To Our American Legion Family –
Winter’s behind us, or soon will be – snow again maybe……. Time to focus on the next season: Spring. With longer days, warmer temperatures and Mother Nature showing off her new flowers and buds, it’s a time to start anew.
We move the clock forward an hour “spring ahead”- colorful catalogs of fashion, gardening, and DIY projects fill your mailbox, inbox, twitter, Pinterest, or Snapchat accounts……. OK some of those things may be a little bit more high tech for many of us – but none the less – all great ways of getting spiffed up and moving forward.
St Patrick’s Day was a big success at the Legion both upstairs in Genetti Hall and in the Member’s Lounge. Thank you to all who participated in making those events a real big success; the people who shop, chop, cook, boil, decorate, order, arrange and just make it all happen – Thank You !
The IT Team has been moving forward with improvements on the website, helping spread the word on Facebook, as well as other IT related projects – Thank You !
WWII Model 1911– PKZSEWMA – Keep your eyes open for a raffle coming shortly for a .45 cal handgun; manufactured by Auto-Ordinance. It’s an identical model to the one used by US Servicemen and women from 1911 – 1986. All other rules and regulations in accordance with Massachusetts State Laws will be adhered to – if winner does not have a legal MA LTC, a $500 cash value, or equivalent, will be arranged. There will only be One Hundred (100) Raffle Ticket Books sold (1/100 odds to win).
Bedford High School’s Red Cross Club and Citizen Scholarship Foundation – Dollars for Scholars have teamed up for a BHS/Bedford Community joint effort. The American Red Cross developed a program to help encourage young adults to become more involved in sponsoring blood drives. This is a tall order and we are hoping you will all help our BHS Seniors reach their goal. Their 2nd and last drive of the year is NEXT Wed 4/6 at BHS 1-7 which is why I’m reaching out to all of you as past/current sponsors in the hopes of asking for your help in spreading the word. I am attaching the electronic poster and here is the direct link to the sign-up
Thank you Jimmy McMahan – and best wishes to you and your future endeavors! Your many years of service to our Post and to the SAL Leadership Team will part of our history now – just like our Post has strong roots back to our origins with your family – Thank you for your service.
National Commander’s Walk – Bedford will be represented in the Walk for Veterans though downtown Concord on April 8th. Leading the Walk will be American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett and Department Commander Louie Brault. “The purpose of this Walk is to raise public awareness about the crucial issues facing America’s veterans and their families,” said Department Commander Louie Brault. “An estimated 22 veterans a day commit suicide. Traumatic brain injuries have become a signature wound of the Global War on Terrorism and up to 20 percent of the men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are believed to experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We are walking for those who marched for us.” The Walk will begin at noon on April 8th. The length of the walk is 2.5 miles and will start by Meriams Corner near the intersection of Lexington Rd and Old Bedford Rd in Concord wind through Concord and end at Minuteman National Historical Park. An info poster is attached for your review and/or sign up – please join us ! Bedford Citizen link on the walk: http://www.thebedfordcitizen.org/wpcontent/uploads/2016/03/03292016-OC-OConnor-National-Commanders-Walk.pdf
Save the Date – more information to follow – let’s just say keep the date open on May 21, 2016 – it will be a busy day for our Post – starting off with an American Legion General Body Meeting – we’ll be reviewing & voting to accept the recommendations from the By-Law Sub Committee – voting for Post Officers (deadline to throw your hat in the ring if you’re interested is April 12th) – a light lunch followed with the drawing of the WWII Model 1911 .45 caliber handgun – and finally a great night of entertainment in Genetti Hall from 7-11P.
Keep moving forward – For the Good of the Legion !
To Our American Legion Family –
“Wheels up in twenty” – you’ve heard this term used before. Practically speaking it’s a verbal heads up, or warning that an air transport you’re somehow connected with will be departing in twenty minutes – be attentive. Of course, other meanings exist as well.
What you’re about to read will unequivocally redefine how you process and think of the term “wheels up”. Please bear with me – this ”blurb” is longer than usual – I hope you will agree it’s worth your time and effort.
Many of you undoubtedly heard of, or even know the story of a Fall River born Naval Academy Graduate. Prior to entering Annapolis, this Massachusetts native attended Phillips Academy; a mere 20 minutes away from our Post. The young Midshipman may have missed WWII, as he was the Class of 1946; yet another conflict stirred on the horizon. You may also have heard of a couple of his Annapolis classmates: Stanfield Turner and Jimmy Carter.
