Mentoring for Leadership – August

Marquitta Hill

What are Standing Rules?

• The purpose for Standing Rules is to establish guides for specified operations, activities, events, expenses, and disbursements between Auxiliary meetings. Often Standing Rules contain the information for the Treasurer to use as a guide in reimbursing members or donations per the amount allowed in the budget. They may state what to pay, when and to whom.

Who May Have Standing Rules (Refer to Article II, Sec. 211)?

• Auxiliaries at all levels may establish Standing Rules to provide for specified operations, activities, events, expenses, and disbursements between meetings, provided such rules do not conflict with the National or Department Bylaws. It is suggested that Standing Rules be reviewed annually.

What else may be included in the Standing Rules?

  • Standing Rules may also contain general operating procedures, for example:

• What travel may be reimbursed and how much
• Department or District dues amounts
• Officers’ duties
• Annual donations

Status of a Standing Rules (Refer to Article II, Sec. 211)

• Standing Rules may be:
• Amended, modified, or rescinded at any meeting.
• Become effective immediately.
‐ If prior notice is given, Standing Rules will come up for discussion, a majority vote of those members can bring about change.
‐ If previous notice is not given, two‐thirds (2/3) vote is required.

What if there’s no Standing Rules?

• If an Auxiliary, County Council, District or Department does not have Standing Rules, business is efficiently conducted by motion made, seconded, and passed on the Auxiliary floor prior to money being disbursed or general operating procedures being conducted.
• If there is a need to clarify the budget or establish an approval for funds to be disbursed between meetings, then Standing Rules might be needed

What are samples of Standing Rules?

• Pay bond Membership dues on each level.
• Pay for flowers Love gifts.
• Pay Health & Happiness Program awards.
• Pay District Dues Travel expenses.

Mentoring for Leadership Program
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Ensure a Positive Member Experience
Engage in Learning and Training Opportunities
Develop and Empower Members for Leadership Roles

Mentoring helps broaden leadership skills and leadership provides guidance for mentoring members.

What is mentoring: A stronger membership on every level of our organization to enhance all types of Program activities. Vigilance in mentoring will make the difference in obtaining and maintain members.

CARE stands for
Catch the member when they first join.
Ask them to participate.
Remember what it felt like to be new.
Engage them in a program that fits them.

What is leadership? Willingness to listen to the suggestions of others and following the guidelines set in place for the office or position held.


*Materials may be found in MALTA Member Resources

Utilize the various Membership Recruitment and Retention Tools:

Additional Requirements
Each District must hold at least one training on all programs.

Goals + Mentoring + Leadership = Healthy Auxiliaries

This year, the Department of MS VFW Auxiliary will have a Member of the Year. The winner chosen for the Department will be sent to National to be considered in the running for National VFW Auxiliary Member of the Year. The criteria for this award are as follows:

  • Description of what the Auxiliary Member has done.
  • The Auxiliary member’s work must be done during July 2023 – March 2024.  
  • The member cannot be a current Auxiliary, District or Department President.  
  • The nomination does not have to go through district.  
  • The Auxiliary member must have been a member in good standing without lapsing their membership during the 2023-2024 year.  
  • The Auxiliary member must go above and beyond.  
  • A committee will be chosen to review all nominations received by the Mentoring for Leadership Chairman.
  • The nomination form will be passed out later.