

John Towle – resigned

 

2003 Voting Members

Richard Swartwout

Lance Swartwout – resigned

David Holloway – deceased

Bert Armington – resigned

Ted St. Amand – resigned

Rosemarie Morin

Kevin Margenau – resigned

Ross Kenney

Robert Kenney – resigned

David Rovero – resigned

Lorraine Jacques – resigned

Luise Ernest – resigned

Steven Sonleiter – resigned

Billie Powe – resigned (now deceased)