The National French Honor Society
The name of this Society shall be PI DELTA PHI.
The purpose of this Society is (1) to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature: (2) to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; (3) to stimulate and encourage French cultural activites.
The motto of this Society shall be: Probainomen Diakritoi Philogalatoi, which means Avancons, amis fideles de la culture francaise.
A chapter of this Society may be established at any college or university which offers a major sequence of courses in French studies and which is approved by the appropriate accrediting agency.
All applications and preliminary correspondence regarding affiliation with the Society should be directed to the National President who will send pertinent information.
An official letter from the President or appropriate Academic Officer of the institution should be sent to the National President. These letters should state that they approve affiliation with this Society and assure their support of the new chapter.
An offficial letter from the French section indicating its desire to join the Society should be sent to the National President.
On being notified of the institution's eligibility, the acting moderator should send (1) the charter fee, and names and dues of initiates to the Executive Director, and (2) a suggested date for installation of the new chapter to the National President.
Membership in PI DELTA PHI is open to all, regardless of sex, race, or creed, provided that each candidate meets the academic requirements of the Society.
There are three categories of membership: regular, honorary and associate.
Regular Membership. This category includes graduate and undergraduate students who shall be nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester or quarter of upper division French, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in French and 2.8 overall.
Honorary Membership. This category includes the French faculty of the sponsoring institution; members of the faculty-at-large, diplomats and community leaders who have shown a strong support of French culture.
Associate Membership. This category includes those students who enthusiastically support French activities but do not qualify for regular membership.
The insignia (pin) is the same for regular and honorary members. A certificate given to all members at the time of initiation indicates the category of membership. Red, white, and blue graduation cords are available.
Regular and associate members may vote, hold office in the chapter, and represent their chapter at official meetings of the Society. All members may attend national functions.
Only faculty members of PI DELTA PHI , currently teaching French, are eligible for a national office.
The National Officers of the Society form the Board, which includes the President, the immediate past President, regional Vice-Presidents, the Executive Director, and the Newsletter Editor.
Chapters may submit names for national officers, with the exception of the President who is elected by and from the Board. The Executive Director is not elected but appointed by the President.
Duties of the Executive Board:
President: The President is the official representative of the Society and is responsible for its growth. This officer organizes and presides at Board meetings and at national conventions. The President is an ex officio member of all committees and appoints the Executive Director, with the approval of the Board.
Immediate Past President: The immediate past President serves as a consultant on all matters of importance to the Society.
Regional Vice-Presidents: The Vice-Presidents promote the expansion of the Society in their respective regions, endeavor to be in contact with all chapters included in their geographical areas, install new chapters, and serve on the scholarship committee.
Executive Director: This officer is appointed by the National President. The Director is responsible for keeping the permanent records of the Society, and serves as financial officer as well. The Executive Director chairs the scholarship committee, submits an annual report of major decisions made by the Borad, and provides chapters with the official banner, pins, certificates, membership cards and graduation cords.
The official publication of the Society is the Newsletter, published and distributed to all chapters biannually. The Editor is appointed by the President, with the approval of the Board.
Prior to the initiation, each chapter sends to the Executive Director the national dues determined by the Board. However, each chapter determines the amount of local dues.
The term of the Faculty Moderator's office is indefinite. Duties of the Moderator are: (1) to represent the chapter at its own institution and at national conventions; (2) to advise and to support all activities of the chapter; (3) to be responsible for the annual election of student officers; (4) to submit an annual report to the Executive Director; (5) to keep accurate and up-to-date records and make sure that such records and all information of the Society are given to the succeeding Moderator.
There shall be national meetings at selected intervals.
This Constitution may be amended by a majority vote of the Board.
DATE OF FINAL REVISION: November 20, 1993, by decision of the National Executive Board.
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