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PI DELTA PHI CONSTITUTION
The name of this society shall be PI DELTA PHI.
The purpose of this society shall be (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 activities.
The motto of this society is: Probaínomen Diakritoi Philogálatoi which means "Avançons, amis fidèles de la culture française".
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 French section indicating its desire to join the Society should be sent to the National President. 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 the administration approves affiliation with the Society and assures support of the new chapter.
Upon receipt of these items, the National Executive Committee will act upon the application.
On being notified of the institution's eligibility, the acting moderator should send: (1) the charter fee to the Executive Director, (2) a suggested date for installation of the new chapter to the National President, and (3) the names, permanent home and school addresses, and dues of initiates to the Executive Director.
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 two categories of membership: regular and honorary.
Regular membership. This category includes graduate and undergraduate students who shall be nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester of upper division French. They shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of the college course with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in French courses and rank in the top 35% of their class.
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.
The insignia (pin) is the same for regular and honorary members. A certificate given to all members at the same initiation indicates the category of membership. Red, white, and blue graduation cords are available.
Regular 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 national office.
The National Officers of the Society form the board which includes the President, the immediate past President, the President-elect, regional Vice-Presidents, the Executive Director, and the Newsletter Editor.
The Executive Director and the Newsletter Editor are 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 and the President-elect: The Immediate Past President and the President-elect serve for two years as consultants 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 as well. The Executive Director chairs the scholarship committee, submits an annual report of major decisions made by the Board, 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.
A national meeting of the Society shall be held at least every four years to discuss matters pertaining to the welfare of the Society, to provide educational opportunities and to allow members from various chapters to come to know one another.
Amendments to this Constitution and By-laws approved by the Executive Board by a majority vote shall be submitted to the chapters by mail ballot. Adoption shall be by a two-thirds vote of those chapters returning ballots by a date clearly specified on the mail ballot.
DATE OF FINAL REVISION: June 24, 2004, to be ratified by Decision of the National Executive Board, November 20, 2004.