Post Officer Duties

Commander

a) Preside at all meetings of the Post, conducting such meetings in accordance with Article X of the By-Laws and Manual of Procedures and other applicable parlimentary rules.
b) Enforce strict observance of the laws and usages of tis organization, including Post, County Council (if applicable), District and Department By-Laws and Congressional Charter, National By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual and the lawful orders from proper authorities.
c) Insist that Post business and activities be conducted in such a manner that they do not violate any applicablegovernmental law, ordinance or regulation nor bring dishonor or embarrassment onto the Post, it's members or the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
d) Decide all questions of law and usage in the Post, subject to appeal pursuant to the By-Laws.
e) AppointoOfficers, committee chairmen and committees not otherwise provided for. He may remove such appointed officers, committee chairmen and committees at his pleasure. He shall by virtue of his office, be a member of all committees.
f) Approve all distributions of funds prpoerly authorized by the Post.
g) Assure the office of Quartermaster is bonded according to Section 703 of the By-Laws.
h) Assure that all dues and other monies due the National Headquarters and Department are forwarded promptly together with accurate reports and returns pertaining thereto.
i) Assure that all reports are correctly prepared and promptlyforwarded,  that all the business of the Post is handled with dispatch and that all necessary licenses and permits are obtained for proper operation.
j) Assure that the Post Trustees have examined the books and records of the Postand prepared the Post Trustees Quarterly Report of Audit nolater than the end of the month following the last day of each quarterly period. H shall forward a copy to the Department Quartermaster.
k) Assure that he or his representative attend all properly called District Convenions or meetings and County Council meetings (if applicable.)
l) Comply with and perform all of the duties required by the laws and usages of this organization, the Provisions of these By-Laws, the Manual of Procedure and Ritual and Department, District, County Council (if applicable), or Post By-Laws pertaining to the duties and obligations of a Post Commander and lawful orders from proper authority and perform such other duties as are usually incident to the office.Failure without just cause to perform duties may result in removal from office.
Senior Vice Commander
The Post Senior Vice Commander shall assist the Commander in preserving order, preside in the absence of the Commander, provide such advice or assistance as may be required and perform such other duties as are incident to such office or may from time to time be required by the laws and usages of the organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
Chaplain
The Post Chaplain shall perform such duties as are incident to the office or as may from time to time be required of him by the laws and usages of this organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
The Chaplain is the member to which the Post looks for Spiritual and Inspirational Guidence.
The Chaplain is the Chairman of the Post visiting committee.  It is his duty to visit and comfort the sick and disabled members of the Post.
Adjutant
a) Be the official corisponding officer for the Post and shall attest to all official communications and reports with his signature.
b) Under the direction of the Commander, prepare all reports and returns required by him.
c) Maintain the books and records in a legible and unifirm format. Record keeping by electronic means may be used, provided a back-up and hard copy is maintained. Books and records shall be available for inspection by authorized officers and Post members at all reasonable times.  Unless authorized by the Post to remove suchbooks and records from its facilities, all such books and records shall be kept at the Post facilities.
d) The Post Adjutant shall maintain the following records:
          1. A copy of the original application of every member admitted to the Post.
          2. Minutes from each Post meeting after correction and approval.
          3. All current orders or circulars issued by the Commander-in-Chief, the National Council of Administration, the Department Commander,                the District and/or County Council Commander (if applicable),or the Post Commander.
          4. A correspondence file.
          5. A file containing a copy of the proof of eligibility submitted by officers persuant to Section 216(c).
e) Maintain a current copy of the By-Laws, Manual of Procedure and Ritual of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and copies of the By-Laws of the Post, Department, District and County Council (if applicable).
f) Transfer to his successor, without delay, all books, papers, records, monies, and other records and property of the post in his possession or under his control.
g) Comply with, and perform all duties required of him by the laws and usages of the organization, applicable By-Laws and order's from lawful authority and perform such duties as are incident to such office.
