MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
Under provisions set forth in Marine Corps League National Bylaws,
Article Five, Section 505, the following Detachment Bylaws are set
Article I — Name
The name of the Corporation shall be the Upstate Marines,
Detachment 1106 of the Department of South Carolina, Marine Corps
Article II — Purpose
To preserve the traditions and to promote the interests of the
United States Marine Corps, to band those who are serving or have
been honorably discharged or retired from that service in
fellowship that may effectively promote the ideals of American
freedom and democracy, to fit its members for the duties of
citizenship and to encourage them to serve as ably as citizens as
they have served the Nation under arms, to hold sacred the history
and memory of the men who have given their lives to the Nation, to
foster love for the principles which they have supported by blood
and valor since the founding of the Republic, to maintain true
allegiance to American institutions, to create a bond of
comradeship between those in service and those who have returned to
civilian life, to voluntarily render assistance to all Marines and
to former Marines, as well as to their widows and orphans, to
perpetuate the history of the U. S. Marine Corps and by fitting
acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of
peculiar interest to Marines.
This Detachment is not formed for profit, but is formed for
promoting the ideals and purposes enumerated above. The net
earnings shall be devoted exclusively to charitable, educational
and recreational purposes as defined by State and Local Statues,
and also set forth in the Marine Corps League National Bylaws.
Net earnings are defined as monies in excess of that required for
the service and discharge of any and all financial obligations.
Section 4. End of Fiscal Year Distribution
At the end of each fiscal year the Board of Trustees will direct
the Detachment Paymaster to inform the Board of the Detachment's
bank balance. They will advise the Paymaster to maintain a balance
of funds to cover any financial obligations for three months, no
less than $400. Remaining funds will be donated to the Electric
City Young Marines and a maximum of one other organization in
Anderson County. The Board of Trustees will submit to the
Detachment what the percentages and designated receivers will be
for approval of the membership. At the start of the new fiscal year
the Detachment, with the leadership of the Board of Trustees,
should select the objectives they agree on to legitimatize the
Detachment and their fundraising efforts.
Article III — Meetings
Regular monthly meetings shall be held on a day and time
determined by a majority of the membership present and voting.
Any notice of special meetings or change of regular meeting dates
shall be given to the membership by the Adjutant by email and/or
telephone at least ten (10) days in advance of said meeting.
If the regular monthly meeting falls on a holiday, or for some
other reason cannot be held on the regular date, the Board of
Trustees, by a majority vote may select some other day in that
month, or cancel the meeting for just cause.
The Detachment Commandant or a majority of the Board of Trustees
shall have the power to call a special meeting of the Detachment at
any time after meeting the same requirements of advance notice to
the membership as specified in Section 2 above.
Meetings of this Detachment shall be conducted in the order and
precedence of the Marine Corps League, Department and Detachment
Bylaws, and Roberts Revised Rules of Order.
A minimum of five (5) members of the Detachment must be present,
including two (2) members of the Board of Trustees, to constitute a
quorum at any business meeting.
- The Board of Trustees shall meet at least once each quarter and
as often as the Commandant may deem necessary.
- The Commandant shall call a meeting of the Detachment Board of
Trustees and all appointed Officers upon the request of three (3)
or more members of said Board of Trustees.
The Detachment Charter, or a copy thereof, the National and Marine
Corps Colors, and a Bible shall be displayed at all regular
No smoking, profanity or alcoholic beverages shall be permitted
during any Detachment business meeting. The restriction on
alcoholic beverages shall not apply to Detachment dinners.
Article IV — Officers
The elected officers of the Detachment shall be the Commandant,
Senior Vice Commandant, Junior Vice Commandant, and Judge Advocate.
The elected officers plus the Junior Past Commandant shall be the
Board of Trustees.
- The Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant, Junior Vice Commandant,
and Judge Advocate shall serve a term of one (1) year. Each
Commandant, upon completion of his/her term, shall also become a
member of the Board of Trustees as Junior Past Commandant.
- In the event the Junior Past Commandant cannot serve, the post
will revert to the previous Junior Past Commandant.
- The government and management of the Detachment are entrusted
to the Board of Trustees.
