National Junior Honor Society Highland Junior High School Chapter Bylaws Article I – Name and Purpose Section 1: The name of this organization shall be the Highland Junior High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Section 2: The purpose of the Highland Junior High School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate desire to render service, to promote leadership in both the school and community environments, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship in its members. Article II – Definition of Membership Section 1: Members must be in eighth grade. Section 2: Members must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.8 in their seventh grade year. Section 3: Members must complete an application in which they state their interest in NJHS. They must also provide three letters of recommendation: two from teachers and one from a member of the community. Section 4: Active members must maintain a grade point average of 3.8, complete 9 hours of community service per semester, and serve on at least one group service project committee. Article III – Executive Council Section 1: At the first meeting of the school year, all members will be invited to run for a position on the NJHS Executive Council. Positions include President, VicePresident, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian. Section 2: Members interested in a position on the Executive Council must fill out an application expressing their interest. They must also verify their current grades with each teacher and obtain two teacher recommendations. Section 3: Upon completion of their application, candidates must deliver a speech to the general membership. Section 4: NJHS members will vote by secret ballot for the candidates of their choice. Ballots will be tabulated by the chapter adviser. A majority vote will determine each officer. Section 5: Duties and responsibilities of each officer are as follows: PRESIDENT: A good president is a motivator, an inspirer, a manager, and a teacher. The president of any organization is also its leader, and you will quickly realize that people depend on you. This does not mean, though, that you are responsible for everything. A good president will help create and maintain balance among other officers and the general membership. As president, you are responsible for reminding members of the “big picture” – what our organization is all about. NJHS promotes academic achievement, community service, leadership, and character. You will be a successful president if you can model the kinds of behaviors you expect to see in others. Your actions are highly visible, so it is important for you to be organized and committed. Some of the President’s duties include: Preparing agendas for membership meetings Leading membership meetings Turning in President’s Reports to the sponsor each month (these include typed report of the month’s events and meetings as well as typed plans for the following month’s meetings) Overseeing and helping all other positions Leading service projects Delegating responsibilities for projects VICE-PRESIDENT: The vice president shares, with the president, the responsibility of supervising the organization. Much like a president, a vice president is a leader and a motivator. As vice president of NJHS, you must be an example of the organization’s standards of academic excellence, community service, leadership, and character. Some of the Vice President’s duties include: Creating reports of service projects or events after completion. These reports include: o Project/event title o Goals of project/event o Summary of monetary cost or gain o Description of who or what the project/event benefited o List of committee members involved o Reflection of success of project/event Creating lists of places around the community where members can complete service hours. Monitoring the progress of members (service hours) Assisting president in planning and delegating responsibility Overseeing committees Leading meetings in the president’s absence SECRETARY: As with all other members of the NJHS Executive Council, the secretary is a leader and is expected to uphold the society’s values. Along with those responsibilities, the secretary must have exceptional organizational and listening skills and attention to detail. Some of the Secretary’s duties include: Keeping attendance records Maintaining correspondence (thank you notes, communication with community organizations, etc.) Keeping written minutes during executive and general meetings. These minutes must then be typed Maintaining the NJHS information bulletin board Maintaining the executive council book TREASURER: The treasurer is responsible for maintaining complete and accurate accounts and plans. Careful bookkeeping is necessary in any organization. As a member of the executive council, the treasurer must demonstrate good leadership qualities, commitment to academic achievement, service to the community, and outstanding character. Some of the Treasurer’s duties include: Maintaining NJHS balance sheets Communicating with school secretary regarding the NJHS account Creating income/expense summary reports Getting approval for and signing purchase orders PARLIAMENTARIAN: The parliamentarian is responsible for understanding the NJHS Constitution and Bylaws, as well as the rules of the school and the district. This position is also responsible for preventing the chapter from breaking any rules during the creation and execution of service projects and fund raisers. In a way, the parliamentarian acts as the police officer, judge, and researcher for the chapter. Along with the responsibilities of upholding the NJHS values, the parliamentarian must have excellent listening skills. Along with ensuring that proper procedures are followed in all meetings and events, the parliamentarian is also in charge of public relations for NJHS. Along with the secretary, the parliamentarian creates newspaper and newsletter items so that the public is aware of our activities. Some of the Parliamentarian’s duties include: Studying and understanding the NJHS Constitution and Bylaws Studying and understanding the school and district rules Ensuring proper procedures are followed at meetings Communicating with the public via school newspapers and newsletters Article IV – Meetings Section 1: General membership meetings will be held once per month. Times and locations will be determined by the group. Section 2: Members must attend all general membership meetings in order to remain a member in good standing. Section 3: Parliamentary procedure will be followed in all meetings. That procedure will be enforced by the NJHS Parliamentarian. Article V – Group Service Project Committees Section 1: All members must serve on one group service project committee. Section 2: Group service projects will be determined by a vote of the general membership. Section 3: Committee meeting times and locations will be determined by the committee members.