Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica Constitution

  • The Constitution and Bylaws of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica


    J. Sterling Morton East High School
    Benito Juárez Chapter
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    January 23, 2015
    Article I. Name and Classification

    Section 1. The name of this organization is the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, also known as the Spanish
    National Honor Society, or the Portuguese National Honor Society, and shall be referred to in this document as
    "the Society."

    Section 2. The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and Portuguese by students
    of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.

    Article II. Qualifications for Membership

    Section 1. To be eligible for the Society, students must submit a complete application packet with the following.
    o Autobiographical information, course schedule, proof of being actively involved in another
    extracurricular activity (in or out of school), and schedule with availability.
    o Personal statement to include interest in language, personal qualifications, commitment to
    the betterment of J. Sterling Morton East High School; commitment to the betterment of the

    Spanish-speaking community; personal qualities and examples of character, leadership,
    honesty, service, and cooperation.
    o Proof of academic integrity and character as noted by no recorded incidents of cheating,
    plagiarism, misconduct, insubordination or intentional dishonesty.
    o Proof of having been enrolled in at least two semesters of a Spanish class, as verified by
    teacher or counselor or if enrolled in a level 1 class, recommendation from teacher.
    o Proof of having an A or B in all Spanish courses taken, as verified by teacher or counselor.
    o Two letters of recommendation: faculty member (teacher, counselor, assistant principal or
    principal), sponsor from another activity/organization, community or church leader.

    Article III. Application and Initiation

     Section 1. Members of the Spanish Department and current Society members will invite eligible students to
    apply in October.

     Section 2. Potential members must fill out an application for admission that must be turned in to the
    Acceptance Committee by mid-November (specific date will be set by the Society members and sponsor).

     Section 3. The Acceptance Committee will be comprised of a combination of sponsor(s), Language teachers,
    and current Society officers.

     Section 4. Acceptance letters will be distributed the first week of December.

     Section 5. Initiation Ceremony will take place during the month of February, should funding for the event
    permit it.

    Article IV. Qualifications for Continued Membership

     Section 1. Each year members must engage in an activity from each of the following categories: Academic
    Commitment, Community Commitment, Global Commitment.

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    J. Sterling Morton East High School
    Benito Juárez Chapter

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    January 23, 2015

     Section 2. Students must attend bi-monthly meetings.

     Section 3. Students must continue to show academic integrity and character as noted by no recorded incidents
    of cheating, plagiarism, misconduct, insubordination or intentional dishonesty.

    Article V. Dues and Fees

     Section 1. One time dues of ten dollars ($10) at initiation: $5 national dues, $5 chapter dues.
    Article VI. Use of Finances
     Section 1. Any money collected by the Society must be handled in accordance with the school rules.
     Section 2. The Society may spend money with the membership and sponsor’s approval only for the following
    purposes:
    o To cover the normal operating expenses of the Society
    o To promote the goals and objectives of the Society
    o All other expenses should be approved by the Officers and sponsor(s)

    Article VII. Elections and Duties of Officers
     Section 1. There are four officers of the Society: President, Vice – President, Membership Secretary, Recording
    Secretary, and Treasurer. The officers must be enrolled in a Spanish class in order to hold office.
     Section 2. Officers are elected by simple majority of active members present during a meeting.
     Section 3. The duties of the officers are as follows: attendance at all meetings and serve as exemplars for other
    members of the Society and the JSMEHS community.
     Section 4. The role of the President is to preside at the Initiation Ceremony, preside at meetings, and serve as
    student spokesperson for the Spanish Department.
    Section 5. The role of the Membership Secretary is to keep the ledger of initiates, keep the ledger of Active
    members and their membership qualifications and attendance, as well as keep the ledger of current officers.
     Section 6. The role of Recording Secretary is to keep record of all meetings, service projects and
    correspondence of the Society.
     Section 7. The role of the Treasurer is to collect dues and keep the financial records of the Society.
    Article VIII. Meetings
     Section 1. Meetings are to be regularly scheduled by the sponsors and officers. There shall be no less than one
    meeting per month.
     Section 2. The last meeting of the year will take place after graduation to set direction for the coming year.
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    J. Sterling Morton East High School
    Benito Juárez Chapter
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    January 23, 2015
    Article IX. Awards and Recognition
     Section 1. Sponsor(s) of the Chapter may award the Certificado de Excelencia to initiated members, winners in
    the National Spanish Examinations, or to the initiated member who has achieved the highest grade point
    average in Spanish or Portuguese for that school year. Duplicate certificates are awarded in case of ties.
     Section 2. Sponsor(s) of the Chapter may award the Certificado por Servicios to recognize initiated members
    who have rendered meritorious service to their Chapter. The number awarded is limited to ten percent of
    current initiates.
     Section 3. Sponsor(s) of the Chapter may award the Premio de Honor to the best graduating senior of the
    Chapter. The certificate may be obtained from the National Director of the Society at no cost, and will be sent
    upon receipt of the student's name. The names of both the student and the Chapter sponsor will be printed in
    ¡Albricias! if sent by the deadline. Each Chapter may receive only one certificate each year.

    Article X. Insignia

     Section 1. The insignia of the Society is the official one of the AATSP, as represented on the medals which may
    be awarded for excellence in Spanish and Portuguese.

     Section 2. The seal of the AATSP is the official seal of the Society, and it may be used in conjunction with any
    other seal upon approval of the National Council.

     Section 3. The motto of the Society is: Todos a una.

     Section 4. The colors of the Society are red and gold.

     Section 5. The flower of the Society is the carnation.

    Article XI. Emergency Bylaws
     Section 1. Additional regulations for facilitating the government of the Society and the activities of the Chapter
    may be prepared by the National Council whenever the exigencies for such regulations may arise.
     Section 2. Dues may be initiated at the beginning of each year to be determined by the Sponsor and advisors.