Section 3. — Election Procedures
Section 4. — Duties of the Commandant
- In March the Commandant shall instruct the Junior Past
Commandant to form a Nominating Committee consisting of him/her and
two (2) other members.
- The nominating committee shall prepare a recommended slate of
officers for presentation during the April meeting.
- Additional nominations may be made from the floor at the April
meeting. The Chairperson of the nominating committee shall ask
three (3) times if there are any additional nominations prior to
closing nominations for each office.
- The election of officers shall be the last order of
- Election of Detachment Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant,
Junior Vice Commandant and
Judge Advocate shall be conducted in this order by a roll call or
- Before conducting the voting, the Detachment Commandant shall
select two (2) Past Detachment Commandants and two (2) Past Detachment Judge Advocates
to supervise voting and correctly tally the votes cast. If these past officers are not
present at the time of election, the Commandant may utilize other
past Detachment officers.
- A majority of votes cast is required to elect Detachment
Officers. When a simple majority is not obtained on the first
ballot, a second balloting will commence after a caucus (not to
exceed five (5) minutes). Should a majority fail to materialize on
the second or successive ballots, the candidate with the least
number of votes shall be dropped as a contender (after each ballot)
until a majority is achieved.
- The newly-elected officers shall assume their respective
offices immediately following the installation ceremony.
- Selection of the Installing Officer will be the responsibility
of the current Detachment Commandant.
- Detachment officers, with the exception of the Judge Advocate, shall be elected for a term of one (1) year and may stand for reelection one (1) additional year. The number of successive terms which the Judge Advocate may serve is unlimited.
- The Installing Officer must be an elected or past National
officer, an elected or past Department officer, or a past
- It shall be the responsibility of the Detachment Adjutant to
prepare and submit the Report of Officer Installation and the
Detachment Officer Report.
- The Report of Officer Installation and the Detachment Officer
Report must be forwarded to the Department Adjutant within five (5)
days of the installation.
- To preside at all meetings of the Detachment and Board of
- Direct the affairs of the Detachment as prescribed by the Board
- Appoint committees as deemed necessary, subject to approval of
the Board of Trustees.
- Serve as an ex-officio member of all committees.
- Shall make the final ruling on questions of order, subject to
approval by the membership of the Detachment.
- The Commandant shall appoint the following positions: Adjutant,
Paymaster, Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, and other positions, subject
to approval by the Board of Trustees.
Section 5. — Duties of the Senior Vice Commandant
- To serve as acting Commandant in the absence of the
- To perform other duties as requested by the Commandant or the
Board of Trustees.
Section 6. — Duties of the Junior Vice Commandant
- Shall assist the Commandant.
- Shall assume the duties of the Commandant in the absence or
disability of both the Commandant and the Senior Vice
- Shall be responsible for the entertainment and social events of
- Shall serve as Chairman of the Membership Committee.
- Shall also perform the duties delegated by the Commandant or
the Board of Trustees.
Section 7. — Duties of the Judge Advocate
- Shall be the advisor to the Board of Trustees on all legal
matters of the Detachment.
- Shall research, interpret and advise on any matter or question
concerning the National, Department and Detachment Bylaws of the
Marine Corps League.
- Shall be available to all Detachment Officers and committees
for legal advice pertaining to their duties and
- Shall serve as Chairman of the Detachment Bylaws
- A copy of the bylaws of the Detachment will be provided by the
Judge Advocate to all new members and upon request to any member in
- Shall also perform other duties as requested by the Board of
Section 8. — Duties of the Adjutant
- Shall have charge of and keep a full and correct record of all
proceedings of all meetings, keeping such records as National,
Department and Detachment require.
- Render reports of membership annually or when called upon at
- Keep current lists of names, addresses and telephone numbers of
all current members.
- Under direction of the Commandant, read and handle all
communications and correspondence of the Detachment.
- Shall read all communications, documents and applications for
- Perform any additional duties assigned by the Commandant and/or
the Board of Trustees.
