Squadron Constitution and By-Laws (pending approval)

 

 

ARTICLE I     NAME

Section 1.

 

 

The name of this organization shall be "The Sons of The American Legion", Squardron #1006.

 

 

ARTICLE II     NATURE

Section 1.

 

 

The Sons of the American Legion Squardron, attached to Post #1006, Department of New York, is a civiian organization. Membership therein does not effect nor increase liability for military or police service.

 

Section 2.

 

The Squardron shall be absolutely non-political and non-sectarian and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles or for the promotion of candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.

 

Section 3.

 

The squardron shall be absolutely non-sectarian.

 

Section 4.

 

Each member shall perform his full duty as a citizen according to his own conscience and understanding, in accordance with the law.

 

 

ARTICLE III     ORGANIZATION

Section 1.

 

 

The Squardron is organnized as a subordinate body of The Sons of The American Legion, Detachment of New York, and under the sponsorship and juisdiction of Joseph Loeffler Post #1006, Department of New York, The American Legion.

 

Section 2.

 

This Squardron shall be governed by such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the National Executive Committee of the American Legion, by such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by the Detachment Headquarters, approved by the Department Executive Committee of the American Legion, and by such rules and regulations as may be prescribed by its sponsoring The Post of American Legion, not inconsistent with those prescribed by the National Organization.

 

 

ARTICLE IV     ELIGIBILITY

Section 1.

 

 

All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during The Great Wars, delimiting periods in Article IV, Section 1, of the honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion.

 

Section 2.

 

There shall be no form, or class of membership except an active membership.

 

Section 3.

 

No person shall be a member of this Squardron and at the same time be a member of any other Squardron.

 

 

ARTICLE V     OFFICERS

Section 1.

 

 

The officers of this Squardron shall be, Commander, Vice Commanders, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Sgt. At Arms, Chaplain and Historian.

 

Section 2.

 

Such Officers shall take office immediately upon installation and shall serve for one year, provided that such term of office for any officers or officer may be terminated by resignation , in writing and read at the next general meeting, or removal for causes herein-after provided.

 

 

ARTICLE VI     EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.

 

 

Between Squardron meetings the administrative power of the Squardron shall be vested in the Squardron Executive Committee, which shall consist of elective officers for the current year.

 

Section 2.

 

All past Squardron Commanders shall be members of the Executive Committee without vote.

 

 

ARTICLE VII     DUES

Section 1.

 

 

The Squardron dues shall be determined by a vote at the regular monthly meeting.

 

Section 2.

 

The general membership must be notified (30) thirty days in advance of a proposed motion to increase dues.

 

Section 3.

 

Names of delinquent members should be slated at the January meeting.

 

Section 4.

 

There is a (30) thirty day grace period at the end of the calendar year to pay dues.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII     AMENDMENTS

Section 1.

 

 

This Constitution is adopted, subject to the provisions of the Detachment Constitution of which this Squadron is a subordinate member. Any amendment to the National or Detachment Constitution which is in conflict with any provision thereof shall be regarded as automatically repealing or modifying the provisions of this Constitution, to the extent of such conflict.

 

Section 2.

 

This Constitution may be amended at any regular meeting squardron meeting by a majority vote of the members attending such a regular monthly meeting, provided that the proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing, and read at the preceeding Squadron meeting, and provided further that written notice shall be given to all members at least three consecutive regular meetings in advance of the date when such an amendment is to be voted upon.

 

 

Note: Only members in good standing will be privileged to participate in the business of a meeting, vote or hold office. A member in good standing is any member who has a current membership card and is not under disciplinary action or suspension.

 

The foregoing Constitution and By-Laws has been approved on _______________________,20_________ by

 

 

By-Laws (pending approval)

 

 

ARTICLE I     DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1.
COMMANDER: The Commander shall be the executive head of this Squadron, The Sons of The American Legion, with full poer to enforce the provisions of the local Constitution and By-Laws and policies and mandates of the National and Detachment Committees of The Sons of The American Legion and of the Executive Committee of the Squardron.

 

 

Section 2.
FIRST VICE COMMANDER: The 1st Vice Commander, shall likewise act as representative of the Commander on all matters referred to him and shall specifically be in charge of membership. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 3.
SECOND VICE COMMANDER: The 2nd Vice Commander, shall likewise act as representative of the Commander, and shall specifically be in charge of Squadron activites. He shall perform such other duties as are specifically incident to the office.

Section 4.
THIRD VICE COMMANDER: The 3rd Vice Commander, shall perform all such duties as the Commander delegates to him.

Section 5.
ADJUTANT: The Adjutant, who corresponds to the Secretary of an organization shall be charged with the administrative duties required in carrying out the policices and mandates of the National and Detachment Committees in The Sons of The American Legion and of the Executive Committee of the Squadron.

Section 6.
FINANCE OFFICER: The Finance Officer shall be the custodian of the funds of the Squardron. He shall be charged with receiving and disbursing the funds of the Squardron and shall make reports upon the condition of the Squardron treasury when called for by the Commander or the Executice Committee of the Squadron.

Section 7.
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be charged with the responsibility of preserving order at all Squadron meetings and shall be given the custody of the Squadron Colors.He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 8.
CHAPLAIN: The Chaplain shall perform such devine and non-sectarian service as may be necessary, adhering to such ceremonial rituals as may be prescribed by the National membership and Post activities Committees of the American Legion.

