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America's Largest Veterans Service Organization

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 DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

Section 1.  Duties of Commander - Shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Post and shall ensure the bylaws and Standing Rules are implemented and followed; security and fund controls exist; finances and business activities are on sound footing; facility meets current and future needs of veterans; officers and committees function per their assignments and they properly represent the needs of veterans and the community; coordinate with the Veterans organization Commanders and their membership who may be resident in the facility and ensure they are consulted; preside at meetings; and shall perform such other duties as directed by the membership.  This position shall be bonded under a blanket bond to be procured from the Department Headquarters and paid for by the Post.

Section 2.  Duties of the First Vice-Commander – Shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of the Commander in the absence of, disability of, or when called upon by the Post Commander, shall be concerned with matters concerning the Post’s membership, and shall perform such other duties as may be required.

Section 3.  Duties of the Second Vice-Commander - Shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of the First Vice-Commander in the absence or disability of such officer, is charged with the business aspects of the Post, and shall perform such other duties as may be required.

Section 4.  Duties of the Third Vice-Commander - Shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of the Second Vice-Commander in the absence or disability of such officer, shall be involved with fund-raising, and shall perform such other duties as may be required.

Section 5.  Duties of Adjutant - Shall have charge of the Post’s administrative files; complete and file appropriate forms as required by Federal, State, and City entities; keep a full and correct record of the proceedings of meetings; process and account for membership; function as the yearly Nominating Committee (and appointing others as required), to help ensure identification of candidates for the various officer positions whether they be elected or appointed; administer election requirements; manage  correspondence needs of the Post; and perform such other duties as may be required. 

Section 6.  Duties of Finance Officer - Shall be charged with the custody of Post funds and maintain funds in the Post only; prepare and follow the annual budget, advising when adjustments are needed; keep its accounts current and report thereon at regular meetings of the Post; advise and consult with the Commander and Executive Board; receive and receipt the funds of the Post; pay approved bills; shall prepare, or have them prepared, sales tax forms and the annual Federal and State Income Taxes; function as a representative to any and all Post Committees; and perform such other duties as may be required.  This position shall be bonded under a blanket bond to be procured from the Department Headquarters and paid for by the Post.  The Finance Officer may be a compensated position. A Finance Committee shall not exist. 

Section 7.  Duties of Chaplain - Shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of all Post comrades; offer divine but non-sectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, meetings, etc..  The Chaplain will adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the National or Department Headquarters from time to time.

Section 8.  Duties of Judge Advocate - Shall be to advise at various meetings and Robert’s Rules of Order, advise on the construction and interpretation of the Posts’ Bylaws and Standing Rules, perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office, and shall perform such other duties as may be required.  Ideally, the incumbent of this officer position is a Past Post Commander. 

Section 9.  Duties of Historian - Shall be charged with the individual records and incidents of the Post and Post members; assist with maintaining the Post’s website; and shall perform such other duties as may be required. 

Section 10. Duties of Service Officer - Shall be generally that of assisting members with the VA claims process and protecting the rights and privileges of all veterans, their dependents and survivors; attend and report the monthly United Veterans Council meeting; and shall perform such other duties as may be required.

Section 11. Duties of Sergeant-at-Arms - Shall be to preserve order at all meetings; help conduct opening, closing, and other special ceremonies; and shall perform such other duties as may be required.


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