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Knowledge House Scholars
~ official chapter of ~
ETA SIGMA ALPHA
~ Chapter Charter & Bylaws ~
Table of Contents
Article I - Name and Purpose
ARTICLE I Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be the Knowledge House Scholars, Epsilon Delta chapter of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society.
Section 2. The purpose of this chapter shall be to provide homeschooled students an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character.
Section 3. This chapter will function according to a Christian worldview and make decisions based on the ethical and moral standards established in the Bible.
ARTICLE II Membership
Section 1. Membership in this chapter shall be known as active and graduate. Active members become graduate members at graduation. Graduate members have no vote.
Section 2. Membership in this chapter shall be based on Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.
Section 3. To be eligible for selection to membership in this chapter, the candidate must be a homeschooled student in grade 6-12 who shows promise in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.
Section 4. Candidates eligible for selection must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale. GPA may be based on lessons taught at home by the parent, co-op or enrichment classes, early admission college courses, etc. A parent-prepared or other transcript must be submitted showing the grades received.
Section 5. Candidates eligible for selection must show a test score of at least 1200* (SAT), 120* (PSAT), 26 (ACT), or a 90% composite score on the IOWA, MAT, CAT, Stanford, or other nationally norm-referenced standardized achievement test. [*The SAT test is changing to a different format in the year 2005. Therefore, the new scoring standard in 2005 will be: SAT - 1800 (SAT) or 180 (PSAT).]
Section 6. Candidates eligible for selection must write an essay indicating their intent to seek membership and expressing a sincere interest in the goals of the organization.
Section 7. The candidate's scholastic achievement and written essay shall fulfill the initial requirement for membership. The members' continued eligibility shall then be based on maintaining a high level of scholastic achievement as well as consideration of their service, leadership, and character.
Section 8. Members of the Knowledge House Scholars are expected to maintain an active role in service and leadership to the honor society and their community.
a. Service is determined by volunteer activities at the resource center, church, and within the community.
b. Leadership is based on participation in homeschool and community projects.
c. Character is measured in terms of integrity, behavior, ethics, and cooperation with other students and adults.
ARTICLE III Selection of Members
Section 1. The final selection of members to this chapter shall be by a consensus of the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Prior to the final selection, the following shall occur:
a. Students who are interested in joining the honor society will complete an application form.
b. Students' academic records shall be reviewed to determine scholastic eligibility.
c. Students who are eligible scholastically will be asked to write an essay indicating their intent to seek membership and stating their interest in the areas of service, leadership, and character.
d. The application forms, academic records, and essay shall be reviewed by the Board of Directors.
Section 3. The selection of new members can be done at any time throughout the year, with the exception of high school seniors whose applications are accepted until January of their 12th grade year.
Section 4. All changes in group level for existing members will be done at the beginning of the chapter year, unless there is a special request (as when a child changes grade levels in the middle of the school year). In this circumstance a change may be considered based on the student's maturity, if according to the child's prior yearly testing it shows that he or she has the aptitude for a higher grade level performance.
ARTICLE IV Dismissal
Section 1. Any member who falls below the required standards of scholarship or who fails to pay their dues may be dismissed from the Knowledge House Scholars chapter of the Home School Honor Society.
Section 2. If a member's demonstration of character, service, or leadership falls below acceptable standards; if a member consistently fails to take an active part in the chapter's activities; and/or if a member is absent from more than three meetings in a row, the member may be issued a warning and placed on probation until an improvement is shown. Failure to improve their performance may result in dismissal from the Knowledge House Scholars chapter of the Home School Honor Society.
Section 2. Any serious violation of the law may constitute grounds for immediate dismissal of the student from the chapter without warning or probation. These violations include, but are not limited to: cheating; stealing; destruction of property; driving while intoxicated; possession, selling, or being under the influence of drugs.
