Department of Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

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Department By-Laws


Section 1. This subdivision and subordinate unit of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
shall, by virtue of Charter granted, be known as the Department of Maine, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the
United States, hereinafter referred to as “Department”.
Section 2. The jurisdiction of this Department shall include the entire limits of the State of Maine.
Section 1. Objects: The purposes of the corporation shall be fraternal, patriotic, historical, charitable,
and educational and are; to preserve and strengthen comradeship among its members; to assist worthy
comrades; to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead; and to assist their surviving spouses and
orphans; to maintain true allegiance to the government of the United States, and fidelity to its Constitution and laws; to foster true patriotism; to maintain and extend the institutions of American Freedom; and to preserve and defend the United States from all enemies.
Section 2. Authority: The supreme authority over this Department shall be vested in the National
Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The Department shall at all times be
governed in accordance with the Congressional Charter and Bylaws adopted by said National Convention, the mandates of the National Council of Administration and orders of the Commander-in-Chief.
Section 3. Subject to the above provisions, this Department shall be governed by its Department
Convention, Department Council of Administration and its lawful orders of the Department Commander.
Membership in the Department and its Posts shall be governed by all applicable provisions of the National Bylaws.
Section 1. The officers of the Department, their eligibility, method of nomination, election or
appointment, installation and terms of office shall be prescribed by the National Bylaws.
Section 2. The duties of all officers shall be as prescribed by National and Department Bylaws; mandates
of the Department Convention or Department Council of Administration, or by lawful orders.
Section 3. Quartermaster:
(a) In addition to the duties imposed and reports required by National Bylaws, the Department
Quartermaster shall render a report in detail of the finances and membership of the Department at each
meeting of the Council of Administration, and shall furnish such other information, pertaining to his/her
office, as the Council may require.
(b) All vouchers submitted by the Department Adjutant will be paid in a timely manner.
Section 4. Adjutant: In addition to the duties imposed by National Bylaws, the Department Adjutant shall
within thirty (30) days after the date of Department Convention each year, prepare a roster of all the Posts in the Department, and shall indicate thereon the time and place of Post meetings, and the name and mailing address of each Post Commander, Adjutant, Quartermaster and Service Officer and immediately following each Department Convention, the Department Adjutant shall include a complete roster of names and addresses of all Department Officers and District Commanders. The Department Adjutant shall furnish copies of the roster to each Post Commander, each Department Officer and Chairman, each District Commander, and each Past Department Commander. He/she shall also notify the above officers of all changes of Department Officers and their addresses as they occur via the monthly Department General Orders.
Section 5. Reports: The Department Commander, and members of the Council of Administration and
Committee Chairmen shall make a report of their official activities orally and written, at each Council of
Administration meeting. In the case of a Council of Administration member and Chairman are unable to
attend the Council of Administration meeting; they shall forward to the State Adjutant a copy of their
report at least seven (7) days prior to the meeting for reading at the meeting and inclusion in the CoA
minutes. They shall also submit an annual report in writing at least thirty (30) days prior to the
Department Convention to the State Adjutant for inclusion in the Annual Officers Report. They shall also
submit a monthly report for inclusion in the monthly General Orders.
Section 1. The Department shall hold its annual convention and the first Council of Administration on the
weekend that contains a Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the month of June as approved by the Convention Committee.
Section 2. The Department shall consist of such National, Department and Post Officers as the National
Bylaws may prescribe, together with the duly elected delegates and alternates from the several Posts,
who shall have been elected in accordance with provisions of the National Bylaws. Each Post in good
standing shall be entitled to one (1) delegate and one (1) alternate for each thirty (30) members or
fraction thereof in good standing as of March 31st.
Section 3. Two (2) consecutive days shall constitute the time for holding a Department Convention.
Section 4. The Department Commander shall designate with the approval of the Council of
Administration a Department Convention Chairman. The Convention Chairman shall appoint with the
approval of the Department Commander such additional committee members as may be deemed
necessary. Said Committee shall have charge of administration of each Department Convention.
Section 5. The following rules and regulations shall govern voting at Department Convention.
(a) The list of Post Delegates and Post Alternates (Consisting of 1 per 30 members) to be honored must
bear signatures of both the Post Commander and Post Adjutant and be submitted to the Credentials Committee Chairman.
