The Grande Voiture
40 HOMMES ET 8 CHEVAUX
"FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES
TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES: TO
CREATE A CHARITABLE AND NON-PROFIT VETERANS
ORGANIZATION; TO UPHOLD AND DEFEND THE
CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
TO ASSIST AND PROMOTE THE WELFARE AND WELLBEING
OF THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED OR ARE NOW
SERVING IN THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED
STATES AND THEIR WIDOWS, WIDOWERS AND
ORPHANS; TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL MEMORIAL
SERVICES FOR AND TO BE PRESENT AT THE FUNERALS
OF DEPARTED COMRADES; TO TAKE PART IN AND TO
ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROPER
OBSERVANCE OF ALL DAYS HONORING VETERANS; TO
PRESERVE THE MEMORIES OF OUR SERVICES IN THE
ARMED FORCES OF OUR COUNTRY; TO ACTIVELY
PARTICIPATE WITHIN OUR MEMBERSHIP IN PROJECTS
(A) THE WELFARE OF THE CHILDREN OF
(B) THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION BY FOSTERING
A NURSES TRAINING PROGRAM; AND
(C) SELECTED CHARITABLE ENDEAVORS.
NATURE AND OBJECTS
La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux is a civilian organization,
without rank or distinction between its members, and is nonpolitical.
The objects of La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux are:
A. To honor, through membership, those honorably discharged and currently
serving U. S. military personnel who have proved themselves worthy of such honor, and
B. Through mutual helpfulness, to bind ourselves in close ties afforded by our
common service in the armed forces of our Country.
The Grande Voiture du Florida, La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit
Chevaux, shall be organized into a Grande Voiture and Voitures Locale, as hereinafter provided.
The State of Florida shall be divided into Regions at the discretion of the Grande
Voiture du Florida; and each Region shall be represented in the Grande Voiture du Florida by a
Grand Cheminot. Boundaries of the various Regions shall follow as closely as possible to the
boundaries of the various Districts (one or more) as provided by the American Legion,
Department of Florida.
No persons, other than honorably discharged U.S. military personnel and active
duty U.S. military, shall be eligible for membership in La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit
Chevaux, and membership may be granted upon written nomination by a Voyageur Militaire in
good standing, within whose territorial jurisdiction they reside, showing:
A. That they have rendered service in the U.S. military, which in the opinion of
the members of the Voiture Locale, entitles them to the honor of membership in La Societé des
Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux;
B. That their character and reputation are good, and that they have rendered the
service aforesaid, which must be shown by an endorsement to that effect, bearing the signatures
of two or more members of the Voiture Locale, to which the petition is addressed, this being in
addition to the signature of the nominating Voyageur;
C. That they have or have not been previously rejected for membership, and if
they have so been rejected, there must be shown the date of such rejection, the number and
location of the Voiture Locale by which rejected, and
D. That if formerly a member of La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit
Chevaux, there must be shown the number and location of the Voiture Locale to which they
belonged and the reason for withdrawal.
Removal of Membership, Transfer of Membership within Jurisdictions and
Surrender of Membership, shall be governed by Article V, Sections 7, 8 and 9 of the Constitution
of Voiture Nationale.
Membership shall be obtainable only upon election thereto, as prescribed in
Article V Section 6 of the Constitution of Voiture Nationale, following proper consideration of
the Nomination of a P.G. by the Voiture Locale of the territorial jurisdiction in which the
prospective member resides. The prescribed nomination form shall, in all instances, be
completed in detail and properly executed.
There shall be no form or class of membership, except an active
membership, and election of honorary members is forbidden. Numerical limitation of
membership by any Voiture Locale or Grande Voiture is forbidden.
Every member of La Societé shall belong to and hold allegiance to a Voiture
Locale; provided however that where no Voiture Locale exists in a county in which a member
resides, he shall become affiliated with a Voiture Locale of his selection.