During the same period, far, far away geographically and culturally speaking – a Mississippi native attended a one room school house. At the early age of six, he attended an airshow with his father where he caught the “bug” and aspiration of becoming a pilot. This student went on to become the Salutatorian of his 1944 High School Class. In following the footsteps of Jesse Owens, this student went on to Ohio State University. At that time, the Navy ROTC program only had a participation rate of .0025% Black students nationally; statistics illustrated that only 14 African-Americans out of over 5,600 total students were enrolled in the program.
As fate would have it, the two Naval Aviators with distinctively contrasting beginnings found themselves assigned to Fighter Squadron 32 aboard the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier; the USS Leyte (CV-32). During the Korean War CV-32 flew nearly 4,000 missions and earned two Battle Stars while assigned to Task Force 77. Fighter Squadron 32, or the VF-32 Swordsmen flew the F4U-Corsair fighter-bomber aircraft. That same squadron sharing a proud legacy dating back to the Korean War is known today as FVA-32 currently flying F/A -18F Super Hornets. On August 8, 1950, The USS Leyte was sent to Korea as part of the U.S. Seventh Fleet.
December 4, 1950 began in a similar fashion to those previous 20 combat missions for Ensign, Jesse L. Brown from Mississippi. The F4U Corsair flew interdiction raids and supported US Marines on the ground. A little after 1:30PM, six aircraft launched off the deck of the carrier for a “search and destroy” mission that day. 100 miles from the task force, somewhere near Somong-ni, 15 miles behind enemy lines, Jesse’s aircraft took on small arms fire from Chinese ground forces. There were no options to make it back to the Task Force – he had to ditch his aircraft “wheels up” in the snow covered mountainous terrain with below zero temperatures.
Among the five other circling Corsairs was Jessie’s Wingman, Lieutenant Commander (LCDR), Thomas Hudner, Jr. eagerly observing as Ensign Brown crashed his plane below. The pilots looked on with limited hope for anyone to survive such a horrific crash like that. LCDR Hudner spotted Ensign Brown with his helmet off and barely moving his arm; unfortunately stuck in the wreckage.
LCDR Hudner then executed not only the unthinkable, the unexpected, but also disobeyed a direct order…… The following is part of the Medal of Honor Citation presented to him on April 13, 1951 by President Harry S. Truman:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty……… maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (J.G.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this, he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action……….
This link below, will provide you with actual video coverage of President Truman presenting the Medal of Honor to LCDR Hudner, you will see Ensign Brown’s wife in attendance at the ceremony. It was certainly with a heavy heart that LCDR Hudner carried Ensign Brown’s last words, when Brown asked Hudner to “Tell Daisy I love her”.
Two Naval Aviators crash landed their F4U Corsairs that day – both with “wheels up”. The first was Ensign Brown, the first African-American pilot in the U.S. Navy, and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. Also the first African American killed in the Korean War. Twenty three years later, the Navy commissioned the Jesse L. Brown FF-1089 (Fast Frigate) in his honor in 1973.
The second man to intentionally crash “wheels up” that day; heroic wingman, Medal of Honor recipient, and a member of American Legion Post 0221 was Thomas J, Hudner, Jr. We are proud of all our members to whatever extent they served in our Armed Forces. Tom Hudner will never tell you is a hero – that’s exactly how heroes see themselves. LCDR Hudner was also the first service member to receive the Medal of Honor in the Korean War.
The first mention of that fateful event on December 4, 1950 in the American Legion Magazine was November 1951. That issue also celebrated the 33rd American Legion National Convention. Yes, that was 65 years ago. Since then several articles and mentions have emblazed the pages of countless newspapers, magazines, TV shows, including many more instances in our AL Magazine.
When LCDR Hudner left the crash site, his wingman had succumbed to his wounds. What a comfort it must have been for Ensign Brown to have a friend by his side, one who put his own life in harm’s way to try and save him. Tom made a promise to his wingman that we would come back for him; a promise he continues to hold near and dear. There are Americans in North Korea scouring the mountainsides for those two Corsairs – ultimately hoping to repatriate the remains of Ensign Brown.