(b) At time of voting, the comrade casting the vote will have to announce his/her name for purpose of
checking authenticity. This check shall be made by the Credentials Committee during roll-call vote.
(c) The Post Commander must be present and registered in order for his/her vote to be cast. In the
absence of the Commander, the Senior Vice Commander may register in his/her place. In the absence of
both the Commander and Senior Vice, the Junior Vice Commander may register.
(d) The Chief Teller will submit to the Department Adjutant one certified report, signed by the tellers,
of the vote tallied following each roll-call taken and said tallies (report) will be retained as a part of the Convention Records.
(e) Registration of Post Delegates and Alternates will close at 10:00 am on the day of the election of
Department Officers to allow the Credentials Committee time to make official tabulations.
(f) A roll-call of a Post vote as cast by authorized Post delegates may be challenged at the call of any
three officers or delegates representing three different Posts or any one member of the Credentials Committee.
(g) All monies owed to the Department, Trustee Report, Post Inspections, Copy of Bonding must be in
the hands of the State Quartermaster prior to being eligible to vote. All Posts and Districts are also
required to be incorporated.
Section 1. The Council of Administration shall consist of such officers as the National Bylaws prescribe.
Section 2.
(a) The Council of Administration shall convene in regular session in the months of October, January
and April. The June CoA meeting shall be convened immediately on Sunday following the Department Convention. In case that the dates are not feasible, the Commander shall submit a convention meeting date to be approved by the Council of Administration.
(b) Under an extenuating circumstance, the Council of Administration will vote to approve any change
of months
(c) Special meetings of the Council may be called by the Department Commander at his/her discretion.
A special meeting of the Council shall be called upon written request or by e-mail of a majority of Council
members. In case of an emergency voting requested by the Department Commander, the vote may be
requested via e-mail and the results of the action taken will be reported by the Commander at the next
Council of Administration (CoA) meeting.
(d) Each Council Member shall be notified in writing of the time and place of each Council meeting at
least ten (10) days prior to the date of such meeting.
Section 3. A majority of the Council Members present shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of
business, provided however, that there shall be at least a majority of members present.
Section 4. The Council of Administration shall keep a full and detailed record of its proceedings.
Section 5. The duties of the Council of Administration shall be to administer the affairs of the Department in the interim between annual conventions, in accordance with National and Department Bylaws and the mandates of the Department Convention.
Section 1. The Department shall be divided into the number of Districts as voted on by the Department
Convention, each of which shall be under the supervision of a District Commander.
Section 2. Assignment of Posts, Districts and geographical boundaries thereof shall be established by vote of the Department Convention. New Posts that are instituted between Department Conventions shall be temporarily assigned by the Department Commander to the District whose Commander signs the application for charter.
Section 3. Department Districts shall function within the jurisdiction and subject to the authority of the
Department Convention and shall be governed by National and Department Bylaws and lawful orders.
Section 4. Elected Officers of each District shall be the Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice
Commander, Quartermaster, Chaplain, Judge Advocate, Surgeon and three (3) Trustees as voted on by
the District members.
Section 5. Appointed officers in each District shall be an Adjutant, Chief of Staff, Service Officer and
Inspector and such additional appointed officers as the District Commander deems necessary for the
proper functioning of the District.
Section 6. The District Commander shall prepare and furnish to each Post in his/her jurisdiction and the
Department Adjutant a schedule of proposed District Meetings for the current year. Each schedule to indicate date, time and place of meetings. The schedule is to be furnished not later than fifteen (15) days after the District Convention to the Department Adjutant. Notice of changes in schedule that may become necessary must be forwarded to the Department Adjutant at least ten (10) days prior to the scheduled meeting. In case of an emergency (i.e., weather, etc.), the Department Adjutant will be notified via email or telephone call and will notify the Department Representative of said cancellation of meeting.
Section 7. Each District Adjutant in the Department shall submit a copy of each District meeting minutes
to the Department Adjutant not later than seven (7) days following each District Meeting via USPS and/or email.
Section 8. Each District Commander shall hold one meeting for the purpose of promoting schools of
instruction for Post officers.
Section 9. Each District shall hold meetings IAW Section 403 of the National Bylaws.
