American Legion Post 7 Standing Rules
Enacted by Post Membership on February 6, 2024
The American Legion Post 7 (“Post 7”) supports and enforces the Laws of The State of
Maryland and of Anne Arundel County including all applicable Liquor Control Rules and
Regulations. No Standing Rule shall be deemed to override these laws. These standing rules
supplement the Department of Maryland mandated Constitution and By-Laws for Post 7. The
major advantage in using Standing Rules is the flexibility to add, amend, or delete Rules
without prior notice, and by a majority vote at Membership Meetings. Post 7 may give advance
notice of a motion on a Rule to give Members additional time to consider and discuss.
STANDING RULE 1: POST OFFICERS
Section 1. The Post shall have a First, Second and Third Vice Commander.
Section 2. In addition to the officers specified in the Constitution and Bylaws, the
Commander shall appoint a Service officer.
STANDING RULE 2: POST EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1. In addition to the elected officers of the Post, the Post shall have two elected
members at large.
Section 2. Employees of the Post hired by the Executive Committee shall not hold an
elective or appointed office in the Post. However, personnel contracted for
periodic business with the Post may hold an elected or appointed office if
they are Post members in good standing.
Section 3. The Executive Committee shall meet for organizational and such other
business as may come before it on the first Tuesday of each month, or at
the call of the Post Commander. Under emergency circumstances, the Post
Commander or three Executive Committee members may call a special
meeting of the Executive Committee.
Section 4. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to hire business and legal-
related personnel/firms such as: Certified Public Accountants, lawyers, auditors,
bondsmen, etc. The Executive Committee shall also insure there is adequate
bond for all persons having custody of Post funds: shall hear all reports; and
shall have charge of and be responsible for the management of all the affairs
of the Post.
STANDING RULE 3: POST MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS
Section 1. Post Membership Meetings will be held on the first Tuesday of the month,
following the Executive Committee meeting.
Section 2. In the event of an emergency, the Commander may reschedule, conduct
the meeting using an online forum (e.g., Zoom or Microsoft Teams), or cancel
a regularly scheduled Post Membership Meeting.
STANDING RULE 4: POST OPERATIONS
Section 1. In performing its assigned mission, the Executive Committee shall have the
authority to hire such employees and contractors as is necessary to operate
the Post. The Operations Manager and the Adjutant is responsible to manage
the Post and its property.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall authorize or recommend, as applicable, all
non-budgeted expenditures exceeding $1,000. Any emergency maintenance
or repairs necessary to maintain the efficient operations of the Post under
$1,000 must be by written contract and be approved by the Commander, or
his designee, before it is performed. Other than the Commander
(or Vice-Commander by Delegation), no Officer or Executive Committee
Member may authorize or obligate Post Funds, to include food or beverages
in the lounge, for any service(s) performed at the Post without the approval of
the Post members, executive committee in an emergency not to exceed 1,000.00,
or the commander not to exceed $1,000.00 in an emergency.
STANDING RULE 5: HOUSE RULES
Section 1. The Operations Manager shall have the authority to formulate such rules of
conduct as may be necessary for the maintenance of good order in the Post.
Approval and enforcement are under the purview of the Executive Committee.
Final ratification of any House Rules lies with the Post Membership. Approved
House Rules will be prominently displayed in the Post.
Section 2. The Executive Committee shall have the authority to enforce those rules of
conduct as outlined in Article IV of the National By-Laws of The American
Legion, Article XIII of the Department of Maryland By-Laws of The American
Legion, Post 7’s Constitution, By-Laws, and House Rules (e.g., disloyalty,
neglect of duty, dishonesty, and conduct unbecoming a member of The American
STANDING RULE 6: DISCIPLINE OF MEMBERS
Section 1. Disciplinary decisions pertaining to misconduct on Post property by any
individual will be conducted by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Written Reprimands. The Post Commander, with Executive Committee
approval, has the authority to issue a Letter of Warning to a Post member
in lieu of a disciplinary hearing for minor infractions of Post House Rules.
Section 3. Suspensions. The Post Commander, with Executive Committee approval,
may suspend a Post member from Post property for up to 90 days pending
a hearing from the Executive Committee per the Department of Maryland
By-Laws. Further, the Post Commander may ask if the member wants to
accept the suspension as their disciplinary action in lieu of a hearing. If the
Post member chooses to accept the suspension, the Post member forfeits
their right to a hearing and appeal to the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Hearings. Hearings will be conducted by a minimum of the Judge Advocate,
or if unavailable a Judge Advocate from another American Legion post, and
three members of the Executive Committee. The Post Commander should
not be one of three -member Executive Committee Hearing Panel and must
not be present during any of the hearings. If the Judge Advocate is unable to
participate in the hearing, the Post Commander shall appoint a presiding judge
from the Executive Committee for the hearing.
STANDING RULE 7: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (INSTANT/VIDEO MACHINES)
Section 1. All funds will be removed from machines daily (preferably prior to the Post
opening for business on the next day of business) by an Executive Committee
designee, consistent with our insurance requirements.
Section 2. The funds will be counted, payments will be processed, and both will be
compared, reconciled, and consolidated with computer documentation for
each machine and the payout totals on our internal POS system.
Section 3. If a discrepancy occurs, the funds will be secluded until verification can
occur by the Operations Manager or Finance Officer.
Section 4. When funds and reports are authenticated, the funds will be merged with all
other daily receipts and income. Appropriate reports and documentation will be
Section 5. Physical access to the validation system is in the facility office. A keypad on
the office door requires an access code be entered. Keys to access the machines
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