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October 1, 2022

October Checklist for Councils Supporting Local PTAs

Ongoing Tasks Review the 2022-23 Standards of Affiliation (SOA) Checklist. Host a training or roundtable at council membership meetings addressing timely SOA requirements. Offer support to local PTAs who may be struggling with any of the SOA requirements. At each council membership meeting, share the SOA items that your council has completed to model best…
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Category: Leadership


September 28, 2022

Introducing Our New Awards Submission System

Let’s dive right in! We are very excited to announce the launch of our new submission portal for awards of excellence, student programs, and the Reflections arts contest. This new system, powered by SM Apply, will be a simple and centralized home for most WSPTA programs moving forward. Before 2020, WSPTA was still dependent on…
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Category: Awards , News , Reflections

September 27, 2022

The Great PTA Sign Up Day

Guest post by Amanda Cabana, WSPTA Membership Director Washington State PTA’s Great PTA Sign Up Day will happen on October 26, 2022. We hope to sign up 5,000 members across Washington on this one day! This contest aims to grow knowledge and build membership by spreading the word about PTA, who we are, what we…
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Category: Membership , News

September 27, 2022

October Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about the monthly financial report Actively engage in a plan for membership growth…
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Category: Leadership



September 13, 2022

How to Prevent, Identify, and Deal with Embezzlement of Your PTA’s Funds

Guest post provided by Platinum Sponsor, Association Insurance Management Inc (AIM) Ever wonder what the #1 claim type that AIM Insurance handles? Believe it or not, it’s embezzlement. Yet, because PTA’s fear information about the impact of embezzlement of their PTA’s funds getting out to the public, it often remains a shameful secret. And unfortunately,…
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Category: News

September 9, 2022

Why Using Venmo for PTA Isn’t Smart

Guest post by sponsor, Cheddar Up A very buzzy topic among parent groups is: “Can PTAs use Venmo?” The answer is layered: Yes, you could. It is available to you. But should you use it? Our recommendation is no. And it’s not simply because we offer an alternative — it’s because Venmo isn’t developed to…
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Category: News

September 8, 2022

Tip of the Week – September 8

Financial To-Do List to Start the Year The entire board of directors should review PTA budget and monthly financial statements Written financial policies, including for electronic banking and passwords Insurance policy renewal IRS informational filing (990N/990-EZ/990 – filing due November 15) Standards of Affiliation At the first membership meeting, PTA members should Adopt/re-adopt the PTA…
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Category: Leadership