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REVISED BYLAWS GO IN EFFECT JULY 1, 2015 -- Revised WSPTA Bylaws

HELP DECIDE WSPTA’S POSITIONS: SUBMITTAL FOR RESOLUTIONS, LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES AND LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM -- We are entering the 2nd year of our two-year platform and it is time for members to consider amendments and additions to resolutions, legislative principles and the supported platform. Members may also submit amendments to the issues currently on the Top 5 platform. New platform issues submitted this year will be considered as additions to the supported platform. The legislative committee has updated the submission process with MS Word based forms which are due June 1. We have added an additional step to assist members in coordinating duplicate issues which requires titles and brief descriptions to be submitted by May 18.

Resolutions outline the opinion and will of WSPTA to address statewide problems. Titles and short descriptions are due May 18. Full proposals (amendments and new resolutions) are due June 1 for consideration at the fall legislative assembly.
• Form for new resolution or to amend or request retirement of existing resolution
• Current WSPTA resolutions & board positions
• National PTA resolutions

Legislative principles give long-term guidance to our legislative advocacy and can be updated at the fall legislative assembly. Titles and short descriptions are due May 18. Full proposals to amend are due June 1.
• Form to amend WSPTA's legislative principles
• Current WSPTA legislative principles

Priority Platform - Top 5 and Supported Issues: The short-term platform sets priorities for the upcoming legislative session. Issues were voted onto our two-year platform at the 2014 legislative assembly. We are entering year two of the platform cycle which allows delegates at legislative assembly to consider amendments to Top 5 and supported issues. Members may also submit new platform issues for addition to the supported platform. Proposals will be reviewed over the summer by the legislative committee and the WSPTA board of directors. Titles and short descriptions are due May 18. Full proposals to amend or add new issues are due June 1.
• Legislative proposal form
• Current platform

If you have any questions, please contact our legislative consultant, Tim Farrell, at (253) 292-3318 or e-mail us at legconsultant@wastatepta.org.

EMAIL YOUR NEXT YEAR'S PTA OFFICERS TO THE WSPTA
Once your PTA has conducted elections for the next school year's officers, please complete this form and send to the WSPTA at support@wastatepta.org. Note: Please provide only elected officials and not appointed leaders.



Deadline Dates

The Charitable Organization Registration/Renewal is due May 31, 2015. Is your PTA's total income (this includes membership fees sent to the Council) $50,000 or more? If so, then you are required to be registered with the Secretary of State Charities Program. If your PTA's income is under $50,000, you are encouraged to file the Optional Registration with the Secretary of State Charities Program. The Optional Form is not due annually.

Upcoming Events

Legislative Assembly
October 24, 2015
Red Lion Hotel, Olympia


Events
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
Programs
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
Regions
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
Advocacy
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
Membership
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
Outreach
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
Resources
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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