Membership

October 20, 2014 – Membership Monday

Good Morning PTA Leaders!

WOW!  What an amazing weekend we just experienced at the 99th Annual Missouri PTA State Convention!  For those of you who were able to attend – thank you for taking time to share ideas, network and attend training.  We are all very busy and I appreciate you carving out time for PTA.  For those of you unable, I would remind you that money spent on training your volunteers is never a dollar wasted.  Successful leadership is vital to the success of your unit, and attending PTA training gives you the tools you need.

Congratulations Missouri PTA!  We are now over 30,000 members strong and halfway to our goal of 60,000!  Please remember to continue to send your dues in the first of each month.  We are working on sending out membership cards to those that have requested more.  Thank you for your patience as we have worked through this challenge and are now able to begin processing those requests.  Do you need more cards?  There is a place on your membership dues form to request more cards – make sure to fill that out and we’ll get them to you as soon as possible.

Have you checked out our newly updated website?  If not, go to www.mopta.org and see what we’ve done!  Check out our PTA members section, use the following to log-in:  Username = Diversity & Password = means.  Both are case sensitive.  Valuable information is posted here for our PTA members!

November 3rd is the deadline to enter the PTA Take Your Family to School Week grant of $1,000.00.  Celebrated February 16th-20th, this year’s theme is Supporting Student Success, focusing on family engagement solutions.  If you would like more information, go to www.pta.org/awards

Remember that October is Bullying Prevention month, and National PTA has revamped their Connect 4 Respect program to reflect the most updated information on bullying prevention in our schools.  Check it out at www.pta.org/c4r

Have you heard about the new #ShareAwesome campaign?  It’s an initiative brought to you by NPTA and sponsor LifeLock, to educate families about the conversations that are important for guiding safer, smarter digital decision-making while sharing the awesome ways people are using technology to improve their lives and world. So, share your awesome decisions, moments and people at #ShareAwesome. There’s even a contest with prizes and money!  Check it out at ShareAwesomeNow.org

Did you know that National PTA offers free e-learning courses for PTA members and leaders?  The e-learning courses cover PTA Essentials, Nuts and Bolts, and Leadership Enhancement.  Learn more at www.pta.org/elearning

Please be sure to share this information with the leaders of your PTA unit.

Thank you for your dedication to the children of Missouri,

Rebecca Cahill
Missouri PTA
VP Department of Membership Services
membership@mopta.org

Waiting on Membership Cards?

2014-2015 Membership Card
PTA Leaders,
Congratulations on so many successful fall membership drives!
Our office loves to get requests for more membership cards and to hear that membership drives are going so well.
Unfortunately, our Missouri office is completely out of membership cards at this time.  We have fulfilled any requests for more cards that we were able, and are keeping a list of units still awaiting more cards.
Our office is working with National PTA to secure more cards and resolve this situation as quickly as possible.  I thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work through this frustrating situation.  We will keep you updated as we have more information.
Sincerely,
Rebecca Cahill
Missouri PTA

VP Department of Membership Services

October 8, 2014 – Membership Monday

Good Evening PTA Leaders!
     It is hard to believe October is already upon us, and hints of the cooler weather to come have sporadically dotted our weeks.  Autumn is an amazing time of cool, crisp mornings, the smell of wood fires burning, the sight of leaves changing color and the sound of cheers at a local sports game.  For many of us, it is the first time we’ve had a chance to take a deep breath, while others are still waiting for it.
     I encourage you now, to take that deep breath! Take inventory of all that you have accomplished so far this year, and take a moment to celebrate.  You and your PTA deserve a pat on the back and a well-earned, “Thank you!”
     Thank you for getting your PTA/PTSA off to a great start by hosting a fabulous fall drive.  Thank you for getting families together at your first fall family event.  Thank you for supporting our teachers and providing a snack or meal during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Thank you for putting books in the hands of our children by hosting a book fair.
     Throughout the year, remember to take stock of what you have accomplished and be recognized for what you are doing to support the health, safety and education of our children.
     Your TO DO LIST (yes, you have a “To Do” list; membership is year-round!):
**Please be sure to submit your dues monthly to Missouri PTA.
**At your next PTA meeting, report your membership numbers and how close you are to your membership goal.
**Communicate regularly with your members – make sure they know who you are, what you do, and why they are members!
**October 8th is National Walk to School Day!  How is your school celebrating?
**October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Find an online toolkit, Leader and Student guides,templates, promotional tools by going to: http://www.pta.org/c4r
**Get excited about Missouri State Convention coming up soon!  Celebrate the person(s) from your unit that will be attending, and be ready to share all that you will learn with the leaders of your unit, upon your return.
**Check out the opportunity for a $1,000 Take Your Family to School Week grant, sponsored by AXA, by visiting: http://www.pta.org/awards
**Remind members that November 4th is Election Day!  Being a voice for our children (advocate) means that we educate ourselves on issues and make an informed choice when we vote.  Please remember that PTA does not endorse candidates.  We do encourage all citizens to get out and vote!  Need more information on voting and how to engage your community?
Visit here for helpful information.
 