Dues of La Societé shall be payable to the Voiture Locale in advance on October
20th each year, and the Voiture Locale shall promptly remit dues to Voiture Nationale in the
proper amount as established by the Promenade Nationale for the current year. Payment of dues
shall entitle the Voyageur Militaire to a membership card, certifying him to be a member in good
standing until the end of the following calendar year. Dues paid prior to September 1 of any year
on account of new members shall be considered as for the current year and those paid on or after
September 1 of any year on account of new members shall be considered for the then following
year. Any member who shall fail to pay his dues for the current year, on or before March 31st
shall not be permitted to attend any Promenade (s) until such dues have been paid; and any
member who shall be in arrears in payment of his dues for one year shall stand suspended and
notice to that effect shall be given to him by the Correspondant Locale of his Voiture Locale by
Certified Mail, addressed to his last known address or place of residence. Should the suspended
member fail within one month from the date of postmark of such mailing to pay the arrears and
any reinstatement fee required by the Voiture Locale, he shall stand expelled and may not be readmitted
to membership except upon nomination in accordance with Section 1 of this Article.
No more than one (1) years dues and any reinstatement fee may be assessed a member upon
approval of reinstatement following voluntary expulsion or otherwise. Any member who fails to
pay his dues for two (2) years shall stand expelled without the requirement of notice, as provided
above. Re-admission into membership shall be upon petition in accordance with Section 1 of this
Article. Whenever a member is expelled for non-payment of dues and has removed from the
jurisdiction of the Voiture Locale to which he formerly belonged, and having become a bona fide
resident within the jurisdiction of another Voiture Locale for two (2) years, shall be eligible to
petition for reinstatement to the Voiture Locale in which jurisdiction he resides. Said petition
(application) shall be received and acted upon by the Voiture Locale in the same manner as an
original nomination for membership, provided however, that such applicant shall have paid any
amount of indebtedness to his former Voiture Locale in full. Any indebtedness shall consist of
not more than two (2) years dues or other amounts which may have remained unpaid at the time
of the expulsion. The Voiture Locale receiving the nomination (petition or application) shall
appoint an Investigating Committee whose duty shall be to determine whether or not there exists
any bar to membership, and to report its findings to the Voiture Locale. The nomination (petition
or application) shall lay upon the table for a period of sixty (60) days following the report of the
Investigating Committee and a copy of the nomination for reinstatement shall be sent to the
Voiture Locale to which the nominee formerly belonged with the request for any comments as to
the quality of the former member’s membership and activities.
At the holding of any Grande Voiture Wreck, a person may not be initiated into
La Societé unless there be on file with the Grand Correspondant, a certificate of the Voiture
Locale of which they are to become a member, signed by the Chef de Gare and Correspondant
thereof, setting forth that such person is eligible to membership in La Societe, has been duly
elected to become a member by and of such Voiture Locale and a request for initiation.
A membership card shall not be delivered to any person having not taken the
obligation or obligations required by the ritual of La Societe.
A Voiture Locale may not entertain the petition for membership of any person
rejected by it, or any other Voiture Locale, until the expiration of six (6) months from the date of
The Official Insignia of the Grande Voiture du Florida shall be an orange metal
emblem of the State of Florida, with a blue alligator and the numbers 40/8 inscribed thereon.
ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
The Legislative body of this Grande Voiture shall be the Grande Voiture in
general meeting assembled, to be known as the Grande Promenade, to be held annually at the
time and place recommended by the Time and Place Committee and approved by the Grande
Promenade. Whenever possible, the recommendation should be two years in advance.
A. The Grand Chef de Gare shall appoint, subject to the ratification by the Grands
Cheminots, a Grande Voiture Time & Place Committee, for the future meeting site(s), to be
composed of five (5) members. Each appointee shall serve for a full five (5) year term or until
removed by a majority vote of the Grands Cheminots. No more than one (1) member from any
Voiture Locale shall serve on this committee at one time. Between sessions of the Grands
Cheminots, the Grand Chef de Gare may fill vacancies for the unexpired term of the Grande
Voiture Time & Place Committee, subject to the ratification of the Grands Cheminots at its next
meeting. It shall be the duty and responsibility of the Grand Time & Place Committee to invite
and receive bids and proposals of sites and accommodations for the holding of the next
succeeding Grande Promenade. Bids and proposals may also be invited and received for a
second succeeding year, provided, however, any acceptance recommendations must be adopted
by the Grands Cheminots.
B. In case of an emergency declared to exist by the Grand Chef de Gare and with
the approval of the Grands Cheminots, the Grande Promenade may be held at a time or place
other than previously designated.
