Frederick Dempsey Post 266





Section 1.      The Post existing under these By-Laws is to be known as Frederick Dempsey Post No. 266, The American Legion, Department of New Jersey.

Section 2.      The objects of this Post are as set forth in the Constitution.


ARTICLE II - MANAGEMENT (Amended in 1996)


Section 1.      The governance and management of the Post is entrusted to an Executive Committee of 13 members: one Immediate Past Commander, Post Commander, two Vice Commanders, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Post Chaplain, Service Officer, Judge Advocate, Historian, Sergeant-At-Arms and two Members-At-Large.




Section 1.      The Post Executive Committee shall initially meet for organization and such other business as may come before it at the call of the Post Commander within 10 days after the installation of the new officers. Thereafter, the Post Executive Committee shall, at the call of the Commander, meet at least once every month on the first Monday, except when the first day of the month occurs on a Tuesday. Then, the meeting shall be on the last day of the preceding month and as often as said Commander may deem necessary. The Commander shall call a meeting of the Post Executive Committee upon the joint, written request of three or more members of said Post Executive Committee; five members of the committee shall constitute a quorum thereof.

Section 2.      All vacancies existing in the Executive Committee, or in any office of the Post from any cause other than the expiration of the term, shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the committee, and a person so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the vacating member. A vacancy shall exist when an Executive Committee member or officer is absent for four consecutive meetings. These absences are considered to be detrimental to the interest of the Post by the Executive Committee.

Section 3.      The Post Executive Committee shall approve the hiring of such employees as may be necessary, shall authorize and approve all expenditures; shall require adequate bonds on all persons having the custody of Post funds; shall hear the reports of Post Committee Chairs monthly and generally, shall have charge of and be responsible for the management of the affairs of this Post.


ARTICLE IV - ELECTIONS (Added in 1996, amended 7/15/03)


Section 1.      The officers of the Post shall be elected at the 1st regular meeting in May (the first Tuesday) of each year and take office after they are duly installed. The eleted officers shall hold office for a one-year term.

Section 2.      The Post Commander shall appoint a Chair of a Nominating Committee in the month of March. The Nominating Committee Chair shall select four additional committee persons from Post members in good standing. The Nominating Committee shall report to the membership on the first Tuesday in April, identifying a candidate for each of the elected offices, except for the Members-At-Large.

Section 3.       Members can make nominations for Officers from the floor. Officers shall be elected by ballot, and the candidate receiving a majority of votes shall be elected.

Section 4.      The incoming Post Commander shall select two members in good standing to be placed in nomination for the office of Members-At-Large, at his first regular Post meeting. The Post members shall elect the nominated candidates by ballot vote, or nominate and elect candidates by ballot from the floor.

Section 5.      Candidates for office shall not be placed in nominations without the consent of the nominees.

Section 6.      The Adjutant shall notify the financial Post members by mail of the annual elections at least 10 days before the elections are to take place, but no later that the fourth week in April.


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