By-Laws Of District Twelve Veterans of Foreign Wars Of The United States of America Department of Missouri Adopted 18 August 1960 Amended January 1962 Amended January 1982 Amended March 1983 Amended May 2005 By-Laws Of District Twelve Veterans of Foreign Wars Of The United States of America Department of Missouri Adopted 18 August 1960 Amended January 1962 Amended January 1982 Amended March 1983 Amended May 2005 Article 1 Name and Jurisdiction Section 1; By virtue of Charter granted, the name of this District shall be “Twelfth District, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Department of Missouri. Section 2; The jurisdiction of the District shall consist of, and be confined to, the Posts now Chartered, or that may hereafter be Chartered, within the territorial limits of this District. Article 2 Subordination and Objects Section 1; The supreme power of this organization is vested in the National Convention and this District shall be, at all times, governed by its Constitution and By- Laws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the By-Laws of the Department of Missouri, orders issued by authority of the National Council of Administration, the Commander-in-Chief, the Department Convention, the Department Council of Administration, the Commander of the Department of Missouri, and the District Convention. Section 2; It is the purpose of this District to establish and maintain harmony and co- operation between all the Posts within its jurisdiction; to carry out the orders, programs, and policies of the National and State Departments and the affiliated Posts of this District; to increase the Membership of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in the District; to engage actively in the welfare of Veterans, insofar as it is necessary and possible to carry out the aims and the objects of the National and State Departments and the affiliated Posts of this District; and to engage in any constructive civil activities. Section 3; Politics in this District shall be governed by the National By-Laws Article 7, Section 702. Section 4; That Section 3 will not be construed as political activities where it is called to the attention of the District the action of any political party or individual politician whose acts are unfair of prejudiced to the best interests of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Article 3 Membership Section 1; Membership in this District shall be in accordance with the provision of the National By-Laws. Article 4 Meetings Section 1; This District shall hold its Regular Meeting on the Second Monday, in July, September, November, January, March, and May. In December, in conjunction with the Ladies Auxiliary, a Special Meeting will be held for the purpose of the Annual Banquet and a brief meeting after. Section 2; The District shall call Special Meetings as prescribed by the National By- Laws. Section 3; The District shall hold at least four (4) District Meetings a year for the purpose of promoting Schools of Instructions, as set down in Section 2 Article 6 of the By-Laws of the Department of Missouri. Article 5 Officers Section 1; Eligibility: eligibility to a District Office shall be in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws. Section 2; Officers: (a) the Officers of this District shall be a District Commander, Senior Vice Commander, Junior Vice Commander, Quartermaster, Adjutant, and other such officers as are required or permitted by the National By-Laws. (b) The District Adjutant shall be appointed by the District Commander. (c) The District Quartermaster shall be bonded, as required, by National By-Laws and premium on such bond shall be paid out by District funds. Section 3; The term on office for all elected Officers of the district shall be those as provided in the National By-Laws. Section 4; The duties of all Officers shall be those as provided for in the National By- Laws, and such additional duties as the District may direct. Section 5; All vacancies in District offices shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws. Section 6; Past District Officers shall be those as provided for and designated in the National By-Laws. Article 6 Revenue Section 1; The District may assess annual dues in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws. Section 2; Any and all solicitation of funds shall be in accordance with the provisions of the national By-Laws. Article 7 Expenditures Section 1; Expenditures of District funds shall be made by the District Quartermaster only after the District has authorized payment and then only upon voucher drawn by the District Adjutant and approved by the District Commander or as approved by the National By-Laws. Article 8 Discipline Section 1; Any Member of this District or any affiliated Post, Drill Team, Musical Unit, Club, or person or persons, promoter or promoters, using the name of the Veterans of Foreign Wars or its insignia, in a manner of disgrace or detrimental to the principles of the organization or charged with the violation of the Constitution and By-Laws of the National, Department, or District, or having committed any of the offences enumerated in the Code of Discipline of the National By-Laws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, shall, upon the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the Members of this District at any stated meeting, and upon the recommendation of an investigative committee appointed by the Dstrict Commander, be disciplined in accordance with the provisions of the national By- Laws. Article 9 Miscellaneous Section 1; Arrearage: any Post in arrears for Membership dues or returns, District dues, Quartermaster returns, Trustees Report of Audit, Per Capita Tax, Poppy Money, Supply Money, or other financial obligations, or failure to have the Post Quartermaster bonded in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws, shall be excluded from all representation in District Meetings, Department and National Conventions, until the same are received by proper authorities. Section 2; Auxiliary: the jurisdiction of this District over its Auxiliaries shall be in accordance with the provisions of the National By-Laws. Section 3; Rules of Order: the Rules of order for this District shall be as set out in the National By-Laws of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Section 4; Parliamentary Procedure: Demeter’s Manual or any other manual adopted by the National Convention shall be the recognized Parliamentary Procedure of this District. Article 10 Twelfth District Honor Guard Fund Section 1; The Twelfth District Honor Guard Fund shall be maintained as a special fund by the District Quartermaster. The monies in this fund shall be used solely for the purpose of maintaining the Honor Guard, such as uniforms and other equipment necessary for the Honor guard to function as an efficient unit of the twelfth District. Article 11 Amendments Section 1; These By-Laws may be amended or altered only by the District Convention and then only by a vote in favor there of only two-thirds of the authorized delegates to the District Convention; provided however, that any such proposed amendment first has been submitted to the District Adjutant, all Post Commanders, and District Officers, by mailing a copy thereof of them fifteen (15) prior to the convening date of said Convention. Section 2; No Amendment shall be effective until after approval by the Commander- in-Chief. Submitted by the By-Laws Committee 18 August, 1960 Herman Droege, Wilson Rutledge, Francis St John All Amendments are incorporated in this revision of the Twelfth District By-Laws And are current as of reprinting on 4 November 2007.