Bylaws

 SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION POST 313

By‑Laws

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 the full power to carry out mandates and policies of the Sons 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 shall be charged with the usual duties of an adjutant. As Adjutant., he is the administrative officer of the policies and mandates of the organization. He shall perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.

Section 4. Finance Officer. The Finance Officer shall be charged with the usual duties of a finance officer. As Finance Officer, he shall be the custodian of the funds of the organization. He 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 non‑sectarian 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 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, shall be subject to review and ratification at the appropriate level of The American Legion.

ARTICLE II

STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1. Standing Committees shall be appointed by the Squadron Commander. The number of Committees formed shall be whatever is deemed necessary by the Membership..

ARTICLE III

MEETINGS

Section 1. The Squadron 313 membership shall meet at least six (6) times annually. The first Saturday of every other month beginning in January at 11 AM at Post 313.

Section 2. A special meeting or location change can be requested by any member of Squadron 313 or Legion Post 313 with a one week (7 days) verbally or in writing to the Squadron 313 Commander.

Section 3. Special meetings may also be conducted by email to settle matters of urgency.

ARTICLE IV

QUORUM

Section 1. A quorum shall be determined by the Commander consisting of physical attendees and proxy votes.

ARTICLE V

RULES OF ORDER

Section 1. The procedure at all Detachment Executive Committee meetings shall be governed by Roberts’ Rules of Order.

ARTICLE VI

NOMINATION AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1. The Commander shall appoint a Nominating Committee who shall except nominations for the offices.

Section 2. The election of officers shall take place at the November Squadron Meeting. At least one vote is required to be declared the winner. In case of an unopposed office, only one (1) vote is required for a winner to be declared.

ARTICLE VII

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 affiliation 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 under the same procedures provided for the suspension or expulsion of a member of The American Legion.

ARTICLE VIII

MEMBERSHIP AND ARREARS IN DUES

Section 1. Application 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.

Section 3. A member of The Sons of the American Legion with twenty (20) or more consecutive years in good standing shall receive Honorary Life Membership in the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 313. If the member should transfer to another Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion he will follow the receiving Squadron’s dues policy.

ARTICLE IX

AMENDMENTS

Section 1. These By‑Laws may be amended by the affirmative vote (physical and proxy) of two‑thirds (2/3) of the registered Squadron313 membership.

‑Revised as of  January 7, 2020