Chapter Bylaws

Chapter Bylaws 


The name of this organization shall be the Kennard-Dale Chapter of the National Honor Society.


The purpose of this chapter shall be to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the students of Kennard-Dale High School.


Section 1: This chapter operates under the direction of and in full compliance with the National Constitution of NHS. See


Section 2: The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal. The chapter adviser shall maintain files on memberships and financial transactions as well as send the annual report to the national office. The adviser shall regularly review each member for compliance with the standards and obligations. The adviser shall help the chapter officers understand and carry out their duties.


Section 3: The Faculty Council shall consist of five voting members appointed annually by the principal. No principal or assistant principal shall be included on the Faculty Council. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, non-voting, ex-officio member of the Faculty Council.


Section 4: Final authority on all activities and decisions of the chapter resides with the school principal. The principal shall be part of the local appeal process for non-selection or dismissal cases.

[For reference, see Article V, Section 1 of the National Constitution.]


Section 5: Non-discrimination. Our chapter of NHS maintains policies and practices that are designed to prevent discrimination against any qualified candidate or member on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex (gender), and disability. This policy of non-discrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.




Section 1: Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character. A student must demonstrate all four traits.


Section 2: Membership in this chapter shall be known as active, honorary, and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. Graduate and honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.


Section 3: Eligibility

  1. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the junior or senior class.
  2. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been enrolled for a period equivalent to one semester at Kennard-Dale High School.
  3. Candidates for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.900 to be eligible for selection.
  4. Upon meeting the grade level, enrollment, and GPA standards, candidates shall then be considered on their service, leadership, and character.




Section 1: The selection of members of this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council.


Section 2: The selection of active members shall be held once a year during the second quarter of the school year.


Section 3: Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:

  1. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
  2. Students who are eligible scholastically (i.e., candidates) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Candidate Form for further consideration.
  3. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates, determined to be scholastically eligible, using the official evaluation form provided by the chapter adviser.
  4. The Faculty Council shall review the Candidate Form, faculty evaluations and other relevant information to determine those who fully meet the selection criteria for membership.


Section 4: Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony.


Section 5: An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given an official letter indicating the status of his/her membership.


Section 6: An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers to this school will be automatically accepted for membership in this chapter. The Faculty Council shall grant to the transferring member one semester to attain the membership requirements and, thereafter, this member must maintain those requirements for this chapter in order to retain his/her membership.




Section 1: Annual dues for this chapter shall be __$10__. [Note: Dues cannot exceed $20 per member per year as noted in the national constitution.] Dues will be payable to the chapter within 30 days of induction.


Section 2: Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall be entitled to wear the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society.


Section 3: Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter.


Section 4: Chapter members who are seniors in good standing shall be granted the privilege of wearing the honor cords [or other insignia adopted at the local level] at graduation.




Section 1: The officers of the chapter shall be president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian.


Section 2: Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year. All returning members in good standing with the chapter are eligible to run for a position as an officer. Any active member can nominate an eligible member as a candidate for office.


Section 3: Voting shall be by secret ballot. A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. If the first vote does not yield a majority, a second vote shall be taken of the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.


Section 4: It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings of the chapter, and serve as the official representative of the chapter at school and community functions. The president will meet with the adviser prior to each meeting to discuss activities/issues and agenda of the meeting. The president will also make a speech at the Induction Ceremony.


Section 5: The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and shall also keep a record of members’ contributions to leadership and service. The vice-president will meet with the adviser prior to each meeting to discuss activities/issues and agenda for the meeting. The vice-president will also make a speech at the Induction Ceremony.


Section 6: The secretary shall keep the minutes and attendance records for meetings and submit a typed copy to the adviser within one week of the meeting. The secretary will meet with the adviser prior to each meeting to discuss activities/issues and agenda for the meeting. The secretary will also make a speech at the Induction Ceremony.


Section 7: The treasurer shall keep the record of business expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter and give a report at each meeting. The treasurer will meet with the adviser prior to each meeting to discuss activities/issues and agenda for the meeting. The treasurer will also make a speech at the Induction Ceremony.


Section 8: The historian will be responsible for updating the chapter’s scrap book. The historian will take pictures at events and activities to put in the scrapbook or on the website. The historian will meet with the adviser prior to each meeting to discuss activities/issues and agenda for the meeting. The historian will also make a speech at the Induction Ceremony.


Section 9: Officers and the faculty adviser(s) shall collectively be known as the chapter’s Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall establish annual goals for the chapter and have general charge of the meetings and the business of the chapter, but any action by the Executive Committee is subject to the review of the chapter members.




Section 1: Regular meetings of this chapter shall be monthly. These meeting will be held on the 3rd Thursday of each monthfrom 7:15am to 7:30am beginning in September and concluding in May unless otherwise indicated at the most recent meeting. Special meetings can be called by the president with approval of the adviser.


Section 2: This chapter shall conduct its meeting according to Robert’s Rules of Order.


Section 3: Members are expected to attend all chapter meetings. Members can be excused from one meeting per semester with an acceptable excuse as recognized by the school. Members are responsible for notifying the adviser of all absences and for following up with the adviser regarding missed meeting information.




Section 1: The chapter shall determine two or more service projects for each year.


Section 2: All members shall regularly 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 administration and the faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed.


Section 4: Each member shall have the responsibility of continuing individual service hours. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. A minimum of 10 service hours outside of chapter service projects must be completed and submitted to the adviser using the same format that was used to submit application service hours. Service hours submitted as part of the application must differ from continuing service hours.


Section 5: The chapter shall publicize and promote its projects in a positive manner.




Section 1: Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, service, leadership, or character may be considered for discipline or dismissal from the Kennard-Dale High School chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National 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, 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 from the chapter.  An officer whose grade point average falls below the standard will be removed from office and a new election for that office will be held.


Section 3: Violations of the law or school regulations can result in immediate consideration of the dismissal of a member (see Section 6 below). These violations include, but are not limited to DWI, stealing, destruction of property, cheating, truancy, or possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol at school or school related activities or in the community.


Section 4: Offenders of the school conduct code (such as 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 representative of the chapter, can be removed from their positions as a consequence of disciplinary action taken by the Faculty Council.


Section 6: In all cases of pending dismissal:

  1. The member will receive a written notification from the adviser/Faculty Council indicating the reason for consideration of dismissal.
  2. The member will be given the opportunity 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 member has 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.
  3. The results of the Faculty Council vote will be presented to the principal for review, and then stated in a letter send to the student and parents. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems to the adviser.
  4. The Faculty Council’s decision may be appealed to the building principal and afterwards according to the provisions of the school district discipline policies.
  5. A member who is dismissed or resigns, may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society.


Section 7: In lieu of dismissal, the Faculty Council may impose disciplinary sanctions upon a member as deemed appropriate.




Section 1: These bylaws will be approved upon receiving a two-thirds affirmative vote of all active members of the chapter, a majority affirmative vote of the Faculty Council, and approval by the administration.


Section 2: These bylaws shall be reviewed and if necessary, revised within five years from the approval noted on this document.