Section 10. District Inspector/Deputy Inspector will ensure that all Posts in the District are inspected but
shall not inspect his/her own Post. The District Commander shall assign another member in good
standing to complete the inspection.
Section 11. District Commanders shall visit each Post within their jurisdiction at least once a year
and shall prepare a formal report of their visit to the State Commander and State Adjutant.
No officer, group of officers, committee or individual member shall expend or commit Department funds,
or in any way obligate the Department without prior authority and then only, in cases of expenditure of
Department funds, the Department Adjutant will draw a voucher and present it to the Department
Quartermaster, who will then make out a check signed by him/her. All expenditures will be signed by the
State Commander to prove reviewing of the expenditures.
All resolutions shall be typewritten and forwarded as to reach the Department Adjutant at least sixty (60)
days prior to the convening date of the Department Convention for review by the Department Bylaws
Committee and published in the General Orders for all Posts to review. Any resolution of any emergency
nature may be presented from the floor of the Department Convention.
Section 1. Department Headquarters shall be located at the same address of the incumbent Department Adjutant.
Section 2. The books of the Department Quartermaster and those of any Department Assistant
Quartermaster who have control of any Department funds, shall be audited once each quarter by the
Department Auditing Committee and a report of same submitted to the next meeting of the Council of Administration.
Section 3. Reserve Fund: That a minimum of five hundred dollars ($500.00) be set aside each year and
placed in a reserve fund! This fund to be drawn upon only in an emergency by two-thirds (2/3)
affirmative vote of the members of the Council of Administration! This fund not to exceed one-half (1/2)
of the current year’s total budget!
Section 4. Travel Allowance: Amount to be spent on travel allowance shall be established by the Budget
Committee with the approval of the Council of Administration.
Section 5. National Convention: The travel allowance for the Department Commander while attending
the National Convention shall be as follows: Transportation: Commercial jet coach, round trip fare from
nearest airport to Commander’s home to site of convention. Hotel Room: will be for the length of the
National Convention plus one day. Rates will be for double occupancy rates prevailing at the hotel that
is assigned to Maine at the Convention. Per Diem: Will be at the prevailing rate as established by the IRS
for the particular year and area. Number of days of Per Diem will be the length of time of the National
Convention plus two (2) days.
(a) The Senior Vice Commander’s travel allowance while attending the National Convention shall be
90% of the total allowed for the Department Commander.
(b) The Junior Vice Commander’s travel allowance while attending the National Convention shall be
80% of the total allowed for the Department Commander.
(c) The Immediate Past State Commander’s travel allowance while attending the National Convention
shall be 80% of the total allowed for the Department Commander.Section 6. Per Capita Tax: Per capita tax shall be established at $.50 per National Dues increase. With a
precedence set on 1 January 2013 at $9.50; 6.5% of every dollar shall be earmarked for Rehabilitation
and Service Account for our VSO.
(a) If the National organization, through their National Convention, changes their Bylaws to allow a
increase in per-capita dues, then the Department of Maine will automatically raise their dues by $.50 per
each National total per-capita dues increase, hence forth. 6.5% of every dollar collected for the State per
capita shall be earmarked for the Rehabilitation and Service Account VSO.
Section 7. Quartermaster Bonds: The Department Quartermaster shall be authorized to make
necessary negotiations with a commercial bonding agency to provide bonds for all Posts, Districts, and
Department. Each Post and District is liable to purchase the proper amount of bond either from the State
Quartermaster or a Bonding Company of their choosing. They must also provide a copy of proof of
bonding to the State Quartermaster by 31 December of each year.
Section 8.
(a) Any and all canteens or bars located so as to be part of any Veterans of Foreign Wars facility and/or
premises owned or rented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars shall close and remain closed during any
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, District or Department meeting or formal installation. Unless there is a
separates door to enter and exit.
(b) Posts and Districts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall be incorporated
within the State where they are located as prescribed in the Manual of Procedure.
(c) No unit charted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and no activities, clubrooms, holding companies or units sponsored or conducted or operated by, for or on behalf of any such charted unit, shall separately from the Post, incorporate under the laws of the state for any purposes what so ever unless the Articles of incorporation of such charted unit and any incorporated activity, clubrooms, holding companies or units sponsored, conducted or operated by, for or on its behalf shall include those provisions specified in the Manual of Procedure. Chartered units failing to comply with provisions of this section or failing to cause compliance by activities, clubrooms, holding companies or units sponsored,
conducted or operated by, for or on behalf of such charted unit shall be subject to suspension or
revocation of charter.
