By-Laws of the American Legion

ARTICLE I – DUTIES OF OFFICERS

Section 1.
Commander: The Sons of The American Legion Commander is the executive head of the organization at his level with full power to carry out the mandates and policies of the Son of The American Legion as approved by The American Legion. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 2.
Vice Commander: The Vice Commander or Vice Commanders shall act as representative of the Commander on all matters referred to them by him, and shall, on his request, preside over meetings and perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 3.
Adjutant: The Adjutant, who corresponds to the secretary of an organization, shall be charged with the usual duties on an adjutant or secretary. He is the administrative officer of the policies and mandates of the organization.

Section 4.
Finance Officer. The Finance Officer shall be the custodian of the funds of the organization. He shall be charged with the receiving and disbursing of the funds of the Squadron, intermediate level, or Detachment and shall make reports on the condition of the treasury at each regular meeting, and when called for by the Commander or Executive Committee; provided, however, that all disbursements shall first be approved at the appropriate level of The American Legion. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 5.
Sergeant-at-Arms: The Sergeant-at-Arms shall be charged with the responsibility of preserving order at all meetings and shall be given the custody and responsibility of the colors of the organization. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 6.
Chaplain: The Chaplain shall perform such divine and nonsectarian service, as shall be necessary adhering to the ceremonial rituals as may be prescribed.

Section 7.
Historian: The Historian shall collect from year to year all records and data of value and interest to the Sons of The American Legion and The American Legion, and shall compile during his term of office a complete history of the year’s activities.

Section 8.
All officers of the Sons of The American Legion in the performance of their duties shall be governed by The American Legion at the appropriate level. All actions of the Sons of The American Legion at the Squadron level, intermediate level, and at the Detachment level shall be subject to review and ratification at the appropriate level of The American Legion.

ARTICLE II – SQUADRON AND DETACHMENT CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

Section 1.
Each Squadron, intermediate group and Detachment may adopt a Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 2.
In the formation of the Constitution and By-Laws referred to in Section I hereof there shall be no conflict with the National Constitution and By-Laws governing the Sons of The American Legion.

ARTICLE III – EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1.
The Constitution of a Squadron or Detachment may create an Executive Committee and define the powers and composition thereof.

ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.
Membership in the Sons of The American Legion is membership in the National Organization of the Sons of The American Legion by affiliate with a Squadron.

Section 2.
Each Squadron shall be the judge of its own membership, subject to the restrictions of this Constitution and By-Laws.

Section 3.
Members may be suspended or expelled under the same procedures provided for the suspension or expulsion of a member of The American Legion.

ARTICLE V – MEMBERSHIP AND ARREARS IN DUES

Section 1.
Applications for Squadron membership shall be verified by the designated officials of the sponsoring Post of The American Legion having jurisdiction over the Squadron. Section 2. A member whose dues for the current year have not been paid by January first shall be classed as delinquent. If his dues are paid on or before February first, he shall be automatically reinstated. If he is still delinquent after February first, he shall be suspended from all privileges.

If he is still under such suspension on June thirtieth of such year, his membership in the Sons of 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 vote of the Squadron and payment of current dues for the year in which reinstatement occurs. Provided, however, that the Squadrons, Detachments, and the National Organization may waive the provisions hereof, upon payment of dues for the year in which reinstatement occurs, with reference to former members who have been prevented from the payment of dues by reason of active military service.

ARTICLE VI – AMENDMENTS

Section 1.
These By-Laws may be amended by any National Convention by the affirmative vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the registered delegates thereat, subject to ratification by the National Executive Committee of The American Legion. This Constitution and By-Laws have been amended and brought up to date as of October 5, 2005.

