Membership in a local unit of Utah PTA is available to any person who is passionate about making a difference for children. The Membership page is designed to help you find information and resources to help people understand the benefits of joining the PTA.
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MEN ENGAGED IN PTA AWARD 2012
FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF AWARD 2012
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*** National PTA introduced a new membership card with instructions at National PTA Convention in June 2012. Here is the latest information and resources available from National PTA:
If you have any questions please contact Utah PTA 801-261-3100 or toll free 866-PTA-UTAH--(866-782-8824)
Note: Dues for 2012-2012 are $2.25 for the National portion and $1.75 for the Utah PTA portion.
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Did you know that 70% of Utah schools have a PTA? This is the highest percentage in the nation (only 20%-30% of schools nationwide have PTAs). Utah PTA's total state membership is approximately 120,000. The PTA contributed a total of $17,237,060 of in-kind service and volunteer work to Utah's public school children. Become a member of PTA today.
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Use the following document to help enhance your PTA Membership drive!
EARLY BIRD MEMBERSHIP AWARD Loca PTAs apply. Local membership dues must be mailed into the Utah PTA office and postmarked before the due date of October 31, 2012. No applications are required. Recipients will be acknowledged in our Utah PTA Connection newsletter and receive a certificate in a Region meeting.
MEN ENGAGED IN PTA Local PTAs apply. Local PTA must have male membership of 40% or more. Application required with a copy of PTA membership list to Utah PTA office by October 31, 2012. Award will be listed in our Utah PTA Connection newsletter and PTA will receive a sports team related prize at Utah PTA Leadership Convention.
FACULTY, ADMINISTRATION, AND STAFF MEMBERSHIP AWARD Local PTAs apply. Local PTA must have 100% membership of their faculty, administration and school staff. Application required with a copy of your faculty membership sign up sheet to Utah PTA office by October 31, 2012. Award will be listed in our Utah PTA Connection newsletter and PTA will receive two coomplimentary registrations to Utah PTA's Leadership Convention in May 2013.
MEMEBERSHIP CAMPAIGN AWARD Local PTAs apply. This is a membership promotion award for an outstanding membership campaign. The local PTA membership representative needs to submit one copy of all local PTA membership promotion materials including; flyers, letters, articles, incentive ideas, and any other public relations material created for the year-long campaign, etc. to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before due date of February 15th. The Utah PTA Membership Campaign Award winner will receive $100 for their PTA.
MEMBERSHIP COUNCIL AWARD PTA councils apply. To be awarded to any PTA council that has an increased membership by 10% within one year. The PTA council membership representative needs to send an application in to receive award, with a copy of each unit’s membership numbers and percentage increased, to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before due date of March 15, 2013. Each winning Council will receive one complimentary registration to Utah PTA’s Leadership Convention!
DOUBLE YOUR MEMBERSHIP AWARD Local PTAs apply. To be awarded to any local PTA that has been organized for minimum of one year, for doubling the membership within one year. The local PTA membership representative needs to send an application in to receive award, with a copy of the unit’s membership numbers and sign-up sheet showing the increase, to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before due date of March 15, 2013. Each winning local PTA will receive $100 for their PTA!
Find the application forms for these awards below or in your Utah PTA state handbook. I look forward to seeing lots of applications! Don’t let this opportunity slip by!
If you have any questions please contact Shannon Reynolds, Utah PTA Membership Representative at email@example.com or 801-261-3100.
Membership in a local unit of Utah PTA is available to any person who is passionate about making a difference for children. Utah PTA's 2012-13 membership campaign is entitled, "Quest for Success, Join PTA!"
Membership dues are set by each local school unit and include membership in council, state, and national affiliates. Membership dues are used to further the programs and activities of PTA units. While not all members are available to volunteer their time at a local school, Utah PTA believes that each member can be an example and make a difference in the life of a child.
Starting July 1, 2012 Utah PTA dues are $1.75 per member and National PTA's dues are $2.25.
The dues help are used for the Board of Directors of Utah PTA to serve and provide valuable training and resources to the local PTA units across the state. Our Board is comprised entirely of volunteers. The Board wants to be a resource to all local PTA units regarding all children's issues.
