National Junior Honor Society By Laws
Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Terry Fischvogt Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of South Ripley Junior High School.
Section 2. The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage citizenship in students of South Ripley Junior High School.
Section 3. The NJHS shall be under the sponsorship and supervision of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.
Section 1. The principal shall annually appoint a chapter adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 2. The principal shall be a part of the local district appeal process for nonselection or dismissal cases at the request of a parent.
The Chapter Adviser
Section 1. The chapter adviser shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day, supervision of the chapter and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2. The chapter adviser shall maintain files on membership, chapter history, activities, and financial transactions. The chapter adviser shall send the annual activity report to the national office.
Section 3. The chapter adviser shall regularly review each member for compliance with society standards and obligations.
Section 4. The chapter adviser shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 1. The faculty council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed annually by the principal. No principal may be included on the faculty council.
Section 2. The term of the faculty council shall be one year. Members may be appointed to consecutive terms.
Section 3. The chapter adviser shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the faculty council.
Section 4. The faculty council shall meet at least once a year to select members and to consider dismissal, non-selection, and warning cases.
Section 1. Membership is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by majority vote of the faculty council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship.
Section 2. The faculty council shall reserve the right to award honorary membership to school officials, principals, teachers, NJHS advisers, or adults in recognition of outstanding service rendered to the school in keeping with the purpose of the National Junior Honor Society.
Section 3. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 4. A National Junior Honor Society member who transfers to another school and brings a letter from the former principal or chapter adviser to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member in the new school’s chapter. Transfer members must meet the new chapter’s standards within one semester in order to retain membership.
Section 5. Members who resign or are dismissed are never again eligible for membership or its benefits.
Selection of Members
Section 1. To be eligible for membership the candidate must be enrolled as a member of those classes that follow: 2nd semester seventh grade or 2nd semester eighth grade.
Section 2. Candidates must have a cumulative scholastic average of 3.5 in English, math, science, social studies, and reading. Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership character, and citizenship.
Section 3. The selection of each member to the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.
Section 4. The National Council and the NASSP shall not review the judgment of the faculty council regarding selection of individual members to local chapters.
Section 1. The faculty council will develop as dismissal procedure.
Section 2. Members who fall below the grade point average, receive In-School Detention, out of school suspension, receive more than one office referral, fail to participate in duties required by the organization, or fail to follow instructions of the adviser will be subject to dismissal from the Terry Fischvogt chapter of the National Junior Honor Society of South Ripley Junior Senior High School.
Section 3. In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have a right to written notification of charges and a hearing before the faculty council. The member and/or parent may choose to have the building principal attend the hearing.
Nomination and Election of Officers
Section 1. The officers of this chapter shall be president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and student representative.
Section 2. Officers shall be elected by ballot at a regular meeting of the chapter.
Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities
Section 1. The president shall be in charge of meetings, designate committees and do any duties directed by the adviser.
Section 2. The vice-president shall be in charge of any committees and do any duties directed by the adviser.
Section 3. The secretary shall keep minutes of the meeting and do any duties directed by the adviser.
Section 4. The treasurer shall keep accurate records of all monies, keep the other officers informed of financial transactions, and do any duties directed by the adviser.
Section 5. The student representative shall do any duties directed by the adviser.
Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the officers of the chapter and chapter adviser.
Section 2. The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the chapter between its business meetings, make recommendations to the chapter, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the chapter by-laws.
Section 3. The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that chapter activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
Section 1. The chapter shall meet bi-monthly meetings or as directed by the adviser.
Section 2. Chapters shall conduct meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order in all points not expressly provided for in these by-laws.
Section 1. The chapter shall be involved in service projects as directed by the adviser and/or faculty council.
Section 2. Each Member shall be involved in individual service projects preapproved by the adviser and adding up to a total of 10 hours per school year. The members must have 5 hours completed by the end of the first semester after induction.
Section 3. Each member shall participate in 2 community service activities directed by the adviser.
Section 4. Each member shall participate in the fundraiser chosen by the organization.
Section 5. Each member shall participate in activities deemed as required by the adviser.