Please be sure to share this information with the leaders of your PTA unit.
Thank you for your dedication to the children of Missouri and have a wonderful Monday,
Rebecca Cahill
Missouri PTA
VP Department of Membership Services

Early Bird Deadline is Monday, September 29th

The postmark deadline for our Early Bird Award is Monday, September 29, 2014; since the 28th of the month falls on a Sunday.  Membership dues must be postmarked on or before Monday, September 29th to earn the Early Bird distinction.

Thank you.

Kim Weber
President
Missouri PTA

September 22, 2014 – Membership Monday

Happy Monday PTA Leaders!
For you Membership Monday, I want to focus on TWO items:
ONE:
EVERY unit should be sending a delegate to State Convention!  Not only do we offer training, networking and leadership; we conduct the business of Missouri PTA, of which YOU are a member!
We are all volunteers, and one of the greatest things we can do for ourselves is attend training and re-energize ourselves at State Convention.  Money spent on training is always money well spent.
HURRY!
**September 25, 2014  DEADLINE to Register for Convention and Book Hotel Rooms**
You DO NOT want to miss the 2014 State Convention held in Chesterfield, MO October 17th-19th!  State Convention is open to ANYONE who would like to attend, so you MUST share the information regarding registration with your PTA leaders and members.  To book your hotel room, reservations MUST be made by 5pm on Sept. 25th and you will need to mention Missouri PTA to get the discounted rate.  Please do not miss this amazing opportunity to network, learn, share and grow with PTA!  The following link will take you to the Call to Convention packet.
TWO:
September 28, 2014  EARLY BIRD Membership Award Deadline
The Early Bird Award is the first membership award units are eligible to apply for upon the start of the school year.  No application is necessary, simply send in any and all membership dues associated with your unit by September 28th!  Early Bird Award recipients will be recognized at State Convention.
Please be sure to share these due dates and information with the leader’s of your PTA unit.
Other Dates to note are:
September 22, 2014  Today’s PTA Event in St. Peter’s, MO
Missouri PTA and the Membership Outreach committee, lead by Angie Carey, are hosting our very first Today’s PTA event from 6-8 pm at the Community Commons – Spencer Road Library. This event is meant to educate non-PTA schools and groups on the benefits of PTA.  Feel free to share the invitation attached with a school or district that you know does not have a PTA!
September 23, 2014  National Voter Registration Day
Please encourage your members to register to vote!  As PTA’s, our number one goal is to advocate for our children.  One of the ways we can be heard, is to vote on issues that deal with the health, safety and education of our children.  (Please remember, we are here to inform and educate members about legislation that affects our children; we do not endorse candidates.)
Thank you for your dedication to the children of Missouri and have a wonderful Monday,
Rebecca Cahill
Missouri PTA