(d) Any employee hired by a Post or District are their sole responsibility and fall under the Bylaws of
that Post or District; the only mandate by the organization is all employees will be bonded that handle
funds. No Post or District may hire an employee on behalf of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, only on behalf
of their Post or District. All State and Federal Laws must be adhered to by the Post or District hiring said
employee. The Department of Maine and National Veterans of Foreign Wars do not hire nor control
employees of a Post or District. The hiring and removal or laying off of employees in a Post or District is
the sole responsibility of that Post or District that hired them.
(e) Any Canteen, Club, or Gaming operated by a Post or District are the sole responsibility of that said
Post or District, and proper license’s, insurances and operations of said benefits to their members must
fall under all State and Federal Laws and guidelines along with their Post Bylaws.
(f) Any Post or District owning and/or operating directly or by reason of holding company or other entity substantially controlled by the Post or District or its members, a canteen, clubroom or other facility available to members or guests must maintain general liability insurance, including, if necessary or appropriate, liquor liability insurance. Such insurance must be of a type and amount sufficient to protect the Post or District, and must also name, as additional insured, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and the Department of Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars.
(g) The Department of Maine VFW does not lend money or extend credit to any chartered unit. It is in no manner responsible for the debts or any other liability incurred by any chartered unit or any clubroom, canteen, facility or other fund-raising activity operated by it. As unincorporated associations or corporations, they are responsible for their own debts and liabilities. To the extent that the Department of Maine VFW is threatened with or sustains damage arising from a debt or liability incurred by a chartered unit, the Department of Maine VFW will recover such damages and any costs and expenses
incurred from such chartered unit or persons responsible for such debt or liability.

Section 9. Consolidation of two or more Posts: Two or more Posts in the Department of Maine may consolidate as provided for in Section 209 of the National Bylaws and Manual of Procedure.
Section 10. Notification in Writing: Notwithstanding the provisions herein, written notification can
include the use of any carrier including the use of e-mails with return receipt notification.
Section 11. Maine Veterans Coordinating Committee (MVCC): As a member of the MVCC, the committee will consist of five (5) delegates (Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, Jr. Vice Commander, Judge Advocate and Veterans Service Office Representative and (5) alternates as appointed by the State Commander.) Only items supporting the welfare and betterment of our members and veterans in general be supported. The members will not assist or volunteer in any way, shape or form information or support of any topics that are against what we stand for. Inputs for the MVCC meeting will be emailed to all Council members and Past State Commanders upon receipt for their information. The Department of Maine will also pay its annual dues for membership as prescribed by the MVCC Committee.
Section 12. Chairman appointed to the following committees (Homeless Veterans, all Maine Veterans
Cemeteries, Togus Beal House, Togus Advisory and Maine Veterans Coordinating Committees) will
provide a copy of their respective meeting minutes to the State Adjutant for file immediately upon receipt
and forwarding to all Council members and Past State Commanders for their information.
Section 13: Procurement: The State Quartermaster is responsible for all procurement and is authorized
to assign others for the purpose of procuring.
Section 14: Department Representative to District Meetings: The Department Representative and/or
Designated Department Representative will upon completion of the District meeting complete the
Department Representative Report of his/her visit.
The Department President shall, within thirty (30) days after induction into office, submit to the Department Commander an itemized report of the financial and membership status of the Department Auxiliary for information and for submission by the Department Commander to the Department Council of Administration.
Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by the Department Convention by two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the delegates present and voting; provided however that the amendments shall not be considered unless a copy of same shall have been forwarded through channels to all Post Commanders and all Council members at least ten (10) days prior to convening date of the Department Convention as outlined in Article V, Section 1, above.
Section 2. Amendments to these Bylaws shall become effective only upon review of the Commander-in-Chief. Whenever these Bylaws or subsequent amendments may be found to be in conflict with the present or any future National Bylaws, the latter shall prevail and be binding upon this Department as though written herein.

Jennifer L. Lane, Andre L. Dumas
State Commander, State Adjutant

Department Convention 6-11-2022