In the Grande Promenade every Voiture Locale shall be entitled to two (2)
delegates and two (2) alternate delegates for the first fifteen (15) members and one (1) additional
delegate and one (1) additional alternate delegate for each additional fifteen (15) members, or
major fraction thereof; provided that the per capita tax has been paid and was properly reported
on the regulation membership forms provided by Voiture Nationale, and which have been
actually received by Voiture Nationale at least fifteen (15) days prior to the date of the holding of
the Grande Promenade. Entitlement shall be based on official certification by the Correspondant
National and such entitlement shall also be subject to each Voiture Locale not being in arrears of
funds or indebtedness to the Grande Voiture du Florida. Each officer of the Grande Voiture du
Florida, as set forth in Article V Section 1, shall be entitled to one (1) vote, said vote to be
exercised only when such officer is properly registered and present in person. "Sous" Officers
shall not be entitled to vote based on their title or position; however, such officers may be
designated as delegates or alternates as elected and certified by their Voiture Locale. Each
delegate shall be entitled to one (1) vote, and in the absence of the delegate, the alternate
delegate shall be entitled to one (1) vote. The vote of each Voiture Locale shall be equal to the
number of delegates to which it is entitled.
Grand Chefs de Gare Pass, while in good standing, in their respective Voitures
Locale, shall be members for life of the Grands Cheminots, with vote, and also be life delegates
to all Grande Promenades of La Societé, with vote to be exercised only when present in person
and properly registered.
A quorum of the Grande Promenade shall consist of a majority of the Voitures
Locale, represented in whole or in part by duly authorized delegates.
At any regular Promenade or Promenade Local, no form of entertainment or
refreshment shall be indulged in or served before or during the Promenade; nor will any
Voyageur Militaire be admitted to any such Promenade while in a disorderly condition.
The Grands Cheminots shall consider and recommend for adoption any and all
special rules to govern the Grande Promenade. The Grand Avocat shall prepare such special
rules for consideration and adoption by the Grands Cheminots at a Grands Cheminots meeting
prior to the holding of the Grande Promenade. The special rules may not supersede or be in
conflict with any of the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the Grande Voiture du
Florida or Voiture Nationale.
The Officers of the Grande Voiture du Florida, La Societé des Quarante Hommes
et Huit Chevaux shall be:
One (1) Grand Chef de Gare (President)
One (1) Grand Chef de Train (Vice-President)
One (1) Grand Conducteur (Master of Ceremonies)
One (1) Grand Commissaire Intendant (Treasurer)
One (1) Grand Correspondant (Secretary)
One (1) Grand Avocat (Judge Advocate)
Two (2) Grand Gardes de la Porte (Sgt-at-Arms)
One (1) Grand Commis Voyageur (Property Man)
One (1) Grand Historian (Historian)
One (I) Grand Medicin (Medical Officer)
One (1) Grand Lampiste (Asst. Sgt-at-Arms)
One (1) Grand Aumonier (Chaplain)
Grand Cheminots (Directors): 1 per Region with up to and including 3 Voitures;
and 1 additional Grand Cheminot with 4 or more Voitures per Region; and such other officers,
not inconsistent herewith, which the Grande Promenade of the Grande Voiture du Florida may
determine; which other officers, however, shall have duties and standing only within the
jurisdiction of the Grande Voiture du Florida. All elective officers shall be elected without
consideration of the geographical location of their residences in the State of Florida.
A Cheminot National and an Alternate Cheminot National shall be elected by the
Annual Grande Promenade to represent the Grande Voiture du Florida on the Cheminots
Nationaux of Voiture Nationale.
The Grande Voiture Officers named in Sections 1 and 2 of this Article shall be
elected by the Grande Promenade assembled, except the Grand Commissaire Intendant, Grand
Correspondant, Grand Avocat, Grand Historian, Grand Medicin, Grand Lampiste, and Grand
Aumonier, all of whom shall be appointed by the Grand Chef de Gare, with the approval of the
Grands Cheminots. A candidate for Grande Voiture Office shall not be eligible for election to
any office unless his candidacy shall have been first endorsed by a majority of the Voyageurs
Militaire present at a regularly held Promenade Locale of the Voiture Locale of which such
candidate is a member, and at least thirty (30) days prior to the holding of the annual Grande
Vacancies occurring in any of the elective offices between Grande Promenades
shall be filled by the Grands Cheminots, except as provided in Section 10 of this Article
pertaining to the office of the Grand Chef de Gare.
