PROPOSED AMENDMENT 20-CA-9

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A proposed change to the Department By-Laws, Article VI, Sections 1 through 11. now reads:

Article VI COMMITTEES Section 1: The following permanent Department Standing Committees and Subcommittees are hereby authorized:

Americanism and Community Service

  • Subcommittee: Junior Shooting Sports
  • Subcommittee: Law & Order
  • Subcommittee: Scouting

American Legion Baseball

American Legion Boys’ State

Children and Youth

Education and Scholarship

Finance/Personnel

Internal Affairs

  • Subcommittee: Constitution and By-Laws
  • Subcommittee: Legion Riders

Legislative

Media & Communications

Membership

National Security and Foreign Relations

  • Subcommittee: Blood, Eye and Vital Organ Bank
  • Subcommittee: POW/MIA

Permanent Time and Place/Resolution Assignment

Post Development

Reconnect

Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation

  • Subcommittee: Heroes to Hometown
  • Subcommittee: V.A.V.S./V.H.V.S.

Veterans Employment & Education

Section 2: Such other special committees and liaisons may be appointed by the Department Commander and authorized by the Department Executive Committee.

Section 3: All Department Committees and Subcommittees shall function under Rules of Procedure approved and adopted by the Department Executive Committee. Committee Rules of Procedure may be amended in content, but not in format, by a majority of the members of the Committee, submitted to the Internal Affairs Committee for review and recommendations and finally approved by the Department Executive Committee.

Section 4: All committee members shall be appointed and may be removed for cause by the Department Commander, with the approval of the Department Executive Committee. The Department Commander shall name the Chairman of each committee to serve until the next Department Convention. Members that are on mandated committees (Permanent Time and Place), or serving in an Alternate or Assistant position on the Department Executive Committee, may also serve on an appointive Department committee but not in a Chairmanship, with the exception of the Permanent Time and Place Chairman, who may serve in that role. No member shall receive per diem and travel pay more than once per call, regardless of the number of committees they serve on.”

Section 5: The term of office of all members of Department Committees shall be staggered so that the term of one-half of the Committee shall expire at the close of the annual Department Convention each year. Appointments, except when a shorter term shall be necessary to comply with this provision, shall be for a term of two (2) years each.

Section 6: No Legionnaire may be appointed to serve on more than one regular standing appointive Department Committee at any one time.

Section 7: Finance/Personnel Committee: The Commander shall appoint, subject to ratification by the Department Executive Committee, a Department Finance/Personnel Committee to be composed of five (5) members, one member to be appointed from each Zone of the Department. The Commander and Finance Officer shall be ex-officio members of this committee, with vote, the Director of Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation shall be an ex-officio member of this committee and the Adjutant shall be ex-officio Secretary of this committee, without vote.

Section 8: All funds received from any source for the Department of Michigan, including any Board or Committee created and or appointed by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, shall be under the possession, control and supervision of the Finance/Personnel Committee. Said Committee shall be charged with the duty of setting up a proper and adequate system of centralized control and procuring audits of such funds.

Section 9: The Finance/Personnel Committee shall be charged with the preparation of a yearly budget, the financial policy of the Department, the handling of funds under the budget, and approval of expenditures of all Department funds not budgeted, and preparation and approval of the audit of all books and records of the Department and other additional audits as often, in addition thereto, as it may deem expedient. It shall file a written report including the official audit with the Annual Convention, setting forth in detail the financial recommendations as it considers advisable.

Section 10: The Finance/Personnel Committee shall be charged with the duty of fixing the amount of and providing a proper and adequate fidelity and crime insurance for the Department Adjutant, the Department Finance Officer and all other Department officials and employees who handle Department funds; in an insurance company or companies approved by the National Adjutant. The expense of the insurance provided for herein shall be borne by the Department. The Finance/Personnel Committee shall also be responsible for the investing of all trust funds, excepting those funds left in trust for purposes of the authorized subsidiary corporation.

Section 11: The Constitution and By-Laws of all Department Subsidiary Corporations shall be adopted and amended only with the consent of the Department Executive Committee. 

To be Amended by:

So that when amended, Article VI, Section 1 through 11, shall read:

The following permanent Department Commissions are hereby authorized:

  • Americanism Commission
  • Finance/Personnel Commission
  • Internal Affairs Commission
  • Legislative Commission
  • Membership Commission
  • National Security and Foreign Relations Commission
  • VA&R Commission
  • Veterans Employment & Education Commission

 Section 2: Such other special Committees and Councils, Council Members may be appointed by the Department Commander and authorized by the Department Executive Committee.

Section 3: All Department Commissions, Committees and councils shall function under Rules of Procedure approved and adopted by the Department Executive Committee. Commissions, Committees and Councils Rules of Procedures may be amended in content, but not in format, by a majority of the members of the Commission, submitted to the Internal Affairs Commission for review and recommendations and finally approved by the Department Executive Committee.

