What sparked you to become an active PTA member? Or, rather, who was it?

All it takes is that one PTA leader to change our perspective of a PTA membership.  All it takes is that one PTA leader to get a spark going.

That one person who greeted you with a smile, made you feel welcomed, and showed you tips and advice. As a collective association of PTA members–our families benefit, our students benefit – enjoying and participating in an event, learning together, improving the schools, and strengthening education in our community.  That is the value of a PTA membership.

Volunteers get involved when they feel welcomed, see leaders who communicate, feel pride in the mission, see engaged leaders in decision-making; feel valued for time and skill contributed; and see a connection to the community. That is the building of membership value capacity.

Pass the passion of PTA value on to the next family, to the next person. Be that PTA leader who provided that spark to be a PTA member and showed what a PTA member can do. Join PTA!

A question came in to me about why do local units have to submit to the council membership deadline earlier from what is listed as the reporting deadlines on the state PTA reporting form.

The answer is found within the state PTA bylaws. The state PTA bylaws establishes a membership process for local units connected to a council.  The process requires the council to submit local unit dues four times. This is the reason why we have the early bird report, required report, membership awards report, and the final membership report.

This process allows the local unit to write only one check to the council for all three dues portions: council, state, and national.  The council collects and deposits the local unit checks and forwards, by the state deadline on the reporting form, the state and national portions of the dues to the state PTA office.

This is why councils have an earlier deadline from what is listed on the state reporting form: to deposit checks, keep their portion of the dues, and to determine the state and national dues to forward to the state office in one council check.  

Having councils send in a check to the state office with all of the local unit reports makes record keeping simpler and depositing checks easier at the state office. Units without a council must submit directly to the state office by the state reporting deadlines.

The state PTA forwards the national portion of the dues to National PTA.

That is how the dues forwarding process works and why there are earlier council deadlines.