National Honor Society
Lancaster Mennonite High School National Honor Society is a chapter of the National Honor Society and follows its guidelines. The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to encourage service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students at LMHS in ways that support the mission of the school.
Requirements for Members
- Members shall maintain Honor Roll status each quarter of membership and continue to demonstrate positive qualities of character, leadership, and service.
- Members shall attend meetings regularly.
- Members shall also participate regularly in service projects and in other projects planned by the committees. The chapter service project, required of all members, shall be assisting the school in its fundraising for scholarship through the annual Fall Homecoming and Auction or the Phone-a-Thon.
- The chapter as a whole shall meet regularly throughout the school year.
- The executive committee (officers and advisor) shall meet monthly.
- Committees shall meet monthly.
The executive committee shall consist of elected/affirmed officers of the chapter and the chapter advisors. It shall have general supervision of chapter affairs between chapter business meetings, as well as conduct the chapter meetings.
- Officers shall be elected at the last business meetings of the year.
- Officers shall plan and conduct all meetings in such a way that members will believe their time is well spent.
- The chapter president shall preside at meetings and give overall direction to the chapter.
- The vice president shall assist the president and preside at meetings when the president is absent.
- The secretary shall keep minutes of the meetings of the executive committee and of the monthly chapter meetings and read minutes at meetings when asked.
- The executive committee shall also be responsible to keep bulletin board and morning announcements up-to-date so that members are kept informed of activities.
- Two or three standing committees shall plan activities for the whole chapter: service committee, activities committee, and leadership/scholarship committee (or alternate service/activities committee and leadership/scholarship committee). Each officer shall meet regularly with one of the committees.
- The faculty council shall consist of five voting faculty members. The chapter advisor also serves on the council but has no voting privileges.
- The council meets to select new members and may be called for additional meetings to consider warning or dismissing members.
Selection of Members
- In the fall, senior students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to submit the student information form for consideration for NHS membership.
- In the spring, sophomore and junior students who have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 are invited to submit the student information form for consideration for NHS membership.
- The faculty are asked to respond with a positive or negative vote for each student regarding the students’ fitness in the areas of service, scholarship, leadership, and character.
- The faculty council reviews all information and decides which students should be inducted. The selection is by majority vote of the council.
Dismissal of Members
Members who fall below the standards which were the basis for their selection will be warned in writing by the chapter advisor and given a reasonable amount of time to correct the deficiency (except in the case of flagrant violation of school standards or civil law).
- Members who use alcohol or drugs on or off campus will normally be required to forfeit their membership.
- The faculty council shall determine when a student has exceeded a reasonable number of warnings.
- A student who has been dismissed for any reason is not again eligible to be a member.
Members shall pay $10 at the time of induction. The money will be used for NHS activities approved by the executive committee.