All of the elective Grande Voiture Officers named in section 1 of this Article shall
be installed at the Grande Promenade immediately prior to adjournment (newly appointed
officers may be included). The Grand Chef de Gare shall have the right and authority to name
any other present or past Voiture Nationale or Grande Voiture du Florida officer as the Installing
Officer. Such installation shall be as outlined in the Ritual, with suitable and appropriate changes
to apply to the Grande Voiture du Florida.
Each officer of the Grande Voiture or of a Voiture Locale who receives and/or
disburses funds or monies of such Voiture shall be bonded in a sum to be determined by the
Voiture concerned, or by the Cheminot(s) of such Voiture. Every effort shall be made to
maintain uniform accounting systems as recommended by Voiture Nationale. Financial officers
of the Grande Voiture or Voitures Locale shall not be recognized by the Grande Voiture du
Florida until duly qualified and bonded.
All funds of the Grande Voiture, and of Voitures Locale, shall be deposited and
carried in the name of such Voiture, and in such depository or depositories as may be selected by
the Grands Cheminots, or of the Cheminots Locale, as appropriate.
Books and records of each Voiture Locale shall be open to inspection at any time
by authorized officials of the Grande Voiture de Florida or Voiture Nationale.
The Grande Voiture du Florida in Grande Promenade assembled shall have the
power to limit the maximum dues and initiation fees which may be assessed by Voitures Locale.
In the event of resignation, death, suspension or removal from office of the Grand
Chef de Gare, the immediate Grand Chef de Gare Pass, in good standing and available, shall
immediately take office as Acting Grand Chef de Gare. The Grands Cheminots shall meet to fill
the vacancy within ten (10) days from the date of the occurrence of the vacancy, or until the next
Grande Promenade, whichever comes first.
Members and Officers of La Societé des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux
charged with disloyalty, neglect of duty, dishonesty, conduct unbecoming member of La Societé,
or charged with any action inimical to the interests and standings of La Societé shall be dealt
with as provided for in Article XIII of the Constitution of Voiture Nationale, La Societé des
Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux.
DUTIES OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
The GRAND CHEF DE GARE shall be the chief executive officer of the Grande
Voiture du Florida. He shall preside at all Grande Promenades, meetings of the Grands
Cheminots and other functions of the Grande Voiture. He shall appoint all the appointive officers
of the Grande Voiture, subject only to the approval of the Grands Cheminots. He shall appoint all
standing committees of the Grande Voiture, except as otherwise provided herein, and shall
perform such other duties as may properly come within the province of his office. He shall be an
ex-officio member of all committees of the Grande Voiture.
The GRAND CHEF DE TRAIN shall perform such duties as may be assigned to
him by the Grand Chef de Gare. In the temporary absence or disability of the Grand Chef de
Gare, he shall act as the presiding officer of the Grande Promenade, meetings of the Grands
Cheminots or other functions of the Grande Voiture, or preside at the request of the Grand Chef
The GRAND CONDUCTEUR shall have charge of the initiatory work at all
Grande Promenades, Grand Wrecks, and shall have supervision over Wrecks in all Voiture
Locales, and such other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gare.
The GRAND COMMISSAIRE INTENDANT shall be the Chairman of the
Finance and Budget Committee and shall see that the financial records of the Grande Voiture are
audited at the end of the year.
The GRAND CORRESPONDANT shall be the Secretary of the Grande Voiture,
Grande Promenades, Grands Cheminots meetings and other functions of the Grande Voiture. He
shall keep a true and accurate record of all proceedings, shall conduct their correspondence and
keep a correct list of all Voitures Locale and their Officers. He shall be the chief Finance Officer
of the Grande Voiture du Florida. He shall keep an accurate account of all receipts and
disbursements and report thereon at each Grande. Promenade. He shall furnish the Grand
Finance and Budget Committee with a monthly statement of receipts and disbursements. He shall
pay all bills when audited and approved by the Grand Chef de Gare. He shall handle all other
matters pertaining to his office as Secretary and perform such other duties as may be imposed by
the Grand Chef de Gare.
It shall be the duty of the GRAND AVOCAT to interpret the Constitution of the
Grande Voiture du Florida during and between Grande Promenades. He shall perform such
other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gare and the Grande Promenade. He shall
also serve as Chairman of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee of the Grande Voiture and
the Grande Promenade.
