The American Legion Department of California
Chinatown Post 628 Constitution
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 in 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 consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Article I – Name
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be The American Legion Department of California – Chinatown Post 628.
Section 2. The Post shall be located in the city of Los Angeles, California. Meetings are currently held at 925 North Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Article II –Objective and Purpose
Section 1. The goals of this post shall be to promote the principles and policies set forth in the foregoing preamble, as well as those that are derived from the National and Departmental Constitutions of the American Legion.
Article III – Nature
Section 1. This post is a civilian organization and membership therein does not affect or increase liability for military or police service.
Section 2. This organization shall be absolutely nonpolitical and shall not be used for the dissemination of partisan principles nor for the promotion of the candidacy of any person seeking public office or preferment.
Section 3. Rank does not exist in the American Legion; no member shall be addressed by any military or naval title at any meeting of this post.
Article IV – Membership
Section 1. Eligibility requirements for this post are prescribed by the National Constitution of the American Legion.
Section 2. An application for membership is initiated by submission of a completed application form with the appropriate documentation.
Section 3. All applications for membership shall be acted upon at the next Post meeting following the making of such application, and shall at such meeting, be accepted, rejected or referred for further investigation and consideration. If a majority of the members cast their vote against the acceptance of said application, then such application shall be recorded as rejected.
Section 4. Any member of this Post may be expelled for cause by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee after charges are preferred under oath in writing, and a fair trial had upon the same.
Section 5. An expelled member is not eligible for readmission for a period of one year from the date of removal. The application for readmission must be approved by a vote of no fewer than two-thirds of the members present at a general membership meeting. Net credit membership for a readmitted member shall be the same as that for a new member.
Section 6. No person who has been expelled by a Post shall be admitted to membership in this Post, without the consent of the expelling Post, except that where such consent has been asked for and denied by such Post, may then appeal to the Department Executive Committee of the Department of the expelling Post for permission to apply for membership in this Post, and shall be ineligible for membership until such permission is granted.
*Before proceeding under this section, Posts should make inquiry as to whether or not the Department Constitution and By-Laws has provided a different procedure, which should be followed.
Article V – Officers
Section 1. All administrative business shall be conducted under the supervision of the Executive Committee (officers and all Past Commanders). Other committees may be formed as the organization deems necessary.
Section 2. The officers of this post shall be the Commander, three (3) Vice Commanders, the Adjutant, Assistant Adjutant, the Financial Officer, the Judge Advocate, the Historian, the Chaplain, the Sergeants-at-Arms, the Assistant Sergeant-At-arms (2), The Service Officer, and Seven (7) Executive Committee Members, or as many officers as may be deemed necessary by this organization.
Section 3. All officers are elected and/or appointed annually and will remain in their respective positions until their successors are duly installed.
Section 4. Any officer may be removed for cause due to the neglect of his/her duties upon the vote of no less than two-thirds of the members present at a meeting of the Executive Committee and upon further approval by no fewer than two-thirds of the members present at a subsequent general membership meeting.
Section 5. Any member in good standing who meets minimum requirements shall be eligible to stand for office in this post (see By-Laws Article II, Section 3).
Section 6. The duties of all officers shall be prescribed under the by-laws as described in Article V – Duties of Officers.
Article VI – Finance
Section 1. The revenues of this post shall be derived from proceeds of the membership initiation fees and annual membership dues as well as other sources approved by the post’s Executive Committee.
Section 2. The membership of the post shall establish the amount of the initiation fee and annual post dues.
Section 3. National and Departmental annual membership dues shall be forwarded to Departmental Headquarters.
Article VII – Charter Members, Honorary Life Members and
Section 1. Persons who became members of this post prior to the issuance of the original charter shall be designated as charter members.
Section 2. All past post commanders having no less than 20 years continuous membership in the post and members who have attained fifty years of continuous membership in this post shall automatically be designated as Honorary Life Members.
Section 3. Honorary Life membership may also be granted, upon approval of the Executive Committee and the General Membership, to a member of the post who has made an extraordinary contribution to the American Legion organizations or to the community.
Section 4. Any member of this post who has served as Commander at the District or higher level is automatically designated a Past Commander of the Chinatown Post 628.
Article VIII – Amendments
Section 1. The Constitution of this post is intended to be consistent with the provisions of the national and departmental Constitutions of the American Legion. In the event of any conflict, the provisions of the national and departmental Constitutions shall govern over the provisions of the post Constitution.
Section 2. Any proposed amendments to the post Constitution must be submitted in writing and presented at the general membership meeting. Copies of any proposed amendments shall be sent to all members no less than ten days prior to said meeting. A two-thirds vote is required for passage.
Membership Eligibility Dates
World War I
April 6, 1917 – November 11, 1918
World War II
December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946
June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955
February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975
Lebanon and Grenada
August 24, 1982 – July 31, 1984
December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990
August 2, 1990 – Cessation of hostilities as determined by U.S. Government