Sons of AMVETS
Table of Contents
Aims & Purposes 3 Principles of Sons of AMVETS 5 National Officers 6 Introduction 7-9 Commander 10-11 ST1 Vice Commander 12 - 18 ND2 Vice Commander 19 – 25 RD3 Vice Commander 26 Judge Advocate 27 - 28 Finance 29 - 31 Adjutant 32 - 34 Provost Marshal 35 - 36 Chaplain 37 - 39 Public Relations Officer 40 Historian 40 – 43 V.A.V.S. Representative 44 – 45 Squadron Coordinator 46 Suggested Formal Installation Ceremonies 47 - 48
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Table of Contents (cont.)
FORMS (available on National Sons web site, www.sonsofamvets.org)
Invitation to Visit Squadron
Squadron Change of Officers Form
Department Change of Officers Form
Dues & Remittance (D&R) Form
Monthly Membership Summary
Life Membership Transmittal Form
Application for Membership
Change of Address Form
Project Report Form
National Scholarship Application
Blood Donor Form
Name Badge Order Form
Sons Cover Order Form
Deceased Member Notification Form
Information Sheet For National PRO/Historian
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SONS OF AMVETS
AIMS & PURPOSES
1. To serve our country in peace and in times of war; to build and maintain the welfare of
the United States of America toward lasting prosperity and peace for all its inhabitants.
2. To encourage, in keeping with policies of our government, the establishment of
concrete plan to secure permanent international peace and to assist in the maintenance
of international peace.
3. To inspire in our membership a sense of responsibility to develop leadership for the
preservation of our American democratic way of life, and to help unify divergent
groups in the overall interests of American democracy.
4. To aid in the fulfillment of the aims, purposes, and interests of AMVETS (American
Veterans), our parent organization, and to cooperate with all duly recognized veteran’s
organizations in the furtherance of the aims of veterans.
5. To train our youth to become purposeful citizens in a democracy with full knowledge
of the responsibilities as well as the privileges of citizenship.
6. To keep the public forever reminded that the American veteran served to preserve
peace, liberty, and democracy for our nation.
7. To promote the welfare and fellowship of our members and their families.
8. To recognize and promote the interests of our parent organization known as AMVETS,
which was chartered by Congressional Action on July 23, 1947.
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SONS OF AMVETS
We, the Sons of AMVETS (American Veterans), fully realizing our responsibility to our parents, community, State and Nation, associate ourselves for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to safeguard the principles of freedom, liberty and justice for all; to promote the cause of peace and goodwill amongst nations; to maintain the freedom of our country; to preserve the fundamentals of democracy; to perpetuate the friendships and associations of the AMVET organization; and to dedicate ourselves to the cause of mutual assistance…..this by the Grace of God.
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NATIONAL OFFICERS 2011-2012
STNDCOMMANDER VICE COMMANDER 2 VICE COMMANDER 1
John Barnhill Jon Keith Donald Finnegan 1690 Vans Blvd 5113 Shipp Ln 8101 N Williamson Rd Holland MI 49423 Harrisonburg VA 22803 Muncie IN 47303 Phone: 616-928-8422 Phone: 540-820-2515 Phone: 765-289-3227 E-mail: E-mail: Cell: 765-716-4327 firstname.lastname@example.org E-mail: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org RD3 VICE COMMANDER FINANCE OFFICER
Jim Myers Dan Briggs JUDGE ADVOCATE th524 ? W 4 St 341 East Foulke Ave Gene Batt Cedar Falls IA 50613 Findlay OH 45840 19220 Rd 198 Phone: 319-504-6339 Phone: 419-420-0388 Defiance OH 43512 E-mail: Cell: 419-563-4756 Phone 419-202-3235 email@example.com E-mail: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROVOST MARSHAL CHAPLAIN
Richard Thibodeau Mark Serpis IMMED PAST
100 Stockton St Apt 239 23 Harding Terr COMMANDER
Chelsea MA 02150 Robert Hammett Dedham MA 02026 Phone: 617-872-0256 421 E SR 28 Phone: 781-326-6226 E-mail: email@example.com Muncie IN 47303 Cell: 781-603-8703
Phone: 765-747-4110 E-mail:
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org HISTORIAN
Mike Lehman email@example.com