Section 4: All Commission and Committee members shall be appointed and may be removed for cause by the Department Commander, with the approval of the Department Executive Committee. Council Members supporting the Committees will be on the recommendation of Posts, Districts and Zone officers, Submitted to the Department Adjutant for Commander acceptance. The Department Commander shall name the Chairman of each Commission and Committee to serve until the next Department Convention. Members that are on mandated committees (Permanent Time and Place), or serving in an Alternate or Assistant position on the Department Executive Committee, may also serve on an appointive Department Commission or Committee but not in a Chairmanship, with the exception of the Permanent Time and Place Chairman, who may serve in that role. No member shall receive per diem and travel pay more than once per call, regardless of the number of committees they serve on.”

Section 5: The term of office of all members of Department Commission or Committees shall be staggered so that the term of one-half of the Commissions and Committees shall expire at the close of the annual Department Convention each year. Appointments, except when a shorter term shall be necessary to comply with this provision, shall be for a term of two (2) years each.

Section 6: No Legionnaire may be appointed to serve on more than one regular standing appointive Department Commission or Committee at any one time. A department Council member can support more than one Committee or Commission at one time as they will not be called to Department meetings, functions or Conventions. 

Section 7: Finance/Personnel Commission:

The Commander shall appoint, subject to ratification by the Department Executive Committee, a The Commander shall appoint, subject to ratification by the Department Executive Committee, a Department Finance/Personnel Commission to be composed of one (1) member appointed from each Zone of the Department. The Commander and Finance Officer shall be ex-officio members of this committee, with vote, the Director of Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation shall be an ex-officio member of this committee and the Adjutant shall be ex-officio Secretary of this committee, without vote.

Section 8: All funds received from any source for the Department of Michigan, including any Board, Commission, Committee or Council created and or appointed by The American Legion, Department of Michigan, shall be under the possession, control and supervision of the Finance/Personnel Commission. Said Commission shall be charged with the duty of setting up a proper and adequate system of centralized control and procuring audits of such funds.

Section 9: The Finance/Personnel Commission shall be charged with the preparation of a yearly budget, the financial policy of the Department, the handling of funds under the budget, and approval of expenditures of all Department funds not budgeted, and preparation and approval of the audit of all books and records of the Department and other additional audits as often, in addition thereto, as it may deem expedient. It shall file a written report including the official audit with the Annual Convention, setting forth in detail the financial recommendations as it considers advisable.

Section 10: The Finance/Personnel Commission shall be charged with the duty of fixing the amount of and providing a proper and adequate fidelity and crime insurance for the Department Adjutant, the Department Finance Officer and all other Department officials and employees who handle Department funds; in an insurance company or companies approved by the National Adjutant. The expense of the insurance provided for herein shall be borne by the Department. The Finance/Personnel Committee shall also be responsible for the investing of all trust funds, excepting those funds left in trust for purposes of the authorized subsidiary corporation.

Section 11:  Committees and Councils of the Commissions will be determined by the Department Executive Committee and confirmed at the 30-day meeting each year and published in the DEC manual Annually.

Section 12:  The Constitution and By-Laws of all Department Subsidiary Corporations shall be adopted and amended only with the consent of the Department Executive Committee. 

Note:  The Following Committees and Councils are Recommended to the DEC for approval in the DEC Manual.

Americanism Commission:

  • Committee:        Junior Shooting Sports
  • Committee:        Scouting
  • Committee:        Student Trooper
  • Committee:        School Awards program
  • Committee:        Teacher of the Year Awards (Patriotism)
  • Committee:        Oratorical Contest
  • Committee:        Citizen Flag Alliance
  • Committee:        Boys State
  • Committee:        Baseball
  • Committee:        Children & Youth
  • Committee:        Education and Scholarship

Finance/Personnel Commission

  • Committee:        Permanent Time and Place
  • Committee:        Media & Communications
  • Committee:        Wilwin Organization
  • Committee:        Michigan American Legion Foundation

Internal Affairs Commission

  • Committee:        Constitution and Bylaws
  • Committee:        Resolutions Assignment
  • Committee:        Legion Riders

Legislative Commission

Membership Commission:

  • Committee:        Membership
  • Committee:        Post Development

National Security and Foreign Relations Commission

  • Committee:        Blood, Eye and Vital Organ Bank
  • Committee:        POW/MIA
  • Committee:        Law and Order
  • Committee:        Law Officer of the Year
  • Committee:        Firefighter/First Responder of the Year
  • Committee:        Homeland Security

VA&R Commission

  • Committee:        VAVS/VHVS
  • Committee:        Heroes to Hometown
  • Committee:            Operation Comfort Warrior
  • Committee:        Reconnect
  • Council:                Homeless Veterans
  • Committee:        VA Cemetery representatives

Veterans Employment & Education Commission

  • Committee:        Veterans Employment
  • Committee:        Education

All Committees or councils in the DEC Manual will be updated and published/available online within 72 hours of any modification or vote by the DEC.

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