We, as Americans, vow to never leave anyone behind. As more and more Veterans return home from combat, or tours of duty across the globe, our appreciation for their, and their families’, sacrifices take on new dynamic meanings. For it is within our own means to demonstrate support for whatever their needs may be; that is what the American Legion Family does. Too many are coming home with invisible scars of PTSD in addition to visible scars, or lost limbs – all need our support.
This year marks the 98th American Legion Convention to be held in Cincinnati, OH. In two years, we’ll be celebrating the 100th Anniversary Convention in Minnesota. Much has changed over the last hundred years. Yet one thing remains constant – Americans will answer the call to protect freedom – Freedom Is Not Free. It’s also incumbent upon us, not only continue our worthy efforts to support all Veterans in our community, but to also take a hard look at what else we can do to improve on those efforts.
Back in December 1950, LCDR Hudner made a decision to help save his wingman. In the summer of 2013, Tom continued to make good on his promise “we’ll be back for you” when he visited North Korea asking for and receiving permission for expeditions to search for those two Corsairs. That’s a living example of undeniable commitment.
It has been a humbling honor to learn and write about a man like LCDR Hudner; a member of our Post. He continues to set one of the most resilient examples of commitment that I know of. As Commander, I ask all of us in the American Legion Family of Post 0221: What are we willing to do for those who have served and continue to serve? There are members of the Legion, the ALA, and the SAL, who perform tirelessly week after week; I applaud them to no end. Yet, they are but a very small minority of our entire membership. There are many programs here at the Post that could use additional support and encouragement. Some require as little as an hour a month. Spread the word about hall rentals. Please let us know what you might be willing to do to assist us here. At the very least, come down and visit us in the Members Lounge.
With Sincerity and Deepest Respect,
These links will offer more insight on the LCDR Hudner’s story – I encourage you to dig deeper into the history of the Korean War, the association of our own Post Member, and an incredible legacy.
CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
POST NO. 221
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PREAMBLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Article I – NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Article II – OBJECT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Article III – NATURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Article IV – ELIGILITY PROVISIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Eligibility Dates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Article V – MEMBERSHIP QUALIFICATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Article VI – EXPULSION OF MEMBERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Article VII – CHARTER MEMBERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Article VIII – AMENDMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
Article I – NAME . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Article II – MEMBERSHIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Article III – OFFICERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Article IV – MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Duties of Commander . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
Duties of the Sr. and Jr. Vice Commanders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Duties of the Adjutant and Finance Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Duties of the Historian, Chaplain, Sgt-at-Arms and
Service Officer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Article V – POWERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OFFICERS . . 8
Article VI – MEMBERSHIP DUES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Article VII – REPRESENTATION OF THE POST IN THE
AMERICAN LEGION AND ITS COMMITTEES . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Article VIII – NOTICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Article IX – MEETINGS OF THE POST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Article X – MEETINGS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Article XI – ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE
EXECUTIVE BOARD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Article XII – RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Article XIII – LIMITATION OF LIABILITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Article XIV – AMENDMENTS AND ALTERATIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
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For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and good-will on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
The name of this Post is the Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton Post No. 221 of the American Legion, Inc. located at Bedford, Massachusetts (Middlesex County).
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good-will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
THE AMERICAN LEGION is a civilian organization; membership therein does not affect or increase liability for military or police service. Rank does not exist in the legion; no member shall be addressed by his military or naval title in any convention or meeting of the Legion.
THE AMERICAN LEGION shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles or for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.
Each member shall perform his full duty as a citizen according to his own conscience and understanding.
Any person shall be eligible for membership in the AMERICAN LEGION who was regularly enlisted, drafted, inducted, or commissioned and who was accepted for and assigned to active duty in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force or Merchant Marine.
Eligibility must be in accordance with the National and Department Constitution and By-Laws of the AMERICAN LEGION (Subject to the approval by Congress and the President of the United States);
or, who being a citizen of the United States at the time of his entry therein, served on active duty in the armed forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during said wars or hostilities;
provided, however, that such service shall have been terminated by honorable discharge or honorable separation, and such person either shall have broken his continuity of service and returned to a civilian status, or shall continue to serve honorably after the date of cessation of such hostilities as fixed by the United States Government;
provided further, that no person shall be entitled to membership who, being in such service during either of said periods, refused on conscientious, political or other ground, to subject himself to military discipline or unqualified service;
or who, being in such service, was separated therefrom, under circumstances amounting to dishonorable discharge and has not subsequently been officially restored to an honorable status;
nor shall any person be eligible for membership who advocates, or is a member of any organization which advocates, the overthrow of the Government of the United States, or who advocates un-American principles, including anarchy, communism, or other forms of radicalism that are disloyal to the United States or contrary to those principles set forth in the Preamble of the Constitution of the AMERICAN LEGION.
