Grand Encampment

National Honor Society

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By-Laws

  
ARTICLE I - NAME
 
Section 1 The local chapter of the National Honor Society shall be called the Grand Encampment chapter of the National Honor Society, and is based at the Encampment School, Encampment, Wyoming.
 
ARTICLE II – PURPOSE
 
Section 1 The purpose of the Grand Encampment chapter of the National Honor Society shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools.
 
ARTICLE III – POWERS VESTED IN THE ORGANIZATION
 
Section 1 The Grand Encampment chapter shall conform to the Constitution of the National Honor Society as set forth by the National Council.
 
Section 2 The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter. This authority extends to selection and dismissal of members. The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members.
 
ARTICLE IV – MEMBERSHIP
 
Section 1 Membership shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate.
 
Section 2 Active Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by the NHS Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities. Only active members shall have the power to vote or hold office.
 
Section 3 A National Honor Society member who transfers to the Encampment School and brings a letter from the former principal or Chapter Advisor to the Grand Encampment advisor shall be accepted automatically as a member in the Grand Encampment Chapter. Transfer students must meet the Grand Encampment Chapter’s standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
 
Section 4 Honorary membership shall be granted by the NHS Faculty Council to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NHS advisors, adults, students with disabilities, or foreign exchange students in recognition of achievement and / or outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purposes of the National Honor Society. Honorary members shall have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
 
Section 5 Active members shall become graduate members upon graduation. Graduate members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.
 
ARTICLE V – TIME, METHODS, AND PROCEDURES FOR NOMINATION AND SELECTION OF MEMBERS
 
Section 1 Students of the Encampment School not meeting the nomination criteria will not be considered for membership until the following semester.
 
Section 2 Membership will not be considered until after the third semester of high school has been completed and the student must have been in attendance at the Encampment School the equivalent of at least one semester.
 
Section 3 A student must have a cummulative grade point average of at least 3.3000 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a GPA that is calculated from special education courses are not eligible for active membership, but may be considered for honorary membership.
 
Section 4 Students are rated by the entire high school faculty in nine different areas on a scale of 0 (exhibits no or negative effort) to 5 (excellent). These nine areas include: Initiative, Positive Influence on Peers, Dependability, Courtesy, Principles of Morality and Ethics, Honesty, Class Participation, Positive Attitude and Ability to Work with Others. If a faculty member does not know the student in any area they may vote X (exempt). This will not be calculated into the student’s score in each area. Students must obtain at least a 4.0 average of the nine evaluation areas.
 
Section 5 A list of those students who have met the first two criteria is put before the Faculty Council for final discussion. The Chapter Advisor shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council. Faculty members vote individually for each student’s nomination. The faculty may vote for, against, or abstain. A student may not get two (2) votes against nomination, but must get at least three (3) votes for nomination.
 
Section 6 Faculty Council may select students for honorary membership at any time.
 
Section 7 The students selected for membership in the Grand Encampment chapter of National Honor society are sent a letter from the Chapter Advisor informing them of their selection and made aware of the responsibilities that accompany membership in the NHS.
 
Section 8 Students must participate in the chapter’s induction ceremony where students must recite the induction pledge of the NHS in front of their peers. After participation in this ceremony the student becomes a full member of the National Honor Society.
 
ARTICLE VI – MEETINGS
 
Section 1 The chapter shall hold regular meetings once a month during the academic school year for the purpose of transacting its business, and such others as required by the affairs of the chapter.
 
Section 2 Special meetings of the chapter may be called by or at the request of the Chapter Advisor, President or other officer of the chapter at such times as he / she shall deem necessary.
  Section 3 Fifty-one percent (51%) or more of the total active members of the chapter shall constitute a quorum.
 
ARTICLE VII – DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
Section 1 The principal has the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter. This authority extends to selection and dismissal of members. The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members. The principal shall annually appoint a member of the faulty as Chapter Advisor, and a Faculty Council composed of five members of the Encampment School’s faculty.
 
Section 2 The Chapter Advisor shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the chapter and shall act as a liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community. The Chapter Advisor shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The Chapter Advisor shall send the annual report to the national office. The Chapter Advisor shall regularly review each member for compliance with Society standards and obligations. The Chapter Advisor shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties. The Chapter Advisor shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the Faculty Council.
 
Section 3 The Faculty Council shall meet at least once a year to review the procedures of the chapter, select members and to consider non-selection, dismissal, other disciplinary actions, and warning cases. The Faculty Council will develop and revise, when necessary, all chapter procedures for selection, disciplining, and dismissal of members.
 
