L.E. “Tommy” Thomas Post # 375
The American Legion, Department of Florida
The House Rules of The American Legion, Post 375, Southport, Florida, of The United States of America are based upon the premise that all members and guests conduct themselves as Ladies and Gentlemen. Therefore, conduct within the Hall, Canteen and on Post Property will be expected to be on a basis of respect towards all members. Breach of this concept will be dealt with by application of the following rules:
1. The Executive Committee by majority vote of 2/3rd’s of the quorum present shall have the authority to suspend a members social privileges for a period of time not to exceed one (1) year, or as designated by the Executive Committee for violations of the rules herein set forth, after due notice to such members and after a hearing before the Executive Committee. The Executive Committees decision and recommendations shall be final and not subject to an appeal.
2. The Person in Charge (PIC) is the Bartender-on-Duty in the Canteen, who reports to the Canteen Manager or Executive Committee.
3. CONDUCT -- Any person may be refused service on Post property and instructed to vacate Post property upon commission of any act deemed inappropriate under the guidelines of these House Rules. The infractions include but are not limited to:
A. Assault or Battery (to include provoking, instigating, or inciting a fight; threatening gestures/actions).
B. Any unacceptable behavior as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol.
C. Any illegal use of a controlled substance.
D. Any socially unacceptable act, which belittles, degrades or infringes on the rights or character of another individual, to include the use of offensive, foul or derogatory language.
E. Rude, boisterous, profane language, disrespectful or inappropriate conduct as deemed by the PIC is strictly prohibited in the Canteen, Patios or on post property grounds.
F. Any act which is immoral or not acceptable in public as deemed by the PIC.
G. Any responsible Post Member(s) may assist in the enforcement of the House Rules when assistance is requested by the PIC. An Incident Report will be filled out completely by the PIC and signed by the PIC and all others assisting the PIC. The person(s) violating these House Rules may be refused service for a seventy-two (72) hours period by the PIC. The PIC will notify their relief of the incident and service refusal period. No Post Member has the authority to overrule the decision of the PIC. The report will be turned over to the Canteen Manager who will present to the Executive Committee to be reviewed and investigated in a timely manner.
4. ORDER -- Any complaint against the conduct of a member within the canteen or against any employee shall be in writing to the Executive Committee and signed by the complaining party(s). It is mandatory that the member file a complaint with either the PIC or the Canteen Manager who then files on their behalf to the Executive Committee. Battery on post property will not be tolerated and the offending individual(s) will immediately be ejected. The PIC will determine if proper authorities should be called.
A. If the violating member continues to act in a manner in violation of these House Rules after having been asked by the PIC to terminate said conduct the PIC and/or the Canteen Manager has the authority to suspend the social privileges of any member(s) or guest (s). The PIC on duty shall have the authority to evict and suspend a member from the premises for a (72) hour period. This seventy-two (72) hour period begins at the time the PIC evicts or suspends the member(s) or guest(s).
B. No organization can accurately predict all incidents that may occur; therefore it is necessary to give the PIC and Canteen Manager discretionary powers to conduct business on behalf of the Post 375. This includes, but is not limited to any action of a disciplinary nature. These sanctions are generally the “social privileges” and the member(s) may attend meetings but cannot participate socially. The following is a Guideline of authorized sanctions approved by The Executive Committee:
1. First Violation -- 30 Days
2. Second Violation -- 90 Days
3. Third Offense – 1 Year
C. Special Executive Committee meeting shall be called to follow-up on disciplinary actions within a72 hour period if the violator is a member of Post 375 family. If the violator is a member of the General Public then the Executive Committee has jurisdiction to ban such person up to life depending on severity of the offense.
D. Only the Executive Committee has the authority to enact sanctions in excess of thirty (30) days to a maximum of one (1) year for legion family members. Rulings up to 1 year by the Executive Committee are final without appeal.
E. In instances of severe infractions or a history of infractions the Executive Committee may recommend “Permanent Expulsion” by a 100% majority vote. This recommendation will be presented at the next General Membership meeting for consideration. The “Permanent Expulsion” may be enforced through a two-thirds majority vote of the General Membership in attendance at the meeting. Exception: Fourth Offense ruling.
F. All violations must be documented in the Incident Log Book on a daily basis. The Executive Committee is authorized to use discretion in evaluating incidents that warrant a more severe sanction or a lesser sanction. For example: a fight would be more serious than an argument or minor disagreement with Canteen employees, members or guests.
5. The Canteen Manager shall have direct and full charge of the Canteen rooms and activities. All Canteen employees shall be under the direction of the Canteen Manager at all times. The Canteen Manager answers and is accountable only to the Executive Committee.
6. Checks for visiting members or regular Post 375 members shall be limited to the amount of $50.00, all checks are to be cashed at the discretion of the Canteen Manager or PIC. Identification is required when cashing a check. It is the responsibility of the PIC on duty to obtain said identification. Two (2) pieces of identification are generally required and noted on the check.
7. No Credit is allowed however “Bar Tabs” are permitted ONLY when a valid credit card is presented to the on duty bartender. ALL Bar Tabs must be paid in full before departing the premises.
8. Employees on duty are strictly prohibited from participating in any of the activities of the Canteen and from the use of intoxicating beverages. No employee shall report to work while under the influence of intoxicating beverages.
9. Only members in Good Standing are permitted in the Canteen Area and shall present their Membership cards upon request. Visiting Members and guests alike shall sign-in upon entering Post 375.
10. Visiting members in Good Standing and upon signing in shall be entitled to the same privileges as a resident member and subject to the same rules. Members who sign-in a “guest” are responsible for the guest’s actions and/or financial liability incurred. Members must be present with their Guest at all times.
11. A guest that is eligible to be an American Legion member may only be signed in (3) times before that person must join the Legion.
12. Any member who has a concern or complaint against a canteen policy, procedure or employee shall submit said concern or complaint to the Canteen Manager or The Executive Committee in writing and shall be signed by the member.
13. No pets are allowed inside Post 375. Exception: certified “service animals” as defined under the American Disability Act are allowed.
14. Only designated persons and officers conducting Post duties shall be permitted behind the bar or have access to the liquor storage area.
15. Discussing Legion business at the bar is strictly forbidden and service may be refused to those that do.
16. MINORS – No person under the age of 21 is allowed to sit at the bar. Minors under the age of 15 are to be supervised and must depart the canteen NLT 8pm. No person under the age of 18 shall be permitted in the canteen after 9pm. On special occasions this provision may be modified by the Executive Committee.
17. AMENDMENTS -- At the first meeting of the House Committee, each year, the “House Rules” will be reviewed for validity and appropriateness. The House Committee may make recommendations for changes or modifications which will be submitted to the Post Commander so they can be reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee by a majority vote.
House Rules: Adopted, Amended and Approved by Post 375 Executive Committee
Signed and dated this day: 1 Nov 2016
Kevin Remedies Dennis Delisle