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National Constitution & Bylaws

JWV Constitution & Bylaws

The following changes to the Bylaws were approved and passed at the 2017 National Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

Bylaws Article III - Section 2
Article III, Section 2. There shall be elected at each Department Convention a National Executive Committeeman as authorized by Article VII of the National Constitution. Each Department shall be entitled to one (1) elected National Executive Committeeman in the event that said Department has a membership in excess of one hundred and fifty (150) (Amended 8/17) members. Such elected National Executive Committeeman shall serve for a period to the adjournment of the next succeeding annual Department Convention. In the event of a vacancy in such office, it shall be filled by the next Department Council of Administration or Department Executive Committee meeting. No person shall, during any continuous time-period, serve more than three (3) consecutive annual terms as elected National Executive Committeeman. For the purpose of this section, service during any portion of an annual term, shall constitute service for an annual term.
There shall be an additional elected National Executive Committeeman for each increment as follows: For every two hundred (200) members above the initial one hundred fifty (150) members, one (1) additional National Executive Committeeman, to a maximum of six (6). (Amended 8/17)

Bylaws ARTICLE IV - Sections 1, 2, 3a, 4, 5, and 7
Section 1. National Board of Inquiry. There is hereby created a National Board of Inquiry, which shall consist of six (6) members, in good standing (8/17) each (8/17) of different Departments; and a Chairman appointed by the National Commander, who shall have a vote only in the event of a tie on any matter. At the meeting of the National Executive Committee preceding the National Convention, and following the election of the Officers of the National Executive Committee, there shall annually be elected from the voting membership two (2) members who shall each serve a three (3) year term. In the event of a vacancy, such vacancy shall be filled with a member in good standing (8/17) by election at the next National Executive Committee meeting.
Section 2. National Budget Committee. There is hereby established a National Budget Committee, which shall consist of six (6) members appointed by the National Commander, each of whom shall be a member of a different Department; and a Chairman appointed by the National Commander; all of whom shall serve a term contemporaneous with the National Commander. (Amended 8/17). The National Budget Committee and the National Personnel Committee shall meet at the same time and place as the National Executive Committee, and at such other times as a majority of such Committee shall request, or as the Chairman shall call. The National Executive Director and the Chairman of the National Personnel Committee shall be an ex officio members of the National Budget Committee. (Amended 8/97)
Section 3(a). The National Commander shall, as soon as practicable after his election, appoint six (6) members in good standing (Amended 8/17) for a one year (1) term of office contemporaneous with the term of the National Commander. No Department shall have more than one (1) member on the National Convention Committee. In addition to the regularly appointed Committee, the National Commander, after the Convention site has been selected by the National Executive Committee, shall appoint an additional member, from the Department in which the Convention is to be held, to serve for that said Convention only. The number of members required to constitute a quorum of the National Convention Committee shall be three (3). (Amended 8/97)
Section 4. National Court. There is hereby created a National Court, which shall consist of six (6) members, in good standing (Amended 8/17) each (Amended 8/17) of different Departments; and a President, with or without a Vice-President, appointed by the National Commander, who shall have a vote only in the event of a tie. At the meeting of the National Executive Committee preceding the National Convention, and following the election of the Officers of the National Executive Committee, there shall annually be elected from the general (Amended 8/17) membership two (2) members who shall each serve a three (3) year term. While they shall be voting members when elected, it is not necessary that they continue to be members of the National Executive Committee to serve on the Court. In the event of a vacancy, such vacancy shall be filled with a member in good standing (Amended 8/17), by election, at the next National Executive Committee meeting.
Section 5. National Finance Board. There is hereby created a National Finance Board consisting of eight (8) members and a Chairman. The National Commander each year shall appoint four (4) members to a term of two (2) years with the provision that no Department shall have more than one (1) member on the board. Any vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the National Commander for the balance of the term. All terms shall coincide with the National Convention. In addition to the above membership the National Commander will appoint a Chairman whose term shall be contemporaneous with the National Commander. The National Commander, the National Budget Chairman and the National Judge Advocate shall serve as ex-officio members of the Board, without vote.
Section 7. National Personnel Committee. There is hereby established a National Personnel Committee, which shall consist of six (6) members appointed by the National Commander, each of whom shall be a member of a different Department; and a Chairman appointed by the National Commander; all of whom shall serve a term contemporaneous with the National Commander. (Amended 8/17). The National Personnel Committee and the National Budget Committee shall meet at the same time and place as the National Executive Committee, and at such other times as a majority of such Committee shall request, or as the Chairman shall call. The National Executive Director and the Chairman of the National Budget Committee shall be an ex officio member of the National Personnel Committee. (Amended 8/97)

Bylaws ARTICLE IV - Section 8
Section 8. National Policy Committee. There is hereby established a National Policy Committee, chaired by the National Commander, which shall consist of: the National Executive Director; the Chairman of the National Executive Committee; the National Judge Advocate; the National Editor; the Immediate Past National Commander; the members elected from Departments as follows: Departments with between 0 and 749 members (Amended 8/17) one (1) representative; Departments with 750 (Amended 8/17) or more members two (2) representatives. The National Judge Advocate, the National Executive Director, and the National Editor shall be members of the National Policy Committee with voice, but without vote. Elected National Policy Committeemen shall serve from the time of the Department elections until their successors are chosen. For the purpose of this section, membership is defined as the numerical strength of the Department thirty (30) days prior to the commencement of the next ensuing National Convention, as recorded in the books and records at National Headquarters. The elected National Policy Committeemen must be voting members of the National Executive Committee during their term of service. (Amended 8/14)

Bylaws ARTICLE IX – Sections 3
Section 3. When two (2) or more Posts desire to consolidate, they shall hold special meetings called for that purpose, of which all members in good standing shall be given notice in writing at least 30 days prior to the special meeting. If two-thirds (2/3) of the members present and voting at such meetings shall vote in the affirmative, the Commanders of the Posts shall certify that fact to the Department Commander for his or her approval. (Amended 8/17). If circumstances preclude the Post(s) from holding a special meeting, a vote may be taken through mail, telephone conference, (Amended 8/17) or emailed ballots, sent to all members in good standing, with a response deadline of at least 30 days from date of mailing. If two-thirds (2/3) of the ballots reveal a vote in the affirmative, the Commanders of the Posts shall certify that fact to the Department Commander for his or her approval. (Amended 8/17). Upon the approval by the Department Commander, and then by the National Commander (Amended 8/17), and finally the National Executive Committee, the consolidation shall become effective. A new charter shall be issued to the consolidated Post. All Officers of the Posts so consolidated shall be entitled to the rank they formerly held as past Officers.