The GRAND GARDES DE LA PORTE (2) shall perform the usual duties of a
Sergeant-at-Arms at all Promenades and functions of the Grande Voiture du Florida, and such
other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gare.
The GRAND COMMIS VOYAGEUR shall be charged with the responsibility of
caring for the properties of the Grande Voiture du Florida and such other duties as may be
required by the Grand Chef de Gare.
The GRAND HISTORIAN shall collect for permanent preservation all matters of
interest to La Societé, and submit a history of the Grande Voiture during his term of office to the
Annual Grande Promenade; and such other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gate.
The GRAND MEDICIN shall perform the usual duties of a Medical Officer and
such other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gare.
The GRAND LAMPISTE shall perform the duties of an Assistant Sergeant-at-
Arms at all Grande Promenades and such other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de
The GRAND AUMONIER shall perform the usual duties of a Chaplain and such
other duties as may be required by the Grand Chef de Gare.
The Grand Chef de Gare shall, immediately after his election and installation,
appoint the Grand Correspondant, subject to the approval of the Grands Cheminots. The Grand
Correspondant shall furnish, without cost to the Grande Voiture, sufficient space to adequately
house and protect the equipment, records and files of the Grande Voiture du Florida, including
any and all paraphernalia or regalia. He shall furnish an annual inventory, including any changes
therein, to the Grands Cheminots. The Grand Correspondant shall serve without pay or
remuneration; except he may receive a travel allowance allocated for such purpose by the Grand
Finance and Budget Committee and approved by the Grands Cheminots.
The Grand Chef de Gare shall appoint a Sous Grand Correspondant immediately
after his election and installation, subject to the approval of the Grands Cheminots; whose duties
and responsibilities shall be to assist the Grand Correspondant; and such other duties as may be
required by the Grand Chef de Gare. The Sous Grand Correspondant shall immediately assume
the duties and responsibilities of the Grand Correspondant should a vacancy occur in that office
and until a formal appointment shall be made by the Grand Chef de Gare for replacement.
The duties and responsibilities of the GRANDE VOITURE COMMITTEES shall
be as follows:
A. The TIME AND PLACE COMMITTEE shall receive and consider bids or
invitations for the holding of subsequent Grande Promenades and any Petite Grande
Promenades, dealing with sites, accommodations and facilities. A report and recommendation for
approval shall be rendered for adoption at the Annual Grande Promenade.
B. The CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE shall record and tabulate all registrations
of delegates, alternates, visitors and any visiting dignitaries in attendance at any proper function
of the Grande Voiture du Florida; particularly at the Annual Grande Promenade. It shall give a
proper and accurate account of the delegate and voting strength at all Grande Promenades, with
verification that all delegates and alternates including officers and Grand Chefs de Gare Pass,
shall have registered and paid the proper registration fees.
C. The CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS COMMITTEE shall receive propose
and consider any changes or amendments to the constitution of the Grande Voiture du Florida.
The Grand Avocat shall be the Chairman of this Committee, and shall make recommendations
for the Committee for adoption of any changes or amendments at the Annual Grande Promenade.
D. The COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE shall coordinate and receive
reports dealing with community service by the Voitures Locale and make such reports to the
Grande Voiture, or elsewhere, as appropriate.
E. The AMERICANISM COMMITTEE shall coordinate and receive reports
dealing with Americanism activities by the Voitures Locale and make such reports to the Grande
Voiture, Voiture Nationale, or elsewhere, as appropriate.
F. The AUDIT COMMITTEE shall conduct an annual review and audit of the
financial records of the Grande Voiture du Florida and make a report to the Grande Voiture
Finance and Budget Committee at its annual meeting immediately prior to the holding of the
Grande Promenade. The Audit Committee may request quarterly statements of financial receipts
and disbursements from the Grand Commissaire Intendant and Grand Correspondant in order to
maintain financial continuity.
G. The NURSES TRAINING COMMITTEE shall coordinate, promote, compile
reports and otherwise further the programs of nurses training within the Grande Voiture du
Florida; rendering all possible assistance to the Voitures Locale in their individual programs. The
Committee Chairman shall make reports to the Grande Voiture, Voiture Nationale, and/or
otherwise, as appropriate.
H. The VOITURE ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE shall receive and compile
reports of the activities of the Voitures Locale during the current year, offering suggestions and
guidance toward a fully rounded program of La Societé activities within the Voitures Locale; and
make a report to the Grande Voiture, Voiture Nationale, and/or otherwise, as appropriate.