Section 4 The officers of the chapter shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Student Council Representative, Treasurer, and such other officers as may be determined by the Chapter Advisor.
 
Section 5 The Executive Committee shall be composed of the chapter officers and the Chapter Advisor.
 
Section 6 The Board of Directors shall be composed of the chapter officers, Chapter Advisor, and the Faculty Council.
 
Section 7 The duties of all officers shall be such as implied by the respective titles and which generally pertain to their respective offices, together with such other duties as are specified in these by-laws or may from time to time be delegated by the Chapter Advisor.
 
Section 8 The President shall preside at all regular meetings and at any special meeting. The President shall be empowered to delegate appropriate responsibilities to the Vice-President. The President of the chapter shall appoint such committees as he deems necessary, subject to the approval of the Chapter Advisor. Duties of the committees shall be specified by the President and the Chapter Advisor.
 
Section 9 The Secretary shall keep full records of all proceedings of the chapter. He shall direct the custody of all papers and records belonging to the chapter unless otherwise specifically provided for.
 
Section 10 The Treasurer shall have charge of and be responsible for all funds and investments of the chapter and make deposits. The Treasurer shall make a written report of the financial condition of the corporation at each meeting of the chapter and at such other times as may be required by the Chapter Advisor.
 
Section 11 The Student Council Representative shall represent the National Honor Society at each of the Encampment School Student Council meetings.
 
Section 12 All members are to maintain the standards by which they were selected (i.e., continued performance at or above the required GPA, involvement in service and leadership projects, etc.) In addition, the constitution expects members to attend meetings if called for, and to perform both individual and chapter service projects during the year.
 
Section 13 There shall be no annual membership fee for being a member of the Grand Encampment Chapter of the National Honor Society.
 
ARTICLE VIII – ELECTION OF OFFICERS, REMOVAL OF OFFICE AND FILLING VACANCIES
 
Section 1 The term of office of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Student Council Representative shall be one (1) year and shall commence after their election at the first regular meeting of the academic school year and shall terminate one year later at the first regular meeting of the following academic school year.
 
Section 2 In the event of absence, resignation, dismissal, disability, or death in the office of President, the Vice-President shall assume the duties of that office. In the event of a vacancy in any of the other offices, a qualified member of the chapter shall be appointed by the Chapter Advisor to hold office until the term expires.
 
Section 3 The officers of the corporation are to be elected annually by a simple majority vote of the active members at the first regular meeting of the academic year.
 
ARTICLE IX – MEMBERSHIP DISMISSAL
  Section 1 Members found guilty of a criminal offense will be immediately dismissed from membership.
  Section 2 Members for whom a Student Disciplinary Form has been completed in regards to a Category II, III, or IV offense, as stated by the Encampment School Student Handbook, will be given a written warning upon the first offense. This warning will remain active until the member has become a graduate member. Upon the second completion of a Student Disciplinary Form for a Category II, III, or IV offense, the member will be immediately dismissed from membership.
  Section 3 Members failing to maintain the standards by which they were selected shall be considered for disciplinary action by the Faculty Council. This may result in a warning or dismissal of the member.
 
ARTICLE X – RULES FOR CONDUCTING BUSINESS
 
Section 1 The Grand Encampment Chapter shall follow Robert’s Rules of Order for conducting society business.
 
ARTICLE XI – METHOD AND PROCEDURE FOR RATIFICATION OF THE BY-LAWS
  Section 1 Active members of the Grand Encampment Chapter shall review and discuss these by-laws. A vote of two-thirds of the active members is required before the by-laws are given to the Faculty Council.
  Section 2 The Faculty Council shall ratify these by-laws with a majority vote.
  Section 3 These by-laws become effective immediately after ratification by the Faculty Council.
 
ARTICLE XII – PROVISIONS FOR AMENDING THE BYLAWS
  Section 1 These by-laws may be altered, amended, or repealed and new by-laws may be adopted by the active members with a two-thirds majority at a regular membership meeting after one at which the proposed amendment was published either by being read or by its distribution in writing. Such amendments or alterations must be approved by the Faculty Council with a majority vote.
 

Section 2 Sections dealing with revisions to the procedures of selection, disciplining, and dismissal of members can be changed only by the Faculty Council, though input from the chapter is allowed and encouraged.

 
 
Approved by the active members: 02/25/2003
Approved by the Faculty Council: 02/26/2003
Revised by the Faculty Council: 02/12/2007