WORLD WAR I April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
WORLD WAR II December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
KOREA June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
GRANADA/LEBANON August 24, 1982 to January 31, 1984
PANAMA December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
DESERT STORM August 2, 1990 to President Signing the End of Hostilities
- There shall be no form or class of membership except an active membership, and dues shall be paid annually or for life.
- No person may be a member at any one time of more than one post.
- No person shall be eligible for membership in the AMERICAN LEGION unless such person possesses all the eligibility qualifications, and none of the eligibility disqualifications, as stated in Article IV of this Constitution.
- This Post shall be the judge of the qualifications of its members, provided such members are eligible for membership in the AMERICAN LEGION.
- The words “American Legion” shall not be used on any membership cards whatsoever except those issued by the National Organization to active members of the AMERICAN LEGION.
EXPULSION OF MEMBERS
Members may be expelled or suspended from any Post of the AMERICAN LEGION only upon a proper showing of cause. Charges shall be based upon:
- Disloyalty to the United States or the AMERICAN LEGION;
- The advocacy of, or membership in, any organization advocating un-American principles, including anarchy, communism, or other forms of radicalism, which are contrary to the precepts of the AMERICAN LEGION.
All charges must be under oath in writing by the accuser, and no member in good standing shall lose membership until given a fair hearing in such manner and form as prescribed in the Rules of Procedure in Discipline of Members, as set forth by the National By-Laws and Constitution.
No person who has been expelled or suspended by a Post shall be admitted to membership in another Post without the consent of the previous Post. Where such consent has been asked for and denied by such Post, an appeal may be made to the Executive Committee of the previous Post. This person shall be ineligible for membership until such permission is granted.
All members enrolled before midnight of November 11, 1919, shall be known as charter members.
Amendments to this Constitution may be made at any meeting of the Post, by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided 30-days notice of the proposed amendment has been given prior to the call of the meeting.
In the event the Department Constitution is amended and thereby any provision of this Constitution comes into conflict therewith, the Post Constitution shall be deemed automatically amended so as to conform with the Constitution of the AMERICAN LEGION, DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS, INC.
- The Post, existing under these By-Laws will be known as the Anthony-Hunt-Hamilton Post No. 221, of the AMERICAN LEGION, INC., Bedford, Massachusetts (Middlesex County).
- The object of the Post is as set forth in the Constitution.
- All persons shall be eligible to membership in this Post who are eligible to membership in the AMERICAN LEGION under the Constitution of the Organization, including nonresidents of this town or state.
- Any person eligible to membership, as aforesaid, may become a member of this Post, only after his application is approved by the Executive Board, elected by a majority vote of the members of the Post present and upon payment of membership dues.
The following officers:
Post Senior Vice Commander
Post Junior Vice Commander
Post Finance Officer
Post Service Officer
Immediate Past Commander, ex-officio member
Post Executive Board Members (3);
shall be elected at the annual meeting of the Post. The Commander shall have the authority to grant excused absences but not to exceed three (3) unexcused absences. Any officer of the Post who accumulates three (3) or more unexcused absences during his or her term of office may be terminated by a two-thirds (6) vote of the Executive Board.
Any vacancy existing in any office, from any cause other than the expiration of a term, shall be filled at the next meeting of the Post by appointment by the Commander, with Executive Board approval, in accordance with Article IV, Paragraph 3 of the By-Laws.
- The Government and Management of the Post is entrusted to an Executive Committee of nine (9) members, to be known as the “Executive Board”.
- The Executive Board shall consist of the following officers: Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer; and the immediate Past Commander as an ex-officio member.
The Commander shall act as Chairman; Senior and Junior Vice Commanders shall act as Vice Chairman; Adjutant shall act as Secretary; and Finance Officer shall act as Treasurer.
In addition, three members shall be elected to the Executive Board at a meeting of the Post called for that purpose and thereafter at the annual meeting of the Post. The Executive Board shall hold office for one year or until their successors are chosen.
