Tuesday Membership Minute
As many of you have noticed, the PTA membership card has gone through some changes.
First, let me explain the previous process:
PTA units in Missouri would be mailed membership cards (sent to us by National PTA) to the new unit President in July. The number of cards sent to each unit was based off of 75% of the previous year’s membership totals. When a unit was ready to pay their first month’s dues and filled out the Membership Dues Form, they requested, on the form, for more cards to be mailed.
National PTA notified us in July that they would not be printing or sending membership cards. As a result, Missouri PTA quickly worked with a vendor in order to get cards printed and out to units as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, printing 60,000 cards took longer than expected, and I sincerely apologize to those units that held their Back to School Nights without having received their membership cards.
In order to get membership cards out to units as quickly as possible, we set up a direct request form on our website for your unit President to request cards to be mailed to their address. This request also allowed units to ask for as many membership cards as they set their goals for this year. This request form is still active and can be accessed by clicking here.
Those of you that have received your membership cards will have noticed that this year they came with an invoice. Missouri PTA cares about membership just as much as you do! The PTA membership card is a sign that you are part of an association almost 6 million members strong that advocate for the health, safety and education of our children. I am hopeful that the state and national dues mailed in to our office reflect the number of cards your unit requested. If your unit will exceed the cards requested, please request more with your dues form! By February or March, if you realize your unit will fall short of your goals, please mail the excess membership cards back to our office, and we will adjust your invoice accordingly.
**Do you know your unit’s membership goal for 2015-2016? If not, talk about it! Make sure your entire board knows your goal and announce it in your membership minute of general meetings. Look at last year’s membership numbers and set a growth goal of 5%.
Remember that anyone can be a member of PTA: teachers, full-time staff, parents, grandparents, guardians and caregivers, as well as community and business partners. Anyone can be a voice for children; are you asking everyone?
VP Department of Membership Services