Post Commander

Martin Fries


Commander – Among the duties of a Post Commander, the Commander Shall: (Per 2017 VFW Congressional Charter By-Laws)

  1. Preside at all meetings of the post conducting such the conventions and meetings in accordance with Article X of the By-Laws and Manual of procedure and other applicable parliamentary rules.
  2. Enforce strict observance of the laws and usages of this organization, including Post, County Council (if applicable), District and Department By-Laws and the Congressional Charter, National By-laws, Manual of Procedure and ritual and all lawful orders from proper authorities.
  3. Insist that Post business and activities are conducted in such a manner that they do not violate any applicable governmental law, ordinance or regulation nor bring or tend to bring dishonor or embarrassment on the post, its members or the veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
  4. Decide all questions of law and usage in the post, subject to an appeal pursuant to these laws.
  5. Appoint officers, committee chairman and committees not otherwise provided for. The Commander may remove such appointed officers, committee chairman and committees at their pleasure. The Commander shall, by virtue of their office, be a member of all committees.
  6. Approve all disbursements of the funds properly authorized by the Post.
  7. Assure that the office of Quartermaster is bonded according to Section 703 of By-Laws.
  8. Assure that all dues and other monies due to the National headquarters and Department are forwarded promptly together with accurate reports and returns pertaining thereto.
  9. Assure that all reports are correctly prepared and promptly forwarded, that all business of the Post is handled with dispatch and that all necessary licenses and permits are obtained for proper operation. Ensure that a properly completed Report of Election of Officers for the ensuing year is submitted to department and national headquarters by June 1.
  10. Assure that the Post trustees have examined the books and records of the Post and prepared the Post trustees Quarterly Report of Audit no later than the end of the month following the last day of each quarterly period.
  11. Assure that the Commander and their representative attend all properly called District Conventions or meetings and County Council meetings (if applicable).
  12. Comply with and perform all of the duties required by laws and usages of this organization, the provisions of these By-Laws, the Manual of Procedures 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 these duties may result in removal of office.