- A vacancy existing in the Executive Board from any cause other than the expiration of a term, shall be filled by the vote of a majority of the Executive Board. The member, so appointed, shall hold office for the unexpired term of the member of the Board whom he/she succeeds.
Duties of the Commander: It shall be the duty of the Post Commander to preside at all meetings of the Post and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the Post, and such officer shall be Chief Executive Officer of the Post. He shall approve all orders directing the disbursement of funds and shall make an annual report covering the business of the Post for the year and recommendations for the ensuing year, which shall be read at the annual meeting. He shall have the power to appoint all committees and perform such other duties as directed by the Post.
Duties of the Senior Vice Commander: The Senior Vice Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of Commander in the absence or disability of the Commander and shall perform such other duties as may be delegated to him by the Commander or these By-Laws.
Duties of the Junior Vice Commander: The Junior Vice Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of Commander in the absence or disability of the Commander and the Senior Vice Commander and shall perform such other duties as may be delegated to him by the Commander or these By-Laws.
Duties of the Adjutant: The Adjutant shall give notice of all meetings of the Post and of the Executive Board, and shall keep minutes of such meetings. He shall conduct the correspondence and keep the records of the Post including collection of dues, lists of names, addresses and previous military or naval organizations of the members. He shall furnish to the Post Finance Officer the names of all persons elected to membership and shall also advise him of all transfers or changes affecting membership. He shall also furnish a list of all delinquent members to the Executive Board on January 1st of each year.
Duties of the Finance Officer: Subject to the control of the Executive Board, the Finance Officer shall be charged with the collection and custody of the funds of the Post, including all dues, and shall keep its accounts and report thereon at each regular meeting of the Executive Board. His accounts shall be audited annually during the month preceding the annual meeting. He shall pay all bills, when approved, in such manner as the Executive Board shall prescribe. He shall furnish such surety bonds and in such sums as shall be fixed by the Executive Board. The premiums are to be paid by the Post.
Duties of the Historian: The Historian shall be charged with the individual records and incidents of the Post and Post members, and shall perform such duties as may properly pertain to the office as may be determined by the Post or the Executive Board.
Duties of the Chaplain: The Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of the Post comrades and will offer divine but nonsectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, etc., and adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the National or Departmental headquarters from time to time.
Duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms: He shall preserve order at all meetings and shall perform such duties as may be assigned and prescribed by the Executive Board. He shall arrange and secure the meeting hall. He shall have the responsibility of all arms, flags, etc. He shall notify the Commander of the arrival of all guests. He shall be responsible for all military funerals and ceremonies.
Duties of the Service Officer: The Service Officer shall advise and assist applicants for the benefits to which they may be entitled under existing Federal, State or local laws and shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.
POWERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD AND OFFICERS
- The Executive Board shall have charge of the Government and Management of the Post and shall direct and control such sub-committees as may be appointed.
- The Executive Board shall prescribe the rules for the use of Post Headquarters and any other buildings or property used or owned by the Post, and may modify or revoke same; it shall fix penalties for violations of the rules and have power to enforce the same and also to remit such penalties. An aggrieved member may have the right to appeal, said appeal to be submitted in writing to the Executive Board within ten (10) days, and the decision of the Executive Board will be final.
- The Executive Board shall approve the hiring and discharging of such employees as may be necessary; shall authorize and approve all expenditures; shall require adequate bonds for all persons having custody of Post funds; shall hear the reports of Post Committee Chairmen; and general, shall have charge of and be responsible for the management of the affairs of this Post.
- A motion or request for donations shall be submitted to the Executive Board for recommendations at the next General Body meeting.
- All funds shall be timely deposited in such banking institutes as prescribed by the Executive Board.
The revenue of the Post shall be derived from annual membership dues and from such other sources as may be approved by the Post Executive Board.
The amount of such per capita shall be determined by each Department Convention for the ensuing year.
The annual per capita shall be collected by each Post and transmitted to the Department Treasurer within fourteen (14) days from receipt thereof.
Upon representation of the Department Treasurer that a Post is in arrears in the transmittal to him of Department dues collected, the Department Executive Committee may order an inspection of the finances of the delinquent Post, for the purpose of determining only the correctness of the representation of the Department Treasurer.
Members in good standing: Each member of an AMERICAN LEGION Post shall be deemed a member in good standing until the member is suspended, or expelled, or shall have resigned. The Department Adjutant shall be notified of all suspensions, expulsion, resignations and deaths.
