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The Washington State PTA office is closed during convention. You may leave a message or send an email and we will help you when we return next week.

If you haven't yet registered for the WSPTA Convention at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel this weekend (April 17-19, 2015), the online registration is now closed. However, you may still register on-site. Hope to see you there!

The bylaws committee chair apologizes for the fact that a proofreading error slipped through our process and we need to make a correction to the portion of the proposed bylaws that applies to the term for WSPTA officers.

In the proposed bylaws, Article 7, Section 3D currently reads:
No member shall serve more than two consecutive terms in the same office. A WSPTA officer who has served 16 or more months shall be considered to have served a full term.

This section should read:
No member may serve more than one consecutive term in the same office. A WSPTA officer who has served 16 or more months shall be considered to have served a full term.

Please note that the corrected wording means that the bylaws committee is proposing NO change to the current terms of WSPTA elected officers, which is one term (or two years).

I apologize for any confusion caused by this change and look forward to talking with you at convention about the proposed bylaws. Please remember that you can contact the bylaws committee at bylaws@wastatepta.org with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,
Karen Madsen, bylaws commmittee chair

PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP AWARDS ANNOUNCED -- Congratulations to the following PTAs for attaining a 20% increase over previous year's membership paid by March 30th. Click below for the 2014-15 Platinum Level Membership Award recipients.

CONVENTION REGISTRATION NOW OPEN -- The WSPTA Annual Convention is just around the corner -- April 17 – 19, 2015 at the Bellevue Hyatt Regency Hotel! Convention is the place where PTA leaders go to be inspired, and truly understand the power of this association and what it has accomplished for kids. Convention classes and general sessions help PTA leaders understand the issues, and learn the skills to be powerful and effective leaders and advocates. Convention classes cover a wide variety of leadership education topics that will help new PTA leaders as well as seasoned leaders. There are classes for every skill level. Convention is also the best time of the year to meet other PTA leaders and learn about the programs and activities they are doing. There is no need to re-invent the wheel. Convention provides a great opportunity to meet vendors and develop new ideas for school assemblies, field trips, fundraisers and a wide-variety of enrichment opportunities for your students. Build on successful programs and introduce new programs for a fresh, new, and exciting PTA year! Register today!

WSPTA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE -- Washington State PTA offers six (6) $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Washington State public high schools that will be starting college (either 2yr or 4yr) in the fall, 2015.The application deadline is April 30, 2015. This is a DUE BY date, and not a postmarked by date. Scholarships will be awarded by June 15, 2015. Click here for application.

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WSPTA 102nd Annual Convention -- April 17-19, 2015, Bellevue Hyatt Hotel, Bellevue, WA ...Click here

You can learn from experienced leaders at region trainings and leadership conferences, and statewide conventions and workshops. In addition to targeted classes, these events are opportunities for you to network with other PTA leaders from your region or across the state and further develop your own leadership and advocacy skills.    …Details
You can support the youth in your community with programs from the state and National PTA. These include support for the arts, parent engagement, college or career preparation, and more. Better yet, your PTA/PTSA can apply for a grant and design your own.   …Details
Local PTAs enjoy the support of experienced PTA leaders who make up the service delivery teams that organize training in each geographic region. This means you can find support close at hand. Your region director is your point person for training and networking.    …Find your local connection
For more than 100 years, PTA has advocated for kids on the local, state and national level. Child labor laws, universal kindergarten, school breakfast and lunch programs, and universal immunization—these are all things we take for granted today but were each hard fought victories for PTA. PTA is committed to supporting legislation that protects children and ensures every child gets a great education. …Learn about our priorities
Members are the lifeblood of PTA. You provide the passion, leadership, and hard work needed to achieve PTA’s vision that every child’s potential becomes a reality. In addition, PTA membership includes access to valuable benefits offered through National PTA.    …All about benefits
The Outreach Committee’s vision is to see “The diversity that is present in our community reflected in our membership”. We do this by reaching out to those who have differences in age, culture, economic status, educational background, ethnicity, gender, geographic location, legal status, marital status, mental ability, national origin, organizational position, parental status, physical ability, political philosophy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and work experience.    …Learn more about our Outreach
All parents want what is best for their children, and here you can find links to our online parenting magazine, The Child Advocate and a host of parenting resources, from suicide prevention to online learning. You can also find links to Washington State PTA’s Uniform Bylaws and volunteer recognition program.    …Parent Resources
Leadership Resources
The Leadership Resources section of our website provides current members and leaders information to help them build a strong local PTA or council and meet their responsibilities to comply with state and Federal laws that govern tax exempt nonprofit corporations.  …Leadership Resources (User Name and Password required)

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