Bylaws for Tri-M Chapter #4049




We, the members of the American High School music department, in an effort to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service, and promote leadership in the music students of our school accept these laws for the establishment and operation for our Tri-M Music Honor Society chapter.


Article I – Chapter Name and Location


The name of this chapter will be known as:


Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter  #4049 at American High School


Article II – Division


This chapter will be a Senior chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Members will be Senior division members of Tri-M.


Article III – Purpose


          The purpose of this chapter will be to:


·        Provide an appropriate method for recognizing the musical achievements of our members.

·        Strengthen our school’s music program

·        Help our members reach their full musical potential

·        Motivate and recognize our member’s musical and personal achievements, credits, and grades

·        Encourage our members to work together toward the same goal

·        Inspire and challenge our members

·        Focus public attention on our school’s music program through community service


Article IV – General Powers


The Tri-M chapter participants are limited to the powers invested to them by MENC, the Tri-M Program Guidelines, and the bylaws.


In any matter not provided for in the Tri-M Program Guidelines, these chapter bylaws, or local, state, or federal laws, Tri-M chapter #4049 at American High School will act by majority vote of those present at any annual, regular, or special meeting.


As program of American High School, this Tri-M chapter understands that the principal and school administration have the power to veto any local Tri-M decisions. 


Only MENC has the power to amend or revise the Tri-M Program Guidelines.


Article V – Membership


Section One – Membership Classes


Members shall be Active, Alumni, or Honorary.


Section TwoActive Membership


A. Requirements

Candidates for active students membership shall be chosen by the chapter advisor.  Candidates for active student membership shall be chosen from those students enrolled in the music department at American High School.  Candidates, at the time of their selection, shall meet the following requirements:




B. Public Notice


A written description of the selection procedure shall be made available to all music students and their parents prior to the candidate consideration.  The selection procedure shall be consistent with articles of the Tri-M Program Guidelines.


C. Lapsed Membership


Members and their eligibility for Tri-M membership shall be reviewed on an annual basis to consider their continued participation in the Tri-M program.


These reviews shall be done during the second semester, by the advisor. The review shall confirm the member’s enrollment in an American High School music ensemble and/or class for at least one semester of the current school year and that the member has maintained for the previous semester at least an A average grade or equivalent in music, with at least a C average grade or equivalent in other academic subjects.


If a current member does not or cannot meet the academic or music criteria necessary to be considered a Tri-M member, his or her membership will lapse ion good standing until the music and academic criteria are once again met.


The chapter advisor shall determine when a lapsed member is reinstated based upon proof that membership criteria have once again been met.


D. Dismissal


Dismissal is a permanent revocation of Tri-M membership without the option of reinstating unless overturned by an appeal.


Dismissal is warranted by flagrant violation of school rules or criminal law. A member may be dismissed without warning.  A written documentation of the dismissal procedure shall be available to interested parties.


Any member who is dismissed shall surrender all Tri-M insignia items. If the member paid for the membership insignia items, the chapter will reimburse the student for the original cost of the items.


E. Dismissal Appeal


A member who has been dismissed may appeal the decision.  The principal of the school shall assign an impartial faculty committee of three or more to review the appeal.  The same rules that would be used for a disciplinary appeal in the school district shall apply.


Section Three – Alumni Membership


Upon graduation, active members shall become alumni members.  Alumni members shall have no voice in chapter affairs.


Section Four – Honorary Membership


The chapter may award honorary membership in recognition of achievement and/or outstanding service rendered to the chapter in keeping with the purpose of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.  Honorary membership may be awarded to guest clinicians, school officials, principals, teachers, Tri-M advisors, adults, or students with disabilities who are unable to fully meet the active member criteria. Other students are not eligible for honorary membership. Honorary members have no voice or vote in chapter affairs.


Article VI – Executive Committee


Section One – Committee Members


The executive committee of this chapter will consist of a chapter advisor and student officers.

Section Two – Chapter Advisor


The chapter advisor of this chapter shall be a teacher in the music department at American High School. This chapter will not have co-advisors appointed by the advisor to assist with chapter operations.


Section Three – Student Officers


The student officers of this chapter will include a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and historian.


