Buffalo County Post #52 of The American Legion
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 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.
Article I Name
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be Buffalo County Post #52, The American Legion, Department of Nebraska.
Article II Objects
Section 1. The objects and purposes of this Post shall be to promote the principles and policies as set forth in the foregoing preamble, and the National and Departmental Constitutions of The American Legion.
Article III Nature
Section 1. This Post is a civilian organization and membership therein does not affect or increase liability for military or police service.
Section 2. This organization shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.
Section 3. Rank does not exist in The American Legion; no member shall be addressed by a military or naval title in any meeting of this Post.
Article IV Membership
Section 1. Eligibility to membership in the Post shall be as prescribed by the National Constitution of The American Legion.
Section 2. Application for membership shall be made in writing under such regulations as may from time to time be prescribed by the Post Executive Committee.
Section 3. The names of new applicants for membership which have been forwarded to Departmental and/or National offices shall be read at the meeting following submission of application. Should a majority of the members cast their vote, in a secret ballot, against the acceptance of said application, then such application shall be recorded as rejected and the procedure for expulsion described in Article IV, Section 4 shall be initiated.
Section 4. Any member of this Post may be expelled or suspended for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee after charges are preferred under oath in writing, and a fair trial had upon the same.
Section 5. A member who has been expelled or suspended from this Post for any cause may be reinstated to membership by a two-thirds vote of the membership present in Post meeting, and the payment of current dues for the year in which reinstatement occurs.
Section 6. No person who has been expelled by a Post shall be admitted to membership in the Post without the consent of the expelling Post, except that where such consent has been asked for and denied by such Post, may then appeal to the state Executive Committee of the Department of the expelling Post for permission to apply for membership in this Post, and shall be ineligible for membership until such permission is granted.
Article V Officers
Section 1. The administrative affairs of this Post of The American Legion shall, except as may be otherwise be provided by the By-Laws, be under the supervision of an Executive Committee which shall consist of three (3) members in addition to the officers of the Post. The term of office of the members of the Executive Committee shall be for one year. This Post, by its By-Laws, may provide for such other standing committees as the business of the organization may require.
Section 2. The officers of this Post shall be a commander, a vice-commander, an adjutant, a chaplain and a sergeant-at-arms. These and such other officers as may be deemed necessary by this organization shall be nominated from the floor at the meeting preceding the annual election.
Section 3. All officers and Executive Committee members shall be elected annually, and they shall hold office until their successors are duly installed or as otherwise provided. Any officer or Executive Committee member may be removed for inefficiency by the Executive Committee, a two-thirds vote of said committee being necessary to effect such removal.
Section 4. Every member in good standing of this Post shall be eligible to hold office in this Post.
Section 5. The duties of officers and the Executive Committee shall be those usually appertaining to such officers or committee and as further provided in the By-Laws.
Article VI Finance
Section 1. The revenue of this Post shall be derived from membership or initiation fees, from annual membership dues and from such other sources as may be approved by the Post Executive Committee.
Section 2. The amount of such membership or initiation fees and the amount of such annual Post dues shall be fixed and determined by this Post.
Section 3. The Post shall pay to the Departmental headquarters the National and Departmental annual membership dues for every member of the Post.
Article VII Charter Members
Section 1. Members who joined this post prior to the issuance of its charter shall be known as charter members.
Article VIII American Legion Auxiliary
Section 1. This Post recognizes an auxiliary organization to be known as the Auxiliary Unit of Buffalo County Post #52, The American Legion, Department of Nebraska.
Section 2. Membership in the Auxiliary shall be as prescribed by the National Constitution of The American Legion Auxiliary.
Article IX Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution is adopted subject to the provisions of the National Constitution of The American Legion and of the Department Constitution of the Department of Nebraska, The American Legion. Any amendment to said National Constitution or Department Constitution which is in conflict with any provisions hereof 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 Post meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members of said Post attending such regular meeting, provided the proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing and read at the next preceding regular meeting of said Post. Providing, further, that written notice shall have been given to all members at least 30 days in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members that at such meeting a proposal to amend the Constitution is to be voted upon.
The Post membership, at the
regular scheduled Post meeting on 12 October, 2009
Dated this 12th day of October, 2009 at Kearney, Nebraska.
Sluti Thomas Hegarty