September 2012 is hereby proclaimed Utah PTA Membership Enrollment Month in the state of Utah, to encourage and invite students, parents, families, educators, and citizens to "CELEBRATE CHILDREN!" and renew their commitment to children and youth by joining their local PTA/PTSA.
Ten Tips for Launching a Successful Membership Campaign
1. Develop a recruitment team (membership committee) and formulate a goal. Work together with your PTA board to establish a team goal and individual goals, and be sure to assign specific responsibilities and completion dates. Make sure the goal is reasonable and attainable ,though challenging. While seeking new members, be sure someone on the team works on member retention or getting previous members to renew.
2. Target potential members. Define your objective (what you want to accomplish), your strategy (a plan of action to achieve what you want to accomplish), and your methods (the tactics you are going to use to implement your plan) to target potential members effectively. Consider recruiting members at back-to-school night, at the first game or performance of the school year, by knocking on doors of parents who are uninvolved in the school, by going to other groups in the community and asking people to join, etc. Pick strategies and methods that will fit your individual strengths, comfort level, budget, time, and expertise.
3. Make everyone feel welcome. Develop a plan for teaching new members about PTA and for making them feel as though they are part of the organization. A regular orientation evening with new and old members is an effective way to introduce new members. Suggest that all members check out the PTA basics e-learning course on www.pta.org. It’s great way for new members to learn about PTA and for long-time members to gain a fresh look at their association.
4. Include Everyone. Make your recruitment plan reflect the diversity of your school community. Make sure that the materials you produce take into account the background and interests of those you are targeting to join, and that they are available in the languages families speak at home. Consider, too, having a translator present at meetings and other events, and assigning buddies to new members, especially those who may face language or cultural barriers.
5. Make use of key resources. Recruitment will be easier if you use trusted resources. See the Utah PTA website, www.utahpta.org, under Membership for copies of our brochures and ideas. Use the Membership Handbook as well as the Utah PTA State Handbook and this bi-monthly “Perspectives” publication. See the national PTA’s website, www.pta.org and their “Get Involved for Your Child, Join PTA” brochure, PTA Quick-Reference Guide, register for your Back-to-School kit and see many other PTA resources that are in print and on-line. Don’t forget that people are resources, too! Contact your council, region, state, or national PTA officers for resources, information, and guidance.
6. Sell the value of PTA membership. Recruiting new members goes hand-in-hand with making sure they find value in PTA and renew their membership. Keep members motivated through on-going communication, opportunities to volunteer, and recognition. Emphasize to new members what they get for their membership dues; for example, access to articles, newsletters, and publications from state and national PTA, exclusive membership benefits and sponsorship information, including discounts, special offers, and promotions from state and national PTA sponsors, free e-learning courses on subjects such as time management and conflict resolutions, as well as courses on PTA basics and access to join the Member to Member network, the grass roots advocacy system providing direct contact by state PTA members with members of state and national legislatures. However, the number one benefit that PTA members receive from PTA membership is the ability to help their own and other children.
7. Collaborate with and learn from others. People like to join organizations that make a difference in the lives of others, are educational and beneficial to the community, allow them to network with other people and provide opportunities to have fun. Tap into the expertise of individual parents, teachers, and business people and let them showcase their talents through local PTA activities.
8. Assist with service-learning initiatives. In some schools, community service and citizenship education has evolved into formal service-learning for students. Through these programs, students participate in individual and group volunteer service activities. As a PTA, sponsor activities to help educate children and increase awareness of your local PTA. For example, plan a day of planting trees, picking up litter, or volunteering to do something to build a better community. You will benefit through community service, and your students will learn important lessons.
9. Implement your PTA’s membership recruitment and retention plan. Plans are worthless unless they are put into practice. Be sure to schedule your recruitment and retention activities throughout the year, and particularly at events such as “Back-to-School” in the fall and at the start of the New Year, in January. Assign a specific person to be in charge of coordinating the different events, but involve all of your members. Every event your PTA holds is a chance to have more people join, so always have your sign-up sheets and information ready!
10. Evaluate and adjust accordingly. Continuously seek feedback from team members on issues such as how many new members they are recruiting, how they are helping these new members acclimate to PTA and get involved, and how many members are staying active. Regardless of whether the evaluation is done through a formal survey or informal communication, it should be systematic, recorded and used to adjust and improve the Membership plan’s strategy.