Junior Vice Commander
The Post Junior Vice Commander shall assist the Commander in preserving order, preside in the absence of the Commander and Senior Vice Commander, provide such advice or assistance as may be required and perform such other duties as are incident to such office or may from time to time be required by the laws and usages of the organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
QuarterMaster
a) Qualify and secure a bond in a sum at least equal to the amount of the liquid assets for which he may be accoutable in accordance with Section 703.
b) Collect all monies due the Post, giving receipt therfore, and have charge of the funds, securities and other property of the Post, all of which shall be placed in his care. He shall be the accountable office of the Post and the treasurer of all commitees handling funds.
c) Distribute funds as properly authorized by the Post using accepted banking practices. Unless otherwise provided for in the By-Laws, all disbursments of the Post shall bear the  signature of the Quartermaster or other person(s) authorized by the Quartermaster. Such other authorized person(s) shall be bonded with an indemnity company as surity in the sum at least equal to the liquid assets for which he may e accountable in accordance with Sectio 703.
d) Receive annual membership dues (admission fees if applicable) and life membership fees and forward the Department and National dues and lifeand life member fees immediately to National Headquarters as prescribed in Section 104.
e) Providethe Post Trustees with all records, files and statements required or necessary for the preparation of the Post Trustees QuarterlyReport of Audit.
f) Maintain a dues reserve fund as prescribed in Section 717 in the By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
g) Maintain a relief fund as prescribed in Section 704 of the By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
h) The books and records of the Quartermaster shall be maintained in a legible and uniform format. Record keeping by electronic means mybe used, provided a back-up and a hard copy is maintained. Books and records shall be available for inspectionby authorized officers and Post members at all reasonable times. Reconsile and verify all transactions listed on all bank statements to assure the accuracy of Post records. Unless authorized by the Post to remove suchbooks and records from its facilities, all such books and records shall be kept at the Post facilities.
i) He shall provide access and transfer to his successor in office or anyone desigated by higher authority, without delay, all books, records, papers, monies, securities and other property of the Post in his possession or under his control.
j) Comply with, and perform all duties required of him by the laws and usages of the organization, applicable By-Laws and order's from lawful authority and perform such duties as are incident to such office.
k) Report on transactions concerning receipts and expedditurs, for any given period, at a regular or special meeting of the Post.
l) File appropriate forms as required by Federal, State and Local Statues.
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Trustees
Trustees shall not be eligible to serve on committees or as officers whose books, records and accounts are audited by the Trustees. Amoung the duties of the three (3) elected Post Trustees, they shall:
a) At least monthly, review the Monthly Report of Receipts and Expenditures of the Post Quartermaster.
b) No later than the end of the month following the last day of each quarterly period, at the direction of the Post Commander, properly audit the books and records of the Post Quartermaser, Post Adjutant, and any activity, clubroom, holding company or unit sponsored, conductd or operated by, for or on behalf of the Post and submit a Post Trustee's Report of Audit to the Department Quartermaster for referral to the Departmet Inspector.
c) The report shall be in accordance with and upon such forms as may be prescribed by the Adjutant General. The audit shall be signed by the Post Commander and Trustees, who shall, by their signatures, certify to the accuracy of the information contained therein.
d) Perform such other duties as may be incident to the office or may from time to time be required by the laws and usages of the organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
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The majority of this information is based on Section 218 - Officers: Duties and Obligatons of the 2008 Congressional Charternand By-Laws and Manual of Procedure and Ritual.
Some additional information has been drawn from the Ritual- "Installation of Post Officers."
Other duties have been established by the Post.
Officer Duties identified as "incidental" by the By-Laws have their duties established by the Post and the Post Commander.
Commander Pro Tempore
In the event that neither the Commander, Senior Vice Commander or Junior Vice Commander is present, thePost shall elect a Commander Pro Tempore to predise at the metings.
Judge Advocate
The Post Judge Advocate shall perform such duties as are incident to the office or as may from time to time be required of him by the laws and usages of this organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
The Judge Advocate is the legal assistant and advisor to the Commander and the Post in all legal matters pertaining to this organization.
Surgeon
The Post Surgeon shall perform such duties as are incident to the office or as may from time to time be required of him by the laws and usages of this organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
The Surgeon is the Chairman of the health committee. It is his duty to promote and direct health programs for the benefit of Post members and the community.
Officer of the Day
The Post Officer of the Day shall perform such duties as are incident to the office or as may from time to time be required of him by the laws and usages of this organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
Service Officer
The Post Service Officer shall assist members of the Post, their widows and orphans and other worthy cases brought to their attention in obtaining rightfl enttlements from federal and state governments. The work of a Service Officer shall be performed in accordance with the instructions contained in the VFW Guide for Service Officers under the general supervision of the Department Service Officer. He shall perform such other duties as may be incident to the office or may from time to time be required by the laws and usages of the organization or lawful orders from proper authority.
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Guard
The Post Guard ensures only those permitted to be within the meetings are admitted.
The Guard grants entry into the meeting to those who have pre-arranged an audiance with the membership through the Commander directive.
He shall perform such other duties as may be incident to the office or may from time to time be required by the laws and usages of the organization or lawful orders from proper authority.