• Grace M. Elliff Chapter of the National Junior HonorSociety
    Bylaws
    Revised March 2021

    Article I Name of Chapter

    Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be theGrace M. Elliff Chapter of the National
    Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools (NJHS),which appears on the charter granted by
    the National Honor Society.

    Article II Purpose

    Section 1. The object of this chapter shall be tocreate an enthusiasm for scholarship, to
    stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, to encourage the
    development of character and develop citizenship instudents of Webb City Junior High.

    Article III The Principal, Chapter Adviser, Faculty Council

    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 appoints annually
    the Chapter Adviser and Faculty Council but may not vote as a member of the Faculty Council
    or attend meetings of the Council. The principal shallreceive appeals in cases of non-selection
    of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal ofmembers.

    Section 2. The Chapter Adviser shall be a member of the faculty of the school where the
    chapter is located. The adviser approves chapter activities, maintains chapter records, and
    attends all meetings and functions. The Chapter Adviser shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth
    member of the Faculty Council.

    Section 3. The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting faculty members appointed
    annually by the principal. The term shall be one year, members may be appointed to consecutive
    terms. 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.

    Article IV Definition of Membership

    Section 1. Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for
    membership is by the Faculty Council and is based on outstanding scholarship, character,
    leadership, service, and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue
    to demonstrate these qualities. Candidates who are not selected may not reapply for
    membership.

    Section 2. Candidates become members at an induction ceremony.

    Section 3. To be eligible for membership a seventh grade student must, at the end of
    three quarters, have a cumulative GPA of 3.6. Thisscholastic level of achievement shall remain
    fixed, and shall be for this chapter the required scholastic achievement for admission to
    candidacy for membership. All students who can rise in scholarship to or above such standard shall be
    admitted to candidacy for election to membership. Their eligibility shall then be
    considered on the basis of their service, leadership, character, and citizenship.

    Section 4. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must
    have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Webb City Junior High School.

    Section 5. An NJHS member who transfers from another school and brings a letter from
    the former principal or chapter adviser or presents his/her certificate of membership or
    membership card to this chapter’s adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member of this
    chapter. Transfer members must meet this chapter’s standards within one semester in order to
    retain membership.

    Article V Procedures for selection of members

    Section 1.The Faculty Council of the chapter selectsstudents who demonstrate
    outstanding performance in all five criteria of scholarship, leadership, service, citizenship, and
    character. The Faculty Council should first identify students with the prerequisite GPA (3.6)
    after three quarters, and then evaluate the candidate's’ performance in the areas of leadership,
    service, citizenship, and character.

    Section 2. The Chapter Adviser shall send a letter confirming candidacy to students
    meeting the scholarship requirement. The letter will include a Student Activity Information
    Form that must be completed and returned to the adviser by the date set by the adviser.
    Students who do not complete and return the information form and confirmation letter by the
    due date will not be eligible for consideration as a member. The forms will be reviewed by the
    Faculty Council during the selection process.

    Section 3. The Chapter Adviser will provide Faculty Evaluation Forms to each member
    of the faculty. These forms will be used to supportthe strength of a student’s candidacy in the
    areas of service, leadership, citizenship, and character.The forms must be signed, anonymous
    forms will not be used. Upon reviewing the evaluations and verifying their accuracy, the Faculty
    Council is still required to undertake a vote on each candidate, selecting each student who
    receives a majority vote.

    Article VI Meetings

    Section 1. The regular meetings of this chaptershall be held monthly August through
    May. Special meetings may be called by the president or adviser.

    Section 2. All meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order

    Article VII Activities of NJHS and its Members

    Section 1. This chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year during
    the September meeting.

    Section 2. All members shall participate in these projects.

    Section 3. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within
    the school or community; have the support of the administrationand the faculty; be appropriate
    and educationally defensible; and be well planned, organized, and executed.

    Section 4. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in
    individual service projects, or community service. This is in addition to the chapter project. A
    total of 12 hours will be required. The Chapter Adviserwill have the final approval on projects.

    Section 5. The officers of this chapter will be a President, a Vice-President of
    Scholarship, a Vice-President of Service, a Vice-Presidentof Leadership, a Vice-President of
    Character, a Vice-President of Citizenship, a Secretary, a and a Treasurer.

    President: Preside at chapter meetings, serve as master/mistress of
    ceremonies at the induction ceremony, serve as liaison between the chapter
    and principal and Faculty Council. The President will also attend at least one of
    every committees’ meeting each month. The President is responsible for making sure the
    chapter is active and successful throughout the school year.

