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American Legion Riders
Hardin Post 113
Elizabethtown, Kentucky 42701
Constitution and Bylaws

For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States 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 to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will 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.

The American Legion Riders is formed to promote the aims and purposes of The American Legion as a family oriented motorcycling activity for members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of The American Legion.

Article I—Name
The name of this program shall be THE AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS of Kentucky, Post 113.

Article II—Nature
Section 1. The American Legion Riders (ALR) is a program for members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, and The Sons of The American Legion members, collectively “The Legion Family,” who share an interest in motorcycling.
Section 2. The American Legion Riders upholds the declared principles of The American Legion as well as conforms to and abides by the regulations and decisions of the department, post, or other duly constituted governing body.
Section 3. The ALR maintains and protects the image of The American Legion at all times through appropriate wearing of The American Legion Emblem. The emblem of The American Legion demands "that the wearer shall ever guard the sanctity of home and country and free institutions.”
Section 4. Members of the ALR avoid any perception of being a motorcycle or “biker" club or gang. Rather, the focus of membership is for the enjoyment of motorcycles and comradeship and furthering Legion programs in the community.
Section 5. The ALR strives to improve the public’s perception of the motorcycling community by promoting the honorable nature of service to one’s community, state and nation through the sport of motorcycling.
Section 6. Members of the ALR comply at all times with the motor vehicle safety, licensing, and insurance laws or regulations of the state in which operating.

Article III—Organization
The American Legion Riders is organized at either the Department or the Post. Each Chapter exists at the discretion of the sponsoring post/department. The Chapter officers and executive committee are responsible and accountable to the sponsoring post/department executive committee.
Article IV—Membership Eligibility
Section 1. Eligibility for basic membership in The American Legion Riders shall be as prescribed by the national constitutions of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of The American Legion.
Section 2. All members of The American Legion Riders must further demonstrate current individual membership in The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, or the Sons of The American Legion.
Section 3. Members will not at any time hold membership in more than one chapter of The American Legion Riders.
Section 4. In addition to sections 1-3 above, members must be the legally registered owner of a motorcycle of at least 350cc or be the spouse of the legally registered owner within the state of registration.
Section 5. All operators must be properly licensed and insured per state laws.
Section 6. All members will obey the motor vehicle laws in any state in which they are operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger.
Section 7. Chapter 113 also allows members of the Post 113 Legion Family to be nominated and
approved by the ALR membership as a supporter. Their membership must be voted on and approved each succeeding year to remain current. Their dues are the same as regular members however they are not voting members of the Chapter. They may buy and wear the patch but it must stipulate that they are supporters.
Section 8. Chapter 113 also allows members of the Post 113 Legion Family to be approved by the ALR membership as junior members. These are children under the age of 16 that are children or grandchildren of current ALR members. They are not voting members of the Chapter and dues are $5 annually.

Article V—Wear of American Legion Emblem
Section 1. The American Legion Riders back patch, as copyrighted and sold by The American Legion’s Emblem Sales division, is authorized for wear by all current members of the ALR.
Section 2. No other back patch or back patch design is authorized for wear.
Section 3. Department standards for patch sales should be on file with Emblem Sales.
Section 4. If Department or Post identifying information is to be embroidered on the patch, Emblem Sales must have on record authorization from the Department Adjutant that such specific identifying information may be used on the patch. (Kentucky Chapter is embroidered on the patch by emblem sales and Post 113 is placed above the patch.)
Section 5. Use of rockers or patches physically attached to The American Legion Riders back patch are not recommended due to trademark laws.

