Commentary

November 2, 2012

Rules, regs regarding Private Organizations

Edwards Air Force Base is home to many private organizations.

These POs can greatly contribute to the quality of life on base. However, there are rules governing POs that any group wishing to become a PO, as well as any PO that wishes to remain a PO, should be aware of.

POs are governed by AFI 34-223, Private Organizations (PO) Program, 8 Mar 07, and AFI 36-3101, Fundraising in the Air Force, 12 Jul 02.

In order to create a PO or remain a PO, the PO must submit a constitution and/or bylaws to the 412th Force Support Squadron for review by the Staff Judge Advocate. If the PO is found legally sufficient by the SJA, the PO will likely be approved by the installation commander.

Once created, POs will often engage in different fundraising events throughout the year. Any fundraising request must be routed through 412th FSS for approval. Common examples of fundraisers include bake sales, dances, carnivals, car washes, or other similar functions. The installation commander often only approves two fundraisers per calendar quarter. POs often want to hold fundraisers during the annual Combined Federal Campaign, which is going on right now. While it is definitely possible for a PO to have a fundraiser during the CFC, the rules regarding fundraising are much more stringent when the CFC is taking place. POs should be aware that unless the fundraiser they are holding is directed exclusively at PO members, it will be considered an “external” fundraiser. “External” fundraisers are not authorized during the CFC.

Fundraisers are also limited in terms of where they can be held. Fundraisers which are held outside the workplace are much more likely to be approved. The installation commander, Brig. Gen. Michael T. Brewer, 412th Test Wing commander, determines which areas are workplaces (i.e., offices, hangars, flight line) and which are not (i.e., base quarters, entrances, lobbies or concourses of buildings, schools, chapels). Please be advised that the lobby of Bldg. 3000 has been considered a workplace in previous instances where fundraising approval was requested.

POs might also be interested in holding a fundraising raffle. Raffles on an installation are highly regulated. All PO raffles must be reviewed by the 412th Test Wing Judge Advocate Office. Raffles may not violate the law of the city, county, state or country in which the installation is located. They must be for the benefit of DOD personnel or their family members. They must serve a charitable, civic, or other community welfare purpose within the DOD community, which directly benefits DOD personnel or their family members. Raffles are not permissible if they raise funds for purely social, recreational, or entertainment purposes which benefit only individual PO members and/or their family members, such as to underwrite the cost of weekend, ski trip, a sight-seeing tour, or a shopping excursion. When requesting approval for a raffle, the PO must identify the purpose for which funds are being raised and the intended beneficiaries of the proceeds. It must also identify how the PO will ensure the proceeds are used only for that purpose and those beneficiaries. Raffles at Edwards Air Force Base may not be held in the workplace. They may not be conducted when a military member or civilian employee is on duty. They may not be conducted when a military member is in uniform.

Please keep the above information in mind, and if you have any questions or concerns, contact the Edwards Air Force Base Legal Office at (661) 277-4310.

 




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

My journey as a victim advocate

When I was a teenager, I saw a movie about a college student who was raped by her brother’s fraternity brother at a party. I remember being saddened by what happened to her; not only by the act of sexual assault, but by how the school’s administrators and students treated her when she decided to...
 
 

Lessons learned in protecting social media accounts

On a Saturday afternoon in late November, I was informed about a political remark that appeared on my Director of Public Affairs Twitter feed. A staff member called to ask if I was aware of the re-tweet. At the time, I was on leave, out of the state, tending to my daughter who had had...
 
 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community - This past year the Atlantic Monthly ran an article contrasting two sets of virtues: “resume virtues” and “eulogy virtues.” The article explained that resume virtues are oriented toward “accumulating power, wealth, and professional achievements.” Eulogy virtues on th...
 

 

Maintenance versus repair … of our Airmen

This commentary is not about aircraft, vehicles, or even any mechanical components. It’s about our Airmen and how we manage their care and development throughout their careers. The maintenance versus†repair concept is borrowed from the maintenance community and speaks to how maintenance managers plan, coordinate and execute scheduled maintenance events. The goal is to maximize...
 
 

To innovate, we can’t be afraid to fail

“Throughout history, people with new ideas – who think differently and try to change things – have always been called troublemakers.” - Richelle Mead, author. The Air Force is pushing hard for us to innovate. You hear it when our senior leaders give speeches or post articles imploring us to improve. Examples include the AFSO21...
 
 

Gaining Altitude – Growth Opportunities for the Week

Through our character – an opportunity to reflect on important issues in our community “Now I say to you in conclusion, life is hard, at times as hard as crucible steel. It has its bleak and difficult moments. Like the ever-flowing waters of the river, life has its moments of drought and its moments of...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>