    Vice Presidents:VPs will keep charge of and representtheir respective
    committees; leading monthly meetings, planning events in a certain area at school or in
    the community and inviting the President to their meetings. VPs will be responsible for
    keeping attendance, records of their committee’s activities, and reporting to the chapter
    during the chapter’s monthly meetings.

    Vice-President of Scholarship: VP and members will work with other
    organizations in the school to promote a culture of high scholarship
    success.

    Vice-President of Service:VP and members will provide a culture of
    service to the school where it is needed. This group will lead in activities
    that help others.

    Vice-President of Leadership:VP and Members of the leadership
    committee are expected to help in the planning of chapter events and lead in the
    set-up or takedown. They do not necessarily do ALL the
    work. They lead it.

    Vice-President of Character: –VP and members Lead in opportunities
    designed to better the characters of the studentsin NJHS and the larger
    school community.

    Vice President of Citizenship:VP and This committee will work to
    establish events or partnerships with community organizations to allow
    NJHS members opportunities for civic involvement. Oversee monthly
    pledge duty.

    Secretary: The Secretary of Chapter Affairs operates as second in command
    and presides over events where the president is not able to be present. The
    Secretary is in charge of the five vice-presidents and responsible for making sure
    they are regularly meeting with their committees and hold VPs accountable.
    The Secretary will keep the minutes and roll call at all meetings. Will participate in the
    induction ceremony.

    Treasurer: Keeps records of all financial matters,participates in the induction
    ceremony.

    Section 6. The Executive Committee shall consist of the Chapter Adviser and the chapter
    officers. The Executive Committee administers activities within the chapter and recommends
    committee structure and projects.

    Article VIII Election of Officers

    Section 1. Members may put their name into nomination at the May meeting (after
    induction ceremony).

    Section 2. Candidates will be voted on, by secret ballot, at the following meeting.
    Installation of officers will take place immediately following election. Election will be
    decided by popular vote.

    Section 3. Officers shall be held to the same standards as all members.

    Section 4. In the event an officer cannot complete the term of office, a special election
    will be called by the Chapter Adviser.

    Article IX DISCIPLINE and DISMISSAL of MEMBERS

    Section 1. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, service, leadership,
    character, or citizenship may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Grace M. Elliff
    chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. A memberof the National Junior Honor Society
    is expected to maintain his/her academic standing and take an active role in service and
    leadership to his/her school and community.

    Section 2. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard in effect when
    he/she was selected 3.6, he /she will be given a written warning and a reasonable time period
    for improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of
    the warning period the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the faculty
    council that includes consideration of dismissal fromthe chapter.

    Section 3. Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of
    the dismissal of a member (see Section 5 below). These violations include, but are not limited
    to stealing; destruction of property; cheating; truancy;or possession, selling, or being under the
    influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school-relatedactivities or in the community.

    Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (suchas use of profanity, failure to comply,
    unexcused absences, excessive tardiness, etc.) will receive written warning notification. A
    conference may be requested by either party (faculty council or student/parent). If the member
    is involved in another violation of the school conduct code, the member may be considered for
    dismissal.

    Section 5. Chapter officers, as representatives of the chapter, can be removed from their
    positions as a consequence of disciplinary actiontaken by the faculty council.

    Section 6. In all cases of pending dismissal:

    a. The member will receive written notification from the adviser/faculty council indicating the
    reason for consideration of dismissal.

    b. The member has the right to respond to the charge(s) against him/her at a hearing before the
    faculty council prior to any vote on dismissal (in accordance with due process identified in
    Article X of the National Constitution). The memberhas the opportunity to present his/her
    defense either in person or via a written statement presented in lieu of the face-to-face hearing.
    Following the hearing, the faculty council will then vote on whether to dismiss. A majority vote
    of the faculty council is needed to dismiss any member.

    c. The results of the faculty council vote will bepresented to the principal for review, and then
    stated in a letter sent to the student and parents. Dismissed members must surrender any
    membership emblems to the adviser.

    d. The faculty council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterwards
    according to provisions of the school district discipline policies.

    e. A member who is dismissed or resigns may never again be considered for membership in the
    National Junior Honor Society.

    Section 7. In lieu of dismissal, the faculty councilmay impose disciplinary sanctions upon a
    member as deemed appropriate.

    Article X Rules of Order

    Section 1. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Orderin all
    points not expressly provided for in the constitution of this organization.

    Article XI Bylaws

    Section 1. The chapter bylaws may be revised or amended by a two-thirds majority vote
    of the chapter, provided that the proposed revisionor amendment has been approved by the
    executive committee of the chapter and are consistentwith the national constitution. Members
    must be given notice of at least one month prior toa meeting at which a vote is taken. The
    exceptions are Articles IV, V, and X, which are developed by the faculty council with the
    approval of the principal.