Section 9. — Duties of the Paymaster
Section 10. — Duties of the Chaplin
- Shall have charge of all funds and see that they are safely
deposited in a local bank or banks as designated by the Board of
- Shall prepare a monthly report for the Detachment body,
reflecting the condition of the finances of the Detachment with
such recommendations as may be deemed expedient or necessary
for raising funds with which to carry on the activities of the
- Shall be responsible for ensuring that all checks written on
the Detachment account are signed by a minimum of two (2) officers.
The Paymaster, Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant, and Junior Vice
Commandant should be legally qualified by bank records to sign
- Shall retain and produce upon request, all financial records,
vouchers and papers required for the proper maintenance of the
Detachment account or for the required annual audit.
- Shall serve as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee and
the Audit Committee.
- Perform additional duties assigned by the Board of
Section 11. — Duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms
- Charged with the spiritual welfare of the members and will
offer divine but non-sectarian services in the event of
dedications, funerals, public functions, meetings, et
- Adhere to such ceremonial rituals as are recommended by the
Marine Corps League Ritual.
- Prepare Notice of Death forms when required.
- Perform additional duties assigned by the Board of
Section 12. — Duties of the Service Officer
- Assist the Detachment Commandant in keeping order at all
- Assure that only members in good standing of the Marine Corps
League and authorized guests are admitted at meetings of the
- Be responsible for the proper arrangement of meeting area, to
include but not limited to the placement of the Colors, Charter and
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the Board of
Section 13. — Duties of the Junior Past Commandant
- Shall be responsible for bringing to the attention of members
and their dependents the rights and benefits granted to them by
- Will also serve as Chairperson of the Veterans Affairs and
Rehabilitation or Service Committee.
- Perform additional duties as assigned by the Board of
Section 14. — Officer Vacancies
- The immediate Junior Past Commandant shall assume this office
automatically and without further election as the new Commandant is
installed into office.
- Shall be the Chairperson of the Nominating Committee and
supervise the election of Officers.
- Serve as the Assistant Chairperson of the Membership
- Perform additional duties assigned by the Board of
Article V — Membership Eligibility
- The order of succession to the office of Detachment Commandant
shall be (1) the Senior Vice Commandant, and (2) the Junior Vice
- In the event of other vacancies on the Detachment Board of
Trustees, the Detachment Commandant, with the advice and consent of the remaining Board
members, shall appoint a successor to fill the remaining unexpired term of office.
- In addition to death, resignation, or incapacitation, a vacancy
will occur through failure to attend two (2) consecutive officially
called meetings of the Board of Trustees, or in the case of removal
from office for cause.
Section 1. — Catagories of Membership
Section 2. Membership Application
- Regular Membership — Persons who are serving or have
served honorably in the United States Marine Corps "On Active
Duty", for not less than ninety (90) days after completion of boot
camp and persons who are serving or have served in the United
States Marine Corps Reserve and have earned no less than ninety
(90) Reserve Retirement Credit Points, and United States Navy
Corpsmen who have trained with Marine FMF Units in excess of ninety
(90) days and have earned the Marine Corps Device (clasp) worn on the Service
Ribbon and those who earn the Warfare Device authorized for FMF
Corpsmen, shall be eligible for regular membership in the Marine
Corps League. U.S. Navy Chaplains, having earned the FMF Badge
serving with Marines, shall be eligible for regular membership in the Marine
Corps League. Additionally, some Korean War Era Marines who were
ordered to active duty prior to completion of Recruit Training or
Officers Training and subsequently received an Honorable Discharge
Prior to completion of ninty (90) days active or Reserve duty, shall be
deemed eligible for Regular Membership.
- Associate Membership — Those individuals not qualified
for regular membership in the Marine Corps League who espouse the
principles and purposes of the Marine Corps League as contained in
its Congressional Charter may upon application to the Detachment be
accepted for Associate membership. Associate members, upon
acceptance, will pay dues in the same amount as prescribed for
regular members, including initiation fees. A membership pin and
membership card indicating "Associate Member" will be issued by
National Headquarters. An Associate Member shall be entitled to the
rights, privileges, and benefits of a regular member, however, such
member shall not vote on a membership application, an election of
Officers, or hold an elective office.