Section Four – Quorum Requirement


A majority of the officers and the chapter advisor constitute a quorum.


Article VII – Duties of the Executive Committee


Section One – Chapter Advisor


The advisor of this chapter will act as supervisor, guide and counselor in all matters pertaining to chapter operations. The advisor will attend all executive committee and chapter meetings and will help officers fulfill their respective duties, including maintaining chapter records and submitting chapter fees with the proper forms.


Section Two – President 


The chapter president will lead the members toward the attainment of the goals of this chapter and of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. The president will preside at all meetings of the chapter and of the executive committee. The president and other officers will conduct the induction ceremony for new members will hold an election to appoint new officers to preside the following year.


Section Three – Vice President


The vice president of this chapter will preside at all meetings of the chapter in the absence of the president, and it will be his or her duty to assist the president. If programs special projects, or activities are planned in addition to the membership presentation ceremony, the vice president will also serve as program chairperson.


Section Four – Secretary


The secretary of this chapter will be responsible for all correspondence of the chapter and will keep an accurate record of attendance, minutes, and all transactions and meetings of the chapter. The secretary will also serve as social chairperson.


Section Five – Treasurer

The treasurer of this chapter will keep an accurate record of all monies received and disbursed, membership fees paid to the honor society, and all membership pin emblems, cards, certificates, and insignia items secured from the national office. The treasurer will report at each meeting the receipts, disbursements, and cash balance on hand. The chapter advisor should make an audit of the treasurer’s records at the end of each semester. The treasurer will also serve as membership chairperson.


Section Six – Historian


The chapter historian shall keep a comprehensive record of all programs presented by the chapter and its members, including pictures and news clippings; serve as publicity chairperson; and be responsible for compiling the chapter’s entry for Chapter of the Year.


Article VIII – Nomination and Election of Officers


During a spring meeting, the president will appoint a nominating committee of three who will propose a slate of officers for the upcoming year and present it at the following meeting. Nominations may also be made from the floor. The candidates will be elected by a majority ballot vote. New officers for the upcoming year will be installed before the close of the school year in which the election takes place.


Article IX – Vacancies on the Executive Committee


Vacancies occurring on the executive committee during the school year will be filed of a temporary basis with chapter members selected be the chapter advisor. Temporary executive committee assignments are valid only until the next meeting of the chapter, when an election will be held to fill such vacancies.


Article X – Meetings


Section One – Planning


The executive committee will meet in advance to outline scheduled meetings


Section Two – Times


Regular meetings during the school year shall be on days designated by the executive committee and in accordance with school policy and regulation.


Section Three – Frequency


There will be at least 9 scheduled meetings of this chapter per year as determined by the chapter advisor.


Section Four – Voting


All members may attend scheduled meetings. No meeting may be held unless the chapter advisor is present. Only the chapter advisor and active student members have a voice or vote in chapter affairs.


Section Five – Special Meetings


The chapter president or other designated chapter leader may call special meetings approved by the executive committee.


Section Six – Meeting Decorum


Meetings shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order, newly revised (Perseus Publishing) in all points not expressly provided in the Tri-M program guidelines or these chapter bylaws.


Article XI – Induction Ceremony


This chapter will hold at least 1 public induction ceremony each school year as planned by the executive committee. All induction ceremonies will be held after school hours with parents, friends, school officials, faculty members, and other students in the music department invited to attend.


Article XII – Bylaw Ratification


Bylaws must be approved by the chapter advisor and school administration and receive a two-thirds affirmative vote from chapter members to be ratified as law of the organization.


Article XIII – Amendments


The chapter shall regularly review these bylaws and amend or revise them if the do not meet the current needs of the chapter. Any amendment or revision must be consistent with the Tri-M program guidelines.


Any member may submit a minor revision drafts to the executive committee for consideration.


A specially appointed revision committee shall draft major revisions or complete bylaw rewrites.


Revision proposals must be passed by an executive committee majority vote to be presented to the chapter membership for a vote.


When the Executive Committee passes a revision proposal with a majority vote that revision proposal shall be presented in written form prior to a chapter vote for adoption as a chapter law. Proposed amendments or revisions require a two-thirds affirmative vote by chapter membership and school administration approval for adoption.