I. The LOCOMOTIVE AND BOXCAR COMMITTEE shall promote the
activities of the National Box Car Association and assist in the furthering of activities and
projects of Locomotives and Box Cars in Voitures Locale within the Grande Voiture du Florida,
J. The CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE shall assist in the promotion and
utilization of all means available to render care and assistance to provide benefits to children
within the jurisdiction of the Grande Voiture and Voitures Locale. It shall compile and report all
activities to the Grande Voiture and Voiture Nationale as may be required and appropriate.
K. The CARVILLE STAR COMMITTEE shall promote the activities of the
program of treatment of Hansen’s Disease, or such other public health diseases as may be
subsequently adopted by Voiture Nationale, with particular emphasis on the distribution of
educational materials through the Carville Star Magazine and maintenance of the publication
equipment at Carville, LA or elsewhere; and shall make proper reports to the Grande Voiture and
L. The RITUAL COMMITTEE shall consider all constructive and beneficial
changes to the Ritual of La Societé and shall make recommendations for consideration and
adoption by the Promenade Nationale. All recommendations shall be presented to the Annual
Grande Promenade for concurrence and further recommendation to the Promenade Nationale.
The Ritual Committee shall attempt to inform and educate the Voitures Locale on the proper use
of the Ritual and maintain uniform application thereto of all its provisions.
M. There shall be a GRAND FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE to
consist of the Grand Commissaire Intendant, as Chairman, and five (5) members at large. Upon
election, each Grand Chef de Gare shall appoint a member at large to serve for a period of five
(5) years. The Grand Chef de Gare, the Grand Correspondant, and the Custodian of the
Emergency Fund shall serve as ex-officio members. The Grand Correspondant shall serve as
Secretary of this Committee.
N. There shall be a GRAND TROPHIES AND AWARDS COMMITTEE
consisting of three (3) members at large, to be selected annually by the Grands Cheminots, Such
Committee shall select its own Chairman. The Committee shall be responsible for promulgating
such rules and regulations as may be required for the awarding of each trophy or award. The
Committee shall recommend to the Grands Cheminots the establishment of any new awards and
trophies and including any stipulation (s) by or for the honoree or donors.
O. The RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE shall receive and consider all resolutions
for recommendation(s) as to approval or rejection by the Grande Promenade assembled or the
Grands Cheminots if expediency is required between Grande Promenades; having due concern
for those matters and interests of La Societé as to established policies and programs of Voiture
Nationale, the Grande Voiture and Voitures Locale.
P. The YOUTH SPORTS COMMITTEE shall participate in the Youth Sports
activities wherever possible. The committee shall encourage participation in the program within
the Grande Voiture by the Voitures Locale. It shall promote the national program in whatever
manner prescribed by Voiture Nationale.
Q. The GRAND VAVS COMMITTEE shall consist of a VAVS Directeur and as
many Sous Directeurs as needed to run the VAVS Program. The Directeur will oversee the
Representatives and Deputies along with the Sous Directeurs. The areas of responsibility for the
Sous Directeurs shall be determined by the Grand Directeur as needed. Included will be viewing
the Annual Joint Review from each VAMC Chief of VAVS and VS26 Volunteer Hours by
Organization. The Directeur shall make a report at both the Grande Petite Promenade and
There shall be a GRANDS CHEMINOTS (Executive Committee) consisting of
the following Officers:
GRAND CHEF DE GARE
GRAND CHEFS DE GARE PASS
ALTERNATE CHEMINOT NATIONALE
GRAND CHEF DE TRAIN
GRAND COMMISSAIRE INTENDANT
TWO GRAND GARDES DE LA PORTE
GRAND COMMIS VOYAGEUR
THE GRAND CHEMINOTS (as prescribed in Article V as changed)
Between Grande Promenades, the administration and judicial powers shall be
vested in the Grands Cheminots, and it shall be empowered to promulgate such rules and
regulations as may be required for the proper guidance of the Grande Voiture, subject to
ratification of the succeeding Grande Promenade.
The incoming Grands Cheminots shall meet immediately after the final
adjournment (within 24 hours) of the Grande Promenade to transact such business as may come
before it; and for the incoming officers to receive the records and properties of the Grande
Voiture pertaining to their respective offices. The incoming Grands Cheminots shall meet at the
call of the Grand Chef de Gare. The Grand Chef de Gare shall call a meeting of the Grands
Cheminots upon written request of a majority of the members thereof, the place and time of the
meeting to be designated in the written request.