Article VI—Determine Elected Officers
Section 1. The officers of the Chapter are Director, Assistant Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Road Captain, Historian, and Chaplain elected annually. Offices may be held for no more than three consecutive terms.
Section 2. Between Chapter meetings, the administrative power of the Chapter shall be vested in the Chapter Executive Committee, who’s voting members shall consist of the eight elected officers for the current year and the immediate Past Chapter Director. The Director’s vote will be used to break any ties between the members of the committee. Five of the nine officers establish a quorum to complete official business.
Section 3. All other Past Chapter Directors shall be members of the Executive Committee with voice but no vote.
Article VII—Finance
Section 1. The revenue of the Chapter shall be derived from such membership fees or dues and from such other sources as may be approved by the Chapter Executive Committee. Dues are not a requirement at the national level and are optional at all other levels. The Department of Kentucky Riders Association requires $5.00 per member annually for dues.
Section 2. Chapter’s dues are $20.00 full or supporter and $5.00 junior membership annually for each.
Section 3. The Chapter will provide a financial report in the form of the official minutes of the monthly meetings to the sponsoring post executive committee when requested.

Article VIII—Amendments
Section 1. This Constitution is adopted, subject to the provisions of the National Constitution, Department Constitution, and Post Constitution of which this Chapter is a subordinate program. Any amendment to the National, Department, or Post Constitution that is in conflict with any provision hereof shall be regarded as automatically repealing or modifying the provisions of the constitution and bylaws of this Chapter to the extent of such conflict.
Section 2. This Constitution may be amended at any regular Chapter meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the membership attending such regular meeting provided that the proposed amendment shall have been submitted in writing, and read at the immediate preceding Chapter meeting. Further, that traditional mail or electronic mail notice shall have been sent to all members’ addresses of record at least 5 days in advance of the date which such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members that at such meeting there will be a proposal to amend the Constitution.

Chapter 113 By-Laws

Article I--Name
Section 1. The Chapter existing under these By-Laws is to be known as American Legion Riders Post 113, Department of Kentucky.
Section 2. The name and nature of this Chapter are as set forth in the Constitution.

Article II—Management
Section 1. The officers of the Chapter shall be Director, Assistant Director, Secretary, Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Road Captain, Historian, and Chaplain.
Section 2. Between Chapter meetings, the administrative power of the Chapter shall be vested in the Chapter Executive Committee, which shall consist of the elected officers for the current year and in addition the immediate Past Director. The Director’s vote will be used to break any ties between the members of the committee. Five of the nine officers shall constitute a quorum to conduct official business.
Section 3. Officers of this Chapter shall be elected annually at the May monthly meeting and take office at the June meeting. All elections of officers shall be by ballot and the candidate or candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected to the respective office or offices for which they are candidates.
Section 4. All vacancies existing in any office of the Chapter from any cause other than the expiration of the term shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the committee, and a person so appointed shall hold office for the unexpired term of the member of the committee or officer whose position was vacated.
Section 5. A vacancy shall exist when a member or officer is absent from the Chapter due to resignation, loss of qualifications, incapacity from injury or illness, or for a continuous period of unexcused absences considered detrimental to the interest of the Chapter by the remaining members of the Executive Committee.
Section 6. All Past Chapter Directors shall be members of the Executive Committee with voice but without voting privileges. The immediate past Director will have a vote.
Section 7. The association will hold an annual “Jackpot Poker Run” as their main fund raiser for the year.
Section 8. The association will manage a Rider of the Year program from January through December of each year and the winner will receive a Satin Rider Jacket, an individual certificate and also their names will be engraved on a plaque in the Post. Bingo volunteer hours will not be counted in the Rider of the Year Program. Points will be accumulated for the following:

Organized Events/Rides Special Events Meetings Dep/Meetings Recruit Volunteer
9 Points 10 Points 8 Points 5 Points 10 Points ea 10 Points

Note: A ride schedule/calendar will be established annually in January of each year, by committee, outlining events/rides and their point values.
Section 9. Any member may be expelled or suspended from the Association by a majority vote of the general membership at a regular Chapter meeting. Just cause, such as misappropriation of funds, conduct unbecoming a Legion Rider or having done something detrimental to the Chapter/Legion must be proven. Appeals can be made to Department Association. If a member is disabled by an accident or illness, and they are unable to ride, they can remain a member by paying their dues.
Section 10. Charter membership is established for those eight eligible members who attended the 10 July 2006 meeting thereby establishing the Chapter at Post 113.
Section 11. The Chapter will conduct an annual Bike Show for the members during the Post’s Breeders Cup Day activities. Members will compete in six categories: American Bagger; American Sport; Metric Bagger; Metric Sport; Open Ride and Trikes. The six winners will receive $50.00 and a certificate in their respective category. No fee for entry just show your next years Legion Family Membership plus your next years Rider membership cards.

