Constitution and Bylaws

Constitution and Bylaws

100 Years of Honoring Service

The Constitution & Bylaws program informs and educates members of the American Legion Auxiliary on the importance and power of properly written, reviewed and updated documents, policies, and procedures at all levels.  Constitution & Bylaws are the basis for governance of your unit.  Preparing and adhering to updated Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules will ensure a more successful organizational process and provide the structures to follow at all levels of our organization.

There have been some changes to the American Legion Auxiliary National ad Department Constitution and Bylaws.  Please go to the website for the National Organization or Department organization for the current documents.

The Plan of Action will contain the Guidelines for Units to help you have a powerful governing document.  The emphasis this year is to review your Constitution and Bylaws to see that they are up to date and units are operating under an updated Constitution and Bylaws.

A very important change forthcoming to the National and Department Bylaws will be the eligibility date    (The Legion Act).  This change may affect your Unit’s Constitution and Bylaws.   Further information on this change will follow at a later date.

As additional changes come down from National or Department that affects the Units Constitution and Bylaws, I will pass this information on.  I will review any changes to the Units Constitution and Bylaws before they are filed with the Department of Virginia American Legion Auxiliary Headquarters.

To effectively do your job you will need to utilize the proper tools and these are available from our Department Headquarters or National Emblem Sales, i.e., Unit Handbook, National Constitution and Bylaws, American Legion Auxiliary Preamble, Policies and Procedures Manual, Parliamentary Procedure, and Robert’s Rule of Order, Newly Revised.  Robert’s Rules can be purchased at any bookstore.

There is no requirement for a Mid-year report, but I would appreciate an email on the date of your last review of your Constitution and Bylaws.  The annual report is due April 1, 2020.

Your Unit Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules should be reviewed each year and changes made when necessary.   Updated documents allow questions about the Auxiliary, its governance, its programs, and eligibility to be answered easily, which is a benefit to all members.  The Constitution and Bylaws Committee will be glad to work with any Unit that needs assistance in updating their Constitution and Bylaws.


 Chair:  Ethel Carson
 Member:  Patricia Upshaw, PDP


Download: Constitution & Bylaws Summary Sheet

 2019 – 2020 Programs Action Plan – Constitution & Bylaws Committee

Current Department of Virginia
Constitution and Bylaws and Standing Rules (Coming Soon)