The Grands Cheminots shall provide for committees on rules and regulations,
credentials, organization and such others as is necessary in its judgment.
A majority of the members of the Grands Cheminots, excluding the Grand Chefs
de Gare Pass, shall constitute a quorum of that body.
The Grand Cheminots (as prescribed in Article V as changed) elected from the
various Regions shall have a further and singular duty placed on them; i.e., they and each of
them shall visit, if possible all Voitures Locale in their respective Regions, as many times during
the year as possible. They shall become familiar with the ritualistic work as provided in the
Ritual of La Societé and see that all provisions of the Ritual are properly carried out within the
Promenade Locale. The Regional Grand Cheminot shall preside at all Regional Promenades.
Regional Grand Cheminots shall prepare and submit a written report for the year’s activities
within their Region to the Grand Correspondant and the Grande Promenade. A written report
shall be made at the Mid-Winter Petite and Annual Grande Promenades. Each Regional Grand
Cheminot shall be the Membership Chairman within the Region from which he was elected and
he shall promote the membership in all Voitures Locale within it.
In addition to any Regional Petite Promenade(s) that may be held in the several
Regions of the Grande Voiture, there shall be held a Regional Petite Promenade, not less than
fifteen (15) days prior to the Annual Grande Promenade, at which there shall be nominated a
Grand Cheminot to serve for and during the term of one(1) year succeeding.
A. Five (5) or more honorably discharged or active U.S. military persons, who
are eligible for membership in La Societé may make application to the Grande Voiture du
Florida for a Charter for a Voiture Locale in that County.
B. If such application for a Charter be approved by the Grande Voiture du
Florida, such application will be forwarded to Voiture Nationale, after which the Charter will be
issued. In the event of approval by the Grande Voiture, a dispensation may be issued by the
Grande Voiture for the organization of such Voiture Locale until such time as a Charter has been
issued. Charter approval shall be subject to Article XI Section 1 of the Constitution of Voiture
C. Provided, however, that two Counties may be consolidated into one Voiture
Locale with the approval of the Grands Cheminots and the Grande Promenade.
The Grand Chef de Gare shall recommend promptly the revocation and
cancellation of the Charter of any Voiture Locale in its jurisdiction which indulges in or permits
drunkenness, vulgarity or obscenity at Promenades, Wrecks, or any social function whatsoever
by such Voiture Locale in the name of or under the auspices of La Societé des Quarante
Hommes et Huit Chevaux.
The officers of Voitures Locale shall be as follows:
CHEF DE GARE (President)
CHEF DE TRAIN (Vice-President)
COMMISSAIRE INTENDANT (Treasurer)
CONDUCTEUR (Master of Ceremonies)
GARDE DE LA PORTE (Sergeant at Arms)
LAMPISTE (Asst. Sergeant at Arms)
COMMIS VOYAGEUR (Property Man)
MEDICIN (Medical Officer)
and such other officers, not inconsistent herewith, as any Voiture Locale may
determine, which other officers, however, shall have duties and standing only within the
jurisdiction of the Voiture Locale by which elected or appointed.
There shall be a Cheminots Locale consisting of the following:
CHEF DE GARE
CHEF DE TRAIN
and NOT LESS THAN THREE (3) MEMBERS AT LARGE.
Each Voiture Locale shall be the judge of its own membership subject only to the
restrictions of the Constitution and By-Laws of this Grande Voiture and the Voiture Nationale.
Promenades of Voitures Locale shall be held as the majority members shall elect,
provided, however, that each Voiture Locale shall hold at least one (1) Promenade per month,
and a copy of the minutes of each Cheminot Meeting of the Voiture Locale and a copy of the
minutes of each Promenade be forwarded to the Grande Voiture Office within fifteen (15) days
of any Cheminot Meeting or Promenade or both.
Each Voiture Locale in the Grande Voiture du Florida shall have its own
Constitution and By-Laws, the same not to conflict with the Constitution and By-Laws of either
the Grande Voiture du Florida or Voiture Nationale. A copy of said Constitution and By-Laws
must have the approval of Grand Avocat of the Grande Voiture du Florida and the Avocat
National of Voiture Nationale.
