The Executive Committee


"The Administrative affairs of The Richard H. Stewart, Jr. Post 543 of The American Legion shall, except as may be otherwise provided by the By-Laws, be under the supervision of our Executive Committee which shall consist of 3 'Members-At-Large' in addition to the officers of the post". 

 
Officers (serving until June 30, 2019)

Commander: Mike Fegan .... mfegan123@gmail.com 

1st Vice Commandar: Dan Bennett ... dannob722@gmail.com

Adjuntant: George Freeman ... gforce2730@gmail.com
2nd Vice Commander, Rick Sessa ... popsess@gmail.co

Finance Officer Doug Pratt ... dPratt001@ec.rr.com

Judge Advocate ... Doc Liberty ... aaliberty@hotmail.com

Service Officer, Paul Witmer ... paulwitmer@gmail.com

Chaplin Tom Bednarczyk ... tombed@aol.com

Historian John Muus ... johnmuuss@gmail.com
Sgt. At Arms, Chuck Blackburn .charlesblackburn309@hotmail.com


Executive Committee at Large:  

Tom Balbert ... tbalbert@ec.rr.com

Bill Morgan ... bill.am68@gmail.com

Steve Muir ... smuir1950267@gmail.com



Commander’s Goals

  • Ensure the needs and wants of the Post Legionnaires are met.
  • Ensure the needs of our Brunswick County Veterans are met within our budget constraints.
  • Ensure the needs of our community with respect to our American Legion pillars are met within our budget constraints.
  • Meet and or exceed the Department Membership Goal.
  • Improve the camaraderie within the Post.
  • Ensure a spirit of friendship and cooperation among the local veterans organizations.
  • Ensure we comply with all of the Department, Division and District requirements.


DUTIES OF POST OFFICERS:
Post Commander: It shall be the duty of the post commander to preside at all meetings of the Post and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the Post. The Commander shall approve all orders directing the disbursement of funds and shall make an annual report covering the business of the Post for the past year, and recommendations for the ensuing year, which shall be read at the annual meeting and a copy thereof immediately forwarded to the Department adjutant. The Commander shall perform such other duties as directed by the Post.

1st Vice-Commander: The 1st Vice-Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of commander in the absence or disability of, or when called upon by the Post Commander. The 1st Vice Commander is usually the chair of the Membership Committee.

2nd Vice Commander: The 2nd Vice Commander is responsible for building an atmosphere in which Legionnaires have fun while doing the work. The 2nd Vice Commander creates programs that spice up meetings and attract attendance. One of the duties of the 2nd Vice Commander is to contacts other veteran and civic groups to see that each patriotic holiday and observance receives the attention it deserves. The 2nd Vice Commander is interested in the work of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee and the Economic Committee.

Post Adjutant: The adjutant keeps a full and correct record of all proceedings of meetings; keeps such records as Department and National require; renders reports of membership; and handles all correspondence of the Post.

 Finance Officer: The finance officer has charge of all finances and deposits all funds in a timely manner in a FDIC insured bank account approved by the Executive Committee. The finance officer shall, at each Executive Committee meeting, make a detailed report on the finances of the Post, with such recommendations as may deem expedient or necessary for raising funds to carry on the activities of the Post.  The finance officer shall be one of three officers authorized to sign all checks disbursing the monies of the Post.  The finance officer shall arrange for the purchase of such surety bonds for those authorized to receive or spend post funds. These bonds shall be in such sum as shall be fixed by the post executive committee but shall be no less than the current total of any and all bank accounts plus anticipated annual income. The Finance Officer is usually the chair of the Finance Committee.

Post Historian: The Post Historian shall be charged with the individual records and incidents of the Post and Post members, and shall perform such other duties as may properly pertain to the office as may be determined by the Post or the Executive Committee.

Post Chaplain: The Post Chaplain shall be charged with the spiritual welfare of the Post comrades and will offer divine but nonsectarian service in the event of dedications, funerals, public functions, etc., adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the national or Department headquarters from time to time.

Sergeant-at-Arms: The Sergeant-at-Arms shall preserve order at meetings and shall perform such other duties as may be from time to time assigned by the Post Executive Committee.

Service Officer: The Service Officer is responsible for bringing to the attention of all veterans and their dependents the rights and benefits granted them by law. The service officer must know how to access and utilize services available through Legion channels and other community agencies. The service officer's report should be a standard part of every meeting. Younger veterans may not be fully versed in veteran’s benefits and programs. Meanwhile, older veterans need advice on how to integrate possible benefits into their retirement plans. Dependents should be visited as soon as feasible after a veteran's death.

Judge Advocate: The primary job of the judge advocate is to supply advice in the conduct of post business or to procure proper counsel when needed. He is the guardian of the constitutional form of post government.