The success of any nonprofit organization depends on a sound governance structure that relies on efficient governance documents to frame the organization’s fundamental policies for driving its mission. Governing documents must be carefully developed, properly written, and periodically reviewed and updated in order for an organization to accomplish its goals and objectives.
Everything done well, including volunteering and serving the Auxiliary’s mission in communities across the reach of the United States requires written, reasonable parameters for conducting the mission.
Purpose StatementTo inform and educate the members of the American Legion Auxiliary on the importance and power of properly written, reviewed, and updated documents, policies, and procedures at all levels.
Updated documents allow questions about the Auxiliary, its governance, its programs, and eligibility to be answered easily. And that is a benefit to all members. Our constitution, bylaws, and standing rules ensure we are operating according to our agreed-upon rules. We believe that is the best environment in which to accomplish our goals and objectives.
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 during 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 goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy; to participate in and contribute to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of The American Legion; to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Constitution & Bylaws National ChairmanPriscilla ImburgiaDepartment of New Yorkconstitution&bylaws@ALAforVeterans.org
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"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."—Marjorie Moore, Belleville, Ill.