- Honorary Membership — The Detachment may issue Honorary
Membership with discretion, as prescribed in the National
- Life Membership — Any member of the Marine Corps League,
who is in good standing, may become a Life Member upon proper payment of fees as required in
the National Bylaws. A Life Member shall be subject to payment of
NO further dues to a Detachment, Department, or National
Headquarters. Such member shall have all the privileges, rights and
benefits enjoyed as a member, so long as the Member shall live. A
Life Membership fee shall be paid in full to National Headquarters
(through the Detachment Paymaster) with no discounts, no rebates,
and no installment plan, whether such fee is paid by the individual
or awarded by a Detachment. All Medal of Honor recipients who are
members of the Marine Corps League shall be carried on the rolls as
Paid Life Members.
Section 3. — Membership Dues and Fees
- Applications for membership shall be accepted and processed in
accordance with the provisions set forth in the National MCL Bylaws
(using the MCL application form, checking and verifying proof of
service, signature of a sponsor, cash or check for the full amount
- Application for Associate membership — Individuals who
are serving or have served in other branches of the Armed Forces of
the Unites States must have served honorably.
- Individuals applying for Associate Membership must have reached
the statutory minimum age for enlistment into the United States
Marine Corps prior to being enrolled as an Associate
- Applicants for membership must be approved by a majority of the
members present and voting at a business meeting.
Section 4. Delinquent Member
- The payment of annual National membership dues entitles all
members in good standing an automatic subscription to the Marine
Corps League publication and enrollment privileges in any National
Group Insurance Program that may be in effect.
- The MCL National Budget and Finance Committee recommends dues
fees for approval of
National Delegates assembled at a National Convention.
- The Detachment Board of Trustees shall present its suggested
dues rate to the Detachment membership, following the National
Convention or no later than the October regular meeting.
- The membership year and annual dues shall expire on the last
date of the anniversary month of each member's original dues date
indicated on their Membership card.
- Any member who owes money to the Detachment shall not be in
good standing until the debt is repaid.
Article VI — Subsidiaries and Subordinate
- As indicated in the MCL National Bylaws, a member shall be
identified as delinquent whenever the member's dues are not paid
and transmitted on or before the membership expiration date as
shown on the members card.
- Such member shall be retained in the delinquent status for a
minimum of one year, during which time the member may erase this
status by making payment of all dues in arrears and all dues
- If payment has not been made and recorded by the National
office prior to the expiration date, the member's name will be
stricken from National, Department and Detachment
MCL National Bylaws, Article Seven shall be applied as needed by
Article VII — Grievance and Discipline
MCL National Bylaws, Administrative Procedures, Chapter Nine shall
be applied as needed. All Grievance and Discipline procedures must
be conducted in accordance with the regulations.
Article VIII — Amendments
These Detachment Bylaws may be amended or altered in whole or in
part at any regular or special meeting of the Detachment by
two-thirds vote of the membership present and voting, provided such
action has been announced a minimum of twenty five (25) days prior
to the date of the meeting.
Detachment Bylaws shall become effective upon approval of a
two-thirds majority of the members of the Detachment present and
voting, subject to approval of the Department Judge Advocate.
Article IX — Budget and Finance
- In March of each fiscal year the Detachment Commandant, with
the concurrence of the Board of Trustees, shall name a Budget and
Finance Committee and shall order the Committee to prepare and
submit to the Detachment a proposed budget for the upcoming
- The Budget and Finance Committee shall submit the proposed
budget to the Detachment at the April meeting.
- During the second quarter of the calendar year the Detachment
Commandant, with the concurrence of the Board of Trustees, shall name an Audit Committee and shall charge the Committee to perform a comprehensive and thorough audit of the Detachment's financial situation.
- The Committee shall report the results of their findings to the
membership not later than the July monthly meeting.
The Detachment Commandant shall have the power to request
Emergency Funds up to $100.00.
No member may spend more than $150.00 from the treasury without
prior permission of the Board of Trustees.
