By Emily Banks Wooten
State Commander Norman J. Macey suspended the operations of VFW Post 8568 of Livingston—effective Feb. 15, for a period of up to 90 days—due to violations of the laws and usage of the organization, specifically, the failure to have all required elected and appointed positions filled.
In conjunction with the suspension, Macey assigned an administrative committee to supervise and assist the post. The committee comprises Immediate Past State Commander Richard “Dick” Shawver who will serve as chairperson, District 19 Commander Joel Pipes and District 19 Trustee Max C. Montgomery.
The next regular meeting of the post is 6 p.m. Monday at the post home located at 4951 U.S. Hwy. 190 West in Livingston and members are urged to attend.
“If a quorum of five members is established, an election will be held to fill all post officer vacancies and a discussion will be held on what VFW Post 8568 must do to rectify any problems. If a quorum is not met, I will have no choice but to recommend to the VFW National Commander in Chief that the charter of VFW Post 8568 be cancelled in accordance with Section 212 of the National Bylaws and Manual of Procedure,” Macey said in a letter mailed to all 217 members of the post. “If you want to save your post, then again, I urge you to attend this meeting.”
According to Macey, the administrative committee will supervise all activities of the post and ensure full compliance with all applicable bylaws, rules and regulations of the organization. During the suspension period, the chairperson shall submit monthly reports to Macey setting forth, in detail, the actions instituted, and the steps taken toward the resolution of the listed violations and other violations that may be identified. The final report shall contain the committee’s recommendation as to whether the suspension shall be rescinded or continued, or if the post charter be revoked.
While under suspension, no meetings shall be held in the name of the post, except for the sole purpose of the discussion of the causes, effect or removal of the penalties, Macey said.
He further stated that the chairperson shall take the necessary steps to secure all records and property of the post and that the post canteen shall immediately be closed for business.