VP Department of Membership Services

September 8, 2014 – Membership Monday

Happy Monday PTA Leaders!
For your Membership Monday, I want to get out FIVE very important reminder dates for you to take note of:
September 16,2014  Leader’s Project Cards are due
If you’ve been working on your Leader’s Project, please get them sent into the Missouri PTA office by the 16th!  Recipients of the Leader’s Project Award will be recognized at State Convention in October!  Not sure what the Leader’s Project is?  Follow this link to learn more.
September 22, 2014  Today’s PTA Event in St. Peter’s, MO
Missouri PTA and the Membership Outreach committee, lead by Angie Carey, are hosting our very first Today’s PTA event from 6-8pm at the Community Commons – Spencer Road Library. This event is meant to educate non-PTA schools and groups on the benefits of PTA.  Feel free to share the invitation attached with a school or district that you know does not have a PTA!
September 23, 2014  National Voter Registration Day
Please encourage your members to register to vote!  As PTA’s, our number one goal is to advocate for our children.  One of the ways we can be heard, is to vote on issues that deal with the health, safety and education of our children.  (Please remember, we are here to inform and educate members about legislation that affects our children; we do not endorse candidates.)
**September 25, 2014  DEADLINE to Register for Convention and Book Hotel Rooms**
You DO NOT want to miss the 2014 State Convention held in Chesterfield, MO October 17th-19th!  State Convention is open to ANYONE who would like to attend, so you MUST share the information regarding registration with your PTA leaders and members.  To book your hotel room, reservations MUST be made by 5pm on Sept. 25th and you will need to mention Missouri PTA to get the discounted rate.  Please do not miss this amazing opportunity to network, learn, share and grow with PTA!  The following link will take you to the Call to Convention packet.
September 28, 2014  EARLY BIRD Membership Award Deadline
The Early Bird Award is the first membership award units are eligible to apply for upon the start of the school year.  No application is necessary, simply send in any and all membership dues associated with your unit by September 28th!  Early Bird Award recipients will be recognized at State Convention.
Please be sure to share these due dates and information with the leader’s of your PTA unit.
Thank you for your dedication to the children of Missouri and have a wonderful Monday,
Rebecca Cahill
 
Missouri PTA
VP Department of Membership Services

2014 An Evening with Todays PTA flyer

Resources/Tools

• PTA Surveys click HERE (in MS Word format)

• Membership section of the Tool Kit.  The Tool Kit is emailed to each unit president during the summer.  It is also available online in the PTA Members Section of this website.

• PTA Membership Quick-Reference Guide.  This is included in the Back-to-School kit from National PTA.  The kit is available online.

• Procedure Book.  This should be passed on to you from your predecessor.  If you didn’t get one, start one now.

• National website:  Check out the latest information & hints about card activation, member benefits and growing your PTA.

• Check out “201 Ways to Increase Your Membership“.

• Search the Internet:  PTA Membership, PTA Membership Campaigns, PTA Membership Ideas, etc.; Look at other State or unit PTA Websites and Newsletters on-line

• CONTACT:  This is a state magazine publication that is online under the PTA Members Section of this website

T.N.T. ~ Today, Not Tomorrow

INTRODUCING… THE STATE MEMBERSHIP THEME FOR 2014-2015: TNT14.15

Planning for how your PTA unit will be the best it has ever been, begins with choosing a theme and setting membership goals! Use the State Membership Theme:  T.N.T. ~ Today, Not Tomorrow, or you can brainstorm one of your own.

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Membership Madness: Go! Grow! Score!

Building Today’s PTA Contest …….

Missouri is currently in 2nd place.

Membership Madness: Go! Grow! Score!

March is Membership Madness Month at PTA. Discover how your PTA can score up to $6,000 just by growing your membership. See the Building Today’s PTA Contest Rules. March is your last month to sign-up and report members before the buzzer sounds on March 31!

 

MOPTA Early Bird Award Winners

Congratulation Early Birds!
 
The Early Bird Awards were presented during the Awards Luncheon at the 2009-2010 Missouri PTA State Convention.  Units were recognized for sending in the highest membership based upon last year’s total membership to the state office postmarked on or before September 17, 2010.
 
Early Childhood/Elementary/Special Education
Shoal Creek Elementary PTA
Liberty School District
Pony Exress Region
 
Middle/Jr. High/Combined
South Valley Jr. High PTSA
Liberty School District
Pony Express Region
 
High School
Glendale PTSA
Springfield School District
Ozark Region