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					                NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
                                            Lecanto Middle School
                                 3800 West Educational Path, Lecanto, Florida 34461


                                                  BYLAWS
                                        ROAR of the Panther Chapter
                                        National Junior Honor Society

                                                       Article I
                                                    Name and Purpose

SECTION 1: The name of this chapter shall be the ROAR of the Panther.

SECTION 2: The purpose of the society is to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service,
to encourage a concern for character development, and to advance the work of the National Junior Honor Society.
Membership, by invitation only, is intended to be a privilege for students who exemplify outstanding scholarship,
character, leadership, citizenship, and service.

                                                        Article II
                                                       Membership

SECTION 1: This chapter must have a faculty council as set forth in the national by-laws. The faculty council must
contain five faculty members and one non-voting chapter advisor. The chapter advisor shall run the daily activities of the
club. The faculty council must meet at least once a year to discuss and revise the bylaws and once to select new students
to invite into the society. They will also review all pending dismissals and appeals. The school administrative team shall
be kept informed of honor society relations by the adviser and faculty council.

SECTION 2: Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon a student by the faculty council and is based on
outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to
continue to demonstrate these qualities.

SECTION 3: Candidates will be selected based on scholarship and discipline record.
   i.    Scholarship: Invitation to the honor society is based upon one semester’s qualifications. Students in the 6th
         grade must be on the all A honor roll during the first semester to qualify. 7th and 8th grade must be on the AB
         honor roll during the first semester to qualify. For questions regarding academic performance after
         admittance, see Article III: Membership Responsibilities.
   ii.   Discipline Record: Due to the nature of the society and the activities it performs, good behavior is a must.
         Students must not have received a referral in the preceding semester. For questions regarding discipline after
         admittance, see Article III: Membership Responsibilities and Article IV: Membership Dismissal.

SECTION 4: The faculty council and school principal hold the final determination on membership admittance.

SECTION 5: Candidates invited to join must fill out an application, including an essay and teacher evaluations, to join the
chapter. It must be returned by the due date with the annual dues of $10.
SECTION 6: Candidates become members upon induction at a special ceremony to be held in the spring of each school
year. Candidates must be present to be inducted, and existing members must be present to welcome the new members.
Absences will be handled on a one-on-one basis by the faculty council.

SECTION 7: Honor society members who transfer from another school must bring a letter from the former principle or
chapter advisor to the LMS faculty advisor to be accepted as a member in the ROAR of the Panther chapter of NJHS.
Transfer members must maintain this chapter’s standards to retain membership.

SECTION 8: Members who resign or who are dismissed are not eligible for membership at a later time.


                                                    Article III
                                             Membership Responsibilities

SECTION 1: Annual dues shall be determined by the officers and the faculty council. Members must pay the annual dues
of $10 no later than the posted date of each school year. Members who fail to pay the dues will be dismissed. Inductees
must submit their dues with their application and essay.

SECTION 2: A member in good standing will attend all announced meetings.
      i. Two unexcused absences will result in probation.
     ii. Three unexcused absences will result in dismissal.
    iii. To obtain an excused absence, he or she must write their name on the list in the adviser’s room. They are
         responsible for picking up notes to stay informed and participating in group service projects.

SECTION 3: Members must participate in community service.
      i. Members must participate in at least three group service projects, which will be completed at meetings.
     ii. For individual community service, new inductees must complete 10 hours of community service, and current
         members are required to complete 20 hours of community service. All service activities must be recorded on
         the community service form provided by the sponsor.
    iii. Community Service forms must be turned in on the last school day prior to March 15th of each year.

SECTION 4: Members must maintain a high academic standard.
   i.    Members who do not maintain standings on the AB honor roll, will be placed on probation. They will have
         one nine week period to regain good standing. Failure to improve will result in dismissal.
                  i. More than 2 C’s will bypass probation and result in immediate dismissal.
                 ii. Any D’s or F’s will bypass probation and result in immediate dismissal.
   ii.   Members who are on academic probation will continue to participate in all activities of the honor society.

SECTION 5: Members must maintain a positive discipline record at all times.
   i.    Members receiving a referral resulting in ISS will be put on probation. Another referral of any kind within
         that school year will result in dismissal.
   ii.   Members receiving a referral resulting in OSS, suspension, or school displacement will be dismissed from
         honor society.
   iii.  Officers will be relieved of their duties upon receiving any referral.
   iv.   Non-referral, behavioral issues will be individually reviewed by both the academic advisor and the faculty
         council.
   v.    Flagrant violations of school rules or the law will be individually reviewed by both the academic advisor and
         the faculty council. These incidents could result in immediate dismissal.


                                                    Article IV
                                                Membership Dismissal

SECTION 1: Members who do not maintain standings on the AB honor roll, will be placed on probation. They will have
one nine week period to regain good standing. Failure to improve will result in dismissal.
    i.     More than 2 C’s will bypass probation and result in immediate dismissal.
    ii.     Any D’s or F’s will bypass probation and result in immediate dismissal.

