November 30, 2015 – Membership Monday

Tomorrow is December 1st!  What does that mean to PTA leaders?  2 Things!

1) Its a DUE DATE.

What is due December 1st of every year in order for your unit to remain in Good Standing?

  • Dues need to be remitted on the 1st of every month
  • Submit a copy of your required IRS tax form (or forwarded confirmation email of filed 990N e-postcard)
  • Submit a copy of your unit’s annual financial review
  • Submit a copy of your unit’s fiscal year-end report

Where do you submit these items or how to you find out more information on what these items are?

Dues:  Dues should be submitted to: Missouri PTA/2101 Burlington Street/Columbia, MO 65202    Every time you submit dues, please fill out and send a Dues Remittance Form with your submission.  Please be sure to print clearly and fill out the complete name of your unit, including unit ID number and region.  (We have multiple units with the same, or very similar, name located in different cities throughout Missouri.)
IRS/Treasurer Submissions:  Along with information available in the online Toolkit, examples and information on how to conduct the annual financial review, the fiscal year-end report and how to file your taxes all can be found under the Forms/Awards heading, located down the right hand side of Missouri PTA’s homepage.  Look for the End of Year Procedures sub-heading.
To be a unit in Good Standing, there are more requirements than just those listed as due December 1st.  The Unit-in-Good-Standing-Requirements document contains a list of all the requirements, including having your bylaws approved every three years, for you to be able to check your unit against.  Remember, for your unit to maintain group IRS tax exemption status, for your unit to be eligible for awards, for your students to be eligible for awards (such as the Reflections program), you must be a unit in Good Standing.  Units who complete the list of requirements move into Good Standing status as soon as all items are received in completion.  Please note that the online Reflections submission date to Missouri PTA is December 10, 2015. Please be sure your students are eligible by making sure your unit is in Good Standing!  If you have questions about the Reflections program, please visit the Reflections resource page of our website or email
2) Tomorrow is #GivingTuesday!
All across the nation tomorrow, folks will be giving back to the causes they care about most. Will you join us in supporting Missouri PTA this #GivingTuesday? Read more about Missouri PTA and Who We Are, then consider participating with us as families give back, embracing the spirit of the season. To donate to Missouri PTA, simply scroll down to the yellow Donate button on our homepage, or use this link.
Don’t forget that every unit in Good Standing is eligible for Missouri PTA’s Membership in Action promotion!  Every membership you submit to Missouri PTA by March 1, 2016, earns you a raffle ticket for a $2,000.00 prize!  Send in your dues and make sure your unit is in Good Standing!
Are you advertising the Member Benefits Providers made available to your PTA members?  Be sure to share with them the link to the National PTA website, as many of the businesses ask you for a code, or provide the direct link on the page to access the benefits. 
Businesses include:  AARP · Boxed  · Hertz · LifeLock · MetLife · Quicken Loans · Schwan’s Cares · Staples · Sylvan · TeenSafe

Did you know National PTA’s OUR CHILDREN magazine is now completely online?  With great articles, valuable information and resources, follow this link to check it out and share with your members!

PTA in One Minute, a monthly news series for PTA leaders on the go, launched two weeks ago.  Check out November’s minute and be looking for December’s!
Who is attending the annual Missouri PTA Convention April 22-24, 2016 in Columbia, MO from your unit?  Every unit should be sending at least one representative to Convention every year. Not only will we conduct the business of Missouri PTA, including elections and bylaws revisions, but we offer invaluable PTA training and networking for leaders. We are all volunteers; smart, professional and talented volunteers who prove ourselves responsible by attending training for our positions.  Please be sure to make plans now for a leader, or potential leader, from your unit to attend in April.
Hold close the memories you made with your families this Thanksgiving weekend and have a marvelous Monday,
Rebecca Cahill
Missouri PTA
VP Department of Membership Services