The National Constitution of The American Legion as set out herein, is in full force and effect and represents action taken by National Conventions, being the Constitution adopted at the First Annual Convention, Minneapolis, Minn., November 10-12, 1919, and as amended at the Second Annual Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, September 27-29, 1920; Fourth Annual Convention, New Orleans, La., October 16-20, 1922; Fifth Annual Convention, San Francisco, Calif., October 15-19, 1923; Sixth Annual Convention, St. Paul, Minn., September 15-19, 1924; Seventh Annual Convention, Omaha, Neb., October 5-9, 1925; Ninth Annual Convention, Paris, France, September 19-22, at Ratification Convention, New York, N.Y., October 19-22, 1927; Twelfth Annual Convention, Boston, Mass., October 6-9, 1930; Fifteenth Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., October 2-5, 1933; Nineteenth Annual Convention, New York, N.Y., September 20-23, 1937; Twentieth Annual Convention, Los Angeles, Calif., September 19-22, 1938; Twenty-first Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., September 25-28, 1939; Twenty-second Annual Convention, Boston, Mass., September 23-26, 1940; Twenty-third Annual Convention, Milwaukee, Wis., September 15-18, 1941; Twenty-fourth Annual Convention, Kansas City, Mo., September 19-21, 1942; Twenty-fifth Annual Convention, Omaha, Neb., September 21-23, 1943; Twenty-seventh Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., November 18-21, 1945; Twenty-eighth Annual Convention, San Francisco, Calif., September 30-October 1-4, 1946; Twenty-ninth Annual Convention, New York, N.Y., August 28-31, 1947; Thirtieth Annual Convention, Miami, Fla., October 18-21, 1948; Thirty-first Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pa., August 29-September 1, 1949; Thirty-second Annual Convention, Los Angeles, Calif., October 9-12, 1950; Thirty-third Annual Convention, Miami, Fla., October 10-13, 1955; Thirty-eighth Annual Convention, Los Angeles, Calif., September 3-6, 1956; Fortieth Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., September 1-4, 1958; Forty-second Annual Convention, Miami Beach, Fla., October 17-20, 1960; Forty-eighth Annual Convention, Washington, D.C., August 30-September 1, 1966; Fifty-second Annual Convention, Portland, Ore., September 1-3, 1970; Fifty-fourth Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., August 22-24, 1972; Fifty-fifth Annual Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii, August 21-23, 1973; Fifty-sixth Annual Convention, Miami Beach, Fla., August 20-22, 1974; Fifty-eighth Annual Convention, Seattle, Wash., August 24-26, 1976; Fifty-ninth Annual Convention, Denver, Colo., August 23-25, 1977; Sixty-first Annual Convention, Houston, Tex., August 21-23, 1979; Sixty-ninth Annual Convention, San Antonio, Tex., August 25-27, 1987; Seventy-second Annual Convention, Indianapolis, Ind., August 28-30, 1990; Seventy-third Annual Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, August 30-September 5, 1991; the Seventy-seventh Annual Convention, Indianapolis, Ind., September 4-6, 1995; and the Seventy-ninth Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, September 2-4, 1997.

The By-Laws as adopted at the Fourth Annual Convention, New Orleans, La., October 16-20, 1922, and as amended at the Fifth Annual Convention, San Francisco, Calif., October 15-19, 1923; Sixth Annual Convention, St. Paul, Minn., September 15-19, 1924; Eleventh Annual Convention, Louisville, Ky., September 30-October 1-3, 1929; Fifteenth Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., October 2-5, 1933; Nineteenth Annual Convention, New York, N.Y., September 20-23, 1937; Twentieth Annual Convention, Los Angeles, Calif., September 19-22, 1938; Twenty-first Annual Convention, Chicago, Ill., September 25-28, 1939; Twenty-second Annual Convention, Boston, Mass., September 23-26, 1940; Twenty-third Annual Convention, Milwaukee, Wis., September 15-18, 1941; Twenty-seventh Annual convention, Chicago, Ill., November 18-21, 1945; Twenty-ninth Annual Convention, New York, N.Y., August 25-28, 1952; Thirty-ninth Annual Convention, Atlantic City, N.J., September 16-19, 1957; Fifty-second Annual Convention, Portland, Ore., September 1-3, 1970; Fifty-eighth Annual Convention, Seattle, Wash., August 24-26, 1976; and Fifty-ninth Annual Convention, Denver, Colo., August 23-25, 1977.

Robert W. Spanogle,

National Adjutant 2

 

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