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News Briefs

REGISTRATION OPEN FOR WSPTA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY!
Register Now for the WSPTA Legislative Assembly! The 2014 WSPTA Legislative Assembly will be held on October 24-25, 2014 at the Vancouver Hilton, Vancouver Washington Register Now at https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1616816

Check Your Spam Filter if You Did Not Receive the Legislative Issue Survey (September 10, 2014) -- The WSPTA sent an issue of Member Connection, which contained the WSPTA Legislative Issue Survey, to all PTA members in Washington state. We are noticing that some of these are winding up caught in spam filters. If you (or others in your PTA) are not receiving WSPTA emails, please check your spam filter. If you are finding WSPTA email there, please add the Washington State PTA to your “safe” list. Thank you for your help. The survey is available here.

WSPTA Outstanding Advocate Award Form Due September 15, 2014 (September 4, 2014) -- Applications now are available to recognize the WSPTA’s Outstanding Advocate to be awarded at the WSPTA Legislative Assembly on October 24-25 in Vancouver, Washington. The WSPTA Outstanding Advocate award recognizes and honors an individual for continued and dedicated service to ALL children, and a demonstrated commitment to helping create strong policies relating to the health, welfare, safety, and education of children and youth. For the application form, click here. Please note the deadline date for nominations is September 15, 2014.

Membership Enrollment Website Now Open! (September 3, 2014)
Welcome back-to-school and back-to-PTA! The Membership Enrollment website is now open! Click on the member enrollment link in the upper right corner of the WSPTA website to enroll your new and returning members for the 2014-15 PTA year! If you have not received your login and password, please contact the state PTA office at, support@wastatepta.org. Membership entry and renewals will happen pretty much the same as last year. You will see little, if any, change in the membership website as we start the year. Some new processes are being put in place to help with the dues payment process, calculating what fees are due, processing payments, tracking paid memberships, and welcoming members and providing membership card information. A summary of these enhancements and instructions on navigating the membership enrollment website is available here. We are looking forward to a great PTA year!

Revising the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws for Their 100th Birthday
(August 18, 2014) Uniform bylaws govern an organization and all of its constituent organizations. What’s that mean to you? ALL local PTAs, councils and regions are constituent organizations of the WSPTA and governed by the Washington State PTA Uniform Bylaws. This means the bylaws revision effort directly concerns YOUR PTA.

The WSPTA Bylaws turn 100 in 2014. Over the years, a pattern has developed of small bylaw amendments occurring annually to keep the bylaws current. This has caused our bylaws to have redundancies and contain administrative information that could be housed in another document. This time we are planning a total revision, not just updates and tweaks. We want a new set of current, relevant and streamlined bylaws.

The Bylaws Committee is seeking input from YOU! Give your input by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/wsptabylaws

We would love to hear from all PTA members across the state at all levels of the organization. This is your opportunity to help as we refresh and update the structure and governance of our association. Click here to download the bylaws survey.

For more information, click here.




Deadline Dates

September 15, 2104 -- Outstanding Advocate Nominations Due


Upcoming Events

WSPTA Annual Legislative Assembly
October 24-25, 2014
Vancouver Hilton, Washington

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


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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