THE AMERICAN LEGION
MONTGOMERY – PLANT – DUDLEY POST NO. 10
Department of Wisconsin
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: (1) to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; (2) to maintain law and order; (3) to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; (4) to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; (5) to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; (6) to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; (7) to make right the master of might; (8) to promote peace and good will on earth; (9) to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; (10) to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
ARTICLE I – NAME
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be The American Legion Montgomery-Plant - Dudley Post 10, , Department of Wisconsin.
ARTICLE II – OBJECTIVES/PURPOSES
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 or 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 his or her military or naval title in any meeting of this Post.
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Eligibility to membership in this 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. All applications for membership shall be vetted by the Post Adjutant and submitted to the Executive Committee for review, be accepted, rejected or referred for further investigation and consideration. Those accepted shall be presented to the membership at the next Post meeting following the making Section 4. Any member of this Post may be expelled 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 the reinstatement occurs.
Section 6. No person who has been expelled by a Post shall be admitted to membership in this 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 the Post of the American Legion shall, except as may be otherwise provided by the By-Laws, be under the supervision of an Executive Committee, which shall consist of 3 members in addition to the officers of the Post. The term of office of members of the Executive Committee shall be for two years, excluding the Trustee’s. This Post, by its By-Laws, may provide for such other standing committees as the business of the organization may require.
Section 2. The elected officers of this Post shall be a Commander, First Vice-Commander, Second Vice-Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Chaplain, Judge Advocate, Service Officer, Past Commander, Senior Sergeant at Arms, Junior Sergeant at Arms, and three (3) Trustee’s, who shall be nominated from the floor at three meetings preceding the annual election.
Section 3. All officers and executive committee members shall be elected bi-annually, excluding the Trustee’s, and they should 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 of this Post in good standing shall be eligible to hold office in this Post.
Section 5. The duties of the 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 Departmental headquarters the National and Departmental annual membership dues for every member of the Post.
Section 4. All persons who have responsibility for the property and money of the Post, including the Commander, Adjutant, and Finance Officer shall be bonded under a blanket bond with a responsible surety company in such sums as shall be determined necessary and proper by the Executive Committee. The Post shall pay the cost of such bond.
Section 5. The Post Adjutant and Finance Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that the Post property, both structural and personal, including any special riders for equipment under the care, custody and control of the Post. The Post shall pay the cost of such insurance.
ARTICLE VII – AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
Section 1. This Post recognizes an auxiliary organization to be known as the Auxiliary Unit of The American Legion, Montgomery – Plant-Dudley Post 10.
Section 2. Membership in the Auxiliary shall be prescribed by the National Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary.
ARTICLE VIII – AMEMDMENTS
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 Wisconsin, The American Legion. Any amendment to said National Constitution or Department Constitution, which is in conflict with any provision hereof, should 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 vote of two-thirds of the members attending such regular meeting. The proposed amendment shall be submitted in writing, posted and read at two (2) preceding regular meetings of the Post. Written notice shall be given, through the Post newsletter, to all members at least 30 days in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying them that at such meeting a proposal to amend the Constitution is to be voted upon.