SECTION 2: Members must maintain a positive discipline record at all times.
   i.    Members receiving a referral resulting in ISS will be put on probation. Another referral of any kind within
         that school year will result in dismissal.
   ii.   Members receiving a referral resulting in OSS, suspension, or school displacement will be dismissed from
         honor society.
   iii.  Officers will be relieved of their duties upon receiving any referral.
   iv.   Non-referral, behavioral issues will be individually reviewed by both the academic advisor and the faculty
         council.
   v.    Flagrant violations of school rules or the law will be individually reviewed by both the academic advisor and
         the faculty council. These incidents could result in immediate dismissal.

SECTION 3: In all cases of impending dismissal, a member shall have the right to go before the faculty council, which
alone has the responsibility to admit and dismiss members.

SECTION 4: The procedures for dismissal are outlined in the NJHS Constitution. They are:
   i.    Members who fall below the standards for membership must be warned in writing by chapter advisor and
         given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency, except in the case of flagrant violation of school
         rules or civil laws and stated areas of immediate dismissal.
   ii.   The faculty council shall determine the reasonable amount of time and number of warnings.
   iii.  A member shall have a right to a hearing before the faculty council.
   iv.   A member who is dismissed may appeal to the principle, only after appealing to the faculty council. The
         national council and national association do not hear appeals.

SECTION 5: Members who are dismissed must surrender their membership certificate and any official insignia items.

SECTION 6: Members who resign or who are dismissed are not eligible for membership at a later date.

                                                         Article V
                                                    Officers and Duties

SECTION 1: In order to be eligible for an office, a member must be in good standing at the time of Election Day.
Elections for officers shall occur at a regularly scheduled meeting within the last 30 days of school. Officers will serve
their term the following school year.

SECTION 2: Members will nominate officer candidates. The candidates have the right to deny nomination.

SECTION 3: Each candidate will deliver a speech limited to no more than three minutes.

SECTION 4: The office of president and vice president is limited to eighth graders, elected during their seventh grade
year. The offices of secretary, treasurer, and historian are available to any grade level.

SECTION 5: Candidates will be voted in by secret ballot, which shall be counted by the faculty advisor and current
officers. A majority of votes cast shall be necessary to elect any officer.

SECTION 6: The president shall preside over the meetings and lead the officers in making decisions for the club, in
coordination with the chapter advisor. He or she assist the chapter advisor in going through student records to choose
students to invite for induction.

SECTION 7: The vice president shall assist in running the meetings and decision making for the club. The vice president
will assist the chapter advisor in going through student records to choose students to invite for induction. The vice
president shall run the meetings in the absence of the president. The vice president will become the president in case of
dismissal or resignation.
SECTION 8: The secretary shall record attendance and notes for all meetings. The secretary shall keep all member
records, including application and community service forms. The secretary will assist the chapter advisor in going through
student records to choose students to invite for induction. The secretary shall run the meetings in the absence of the
president and vice president.

SECTION 9: The treasurer shall assume responsibility of tracking all financial matters for the chapter. The treasurer will
track dues paid in and all fundraising monies with the assistance of the chapter advisor. He or she will assist the chapter
advisor in going through student records to choose students to invite for induction. The treasurer shall run the meetings in
the absence of the president, vice president, and secretary.

SECTION 10: The historian shall assume responsibility of chapter newsletters informing members of all activities. The
historian also will maintain the scrapbook of the chapter activities and the honor society bulletin board. The historian
shall run the meetings in the absence of the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

                                                         Article IV
                                                         Meetings

SECTION 1: Meetings shall be held on a regular basis, decided annually by the officers and the faculty advisor.


SECTION 2: Special Meetings shall be held at the discretion of the officers and advisors. These shall include but are not
limited to the following:
    i.       One induction ceremony to welcome new members.
    ii.      At least three community service project as a charter group as mandated by the national bylaws.
    iii.     At least one field trip with an educational aspect included per year. The field trip will be determined as a joint
             decision between the chapter advisor and the officers.

                                                         Article VII
                                                         BYLAWS

SECTION 1: All bylaws of the ROAR of the Panther chapter shall be in agreement with the Constitution and the Bylaws
of the National Junior Honor Society.

SECTION 2: The faculty council must review the bylaws annually and revise as necessary.

                                                                            Written: September 23, 2006
                                                                            Updated: December 2008
                                                                            Approved: September 2008

                                               2007 – 2008 Chapter Advisor
                                                     Heather Wolfertz

                                               2007 – 2008 Faculty Council
                                                   1. Megan Blackstock
                                                     2. Brenda Dalton
                                                      3. Sean Furniss
                                                    4. Stephen Norton
                                                      5. Reba Spivey

                                                2007 – 2008 Administration
                                                         Principle:
                                                       Jim Kusmaul

                                                    Assistant Principles:
                                                      Cherise Cernich
                                                         Ryan Selby

				
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