Post Commander, the charge you accepted is broad and difficult. How you respond will determine to a large degree the standing of The American Legion among your associates and within the community.degree the standing of The American Legion among your associates and within the community. degree the standing of The American Legion among your associates and within the community. Your own ability, the help you obtain from district and department officers, the information contained in this guide, and the help you will get from the post officers who form your team, all combine to make the performance of your job possible. That you have ability is recognized by your election to the office of post commander. This ability must have been accompanied by desire or you would not have accepted the office. Everything that follows is provided to assist you to use the ability that you now have and to develop new skills so that your desire to see the post prosper will become a reality. As you look to the overall operation of the post, you realize that you have stepped to another level. You may feel that the step is too high, but as you proceed, following the guidelines suggested, you will develop the organization and leadership among others that will make your year as commander the most rewarding of your life. Planning Post Operations for the Coming Year It’s a rare group of new post officers who take office without enthusiasm and a desire for a successful year. In the charge you accepted at your installation, you were entrusted with the supervision of the duties of all other officers of the post. This does not mean that you will discourage them from using initiative and developing new ideas. What it does mean is that you will be judged by the effectiveness of your officers. There are many ways to determine whether a post commander and their officers are enjoying a successful year.Judgments of the worth of a post are made by the members, the community, and by The American Legion itself. Like it or not, a gain or loss in membership is the measure most often used. Actually, the membership record is a pretty reliable barometer of what your post is doing. An active post, where the members enjoy themselves, often creates a “word of mouth” membership campaign that works almost automatically. The members are proud to belong. It’s the most natural thing in the world for them to talk “Legion” to their friends, neighbors, relatives, and business associates. Since they like belonging to the Legion, they want their friends to get in on a good thing, too. However, whether it shows or not, a great deal of planning has probably gone into every successful membership campaign. But, before sales people can sell a product, they have to have a product. If they are going to do a good job, they have to have a good product--something that people want and will value. The programs, social activities, chances for making new friendships, sometimes the post home itself- -these are what a Legion salesman has to sell. How we build or get this product is the subject we would like to discuss with you. It shall be the duty of the Post Commander to preside at all meetings of the post and Executive committee and to have general supervision over the business and affairs of the post, and such officer shall be Chief Executive officer of the post. He/She shall approve all orders directing the disbursement of funds, and should make an annual report covering the business and affairs of the post for the year with recommendations for the ensuring year, which shall be read at the first meeting in April, and a copy thereof immediately forwarded to the Department Adjutant. The American Legion officers Guide and an Agenda shall be used and followed by the presiding officer in conducting meetings and the American Legion officers Guide shall be used and followed in conducting Initiation of members, and other ceremonies prescribed therein. He/She shall perform such other duties as directed by the post. The First Vice Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of the commander in the absence or disability of the post commander, or when called upon by the post commander. Membership shall be the primary assignment of the First Vice Commander. He/She is the teacher of "Democracy". The Second Vice Commander shall assume and discharge the duties of the office of commander in the absence or disability of the post commander and the first vice commander, or when called upon by the post commander. He/She shall ensure that each patriotic holiday and observance receives the attention it deserves. He/She must promote the color guard or firing squad and ensure that the initiation team is functioning. The Commander will depend on him/her to provide the programs that spice up the meetings and attract attendance.