National Commandant shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Marine Corps League and shall preside at all sessions of the National Convention and at all meetings of the National Board of Trustees. The National Commandant together with the National Board of Trustees shall have direction and control of the executive and administrative affairs of the Marine Corps League between National Conventions. In addition, the National Commandant shall:
~ Observe and enforce the observance of the Congressional Charter and the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures of the Marine Corps League.
~ Direct to all Officers and Members such orders as are not in conflict with the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures which are necessary for the proper conduct of business.
~ Call such meetings of the National Board of Trustees as are required by the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures.
~ Seek the advice of the National Board of Trustees and Staff.
~ With the National Adjutant/Paymaster and the National Comptroller, have custody of all funds and property of the Marine Corps League, subject to the supervision of the National Board of Trustees.
~ With the advice and consent of the National Board of Trustees, appoint the following National Staff officers and standing committees as are deemed necessary.
~ Approve or disapprove all requisitions of the Adjutant/Paymaster which are in excess of Five Hundred ($500.00) dollars.
~ Represent the Marine Corps League at all social functions and ceremonies in such a manner as will enhance the dignity, honor, and prestige of this organization.
~ Perform such other duties as are directed from time to time.
~ Invite speaker for the National Convention Banquet. The Commandant of the Marine Corps shall BE FIRST CHOICE. In the event the Commandant cannot accept, the National Commandant will discuss with the National Director of Conventions alternate speakers. Final choice is the prerogative of the National Commandant.
NATIONAL SENIOR VICE COMMANDANT shall give every assistance to the National Commandant, and during the absence or illness of the National Commandant, perform the duties of that office. He shall preside over all Department Commandants' Council Conferences and, with their assistance, initiate and implement such dynamic programs as will increase the effectiveness of the Marine Corps League.
NATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATE shall interpret the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures. He shall advise, construe, counsel, and render opinions on questions of Law and Procedure to the National Commandant, National Board of Trustees, National Staff, Departments, and Detachments when so required in the manner outlined hereafter:
At the National Conventions, upon the request of an approved Delegate, through the Chair, the National Judge Advocate shall render an opinion on Law and Procedure to the Chair, whereupon the Chair will rule on the opinion and the question, which ruling shall be final unless appealed by an approved Delegate, whereupon the National Judge Advocate will put the Question, "Shall the ruling of the Chair be sustained?" A standing vote of approved Delegates will be called, and two-thirds (2/3rds) of the total vote will be required to reverse the ruling of the Chair.
~ At National Board meetings, the same procedure shall apply, and two-thirds (2/3rds) of the National Board of Trustees present and voting will be required to reverse the ruling of the Chair.
~ On all questions of Law and Procedure pertaining to the Marine Corps League or any of its subsidiaries referred to this officer through channels, the National Judge Advocate shall rule in writing, mailing copies of the ruling to the parties concerned and to the National Commandant, and such ruling shall be binding unless and until reversed by the National Board of Trustees or the National Convention,
~ The National Judge Advocate may not hold the office of Judge Advocate in either his Department or Detachment. If this be the case, then the resignation from the lower office shall be required upon being sworn into the National Office.
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR shall:
~ Be employed by the National Board of Trustees and shall be directly responsible to that body. He/she shall be the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Marine Corps League with the responsibility for the management and direction of all programs, activities, and affairs of the Marine Corps League, providing assistance to all committee and staff officers as requested. All matters which are under the jurisdiction of the National Judge Advocate, must be referred to the NJA. In addition, all matters concerning the following must be referred to the NJA with a copy to the National Commandant without personal comment: (a) Request for interpretation of the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures.(b) Disagreements of any nature referred to the Marine Corps League for adjudication by member(s) of the Marine Corps League, subsidiaries or subordinate groups
~ Be responsible for the employment and the termination of employment and the determination of compensation of National Headquarters Staff Members and supporting personnel as determined by the National Board of Trustees within approved budget guidelines, with the exception of the National Staff Officers appointed by the National Commandant, whose termination must be approved by the National Board of Trustees.
~ Determine the compensation for the National Headquarters administrative staff/support personnel within the approved budget guidelines.
~ Perform all of the ordinary and necessary business of the Marine Corps League, including the approval of purchase orders for materials and services, attend to normal business operations within the bounds of budgetary limitations and guidance as provided by the National Board of Trustees
~ Bring to the attention of the National Commandant and/or the National Board of Trustees all matters of extraordinary expense, significance, or importance, and where appropriate or otherwise required by other provisions of the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures, obtain approval through mail or telephone vote of a majority of the National Board of Trustees, prior to the execution of such matters.
~ Supervise the League's National Headquarters.
~ Be responsible for the editing, printing, publication, and distribution of the Marine Corps League's national publication.
~ Serve as Secretary of the Corporation, and in that capacity, shall be directly responsible to the National Board of Trustees.
~ Keep the minutes of all National Conventions, board meetings, and perform such other duties as are usually assigned to a Corporation Secretary.
~ Mail to each Detachment and Department within sixty (60) days following each National Convention and each meeting of the Board of Trustees, a brief summary of the minutes showing actions and decisions affecting the National Bylaws, Administrative Procedures, and policy.
~ Publish and distribute two copies to each Department and Detachment Judge Advocate, quarterly, the opinions and rulings of the National Judge Advocate filed with National Headquarters.
~ Receive and review all National Committee reports and correspondence, and, where appropriate, forward copies to the National Board of Trustees for information, consideration, or concurrence.
~ With the National Commandant, prepare and transmit to the Congress of the United States, on or before the first day of December in each year, a report of the proceedings and activities of the Marine Corps League for the preceding year, including a full and complete statement of receipts and disbursements during the said calendar year. Such an accounting is to be made by a CPA and must be received from the National Adjutant/Paymaster on or before November 15th of said calendar year.
~ Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the National Commandant and/or the National Board of Trustees.
~ Surrender to the duly appointed successor all Marine Corps League books, records, and other property with which the office is charged.
~ Not hold any other position on the National Staff.
~ Mail to each living Past National Commandant any and all material sent to the National Board of Trustees.