By Laws for the Gold Standard of Eagle Mountain/Saginaw ISD
ARTICLE I: NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Gold Standard
Section 2: The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the 9th and 10th graders.
Section 3: The Gold Standard shall conform to the essence of the Constitution of the National Honor Society, which is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
ARTICLE II: THE PRINCIPAL
Section 1: The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.
Section 2: The principal shall annually appoint a member of the faculty as an adviser, who may serve consecutive terms.
Section 3: The Gold Standard (GS) will use the National Honor Society (NHS) Faculty Council (FC).
Section 4: The principal shall receive appeals in cases of non-selection of candidates, and the disciplining or dismissal of members.
ARTICLE III: THE CHAPTER ADVISERS
Section 1: The adviser shall be responsible for the direct, day-to-day supervision of the club and act as liaison between faculty, administration, students, and community.
Section 2: The adviser shall maintain files on membership, club history, activities, and financial transactions (if any).
Section 3: The adviser shall regularly review each member for compliance with club’s standards and obligations.
Section 4: The adviser shall help the student officers understand and carry out their duties.
Section 5: The adviser shall be an ex-officio, non-voting, sixth member of the FC.
Section 6: The adviser shall be a member of the faculty, appointed annually by the principal, and may serve consecutive terms.
ARTICLE IV: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1: Membership in this club is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is by the FC and is based on outstanding scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities.
Section 2: Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.
Section 3: Fall inductees will join GS at the next meeting, and formally inducted in the spring ceremony
Section 4: A GS member who transfers to another EMS high school and brings a letter from the principal or adviser to the new school adviser shall be accepted automatically as a member.
Section 5: Freshmen members who resign or are dismissed are eligible for membership in the next school year.
ARTICLE V: SELECTION OF MEMBERS
Section 1: To be eligible for membership the candidate must be a member of the freshman or sophomore class.
Section 2: The minimum standard for scholarship shall be a maintained cumulative scholastic average of at least 85 %. [Freshmen should supply 8th grade report card] Candidates shall then be evaluated on the basis of service (12 hours in the last 9 months), leadership, and character as outlined in the description of the selection procedure.
Section 3: The selection of each member shall be by a majority vote of the NHS FC. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the NHS FC’s deliberations.
ARTICLE VI: DISCIPLINE AND DISMISSAL
Section 1: Members who fall below the standards that were the basis for their selection shall be promptly warned in writing by the adviser and given 3 weeks to correct the deficiency, except that in the case of flagrant violation of school rules or the law, a member does not have to be warned.
Section 2: Members will be dismissed after the 3rd meeting absence.
Section 3: A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision to the principal within 2 weeks of the date of the dismissal.
ARTICLE VII: CHAPTER OFFICERS
Section 1: The offices of president, vice-president and treasurer/secretary and their duties, and the method of their election shall be determined by the members and the principal, and described in the bylaws.
Section 2: New officers shall be installed at the next meeting and honored in the spring induction ceremony.
ARTICLE VIII: CHAPTER OFFICER DUTIES
Section 1: The duties of the president will be:
- Preside over monthly GS meetings
- Prepare an agenda with advisor
- Must check in with advisor weekly
- Help prepare club activities for the school year
- Delegate/monitor “jobs” for officers and members
- Communicate ideas with NHS president
Section 2: The duties of the vice-president will be:
- Keep records of all service hours and meetings/event attendance as a “hard copy”
- Must check in and do work with advisor weekly
- Develop a monthly and semester calendar as display and e-file with the advisor and NHSvice-president
Section 3: The duties of the treasurer/secretary will be:
- Take and read minutes at every meeting
- Prepare warning letters for members lacking in hours/attendance
- Work with advisor with communications to members via social media
- Advertise the club’s activities to community
- Record and collect all money from members or events
Section 4: A member must fill out an officer application form and return completed by the due date. The advisor will have an informal meeting with each applicant to review application.
Section 5: If 2 or more members apply for an officer position, there will be an election at the next meeting after induction ceremony (or a special meeting). Each applicant must prepare a speech (at least 2 minutes) to give in front of the members. Voting ballots will be distributed, filled, and collected at the end of the meeting. Only members present at the meeting can vote. Ballots will be counted by advisor(s) and the results posted promptly.
Section 5: Officer-meetings will be semi-monthly: one work meeting and one planning meeting. Officers who do not meet obligations of duties or attendance will be dismissed from position.
ARTICLE IX: EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
Section 1: The executive committee shall consist of the officers and adviser.
Section 2: The executive committee shall have general supervision of the affairs of the club between its business meetings, make recommendations to the club, and determine and perform such other duties as are specified in the bylaws. All actions and recommendations of the executive committee shall be subject to the review of the membership.
Section 3: The executive committee shall have the responsibility for ensuring that club activities and procedures follow school policy and regulations.
ARTICLE X: MEETINGS
Section 1: The club shall have regular monthly meetings during the school year on days designated by the executive committee and in accordance with school policy and regulations.
Section 2: The executive committee meetings shall be held semi-monthly.
Section 3: The president or other designated student leader and adviser may call special meetings of the executive committee.
Section 4: The club shall learn to conduct meetings following Robert's Rules of Order.
ARTICLE XI: ACTIVITIES
Section 1: The club shall participate in at least 1 service project per semester.
Section 2: All members shall regularly participate in these projects, club meetings and other non-school related community service activities, accumulating a minimum of 15 club hours and 15 individual service hours per school year. Club hours are accumulated from attendance to meetings and other club activities.
Section 3: These projects/activities shall have the following characteristics: Fulfill a need within the school or community; have the support of the administration and the faculty; be appropriate and educationally defensible; be well planned, organized, and executed.
Section 4: Each member shall have the responsibility of monitoring his/her accumulated hours and supply proof of non-chapter hours. Proof must have details of service, contact names with signatures and phone numbers for confirmation (same as the application asks).
Section 5: The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.