When cash is being collected in a fund-raising event,
- the cash will be placed in a locked box as it is
- the cash will be counted by no less than two members at the
conclusion of the day or of the event, and
- the cash will immediately be given to the Paymaster, or someone
designated by him, for deposit into the Detachment's bank
- The Commandant, or the Board member designated to assume his/her role if the Commandant cannot attend, will be reimbursed for travel expense at the current published IRS rate for charity travel when such expense is incurred as the Detachment's representative to official, scheduled Department and Division meetings. A voucher with a map/program printout attached showing miles from home to meeting site and requesting expense payment shall be submitted to the Paymaster.
- With advance approval of the Board, the Commandant or the Board member designated to assume his/her role, if the Commandant cannot attend, may be reimbursed for hotel lodging expense, including taxes, up to the published meeting rate at the host hotel rate, when overnight stay is necessary. A voucher with hotel bill attached will be submitted to the Paymaster for reimbursement.
Article X — Recall
An appointed officer may be recalled by the Detachment Commandant
Any elected or appointed officer may be recalled at any regular or
special meeting of the Detachment by two-thirds vote of the
membership present and voting, provided such action has been
announced a minimum of twenty-five (25) days prior to the date of
Article XI — Marine of the Year
Section 1. — Marine of the Year Committee
Section 2. — Purpose of the Committee
- A special committee with full powers and consisting of former
recipients of the Marine of the Year Award shall be set up at or
immediately after the monthly business meeting which precedes the
Annual Awards Banquet by at least two months.
- Members of the committee must be regular members in good
standing of the Marine Corps League.
- The committee shall consist of a minimum of three
- The committee shall be called the Marine of the Year Committee
and may also be referred to unofficially as the Marine of the Year
Section 3. — Committee Chairmanship and Meetings
- The purpose of the committee shall be to choose the next Marine
of the Year who shall be the recipient of the Marine of the Year
Award at the upcoming Annual Awards Ceremony.
Section 4. — Qualified Nominees
- The committee shall choose the past year's Marine of the Year
to act as chairman.
- The committee shall meet in private at a date, time and place
of their choosing.
Section 5. — Nominations
- The nominees shall be chosen based on their participation over
the past year as regular members of the Detachment in activities or
any duties required of them including the obligations of their
offices and which bring honor, acclaim, and prestige to Detachment
Section 6. — Balloting
- Members may not campaign for nomination. Actively seeking a
nomination will result in automatic disqualification.
- Regular members of the Detachment may submit written
nominations to the chairman of the committee for consideration. To
be considered, nominations should explain why the nominee was
chosen as stated in the Qualified Nominees section above.
Section 7. — Marine of the Year Plaque and Ribbon
- The choice of the new Marine of the Year will be delayed for
two weeks after the committee is formed to allow for the receipt of
nominations from members of the Detachment outside of the
- The Marine of the Year shall be chosen by secret ballot of the
committee members. This ballot will be completed by the committee
no later than the first Monday of the month preceeding the Annual
- Ties for a winner shall be broken by an additional ballot with
the choices being the tied nominees only.
- In the event a tie cannot be broken, the committee shall have a
discussion followed by an additional ballot until a winner is
- The committee chairman shall determine when voting has been
completed, count all ballots, announce that a winner has been
chosen, and reveal the name to the committee.
Section 8. — The Award
- The name of the Marine of the Year shall be kept secret from
those outside of the committee until the award is made.
- The committee chairman shall arrange for a plaque to be
- The committee chairman shall inform the Commandant to order the
Marine of the Year ribbon.
- The Commandant will present the Marine of the Year
Section 9. — Forwarding of Selection
- The Marine of the Year award shall be made by the Commandant at
the Annual Awards Banquet, or if the banquet does not occur, at a Monthly Business
Meeting to be chosen by the committee.
Section 10. — National Bylaws
- The selection of the Marine of the Year with the recommended
written information will be sent to the Senior Vice Commandant of
the Department of SC for consideration at the Department level and
also the National level.
- Any considerations or issues not covered by this Article will
be covered by the National Bylaws of the Marine Corps League that
pertain to the Marine of the Year Award.
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The addition of Article IX, Section 6 was unanimously approved by Detachment 1106 members in attendance on 07-09-16.
The change to Article IV, Section 3j was unanimously approved by Detachment 1106 members in attendance on 05-13-17.