Delinquent, Suspended and Forfeited Memberships Because of Dues: A member whose dues for the current year have not been paid by January 1st shall be classed as delinquent. If the dues are paid on or before February 1st, the member shall be automatically reinstated. If still delinquent after February 1st the member shall be suspended from all privileges. If still under such suspension on July 30th of such year, membership in the AMERICAN LEGION shall be forfeited. A member so suspended or whose membership has been so forfeited may be reinstated to active membership in good standing by a vote of the Post and payment of current dues for the year in which the reinstatement occurs, with reference to former members, who have been prevented from the payment of dues by reason of active military service.
All membership cards or money shall be accounted for to the Department office no later than June 30th.
REPRESENTATION OF THE POST IN THE
AMERICAN LEGION AND ITS COMMITTEES
- Delegates and alternates to represent the Post at the State Convention, or representatives of the Post, shall be elected at a meeting duly called of members of the Post, by a majority vote of those present at the meeting. Meetings for the election of delegates and alternates shall be held at the March General Body Meeting before the State Convention which they are to attend.
- The Post shall be entitled to representation in the State Organization, as hereinafter provided, only upon the basis of the number of members who have actually paid their dues 30 days prior to the annual State Convention.
- Delegates and alternates shall be furnished housing at conventions at the expense of the Post.
- Post Commander, by virtue of his office, shall be an automatic delegate and Chairman of the Post Delegation. All other delegates will be elected by the general membership.
- Every member shall furnish the Adjutant an address to which all notices and documents may be sent. The same shall be held to have been duly sent to or served upon a member when posted or otherwise mailed to him at the address so furnished.
MEETINGS OF THE POST
- Regular meetings of the Post shall be held the first Tuesday of each month and there shall be an annual meeting of the Post on the first Tuesday of June, each year, at 8:00 P.M. at Post Headquarters for the purpose of electing new officers. If no quorum is present, the Commanding Officer shall adjourn the meeting to a subsequent date.
- The Post Commander or a majority of the Executive Board shall have the power to call special meetings of the Post at any time.
- Upon the written request of five members, the Executive Board shall call a special meeting of the Post.
- Fifteen members shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Post.
- The Post meeting shall be opened and closed in accordance with the ritual provided by the National and Department.
MEETINGS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
- The Executive board shall meet once a month. Special meetings may be called by order of the Chairman or on written notice of at least three members of the Executive Board.
- Five members shall constitute a quorum of the Executive Board.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND MEMBERS
OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
- Nomination of candidates will be held at the regular Post meeting in May.
- The Officers and members of the Executive Board shall be elected at the annual Post meeting held in June . A majority of all the votes cast at such meetings shall be necessary to elect an officer or member of the Executive Board. The Commander shall designate a Ballot Counting Committee of four (4 ) general Post members, none of which can be a nominee/candidate for office, to count and tally all election ballots. The committee will provide a written, dated and signed summary of their count and tally to the Post Commander and Adjutant for Post records and usage.
- A nominee must be present or signify acceptance by a dated and signed letter to the Post Commander and through a spokesman designated in the letter by the nominee who will make the nomination.
- The Ballot Committee will be provided a current Post membership listing to be used to check off members as they apply for a ballot. There will be a minimum of one (1) Ballot Committee member monitoring the issuance and depositing of ballots in the ballot box. They will stay with the ballots until the Ballot Committee completes their counts, tallies, and signs their voting results reports.
- The Polls will open at a designated time and will be closed at 8:00 P.M. Sharp. Any member in the Ballot issuing and/or voting line(s) at will be allowed to complete their voting before ballots are started to be counted, tallied, etc.
- Newly elected officers will assume office for the first meeting in September and shall meet with the Executive Board during the months of July and August.
- Rules of procedure at meetings of the Post shall be those set forth in Roberts’ Rules of Order, except as otherwise expressly provided herein.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
- This Post can incur no obligation or liabilities of any kind whatsoever, which shall subject to liability any other Post, subdivision, organization, committee or group of members of the AMERICAN LEGION
AMENDMENTS AND ALTERATIONS
Amendments to these By-Laws may be made at any meeting of the Post, by vote of two-thirds of the members present, providing thirty days notice of the proposed amendment has been given prior to the called meeting.