The Excalibur Society
By: Casey Robinson on Mar 15, 2019 | Categories: General
The Excalibur Society Evening
The 32nd annual meeting and dinner of the Society of Excalibur was held on Friday, March
1st at Springdale Hall Club in Camden. It is a celebration of accomplishments by our society,
by our school, and by the young men we serve.
The Society of Excalibur event is a special time each year for us. It is reserved for our most
dedicated donors. It is through our fellowship together that we renew our commitment to
Camden Military Academy. Our mission is to help young men by preparing them for college
and adult life.
It is composed of the group that has demonstrated with their donations that they care
deeply for Camden Military Academy. They have supported the academy for special
projects around the campus, as well as for tuition assistance for many families who would
not be able to send their sons or grandsons to Camden … a growing need that requires
growth of generosity.
Our cadets greet the guests at the door and the valet cadets park their cars, as they enter
for all of the amenities of the evening…from the name tags, “Oscar Night” pictures of all the
guests, and entertainment by the drum and fife corps and members of the CMA jazz band.
After the five course meal and entertainment, Colonel Eric Boland, headmaster, introduced
the Battalion Commander, LTC Rodrigo Villalobos, who spoke about his Camden
Experience at CMA. Cadet Villalobos followed in the footsteps of his brother, Santiago, who
graduated as the battalion commander in 2016.
After his remarks, the guests gave him a standing ovation as he left the podium and shook
hands of the guests who were in his path.
Colonel Boland then announced that we had another great year for CMA with its
membership in the Excalibur Society. “We have 8 new members, who have donated a
minimum of $1,000 in the fiscal school year. We also have 6 new Knight Members who
have given a total of $10,000 or more through their lifetime membership; and we have 1
new Bronze Knight with a lifetime gift of $25,000 or more,” he said. Awards were then given
out to the new members who were in attendance by Cam Walters, chairman of the Board of
Trustees. Colonel Boland also announced that one of our new Knights has pledged to
match $10,000 for anyone who donates that amount for the new bus project. (Please note that
CMA received more new member donations during February, who will be invited to next year’s dinner.)