Article III—Meetings
Section 1. The regular meeting of the Chapter shall be held at 7PM on the fourth Thursday of each month. There will be no alcohol consumed during any Chapter meetings.
Section 2. The Chapter Director or a majority of the Executive Committee shall have power to call a special meeting of the Chapter at any time.
Section 3. Upon the written request of 20 members, the Executive Committee shall call a special meeting of the Chapter.
Section 4. Twenty (20) members shall constitute a quorum for meetings.

Article IV—Chapter Executive Committee
Section 1. The Chapter Executive Committee shall meet for organizational or such other business as may come before it at the call of the Chapter Director within 10 days after the installation of the new officers. Thereafter the Chapter Executive Committee shall meet as often as Chapter Director may deem necessary. The Chapter Director shall call a meeting of the Chapter Executive Committee upon the joint written request of three or more members of said Chapter Executive Committee, and five of the nine members of the committee shall constitute a quorum thereof. The Executive Committee will establish a guideline budget for each year.
Section 2. The Chapter Executive Committee, based on a majority vote, authorize and approve all expenditures; shall provide or require adequate bonds from all persons having custody of chapter funds; shall hear the reports of chapter committee chairs; and generally, shall have charge of and be responsible for the management of the affairs of this chapter.

Article V—Duties of Officers
Section 1. Duties of Director. It shall be the duty of the Chapter Director to preside at all meetings of the Chapter and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the Chapter, and such officer shall be the chief executive officer of the Chapter. The Director shall approve all orders directing the disbursement of funds. Disbursement of funds will be those authorized at any regular meeting of the Chapter. Each Chapter will be a non-profit organization and may only disburse funds in a manner that is in keeping with all local, state and national laws regarding non-profit organizations. The Director shall perform such other duties as directed by the Chapter.

Section 2. Duties of Assistant Director. The Assistant Director shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of director in the absence or disability of, or when called upon by the Chapter director. They are also in charge of all membership records and recruiting efforts. They are responsible to update the Past Director and Rider of the Year Plaques with the appropriate new nameplates engraved. Present reports of membership annually and/or when called upon at a meeting. Responsible for sending Department a Chapter membership roster/report and $5.00 per member 2 weeks prior to the fall and spring meetings.
Section 3. Duties of Chapter Secretary. The Secretary shall have charge of and keep a full and correct record of all proceedings of all meetings, keep such records as the Post and Department organizations may require and under direction of the Director handle all correspondence of the Chapter. The Chapter Secretary is also responsible for keeping account of the rider of the year points throughout the calendar year and provides a report/spreadsheet to the executive committee for selection of the Rider of the year. They will collect/receive point information from the Road Captains, Event Organizer, and meeting/event attendance rosters for each event covered by the program.
Section 4. Duties of the Treasurer. The Treasurer shall have charge of all finances and see that they are safely deposited in some local bank or banks and shall report once a month to the Chapter/Executive Committee the condition of the finances of the Chapter, with such recommendations as they may deem expedient or necessary to carry on the financial activities of the Chapter. The Treasurer shall be a signer for all checks disbursing the monies of the Chapter, and shall be provided such surety bonds in such amounts as shall be fixed by the Chapter Executive Committee and obtained by the Chapter. The treasurer also is authorized to maintain an association credit card with a limit not to exceed 1K. The treasurer will also maintain a stock of association patches for sale to our members. He will purchase them from National a minimum of 10 at a time and Duke’s Sporting Store will make our Post 113 attachments for $10.00 each with a minimum of 10.
Section 5. Duties of Chapter Historian. The Chapter Historian shall be charged with maintaining records and incidents of the Chapter and Chapter members, and shall perform such other duties as may properly pertain to the office as may be determined by the Chapter or the Executive Committee. They will maintain a pictorial history of the Chapters events.
Section 6. Duties of Chapter Chaplain. The Chapter Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of the Chapter and will offer divine but nonsectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, etc., adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the National or Department headquarters from time to time.
Section 7. Duties of Road Captain. The Road Captain shall plan all tours, runs, activities, and events; lead the chapter in formation riding or parades; arouse interest in activities; enforce all rules of safe motorcycle operation and group riding. Additionally, the Road Captain may select assistants to aid in special tasks and may chair appropriate activities committee as directed by the chapter Director or Executive Committee. They will also keep rosters of all their events and provide the rosters to the Chapter Secretary to be included in the Rider of the Year program.
Section 8. Duties of the Sergeant-at-arms. The Sergeant-at-arms shall preserve order at meetings and gatherings assist the Road Captain in enforcing all rules of safe riding during rides and runs; and perform such other duties or chair such committees as may be from time to time assigned by the Director or Chapter Executive Committee.

