Everyone can't chair the book fair. Some parents can't even attend meetings. It's OK! PTA meets parents where they are. We're thankful to accept whatever time they have to volunteer - or just their membership - because EVERY VOICE COUNTS!
Member: Joins PTA but may never attend meetings or events. He/she may attend one or two family events or an occasional meeting during the year, with minimal or no volunteering. May do projects from home (make calls, design fliers, pick up donations) if asked.
Volunteer: Attends most events and may assist with setup, donations, greeting guests. Participates in fundraisers and serves on committees. Often available for help but doesn't want to be in charge.
Leader: An active parent who volunteers frequently, chairs committees, organizes events. Attends and participates in meetings and advocacy events. Encourage and train these members as future PTA officers.
Who likes being a committee of one, or a President with no board? Training future leaders is very important for our PTAs to thrive year after year. PTA leaders must begin each year thinking: "Who will do this job next year?"
Why re-invent the wheel? Here are some templates you can use. Just plug in your school name, add your dues, choose a logo (PTA or PTSA) and print!
DOUBLE Your Membership!
Does your PTA/PTSA offer student memberships? Start today! We're all about improving education for children, so let's give them a voice! You don't have to be a PTSA to offer student memberships. Elementary and middle school PTAs can include students too. Add them in every family membership and instantly double your numbers this year!
Important note about memberships: Maryland PTA does not recognize family memberships. If your PT(S)A offers family memberships, you MUST specify exactly how many people are included, and each individual must receive a separate membership card. Each card must specify the name of an individual, such as "John Smith," not "Smith family." State and local dues must be paid for each individual in the family who receives a card.