Each Voiture Locale shall hold and conduct an annual election of all officers of
said Voiture Locale including Delegates and Alternates to the Grande Promenade for the next
ensuing year. Officers and Delegates and Alternates shall be elected and later certified to the
Grand Correspondant not more than forty five (45) days nor less than fifteen (15) days prior to
the holding of the Grande Promenade. Each certification shall include the names, addresses,
postal zip codes, telephone number and E-mail addresses of all persons certified. In the event of
a replacement during the year, the name and address of the successor in office shall be promptly
reported to the Grand Correspondant within ten (10) days after such replacement. A certification
shall be made to the Correspondant National showing a complete listing of the names, addresses,
zip code, telephone number and E-mail addresses of all Voiture Locale Officers elected or
appointed within ten (10) days after their installation.
Each Voiture Locale shall at the close of each administration, forward to the
Grand Correspondant a copy of the report of the Chef de Gare, Correspondant and Commissaire
Intendant, respectively, for the prior year and a report of such other activities as may be of
interest or value to the Grande Voiture.
Voitures Locale shall use and follow the Ritual prescribed by Voiture Nationale
for conducting all Promenades and Wrecks.
Voitures Locale shall obtain permission from the Grand Chef de Gare, through
the Grande Voiture Office, for a Wreck before proceeding with plans for a Wreck.
The revenue of the Grande Voiture shall be derived from such sources as may be
provided or approved by the Promenade Nationale.
Each Voiture Locale applying for a Charter shall pay a Charter Fee as determined
by Voiture Nationale and the Grande Promenade assembled. Each member enrolled by initiation
in Voitures Locale shall pay an initiation fee which shall include annual dues; a Grande Voiture
per capita tax; Child Welfare contribution; Voiture Nationale per capita tax; and a Chapeau,
properly lettered with Chapeau Medal. After initiation, each Voiture Locale shall pay an annual
per capita tax for each Voyageur Militaire in an amount as may be established by Voiture
Nationale and the Grande Voiture du Florida.
A Metal Alligator Chapeau Insignia, as described in Article III, Section 10 shall
be obtained through the office of the Grand Correspondant of the Grande Voiture du Florida
ONLY, and the office of the Grand Correspondant shall maintain an adequate supply of the
insignia for distribution.
No Voiture Locale or Voyageur Militaire shall purchase or use any Chapeau,
Medals or other paraphernalia or supplies except those purchased through the Correspondant
National, as provided in Article XIII Section 6 of the Constitution of Voiture Nationale.
This Constitution may be amended by any Grande Promenade, in annual session
assembled, by a two thirds vote of the total authorized representation thereat; provided that the
proposed amendment(s) shall be presented in writing at the first business session of the annual
Grande Promenade; except that all amendments presented to the Grande Promenade by the
Committee on Constitution and By-Laws shall be considered.
Immediately upon adjournment of the annual Grande Promenade, all Voitures
Locale shall be notified by the Grand Correspondant of all changes in and to this Constitution;
and it shall be mandatory that each Cheminots Locale implement all changes in the Constitution
and By-Laws of the Voiture Locale.
By adoption of this Constitution, all previous Constitutions are revoked and
RULES OF ORDER
Roberts Rules of Order, Newly Revised, are adopted as the rules governing the
Grande Promenade when not otherwise provided in this Constitution. Provided further that
Special Rules of procedure may be adopted; however, no Special Rule shall conflict with, change
or nullify any provision of the Constitution of Voiture Nationale or the Grande Voiture du
Grande Promenade; May, 1966, Daytona Beach, FL.
Grande Promenade; June, 1967, Miami, FL.
Grande Promenade; June, 1968, Clearwater, FL.
Grande Promenade; June, 1974, Jacksonville, FL.
Grande Promenade; June, 1979, Orlando, FL.
Grande Promenade; August, 1989, Orlando, FL.
Grande Promenade; July, 1992, Tampa FL.
Grande Promenade; June, 1998, Melbourne, FL
Grande Promenade; June, 2003, Cocoa Beach, FL
Grande Promenade; June, 2010, Ocala, FL
Grande Promenade, June, 2012, Sarasota, Fl.
Amended in Grande Promenade, June, 2014 to reflect changes to the National
Constitution and periodic revision.
John A. Kaisarian
Grand Correspondant, 2014.