By Emily Banks Wooten
Over a hundred people showed up for a meeting at the VFW Post 8568 of Livingston Monday. Members of the post were urged by the state commander to attend Monday’s meeting if they wanted to save their post. State Commander Norman J. Macey suspended operations of VFW Post 8568 on Feb. 15 for a period of up to 90 days.
A long line of people patiently waited their turn to enter the building. The delay occurred because each person entering the building was checked to see if they were indeed a member. Each person was required to show their VFW membership card or give their membership number which was then crosschecked with a computer printout.
A representative from the Enterprise was denied entry. When she referred to the large sign posted outside the building that said, “Open to Public,” she was told by Kevin Bost, “Post meetings are open to the public but this is not a post meeting. It’s an administrative meeting.”
The suspension came about 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. His actions were relayed to post members via an email.
“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.
Judging by the number of people that entered, it’s safe to say a quorum was established.
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.