10600 Colby Ave LEGISLATIVE Muncie IN 47303 VAVS DIRECTOR
Phone: 765-747-5672 Doug Brown REPRESENTATIVE
Cell: 765-716-9574 William Chiddister 7040 West River Rd E-mail: m-823 S Constantine St Vermilion OH 44089 firstname.lastname@example.org Three Rivers MI 49093 Phone:440-574-3166
Phone: 269-278-2655 E-mail:
E-mail: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org ALTERNATE
DIRECTOR WEB MASTER JR. AMVETS ADVISOR David Strittmather David Spencer Paul Speigle 8608 Cherry Rd 100 Tower St #803 543 East Perry St Vermilion OH 44089 Hudson MA 01749 Salem OH 44460 Phone: 440-967-6430 Phone: 978-212-5328 Phone: 330-853-0519 Cell: 440-653-3059 E-mail: E-mail:
E-mail: email@example.com dspencer@firstname.lastname@example.org
INSPECTOR GENERAL SONS COORDINATOR Jay Williams II Harold Chapman PUBLIC RELATIONS
14501 Sycamore Rd PO Box 2405 OFFICER
Mt Vernon OH 43050 Charlie Summerall Ronkonkoma NY 11779 Phone: 740-393-1923 319 Montebello Ct Phone: 631-588-3419
Lakeland FL 33809 E-mail: Cell: 614-579-7656
E-mail: Phone: 863-859-2428 HChapman@email@example.comCell: 863-602-3174 org
om E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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INTRODUCTION TO SONS OF AMVETS
1944 AMVETS organized (Parent Organization)
1974 Sons of AMVETS Organized (Subordinate Organization)
1984 National Department formed.
DIVISIONS OF SONS OF AMVETS
1. National Department
2. State Department
4. Local Squadrons
Eligibility for membership in Sons of AMVETS shall be limited to all male descendants, grandsons, adopted sons, and stepsons, fathers, husbands, widowers and brothers of members of AMVETS and deceased members of AMVETS, or service personnel who died and would have been eligible for membership in the parent AMVETS organization, and are at least (18) years of age and are not eligible for membership in the parent organization. This is not to include in-laws of any type.
1. You need 8 members to form a Local Squadron.
2. Three local Squadrons to form a Department.
3. If you have formed five Local Squadrons and have not formed a Department, you must first
form a Department before you can form a sixth Squadron.
TYPES OF MEMBERSHIP
STATUS OF MEMBERSHIP
New A member who is making application for membership for the first time or
a member who has let his dues expire for one year or more.
Renew Any member who has held a prior years membership card is considered a renewal,
regardless of when, during the membership year, his dues are paid. A member whose
dues have not been paid for a period of one year or more must re-establish eligibility
and shall be considered a new member.
Life Any annual member in good standing may become a Life member. To join as a Life
member, they must send in the Life Membership Transmittal form with the
appropriate payment and a copy of their current membership card.
Member-at-Large Any person meeting membership eligibility requirements and who lives in an area that
is fifty (50) or more miles from a local squadron may become a Member-at Large (MAL).Proposed 11/2011 pg. 7
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
Sons means Helper - Sons of AMVETS is a Service Organization with the following programs:
1. Serve our AMVETS (Parent Organization) -- Legislation and Joint programs.
2. Serve our Youth -- Scholarships
3. Serve out Town -- Community Service
4. Serve our Country -- Americanism
5. Serve our Hospitalized Veterans -- V.A.V.S.
Local Squadrons shall elect and appoint Officers as provided for in the Sons of AMVETS Constitution
and By-laws and may parallel those of the Department in so far as the Squadron wishes regarding
duties of program chairmen.
The various Officers are:
1st Vice Commander Chaplain
2nd Vice Commander Provost Marshal
3rd Vice Commander Public Relations Officer
Finance Officer Historian
Judge Advocate Immediate Past Commander
1. Voucher book 5. Adjutant's book (minutes)
2. Membership applications 6. Treasurer's ledger
3. Dues Remittance forms 7. Service Report form
4. Checking account
1. Scholarship Program
2. Community Service Programs
a) Paws with a Cause
b) Blood Donor Program
c) A.A.D.A.A. Program
d) Special Olympics
e) Special Wish
3. Service to Veterans
a) V.A.V.S. Hospital Program
b) Underwear Program
c) Sweats for Vets Program
Sons of AMVETS Male descendants of American Veterans who are eligible for AMVETS.
