As the largest volunteer organization in the state, WSPTA has many opportunities for members to engage and contribute. Members will find opportunities that fit their particular strengths and passions, while other members may use the variety of opportunities as a way to learn new skills. Volunteering to chair or serve on a committee is a great way to participate in your own professional development while you give back to the children of Washington state. From time to time, additional special committees or task forces may be created and the opportunity for volunteers to help will be advertised through multiple communication tools. Details about committees are listed below. You can volunteer now to serve on a committee, or learn more about volunteering.
Region teams may provide an advocacy representative to serve on this committee. Others with the desire and passion may also be approved to serve. The committee, guided by the WSPTA Advocacy Director, reviews the grassroots submissions provided by members to create the WSPTA legislative platform. Committee members assist with the WSPTA Legislative Assembly, help members in meeting with their legislators, and organize members to testify on our short- and long-term priorities. Committee works year-round.
This committee reviews the WSPTA Uniform Bylaws each year and submits recommendations to the WSPTA board of directors as necessary. In addition, the committee reviews any amendment recommendations submitted by members. Amendments are voted on by the members at the annual convention. Committee works year-round.
The convention planning committee plans and coordinates volunteer workers and their activities at the WSPTA annual convention. The committee works closely with the leadership committee and staff in executing all components of the annual convention. Committee works November through May.
This committee oversees the statewide election process to ensure fairness for all candidates. Unlike other committees, there is a separate process for selecting volunteers.
Under the leadership of the WSPTA FACE Director, this statewide committee promotes programs and resources to attract inclusiveness in our diverse communities. The committee reviews and updates family and community engagement resources and communications to members. Committee works year-round.
This committee assists WSPTA leadership in supporting new PTAs and councils and in nurturing struggling local PTAs and councils. The committee maintains growth and development resources and presentations in conjunction with the WSPTA staff and leadership committee. Committee members may assist with region director training on growth and development. Committee works year-round.
The leadership committee assists the WSPTA Leadership Director in developing WSPTA leadership materials and programs. The committee also helps plan leadership conferences including the WSPTA leadership conference and annual WSPTA convention classes. Some committee members may be asked to present WSPTA trainings. Committee works year-round.
Under leadership of the WSPTA Membership Director, this committee develops a statewide membership campaign. Committee members also review membership resources and awards. Committee works year-round.
Unlike the other committees, nominating committee members are elected by the membership. The election takes place at the annual convention and nominees must self-declare their intent to run. The WSPTA At-Large Nominating Committee application will be available this fall with the election to take place during the annual WSPTA Convention in May 2020.
Similar to the bylaws committee, the policy committee reviews and updates the WSPTA Policy Manual to reflect current business practices.
Under guidance of the WSPTA Program Director, this committee oversees the awards and recognition program for WSPTA as well as other programs for local PTAs and students. The committee reviews and updates all program and award resources as well as develops new awards and programs as needed. Committee works year-round.
This committee updates the essay contest materials and resources, implements the contest, and determines the awards and award process. Committee works January through May.
The Reflections Program provides students an opportunity to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works as it relates to a theme. The committee assists in implementing this program for all local PTAs. Committee works year-round.
WSPTA is comprised of 13 regions. Each region is serviced by a team of volunteers who help the local PTAs and councils in their respective region. Regions need people with skills in social media, event planning, finance, advocacy, membership, programs, family and community engagement, communications, and more. Volunteers must live in the region for the team they support. Committee works year-round.
This committee oversees the association’s resolutions. A resolution is a permanent statement of policy adopted by the membership at either the annual convention or Legislative Assembly. Committee members review current WSPTA resolutions, and National PTA resolutions, consider emerging “hot issues” for new resolutions, and provide information about resolutions to the membership. Committee works year-round.
WSPTA awards scholarships to students for higher education. The scholarship committee reviews the application process, students’ submissions, and selects scholarship recipients. Committee works January through May.
This committee oversees this program and assists in its implementation for students of high school PTAs. It also recommends whether to scale the competition to be applicable for middle and elementary school students. Committee works year-round.