Section 3. In the case of pending dismissal:
a. The Board of Directors, Student Officers, and any other pertinent individuals (such as parents) will meet to determine if there are adequate grounds for dismissal.
b. The member in question shall receive written notification of the reason for possible dismissal and will be offered the opportunity to present his/her defense orally or in writing. The Student Officers will then vote on dismissal. The decision must be unanimous.
c. A letter of dismissal shall be sent to the student and parents if the student is dismissed. Dismissed members must surrender any membership emblems.
d. The member may appeal the Student Officers' decision to the Board of Directors.
e. When a student is dismissed, he/she is no longer a member and forfeits any dues paid.
f. A member who is dismissed for poor performance may re-apply for membership in a later year and be considered for possible reinstatement. However, a member who was dismissed for serious violations of the law may never again be considered for membership in the Knowledge House Scholars.
ARTICLE V Officers
Section 1. The Student Officers of this chapter shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Historian and Publicity.
a. It shall be the duty of the president to preside at chapter meetings and organize meeting agendas.
b. The vice-president shall preside in the absence of the president and maintain attendance records.
c. The secretary shall keep the minutes of meetings.
d. The treasurer shall maintain financial records for the chapter.
e. The historian shall maintain a record of chapter activities, service projects, and events (photos, news clippings, written reports, correspondence, etc.).
f. The publicity person shall communicate a positive group image to the public and media via promotional activities and press releases.
Section 2. Any students who volunteer to serve as officers or who are nominated as such will be asked to indicate his or her willingness to serve, if elected, and to assume the responsibilities of the office.
Section 3. Student officers shall be elected at the first meeting of each school year.
Section 4. All students holding office must be elected by a majority vote of the registered student members of the organization voting at the elections meeting.
Section 5. In the case of a resignation of a student officer from office, a special elections meeting may be held to fill the office until the next elections meeting.
Section 6. Failure of any student officer to uphold the duties of their office are grounds for removal from that office.
Section 7. A student officer may be removed from office by a 2/3 vote of the registered student members of the organization.
Section 8. The Board of Directors may appoint additional Student Officers as it deems necessary, with such authority and duties as it may designate. (e.g. The assistant-at-large shall perform miscellaneous duties and help the others as needed.)
Section 9. In the event that there are not enough members to fill all of the officer's positions, the historian and publicity positions may be combined, followed by the doubling up of other positions as necessary.
ARTICLE VI Activities
Section 1. The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year. All members shall regularly participate in these projects.
Section 2. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the homeschool resource center or community, have the support of the sponsors, and be well-planned, organized, and executed.
Section 3. In addition to participating in chapter service projects, each member shall be encouraged to participate in personal projects that reflect his/her particular talents and interests.
ARTICLE VII Meetings
Section 1. There shall be at least one regular meeting of this chapter held each month.
Section 2. Members are required to attend all chapter meetings, except in the case of illness or some other legitimate reason.
Section 3. The Rules of Order for the meetings shall be based on Robert's Rules of Order.
ARTICLE VIII Dues
Section 1. Annual dues for membership in Knowledge House Scholars shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section 2. Dues shall be made payable to "Knowledge House" and shall be submitted to the chapter treasurer within 30 days of induction.
ARTICLE IX Funds
Section 1. Any solicitation and acceptance of funds for use by, or on behalf of, the Knowledge House Scholars may not be inconsistent with these Bylaws or the Charter.
ARTICLE X Amendments
Section 1. Any provision of these by-laws may be altered, amended, or repealed by the approval of the Board of Directors and a two-thirds vote of the active members present at a duly constituted meeting.
Section 2. By-laws and amendments must be consistent with the requirements of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society.
ARTICLE XI Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of the Head Sponsor, Co-Sponsor, and one additional Sponsor.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall have supervision, control, and direction of all the affairs of the Knowledge House Scholars charter, in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws and the requirements of the Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Honor Society.
Section 3. Directors shall continue in office until they resign, are removed, or are otherwise unable to fulfill their duties. Directors may not be removed from office except for due cause.
Section 4. Vacancies that occur on the Board shall be filled by the remaining Directors.
Section 5. Meetings of the Directors may be held as often as the Board deems necessary and proper, at such time and location as it designates, either in person or alternatively via e-mail or telephone.
Section 6. Directors shall not receive any compensation for their services as Directors, but the Board may by resolution authorize reimbursement of expenses incurred in the performance of their duties.
ARTICLE XII Dress Code and Conduct
Section 1. Modest and appropriate dress is required at all functions.
Section 2. The standard of conduct shall be: "Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe." (I Timothy 4:12)
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