Section 9.
HISTORIAN: The Historian shall collect from year to year all records and data of value and interests to The Sons of The American Legion and shall compile during his term in office a complete history of the year's activities.

 

 

ARTICLE II     MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.
Applications for membership shall be made in writing on blanks prescribed by the National Organization.

 

 

Section 2.

 

All applications for membership shall be acted upon at the next meeting following the making of such application, with recommendation of the Executive Committee to either accept or reject said application.

 

 

ARTICLE III     NOMINATIONS AND ELECTIONS

Section 1.
At the meetings in February and March, any Squadron member may present the name of any Squadron member for nomination to any office. All nominees must be in good standing.

 

 

Section 2.
Elections for Squadron officers will be held in April. Newly elected officers shall take office at the Post/Squadron installation.

Section 3.
The Junior past Commander shall chair all delegations to County and State conventions until the month of September.

 

 

ARTICLE IV     EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.
The Squadron Executive Committee shall fill any vacancy in the membership of the committee occuring between annual Squadron elections for the remainder of the un-expired term.s

 

 

ARTICLE V     MEETINGS

Section 1.
The regular monthly meeting date shall be determined for the next month, under the good of the Sonsof The American Legion.

 

 

Section 2.
There will be no monthly meetings held during the monhs of July and August.

Section 3.
The Executive Committee shall meet at the call of the Commander. The Commander must give the Executive Committee (7) seven days notice prior to meeting.

Section 4.
All members of the Squadron who are at Post #1006 when the regular monthly meeting is being conducted must either attend the meeting or leave the Post until the meeting is over.

Section 5.
Any member who is asked to leave the regular monthly meeting by order of the Commander, will be escorted off of the premises of Post #1006 and can not return to the Post until the following day.

Section 6.
Anyone who has been a member for more than (1) one year and has not purchased a Sons of The American Legion hat must pay a fine of $1.00 at every meeting. The Sons of The American Legion hat must be worn during regular monthly meetings.

Section 7.
Minutes of the previous Squadron meeting and any emergency meetings are to be read at the next scheduled meeting.

 

 

 

ARTICLE IV     QUORUM

Section 1.
At the call of the Commander, five Executive Committee members (elected Officers) shall constitute a quorum for legal transaction of business between regular meetings.

 

 

Section 2.
Four Officers and three Squadron members shall constitute a quorum for a regular monthly meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE VII     FINANCES

Section 1.
The Finance Officer or the Commander shall deposit all funds of this Squadron in the bank. Withdrawals shall be made upon draft or check signed by the Finance Officer or Commander.

 

 

ARTICLE VIII     DELEGATES TO CONVENTION

Section 1.
Delegates to the Suffolk County or State Convention shall be appointed by the Squadron Commander, together with the alternates at least (10) ten days prior to the convention and shall serve for one year.

 

 

Section 2.
Such appointment shall be subject to ratification at the regular Squadron monthly meeting.

 

 

ARTICLE IX     ELIMINATION OF JURISDICTION OF SQUADRON MEMBERS

Section 1.
Members may be suspended or expelled from the Sons of The American Legion only on a proper showing of cause. Charges must be based upon Disloyalty, Neglect of Duty, Dishonesty or other conduct unbecoming of a member of the Sons of The American Legion. All charges must be made in writing under oath of the accuser, and no member in good standing shall lose his membership until given a fair trial in such manner and form as the Detachment and/or Department Executive Committee shall prescrible.

 

 

Section 2.
If such member is suspended or expelled from the Squadron, notification shall be made in writing to the Post Commander.

 

 

ARTICLE X     RESOLUTIONS

Section 1.
All resolutions of the Sons of The American Legion, County, State or National scope adopted by this Squadron shall be forwarded to the County Executive Committee and shall mainly embody the opinion of this Squadron on the subject.

 

 

Section 2.
No resolution shall be presented to the County, State or National until it has been submitted to the Squadron in writing for approval, revision and recommendations.

Section 3.
The said resolution must be voted upon by the membership at the Squadron monthly meeting.

Section 4.
The general membership of the Squadron must be notified (30) thirty days in advance of ther resolution.

Section 5.
The resolution must be printed in the Post newspaper under the title of the Sons of The American Legion.

 

 

ARTICLE XI     AMENDMENTS

Section 1.
These By-Laws are adopted, subject to the provisions of the national by-laws, of which this Squadron is a subordinate member. Any amendment to the National or Detachment by-laws which is conflict with any provision thereof shall be regarded as automatically repealing or modifying the provisions of these by-laws to the extent of such conflict.

 

 

Section 2.
These By-Laws may be amended at any regular Squadron meeting by a majority vote of the members attending such a regular monthly meeting, provided that the proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing, and read at the preceeding Squadron meeting, and provided further that written notice shall be given to all members at least (3) three consecutive regular meetings in advance of the date when such an amendment is to be voted upon.

 

 

ARTICLE XII     POST SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

Section 1.
The jurisdiction of this Squadron shall be exercised through a committee of (2) two American Legion members appointed by the Post Commander.

 

 

ARTICLE XIII     RULES OF ORDER

Section 1.
Roberts Rules of Order shall govern the procedures of all Squadron meetings.

 

 

The foregoin Constitution and By-Laws has been approved on ________________________ ,20____________ by

 




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