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 maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate one-hundred-percent
Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in this
nation’s 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 principals of justice, freedom, and
democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual
The name of this
organization shall be Post 257, The American Legion, Department of Tennessee.
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 constitution
of The American Legion.
Section 1. This post is a civilian organization, and
membership therein does not affect or increase liability for military or police
Section 2. This organization shall be absolutely
non-political 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 his or her military or naval title in any
meeting of this post.
Section 1. Eligibility to membership in
this post shall be as prescribed by the National Constitution of The American
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
acted upon at the next post meeting following the making of such application,
and shall, at such meeting, be accepted, rejected, or referred for further
investigation and consideration. If five
or more members cast their vote against the acceptance of such application,
then such application shall be recorded as rejected. A rejected application shall not again be
considered until after the expiration of six months from the date of such
Section 4. 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 a post meeting, and the payment of current
dues for the year in which reinstatement occurs.
Section 1. The administration of this post of The
American Legion shall, as may be otherwise provided by the by-laws, be under
the supervision of an Executive Committee which shall consist of the officers
of Post 257 plus the immediate past commander and two other members. The term of office of members of the
executive committee shall be one year.
The by-laws of this post may provide for such other standing committees
as the business of the organization may require.
Section 2. The officers of this post shall be Commander,
Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Chaplain, Service Officer,
Historian, and Sergeant-at-Arms, and such other officers as may be deemed
necessary by this post. They shall be
nominated by the nominating committee and from the floor at the meeting of the
Section 3. All members of the Executive Committee shall
be elected annually and shall hold office until their successors are duly
installed, or as otherwise provided.
Section 4. Any member of the Executive Committee may be
removed by a two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Committee, which shall
appoint an immediate successor until the next business meeting of the post when
the general membership shall elect a permanent replacement.
Section 5. Every member of this post in good standing
shall be eligible to hold office in this post.
Section 6. The duties of Executive Committee members
shall be as provided in the by-laws of this post.
Section 1. The revenue of this post shall be derived
from membership or initiation fees, from annual membership dues, and such
sources as may be approved by the Executive Committee. Sources shall be voted on by membership at
the next regular post meeting.
Section 2. The amount of such membership or initiation
fees and the amount of annual dues shall be fixed by majority vote in a regular
3. The post shall pay to department
headquarters the national and departmental annual fee for every paid member of
1. This constitution is adopted
subject to the National Constitution of The American Legion and the Department
Constitution of the Department of Tennessee, The American Legion. Any amendment to said constitutions which is
in conflict with any part of this constitution shall automatically repeal or
modify the provisions of this constitution to the extent of the conflict.
2. This constitution may be amended
at any regularly called post meeting by a two-thirds majority vote of the
members present, provided that (1) the proposed amendment shall have been
submitted in writing and read at the immediately preceding regularly called
meeting, and (2) that written copy of the amendment and shall have been given
to all members at least 14 days in advance of the date of the regularly called
meeting when the amendment is to be voted upon.
This constitution was approved at
a regularly called meeting of Desmond T. Doss American Legion Post 257,
Collegedale, Tennessee on this date:
19 MARCH 2009
Signature on file_______________
WILLIAM TWOMBLY, POST COMMANDER
MARK PARKS, POST ADJUTANT