Article 1 (Name)
The name of the organization shall be The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina.
The Department Headquarters shall be in the same city as The American Legion Department of South Carolina.
Article 2 (Nature)
The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina is a civilian organization of women that supports the mission of The American Legion.
The American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Carolina shall be absolutely non-political and non-sectarian and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles
or for the promotion of candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.
Article 3 (Eligibility)
Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of members of The American Legion, and to the mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, greatgranddaughters and grandmothers of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States during the following periods: April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918; December 7, 1941 to December 31 1946; June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990; August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities as determined by the Government of the United States; all dates inclusive, or who being citizens of the United States at the time of their entry therein, served on active duty in the Armed Forces of any of the governments associated with the United States during any of said periods, and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge; and to those women who of their own right are eligible for membership in the American Legion.
There shall be two classes of membership, Senior and Junior.
a. Senior membership shall be composed of members over the age eighteen (18) and older; provided, however, a member eligible under Section 1 of this article, and who is under the age of eighteen (18) years and married shall be classed as a Senior member.
b. Junior membership shall consist of that group under the age of eighteen years, whose
activities shall be supervised by the Senior membership. Upon reaching the age of eighteen years, Junior members shall automatically be admitted into Senior member ship with full privileges.
c. Dues of both classes shall be paid annually or for life.
Article 4 (Department Officers)
The Department shall have the following officers: A President, a Senior Vice President, a Junior Vice President, fourteen District Presidents, a Department Chaplain, a Department Historian, two Sergeant-at-Arms, a Recording Secretary, an Executive Director and a Treasurer. These officers serve on the Executive Committee. The Department President and Sr. Vice President shall serve as President & Vice President respectively on the Department Executive Committee.
The Department Convention shall elect the following term officers: President, Sr. Vice President, Jr. Vice President, Chaplain, Historian, two Sergeants-at-Arms, and a Recording Secretary.
The Department Executive Committee at its first meeting immediately following Department Convention, shall confirm the appointment of the Parliamentarian and ratification of the continued employment of the Executive Director and Treasurer.
In case vacancy in the office of the Department President, the Senior Vice-President automatically becomes President for the unexpired term and shall assume the duties and authority of the office. The Junior Vice President automatically becomes Senior Vice President. An Executive Committee meeting shall be called to appoint a qualified person as Junior Vice President for the unexpired term. If the unexpired term of office is less than six months, the person so named shall be eligible to election by regular process to the Office of President for a full term. The same applies to Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President should either become incapacitated due to illness or accident.
All questions affecting the eligibility, election, and conduct of a Department officer shall be referred to the Department Executive Committee where a decision by a two-thirds vote in said committee shall be the final authority thereon.
Article 5 (Department Executive Committee)
DEPARTMENT EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Between Department Conventions, the Department Executive Committee which shall serve as the governing body of the organization with fiduciary, policy and strategic responsibility for the organization.
The Department Executive Committee shall be comprised of the Department President, Senior Vice President, Junior Vice President, fourteen District Presidents, Department Chaplain, Department Recording Secretary, two Sergeant-at-Arms, Department Historian,Chairmen of Department Standing Committees Parliamentarian and the NEC. All past Department Presidents in good standing in their local units shall be members for life on the Executive Committee, with all rights except the right to vote. The Department Executive Director and Department Treasurer shall serve with all rights except the right to vote.
Fifteen voting members shall constitute a quorum
The term of office of the Department Executive Committee
members shall commence immediately following the adjournment of the Department Convention next ensuing and shall end at the adjournment of the next succeeding Department Convention
Article 6 (Department Convention)
The American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Carolina Convention shall be held annually at the same time and city as the convention of The American Legion Department of South Carolina for the purpose of electing officers, receiving reports, and transacting such other business as shall properly come before it.
The voting body of the Department Convention shall consist of officers of the Department, Past Department Presidents, provided they are residents of this state, present and voting and regular members in good standing of The American Legion Auxiliary, and regularly accredited delegates from each unit.
Each Unit shall be entitled to three delegates, one of whom shall be the retiring President or her appointee, and one additional delegate for each twenty-five members or major fraction thereof whose current dues have been received by the Department Treasurer thirty days prior to the meeting of said Convention and to one alternate for each delegate. Each unit shall have as many votes as it is entitled to delegates.
Each delegate shall be entitled to one vote. The vote of any delegate absent or not represented by alternates shall be cast by the majority of delegates from the Unit.
A quorum shall exist at a Department Convention when 25 Units of the Department are represented.
Department delegates and alternates to the National Convention shall be elected at the Department Convention, except the Department President, retiring Department President, and National Executive Committee Woman and Department Executive Director, who shall be members of the delegation. Each District may select one nominee of their District as a possible delegate to represent the Department at the National Convention. The names of all such representatives shall be placed in nomination at the Department Convention, from this list the proper number of delegates shall be elected; the others serve as alternates. NOTE: National
Standing Rules II. National Constitution: 3# Representation in the National Convention shall be by Department. Each Department shall be entitled to five delegates and one additional delegate for each 1,500 members or major fraction thereof, whose current dues have been received by the National Treasurer thirty days prior to the meeting of said convention and to one alternate for each delegate. The delegates and alternates shall be selected not less than 2 weeks before the National Convention, provided that the Department hosting the National Convention shall be privileged to hold its Department Convention and select its delegates at the time and place designated by their respective Department of The American Legion.
Article 7 (Amendments)
This Constitution may be amended at the Department Convention by a vote of two thirds of the Convention delegates thereof and become operative upon adoption; provided that the notice of the proposed amendments be out to all Units thirty days prior to Department Convention. These proposed changes must be read at the Convention.
Amendments proposed after distribution, as shown in Section 1 hereof, may be adopted by a two-thirds vote of the Department Convention delegates, provided they have been read at one session of the Department Convention prior to taking the vote.
An amendment not having been previously read or distributed as required in Section 1 hereof, may be adopted by the unanimous vote of the Department Convention delegates.
AMENDED AND APPROVED AT THE AUXILIARY DEPARTMENT CONVENTION IN COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, MAY 30, 2015