The establishment of a chapter of the Société honoraire de français offers several potential benefits to a secondary French program.
First, it provides an opportunity to recognize outstanding scholarship in the study of French language through selection for membership, the placement of a special seal on the graduate's diploma, the wearing of a tri-colored cord at graduation, and the right to wear the official emblem/pin of the honor society.
Second, the chapter provides a vehicle for focusing activities around French language and literature and also for encouraging member participation in the annual writing contest as well as apply for the annual travel grants.
In addition, there is the opportunity for students to experience leadership in serving as officers, directing the initiation ceremony, and/or leading other chapter events.
Learn more about what you need to do to start a chapter in your school at http://frenchteachers.org/shf
See models of chapter bylaws and an application form on the AATF Ohio website at http://aatfohio.wordpress.com/societe-honoraire-de-francais