|Fan organizations have done their best to make the v-p something more than the guy who sits around waiting for the president to die.
In the FAPA this officer was responsible for recruiting before the ranks became filled; he now is the "judiciary" of the Association. The first, and almost only, dispute between members arising under the old constitution was over the question of a Manuscript Bureau. Wollheim casting aspersions at Moskowitz while offering to appoint him to an FAPA Ms Bureau, Moskowitz in a private letter to W demanded an end to "slanderous" attacks on him and asked guaranteed cooperation of the members on the Bureau. Wollheim forwarded this with a rebuttal to the Vice-President, Dan McPhail, and requested a decision. McPhail thot about it for two days, without asking Moskowitz whether he had anything further to say or consulting anyone else, and rendered a verdict favorable to Wollheim, whose case was undoubtedly stronger. The defect here that Wollheim appealed the case and asked for what could only be an opinion with no direct effect. If Moskowitz (who didn't even know his argument was being forwarded to the v-p) had taken it to the court and asked some definite action, such as an order directing that all members cooperate with the Ms Bureau, and that derogatory material by W against SaM be excluded from the mailings, (which were not within the v-p's power), then an opinion supporting the decision made mite have been in order; as it was, the decision settled nothing. After the Interregnum, with a hazier clause to work under, the vice-presidents took to giving advisory opinions on how they would interpret the Constitution, whether or not there were members arguing both sides. The FAPA vice-president is also ex officio chairman of the Laureate Committee.
The v-p of NFFF was to have charge of the "archives", the permanent official records etc, of the Federation, which in the case of the FAPA had been passed on separately from each officer to his successor, with little accounting and frequent loss.
In other organizations, the v-p is often made head of some standing committee. The Triumvirs' New Fandom Constitution was to have several v-p's, each head of a different committee.