(Article adapted from Steps to an Effective Member Recruitment Plan from National PTA)
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Utah PTA would like give a special thank you to Goldenwest Credit Union for their generous support of our membership campaign.
When the New School Beckons: Military Families in Transition
by: Kathleen P. O’Beirne
Every year, many students move with their families to new communities. Some moves are to allow one or both parents to pursue a new job opportunity, or unfortunately, a move may be the result of a job layoff or divorce. Children in military families move more frequently than their civilian peers. In addition to their mobility, these children may be faced with multiple deployments of one or more parents. More National Guard and Reserve members are being called up, and many military parents are receiving back-to-back combat assignments. It is crucial for educators and school families to understand and talk about these dynamics so they can act as partners in supporting children in military families.
The first step in supporting mobile military students is understanding the normal reactions to a move. While the process can go smoothly, there can be especially trying times as well, depending on the age and developmental stage of the child. Teens tend to have an especially tough time leaving their peers; on the other hand, late elementary school students may love the adventure. Knowing the basic stages of a move can help educators and school families understand the emotions often felt by transferring students and their families—and can help them find ways to ease the transitions.
Stages of transition
Stage 1: Anticipation and notification of a move
Once the orders actually come, parents should be sure to alert their children’s schools at least several weeks before the move is scheduled to occur to allow the schools enough time to compile a thorough cumulative folder for each student and provide exit counseling. Key during this period is for the transferring students to hear from their teachers and peers how they have made a difference. Research on military families shows that the exit time is even more critical than the first days at the new school. The quality of the landing is largely determined by the quality of the launch.
A transferring student’s parents and current school counselor should communicate with the new school to share information about the student’s special needs and achievements and to ensure proper placement. If the family has been active in PTA, the PTA president at the family’s current school should offer to alert the PTA president at the new school of the family’s impending arrival. The PTA at the new school will be able to ease the family’s transition by helping the family get acquainted with the school, the community, and other PTA families.
Stage 2: The actual move
Many military-connected high schools now have the Military Child Education Coalition’s (MCEC’s) counseling referral system, which connects families and students with counselors so they can discuss upcoming moves and their ramifications. (The MCEC website [www.militarychild.org] lists participating schools.)
Despite the widespread use of e-mail to send documents, military families should hand-carry copies of official school documents to ensure that there are no delays in enrollment.
Stage 3: House-hunting
Stage 4: Making it home
Stage 5: Getting to know the new school
Teens often find the transition to a new school very trying. They tend to be sensitive about social matters and usually hate being the object of attention. Because their parents are unfamiliar with the new area and the new students, transferring teens may temporarily lose some of the privileges they had in their previous home, such as driving and staying late after school with friends—and they may resent that loss of freedom. It may take teens one to two months to become comfortable in the new school. Flipping through scrapbooks and e-mailing friends from their previous school may help students keep a sense of self during this time.
Stage 6: Self-discovery
Students will need to exercise care as they navigate the choices available. The “fringe groups” are always looking for new members, but the other groups tend to take a while to open up. If counselors, teachers, and families are supportive during this time, mobile students will emerge with a strong sense of themselves and a purposeful commitment to their new school and community. Students may connect to a school community more quickly if they join a school group, such as band or a sports team.
Stage 7: Turning point—recognition and acceptance
The pitfalls of mobility
If families move more frequently than once every two years, they may experience cumulative relocation or cumulative deployment fatigue, which occur when there is insufficient time for achieving a full transition. Students and families who have not stayed in the same place for at least 18 months after stage seven may need extra help with their new transitions.
A healthy new start
Military families bring a richness of experience to their schools, their communities, and their PTA units. We owe it to them and to ourselves to help them make their frequent but necessary transitions as painless and successful as possible.
Kathleen P. O’Beirne has published many articles on and resources for military families. She was raised in a military family and is a Navy wife and mother. She can be reached at Kathleenobeirne@aol.com.
What’s New at the PTA, Dad?
By KYLE SPENCER from the New York Times
At Public School 11 in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, the senior president of the
Parent Teacher Association is a vivacious chatterbox who ascended the school’s executive board
the way many do: forging bonds with parents and teachers, doing an impressive stint as
treasurer and finally being drafted for the top slot by a growing fan base.
