Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. As you start planning your PTA year and back-to-school activities, we have important information for you regarding Maryland PTA membership cards.
Printed Maryland PTA membership cards will be distributed to local units starting August 21, 2015. Our current policy requires that in order for you to receive your membership cards, we must have your current Local Unit Officer Form (download here) on file with Maryland PTA. This form is extremely important because Maryland PTA will be sending your President, Secretary and Treasurer valuable information regarding your PTA. If you have not already done so, please send your officer contact information via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Please note the number of cards distributed to each local PTA unit will be based on the Unit’s 2014-15 membership total, plus an additional ten percent. A minimum of 25 cards will be distributed to each unit. You may download the Membership Card Pickup Form here. Spanish Cards must be requested by e-mailing email@example.com and will be printed on demand.
Please note that additional membership cards can be requested throughout the year using the monthly invoice from the Maryland PTA office. We appreciate your patience as we strive to get the membership cards to you in a timely matter. Watch for additional news regarding membership cards. Please contact the Maryland PTA office or the Maryland PTA Membership Chair if you have additional questions.
We look forward to a banner membership year for all of our PTAs as Maryland PTA starts our second century serving every child with one voice.
Elizabeth Ysla Leight, Maryland PTA President
Membership Chair Paul Geller, firstname.lastname@example.org
**Membership Card Update! The membership card template has been removed since it is not compatible with all printers. Please print at your own discretion.
Once you receive your membership card, Log-In at www.pta.org and find out what is new at National PTA. Only if they log in will they receive all the benefits from National PTA as well as advocacy alerts. In addition, members who log in will receive discounts from vendors, including a discount at Staples.
Different Ways PTA Members May Serve as Volunteers
Level 1- This member may not be able to volunteer in school but is willing to support the PTA as a member and in attending the programs that your PTA will offer this year. These members are also willing to do activities from home such as:
Level 2- These parents may be available to volunteer a few times a year in school. They will assist with at least one PTA program. They will participate in the programs and fundraising programs.
Level 3- This member is more likely to be an active volunteer in the school. They are more willing to chair a committee for the PTA and assist in developing and implementing PTA programs.
In order to grow your PTA membership, your PTA must actively reach out and include everyone in the activities of your PTA. Every member is a valued member. PTAs should be actively sharing what the benefits of PTA memberships are. Show your members and potential members what your PTA does to benefit your school community. Many locals are doing wonderful things on a consistent basis and your school community should be aware of this. Your PTA leaders should communicate on a regular basis with your PTA members about the volunteer work your PTAs are doing.
Join the Maryland PTA Membership Committee: The Maryland PTA Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to assist Maryland PTA with developing membership strategies in conjunction with the National PTA membership plan. Maryland PTA needs committee volunteers to help develop and facilitate the statewide Maryland PTA membership campaign while supporting and assisting local PTAs and councils to recruit and retain members. Committee members would also assist with the Maryland PTA Extension Plan that helps to increase participation by creating new PTA units. If you or someone you know is interested in serving on this Maryland PTA committee, please contact the Maryland PTA office at 410.760.6221 or 800.707.7972.
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How Can You Honor That Special Volunteer?
Every year, PTAs around the state begin to think of ways to honor that one special volunteer. You all know the one; they give countless hours, are there when ever you need them, and look for nothing in return. How will you say “Thank you for your outstanding service to our children”? Give the award of a lifetime. Give the Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award, which supports the Maryland PTA Scholarship Fund.
The Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award is the highest honor Maryland PTA can bestow to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children. Recognize and thank that special person you know who goes above and beyond for all children and youth.
The recipient of the Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award will receive a certificate of recognition and a congratulatory letter from the Maryland PTA president. The award will be sent according to the direction on the application and a sample press release will be provided for use in your local media.
The fee for presenting the Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award supports the Maryland PTA Scholarship Fund. Since the early 1950’s, Maryland PTA has designated that the fees received for the Maryland PTA Lifetime Achievement Award be used to support the fund. The scholarships provide the opportunity for seniors across the state, who wish to pursue a career in education, a chance to make their dreams a reality.
If every local/council honored one member each year, Maryland PTA would have the potential of awarding over $40,000.00 in scholarship money.
GIVE THE AWARD OF A LIFETIME AND SUPPORT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND. PRESENT A MARYLAND PTA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE IN YOUR PTA!
To access the new bylaws template and mandatory updates to the local bylaws, please scroll down to access Members Only. Give our office a call if you need helpl with the user name and password....It is the same as last year!
Please let us know what information you would like to see included in this area. Send an email to Office@mdpta.org or fax to 410-760-6344 to the state office, attn: Webmaster
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