SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SOA NATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATE DAVID SPENCER

My Fellow Sons, 

At this time of year, as our States are beginning the slow process of mass vaccination and reopening of our economies and thus allowing meetings to happen, I thought I might get out ahead of one question I know I will be getting somewhat frequently over the next 3 months.

Article VI, Section 6c (Departments), Article VII, Section 2c (Districts), Article VIII, Section 3f (Squadrons) all restrict the Commanders at those levels to 2 terms in office, which usually means 2 years in office.  Most parts of our organization, however, did not hold elections in 2020.

My ruling, therefore, is this: For any member who was elected at your annual meetings and State Conventions held in May and June of 2019, and then served without a new election being held since that time (due to not having a State Convention in 2020, etc.), this shall count as ONE term.  Therefore, if a member was first elected in 2019 and served for 2 years without a new election being held, they are eligible to run again for a second term starting in 2021.

David Spencer

Judge Advocate

National Sons of AMVETS