National Honor Society (NHS)

NHS Bylaws

Raoul Wallenberg



Section 1. The name of this chapter shall be the Raoul Wallenberg High School Chapter of the National Honor Society.

Section 2. 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 students of Wallenberg High School.


Section 1. 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 vote in chapter affairs.

Section 2. 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.

Section 3. Eligibility:
a. Candidates eligible for selection to this chapter must be members of the sophomore, junior, or senior class.

b. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must have been in attendance for a period of one semester at Wallenberg High School.

c. Candidates eligible for selection to the chapter shall have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. This scholastic level of achievement shall remain fixed and shall be the required minimum scholastic level of achievement for admission to candidacy.

d. Upon meeting the grade level, attendance, and GPA standard requirements, candidates shall then be considered based on their service, leadership, and character.



Section 1. The selection of members to this chapter shall be by a majority vote of the Faculty Council consisting of five faculty members. The chapter adviser shall be the sixth, nonvoting, ex-officio member of the Faculty Council. Prior to notification of any candidates, the chapter adviser shall review with the principal the results of the Faculty Council’s deliberations.

Section 2. Prior to selection, the following shall occur:
a. Students’ academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.

b. Students who are eligible scholastically (“candidates”) shall be notified and asked to complete and submit the Candidate Form for further consideration for selection.

c. The faculty shall be requested to evaluate candidates determined to be scholastically eligible.

d. The Faculty Council shall review the selected members.

Section 3. The selection of new, active members shall be held once a year during the first semester of the school year in the Fall. (Alternative or additional selection periods may be added.)

Section 4. Candidates become members when inducted at a special ceremony. If members are not inducted via these special ceremonies then they are not members-attendance at the induction ceremony is mandatory.

Section 5. An active member of the National Honor Society who transfers from this school will be given a letter indicating the status of his/her membership and signed by the Principal [alt., adviser].

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. Any member who falls below the standards of scholarship, leadership, character, or service may be dismissed from the Wallenberg High School Chapter of the National Honor Society. A member of the National Honor Society is expected to maintain the student’s academic standing and take an active role in service and leadership to the student school and community.

Section 2. If a member’s cumulative grade point average falls below the standard (3.0) in effect when the student was selected the student will be given a written warning and a time period for improvement. If the cumulative grade point average remains below standard at the end of the warning period (following grading period) the student will be subject to further disciplinary action by the Faculty Council that may include dismissal from the chapter.

Section 3. Violation of the law or school regulations can result in dismissal of a member. 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, bullying, ethnic intimidation, sexual harassment (see student handbook for extensive list).

Section 4. Offenders of the school conduct code (such as use of profanity, failure to comply, unexcused absence, 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 dismissed.

Section 5. In all cases of pending dismissal:
a. The member will receive written notification indicating the reason for possible dismissal from the

adviser/Faculty Council. The member and adviser will discuss the written notification in a conference. Situations that involve flagrant violations of school rules or the law can warrant disciplinary action without a written warning although a hearing must still be held (see below).

b. The member will be given the opportunity to respond to the charge against the member at a hearing before the Faculty Council prior to the 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 in writing. 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 be reviewed by the principal, and then if confirmed, expressed in a letter sent to the student, parents, and principal. 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 through the school district discipline policy.

e. When a student is dismissed or resigns, he/she is no longer a member and may never again be considered for membership in the National Honor Society. Written verification must be given to the adviser by the student who wishes to resign.


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

Section 2. Student officers shall be elected at the last meeting of each school year (the actual meeting date can take place within the month of the last month seniors attend meetings). All returning active members in good standing are eligible to run for a position as an officer. All active members of the chapter are eligible to vote.

Section 3. A majority vote shall be necessary to elect any officer of this chapter. The chapter will use plurality in determining the outcome of the elections.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at the meetings for this chapter.

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 (oversee group service projects).

Section 6. The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings and be responsible for all official chapter correspondence regarding members hours.

Section 7. The treasurer shall keep the record of chapter expenses, dues, and all other financial transactions of the chapter

Section 8. The Historian will oversee the chapter rules and ensure that every event is done ethically and to NHS standards. They will work closely with the President and the Vice President to coordinate events.

Section 9. The Social Media chair will develop, implement, and maintain all strategic social media communications, outreach, and event activities and materials. The chair will post events hosted by RWHS NHS on social media.

Section 10. If an officer cannot fulfill their commitments and/or is expelled, suspended etc. then the person who received the second highest amount of votes in the election will take their position.


Section 1. The executive committee shall consist of the faculty adviser and the chapter officers.

Section 2. The executive committee shall 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. Meetings of this chapter shall be held bimonthly and as often as deemed necessary

Section 2. This chapter shall conduct its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order (optional).

Section 3. All chapter members are expected to attend all regularly-scheduled chapter meetings.

Section 4. The Executive Committee will be called to a meeting if necessary.

Section 5. Members will faithfully attend bimonthly meetings held by our Society. If members cannot attend a meeting for a valid reason, documentation must be presented to the chapter advisor. Members are allowed to have no more than two (2) unexcused absences, if a member has two (2) or more unexcused absences the member will have to go before the Faculty Council for possible dismissal.



Section 1. Members will maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the remainder of my high school career. I realize that if my GPA falls below this level, I will be on probation for one semester. If I fail to raise my GPA over 3.0 by the end of that time, I will be dismissed.

Members will commit myself to the high standards of character, leadership, and service that I have already set for myself. Any transgressions against the school code of conduct, or other incidence unbecoming an NHS member, will be brought before the Faculty Council and may result in discipline up to, and including, dismissal.

Members will faithfully attend bimonthly meetings held by our Society. If I cannot attend a meeting I will present a valid reason to the chapter advisor.

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 for choosing and participating in a group service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members participate. They will plan, implement, and evaluate a service project that will benefit a targeted group. Each member will be required to create a service project with a group of their choice each year they are a member of RWHS NHS and earn hours.

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



Section 1. Each member of this chapter who is in good standing with regard to the membership standards and member obligations shall have the privilege of wearing the emblem adopted by the National Honor Society (Article XV, Section 3 of the national constitution).

Section 2. Any member who withdraws, resigns, or is dismissed from the chapter shall return the emblem to the chapter. If the members purchased such emblems, the chapter is obligated to reimburse the student for said expense if the member resigns or is dismissed.

Section 3. 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. Current club members will fundraiser for the follow years annual affiliation fee of $385

Section 2. Annual dues shall be raised in a manner consistent with the RWHS NHS constitution.

Section 1. The chapter adviser is given the authority to supervise the administration of chapter activities, as delegated by the school principal.

Section 2. The principal shall reserve the right to approve all activities and decisions of the chapter.

Section 3. These bylaws are designed to amplify provisions of the National Constitution and cannot contradict any components thereof. The chapter is obligated to adhere to the provisions of the National Constitution in all activities it undertakes.


Section 1. These by-laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the chapter, provided notice of the proposed amendment has been given to members at least one month prior to the vote. The exceptions are Articles II, III and IV (selection and discipline), which are developed by the Faculty Council with the approval of the principal.

Section 2. By-laws and amendments must be consistent with the Constitution of the National Honor Society. Non-discrimination. The 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 nondiscrimination applies to all practices, including the chapter administration and the selection, discipline, and dismissal of members.


Date: September 17, 2023

These bylaws will be explained at the first membership meeting and posted on the school website for easy accessibility and reference.

This page was last updated on October 17, 2023