CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEPARTMENT HISTORIANS
OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
(As Amended at the annual meetings in Seattle, Washington on August 20, 1983 and Salt Lake City, Utah on August 31, 1996 and Indianapolis on October 12, 1998, and Indianapolis on October 7, 2003, corrected.)
ARTICLE I - Name - Headquarters
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, DEPARTMENT HISTORIANS, THE AMERICAN LEGION. Official approval was given by the National Executive Committee of The American Legion in 1949.
Section 2. The National Headquarters of this organization shall be the business office of the National Historian.
ARTICLE II - Eligibility
Section 1. This Association is a voluntary union of American Legion National and Department Historians and Past National and Department Historians desiring to give and gain mutual aid in collecting from year to year all records and data of value and interest to and for The American Legion, National and Departmental; in the compilation during their respective term of office of complete histories of the year’s activities; for the assistance of Post Historians so as to coordinate and unify their work; for the stimulation of interest in the preparation of the Department and Post Histories; and for the increase of appreciation of importance and responsibility of the office of Historian.
Section 2. Any Department Historian, any Assistant Department Historian, when a Department provides for such office by its By-Laws, any past Department or Past National Historian may become a member of this Association upon subscribing to its By-Laws, completing the application form and by paying annual dues in advance.
Section 3. The National Historian and National Librarian shall be Honorary Members of this Association with full privilege of Membership without payment of dues.
ARTICLE III - Officers - Duties
Section 1. The Association shall, during each Fall Meeting of the National Executive Committee Meeting, at which time elect from its membership a President, one Vice President from each Area designated in Article III, Section 2c., a Secretary, and a Treasurer, all for one term of one year. With exception of the President, all may serve indefinitely. The President may serve not more than two (2) consecutive terms.
Section 2. a. The President shall be the presiding officer at all meetings. He/she may appoint such chairman as he/she deems necessary. He/she shall appoint the following officers: Judge Advocate, Chaplain, Assistant Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, Editor of the Newsletter, and Historian. The President shall appoint a Nominating Committee of three (3) at the Fall Meeting. This Committee shall solicit nominees for the various elective offices. Such nominees shall be announced in the Newsletter. No name shall be placed in nomination without the consent of the Nominee. No member of the Executive Committee shall serve on the Nominating Committee. The Nominating Committee shall make their final report at the annual meeting. The President shall appoint at least three from the NADHAL Association to serve as an Advisory Committee.
b. In case of death or disability of the President of NADHAL, the Advisory Committee, by mail ballot to the entire membership, shall elect a successor from among the nine Vice Presidents; when a temporary absence from a meeting is necessary, the President shall designate an acting President from among the Vice Presidents present at such meeting.
c. Each Area Vice President shall be membership chairperson in his/her respective area. Distribution of the Departments shall be as follows:
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