Article VI—Delegates
Section 1. Delegates and alternates to a Department American Legion Riders meeting, convention, regional gathering or other activity shall be elected by ballot by the Chapter at a regular meeting of the Chapter to be held prior to the date of such event. The Chapter receives 1 vote for every 15 members during the convention.

Article VII—Appointments
Section 1. The Chapter Director, immediately upon taking office each year, may appoint standing committees or commissions for the furtherance of chapter programs.
Section 2. Such standing committees shall consist of such persons, and the chair thereof, as designated by the Chapter Director except for the Bingo Committee as noted in Section 3.
Section 3. Bingo Committee: The Bingo Committee shall include no less than 3 members one which is chair appointed by the ALR Director and approved by the ALR Executive Committee. Total appointments must result in odd numbers as to prevent ties on all votes within the committee. Bingo committee reports all management and finance to the Director and Executive Board of ALR Chapter which will preside over but not limited to responsibility for management and finance of Bingo and see that all required paperwork is completed and reported as needed by the Bingo Committee, guided and enforced by the Kentucky Gaming Commission. Financial condition of Bingo will be reported each month to ALR General Membership. One Bingo Committee member appointed by the Chair is in charge of each Bingo session and will resolve any conflicts during that session.

Article VIII—Resolutions
Section 1. All resolutions of state or national scope presented to this Chapter by a member or reported to this Chapter by a committee shall merely embody the opinion of this Chapter on the subject and copy of same shall be forwarded to the Post/Department headquarters for its approval before any publicity is given or action other than mere passage by the Chapter is taken.

Article IX—Notices
Section 1. Every member shall furnish the Chapter Secretary with a valid email or postal mailing address.
Section 2. The Chapter Secretary shall cause notice of the annual election to be given at the March meeting thereto.

Article X—Rules of Order
Section 1. All proceedings of this Chapter shall be conducted under and pursuant to Roberts’ Rules of Order (Newly Revised), except as herein otherwise provided.

Article XI—Limitations of Liabilities
Section 1. This Chapter shall incur, or cause to be incurred, no liability nor obligation whatever which shall subject to liability any other Chapter, subdivision, members of The American Legion, post, departments, or other individuals, corporations or organizations.

Article XII—Amendments

Section 1. These By-Laws may be amended at any regular Chapter meeting by a vote of two-thirds of the members of said Chapter attending such regular meeting, provided that the proposed

amendment shall have been submitted in writing and read at the preceding regular meeting. Any changes will be reported to the sponsoring department or post.

Section 2. Written notice to the addresses of record indicated in Article IX, Section 1, shall have been given to all members at least 5 days in advance of the date when such amendment is to be voted upon, notifying said members that at such meeting they will be presented a proposal to amend the By-Laws.

Article XIII—Chapter Approval

These bylaws were approved by the Chapter membership at the September regular membership meeting 2013.

_________________________ ____________________________
Chapter Director, Steve Brown Chapter Secretary, Peggy Hall

____________________________ ______________________
Post Commander, Al Maruszewski Post Adjutant, Rick Crouch

Note: Page 8/signature page scanned/copied on to original document for record keeping.

" No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country, we won it by making the other poor bastard die for his country" Gen.George Patton
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