The American Legion Riders - Rules of Operation

Article I - Name

Section 1 The Chapter existing under these rules of operation is to be known as,American Legion Riders,Darrell Dunkle, Post 1, The American Legion, Department of Nevada.

Section 2 The name and nature of this Chapter are as set forth in the Constitution.

Artivcle II - Management

Section 1 The officers of the Chapter shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Road Captain, Historian, Ambassador and Chaplin. The offices of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms will be elected by the membership. The offices of Road Captain, Historian, Ambassador and Chaplin will be appointed by the President.

Section 2 Between Chapter meetings, the administrative power of the Chapter shall be vested in the Chapter Executive Committee, which shall consist of all elective officers for the current year, and in addition the immediate Past President.

Section 3 Officers of this Chapter shall be elected annually during the first meeting in January and take office at the meeting next following that of the election. All elections of officers shall be by ballot and the candidate or candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the respective office or offices for which they are candidates. The President will be approved by the Post commander,before assuming the office.

Section 4 All vacancies existing in any office of the Chapter 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 unexpired term of the member of the committee or officer whose position was vacated.

Section 5 A vacancy shall exist when a member or officer is absent from the Chapter due to resignation, loss of qualifications, incapacity from injury or illness, or for a continuous period of unexcused absences considered detrimental to the interest of the Chapter by the remaining members of the Executive Committee.

Section 6 All Past Chapter Presidents shall be members of the Executive Committee with voice but without voting privileges.

Article III - Meetings

Section 1 The regular meeting of the Chapter shall be held at 0900 on the second Saturday of each month at which may be transacted such business as may properly be brought up for action; such meetings may be converted into entertainment meetings, as may be deemed agreeable by the officers of the Chapter.

Section 2 The Chapter Director or a majority of the Executive Committee shall have power to call a special meeting of the Chapter at any time.

Section 3 Upon the written request of 5 members, the Executive Committee shall call a special meeting of the Chapter.

Section 4 10% of the members shall constitute a quorum.

Article IV - Chapter Executive Committee

Section 1 The Chapter Executive Committee shall meet for organizational or such other business as may come before it at the call of the Chapter Director within 10 days after the installation of the new officers. Thereafter the Chapter Executive Committee shall meet as often as Chapter Director may deem necessary. The Chapter Director shall call a meeting of the Chapter Executive Committee upon the joint written request of three or more members of said Chapter Executive Committee, and 4 members of the committee shall constitute a quorum thereof.

Section 2 The Chapter Executive Committee, based on a majority vote; shall authorize and approve all expenditures; shall provide or require adequate bonds from all persons having custody of chapter funds; shall hear the reports of chapter committee chairs; and generally, shall have charge of and be responsible for the management of the affairs of this chapter.

Article V - Duties of Officers

Section 1 Duties of President It shall be the duty of the Chapter President to preside at all meetings of the Chapter and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the Chapter, and such officer shall be the chief executive officer of the Chapter. The President shall approve all orders directing the disbursement of funds. The President shall perform such other duties as directed by the Chapter.

Section 2 Duties of Vice President The Vice President shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of President in the absence or disability of, or when called upon by the Post commander.

Section 3 Duties of Chapter Secretary The Secretary shall have charge of and keep a full and correct record of all proceedings of all meetings, keep such records as the Post and Department organizations may require, and under direction of the President handle all correspondence of the Chapter.

Section 4 Duties of the Treasurer The Treasurer shall have charge of all finances and see that they are safely deposited in some local bank or banks and shall report once a month to the Chapter the condition of the finances of the Chapter, with such recommendations as he or she may deem expedient or necessary to carry on the financial activities of the Chapter. The Treasurer or President shall be a signer for all checks disbursing the monies of the Chapter, the second signature on all checks will be the Post Treasurer.

Section 5 Duties of Chapter Historian The Chapter Historian shall be charged with the individual records and incidents of the Chapter and Chapter members, and shall perform such other duties as may properly pertain to the office as may be determined by the Chapter or the Executive Committee.

Section 6 Duties of Chapter Chaplain The Chapter Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of the Chapter comrades and will offer divine but nonsectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, etc., adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the National or Department headquarters from time to time.

Section 7 Duties of Road Captain The Road Captain shall plan all tours, runs, activities, and events; lead the chapter in formation riding or parades; arouse interest in activities; enforce all rules of safe motorcycle operation and group riding. Additionally, the Road Captain my select assistants to aid in special tasks and may chair appropriate activities committee as directed by the chapter President or Executive Committee.

Section 8 Duties of the Sergeant-at-arms The Sergeant-at-arms shall preserve order at meetings and gatherings, assist the Road Captain in enforcing all rules of safe riding during rides and runs; and perform such other duties or chair such committees as may be from time to time assigned by the President or Chapter Executive Committee.

Section 9 Duties of the Ambassador Appointed by the President: Will be a liaison with other motorcycle groups in the area, and will disseminate notices and flyers to the various cycle shops (or have a representative do that). Will let people know about the Legion Riders and its activities.

Article VI - Membership

Section 1 Membership Eligibility . To be eligible for membership, an individual must be a member in good standing of the American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons Of The American Legion. There are two categories of membership: Regular and Associate.

Section 2 Regular Membership Regular members must meet one of two requirements: If a rider, you must own a street legal motorcycle that is in a safe working condition, registered in the state of residence, and possess a state motorcycle drivers license. If you are a passenger, must be a passenger of an ALR riding member

Section 3 Associate Member Associate members are those non-riding members who participate in ALR activities and events. To become an associate member, a regular member of the ALR must nominate a member in good standing of the American Legion, Auxiliary or SAL, and present evidence that the individual has contributed sufficiently to become an associate member. Associate members have all rights and responsibilities of regular members, with the exception of voting and holding office. Only Regular members of the ALR may vote or hold office. Associate members may wear a vest, but may not wear the back patch of the ALR. They are encouraged to wear the emblem of the American Legion instead.

Article VII - Appointments

Section 1 The Chapter President, immediately upon taking office each year, may appoint standing committees or commissions for the furtherance of chapter programs.

Section 2 Such standing committees shall consist of such persons, and the chair thereof, as designated by the Chapter President.

Article VIII - Resolutions

Section 1 All resolutions of state or national scope presented to this Chapter by a member or reported to this Chapter by a committee shall merely embody the opinion of this Chapter on the subject and copy of same shall be forwarded to the Post/Department headquarters for its approval before any publicity is given or action other than mere passage by the Chapter is taken.

Article IX - Notices

Section 1 Every member shall furnish the Chapter Secretary with a valid email or postal mailing address.

Section 2 The Chapter Secretary shall cause notice of the annual election to be given at least two weeks prior thereto.

Article X - Rules of Order

Section 1 All proceedings of this Chapter shall be conducted under and pursuant to Roberts' Rules of Order (Newly Revised), except as herein otherwise provided.

Article XI - Limitation of Liabilities

Section 1 . This Chapter shall incur, or cause to be incurred, no liability nor obligation whatever which shall subject to liability any other Chapter, subdivision, members of The American Legion, post, departments, or other individuals, corporations or organizations.

Article XII - Ammendments

Section 1 These By-Laws may be amended at any regular Chapter meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members of said Chapter attending such regular meeting, provided that the proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing and read at the next preceding regular meeting. Any changes will be reported to the sponsoring department or post

Section 2 Written notice to the addresses of record indicated in Article IX, Section 1, shall have been given to all members at least 5 days in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members that at such meeting there will be presented a proposal to amend the By-Laws.

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