Sons of AMVETS Our Philosophy -- who we are, what we believe and what we strive for
Obligation Oath and charge of philosophy
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Colors Navy blue jacket, charcoal gray slacks and light blue shirt
of silence In memory of the departed (following closing prayer)
S.E.C. State Executive Committee - Commander and all elected Officers, District
Commanders, Squadron Commanders or a representative from the Squadron,
and the Immediate Past Commander and others in compliance with the
Constitution & By-laws and Department Standing rules.
N.E.C. National Executive Committee - National Officers, Immediate Past National
Commander and Department delegates in compliance with the Constitution &
P.D.C. Past Department Commander
P.N.C. Past National Commander
1. Sons of AMVETS Constitution
2. Sons of AMVETS By-laws
3. Sons of AMVETS Standing Rules of Operation
4. Roberts Rules of Order, newly revised as a parliamentary guideline only
1. Commander may vote only in case of a tie.
2. Local election may be by secure ballot.
3. Finance records audited annually.
4. Officer Pro-tem -- temporary Officer.
5. Nomination of Officers -- made from the floor, (not necessary to second).
6. Address the Chair -- Commander or Chairman.
7. Commander passes gavel to 1st Vice Commander when he wants to speak on a subject or
when action of the body directly concerns him or when he leaves the floor.
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You have been elected by the members of your Squadron to the highest office in your local. With this action, they placed great faith and trust in you as a leader. With the honor comes the responsibility for the success of your Squadron's programs. The following instructions will aid you in furthering your aims toward a very successful year.
1. As Commander, it is your responsibility to preside at all meetings of the Sons of AMVETS
and conduct your meetings in a business-like manner.
2. When presiding at meetings, you should have available for immediate reference the Sons of
AMVETS Constitution and By-laws and Sons of AMVETS Guide Book.
3. Have an organized agenda prepared for each meeting. Make your meetings as interesting as
possible. Interesting meetings will be well attended.
4. It is most important that all National and Department minutes/bulletins be read and discussed
at the meetings. Our National and Department Officers put much time, thought and effort in
preparing these mailings to keep the local Squadrons informed. A mailing is sent to an Officer
of each Squadron at no cost.
5. Use your authority wisely. Do not hesitate to use your gavel to maintain order at all meetings.
Do not allow personal conversation to interfere with business, however, each person who
wishes to speak on a subject should be allowed to do so. The majority rules when a vote is
taken, but remember, it is the right of the minority to be heard.
6. The Commander or presiding officer declares the result of the vote. If there is any doubt on a
voice vote, a show of hands or standing vote should be taken.
7. The Commander shall be tactful, weigh his judgement carefully and not participate in
discussion unless he has passed the gavel to the 1st Vice Commander, who temporarily
becomes the presiding officer until the matter is finished.
8. Your 1st Vice Commander should be seated at your right at all meetings and should be kept
informed of all activities of the Squadron.
9. As local Commander, every effort should be made to participate fully on Local and State
levels. Remind your members of the various functions and keep them informed of the
activities of the Squadron as a whole.
10. Make sure that all officers know how to make out their reports and send them in to Sons
Department and/or National Headquarters. If for some reason an officer is not able to report, it
is your duty to complete the reports and mail them.
11. Encourage each officer to compile a record of the activities of his office; therefore, each
incoming officer will have these files to refer to and add to each year.
12. Your leadership and the direction you take can be the difference between an active or inactive
Squadron. You must show interest and participate in projects yourself in order to stimulate
interest within your Squadron.
13. The Squadron is only as good as you and your members make it. It is not yours to dominate. It
must be led with tact, directness and charm. In this manner, you will win the members respect
and cooperation. Recognize and praise the good work done by members.
14. Conduct yourself in a manner to bring respect to your Squadron and be available to represent
your Squadron at all events where your presence will bring favorable attention to AMVETS
15. After the election of new officers, be sure all records are turned over to the incoming officers.
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