POST 87 AZ
Mohave Valley Post 87 The American Legion, Department of Arizona,
Dated July 1, 2004
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United State of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and Incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation tothe community, States, and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masseto make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to Posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Article I – Name
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be Mohave Valley Post 87, The American Legion,
Department of Arizona.
Article II – Objects
Section 1. The objects and purposes of the Post shall be to promote the principles and policies
as set forth in the forgoing preamble, and the National and Department Constitutions of The
Article III – Nature
Section 1. This Post is a civilian organization and membership therein does not affect or
Increase liability for military or police service.
Section 2. This organization shall be absolutely nonpolitical 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
military or naval title in any meeting of the Post.
Article IV – Membership
Section 1. Eligibility to membership in this Post shall be as prescribed by the National
Constitution of The American Legion.
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 a majority of the members cast their
vote against acceptance of any said application, then such application shall be recorded as
Section 4. Any member of this Post may be expelled for cause by a two-thirds vote of the
Executive Committee after charges are preferred under oath in writing, and a fair trial had upon
Section 5. A member who has been expelled or suspended from the Post for any cause may be
reinstated to membership by a two-thirds vote of the membership present in Post meeting, and
the payment of current dues for the year in which the reinstatement occurs.
Section 6. No person who has been expelled by a Post shall be admitted to membership in this
Post, without the consent of the expelling Post, except that where such consent has been asked
for and denied by such Post, may then appeal to the Executive Committee of the Department of
Arizona for permission to apply for membership in this Post, and shall be ineligible for
membership until such permission is granted.
Article V – Officers
Section 1. The administrative affairs of the Post of the American Legion shall, except as my be
otherwise provided by the By-Laws, be under the supervision of an Executive Committee which
shall consist of fourteen (14) members including the officers of the Post. The term of office
for members of the Executive Committee shall be for one year. This Post, by its by - law, may
provide for such other standing committees as the business of the organization may require.
Section 2. The officers of this Post shall be a Commander, First and Second Vice Commanders,
an Adjutant, a Finance Officer, a Post Historian, a Post Chaplain, a Post Service Officer, a
Sergeant-at-Arms, a Judge Advocate and such other officers as may be deemed necessary by
this organization, who shall be nominated from the floor at the meeting preceding the annual
Section 3. All officers and Executive Committee members shall be elected annually, and they
shall hold office until their successors are duly installed or as otherwise provided. Any officer or
Executive Committee member may be removed for inefficiency by the Executive Committee, a
two-thirds vote of said committee being necessary to effect such removal.
Section 4. Every member of this Post in good standing shall be eligible to hold office in this
Section 5. The dues of officers and the Executive Committee shall be those usually
appertaining to such Officers and as further provided in the By-Laws.
Article VI – Finance
Section 1. The revenue of this Post shall be derived, including the bar, as may be approved by the Post Executive Committee.
Section 2. The amount of such membership or initiation fees and the amount of such annual
Post dues shall be fixed and determined by the Post.
Section 3. The Post shall pay to Department of Arizona the National and Departmental annual
memberships dues for every member of the Post.
Article VII – Charter Members
Section 1. Members who joined this Post prior to _______________ shall be known as charter
Article VIII – American Legion Auxillary
Section 1. This Post recognizes an auxillary organization to be known as the Auxillary Unit of
Mohave Valley Post 87, The American Legion.
Section 2. Membership in the Auxillary shall be as prescribed by the National Constitution of
the American Legion Auxillary.
Article IX – Sons of the American Legion
Section 1. This Post recognizes an organization to be known as the Sons of the American Legion,
Squadron 87, a unit of Mohave Valley Post 87, The American Legion.
Section 2. Membership in Sons of The American Legion shall be as prescribed by the National
Constitution of the American Legion.
Article X – Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution is adopted subject to the provisions of the National Constitution of
The American Legion and the Department Constitution of the Department of Arizona, The
American Legion. Any amendments to said National Constitution or Department Constitution,
which is in conflict with any provisions hereof shall be regarded as automatically repealing or
modifying the provisions of this Constitution to the extent of each conflict.
Section 2. This Constitution may be amended at any regular Post meeting by a vote of two-thirds
of the members of said Post attending such regular meeting, providing the proposed
amendment shall have been submitted in writing and read at next preceding regular
meeting of said Post, and providing, further, written notice shall have given to all
members at least fifteen (15) day in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted
upon, notifying said member that at such meeting a proposal to amend the Constitution is to
be voted upon.
Approved by the Post membership on August 3, 2004
Willam Davenport James W Harbison
Post Commander Adjutant
Approved by Department of Arizona
Date: ___August 3, 2004________