The one thing this executive officer did not do is man the cupcake table.
“I’m not into the baking,” said Juan Brea, an admission that once would have been unheard-of
in the PTA.
Mr. Brea, a 43-year-old who favors football, blue blazers, Polo cologne and chopping wood in
his Catskills backyard on weekends, is part of the changing face of the PTA. What was once an
easygoing volunteer group made up mostly of stay-at-home moms has begun to give way to
“This is like running a small business,” said Mr. Brea, whose day job is chief operating officer at
a small nonprofit. “I’m an operations guy. I believe I add value.”
A 2009 study by the National Congress of Parents and Teachers and the National Center for
Fathering, a nonprofit educational organization, found that 590 of 1,000 fathers surveyed
nationwide said they attended school parent meetings. That is up from 470 out of 1,000 a
And in many of the top-rated public schools across New York City, where parent groups have
become ever-more-efficient fund-raising machines in the face of mounting budget cuts, fathers
with financial expertise and a zest for leadership are not just going to those meetings, but
The shift reflects a number of underlying social trends: more women with demanding jobs,
more men underemployed in a lingering recession, more shared parenting responsibilities over
all and the professionalization of the PTA itself.
In School District 2, which winds through some of Manhattan’s priciest neighborhoods, at least
10 of the approximately 40 elementary and middle schools now have male parent-group
leaders, up from just a couple 15 years ago.
On Staten Island, the male firefighters, police and emergency-medical technicians who used to
shy away from PTA meetings now call many of them to order. And in brownstone Brooklyn’s
District 15, PTA boards have been inundated with male leadership, in what officials say is a 15
percent jump from five years ago.
For the most part, female PTA leaders applaud the injection of testosterone. But “both women
and men would be lying if they were to say gender dynamics were not an issue,” said Michelle
Ciulla-Lipkin, a president of the PTA at P.S. 199 on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where 5
of the 18 board members last year were male.
At P.S. 110 on the Lower East Side, some have said that John Mooren, an investment banker
whose platform as PTA president includes the ambitious goal of building a new gym, has been
trying to corporatize the once laid-back board. “My response is: we need money,” said Mr.
Mooren, 58, whose sons are in kindergarten and first grade.
In the cramped PTA room with the bright pink door at P.S. 75 on West End Avenue in
Manhattan, Hector Rios, a co-president, said that being the lone man among eight board
members has its downside: “Sometimes I feel like everybody’s husband.”
And at P.S. 3 in the West Village, Nick Gottlieb (a PTA co-president and Papa Nick to students)
said that years as a stay-at-home dad have not erased his own perception that he is occasionally
an interloper in the land of bake sales, recess volunteers and pajama parties.
“I have to make an extra effort not to be perceived as stepping on people,” said Mr. Gottlieb,
who has daughters in kindergarten and third grade. “And I think that does have to do with
being a man.”
A 1997 study by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency, found that
children whose fathers were involved in their schools were more likely to stay in school, do well
and enjoy themselves while they were there.
A decade later, in 2008, the National PTA — a 5.5-million-member organization headquartered
in Alexandria, Va. — paired with the National Center for Fathering in the hope of getting more
active male members. Its Web site now lists tips on recruiting men, including scheduling
meetings in the morning, which many New York City schools now do.
In 2009, the national PTA elected Charles J. Saylor, a construction industry executive and
father of four in Greer, S.C., as its first male president.
“I grew up in a home where both parents were involved,” said Mr. Saylor, who started out
heading the fund-raising committee at his oldest son’s elementary school because of, he said,
“an inability to say ‘no.’ ” Over the years, he said, “I just started noticing on the county, state
and national level more men in the room.”
In 2010 the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, for its part, started NYC Dads, a
14-agency initiative designed to get men to support their children’s development in and out of
school. And Dennis M. Walcott, chancellor of the city’s department of education, pushes
father involvement at events like one in St. Albans, Queens, where fathers brought neckties to P.S. 36
and taught their sons how to tie them.
The surge in male leadership has, in many places, followed a more fundamental shift in the
nature of the PTA. Women with advanced degrees, high-powered jobs and technological savvy
have brought a new level of sophistication and seriousness to the business of supporting
schools. The changed dynamic — committees that are better organized, deadlines that are taken
seriously, goals that are more ambitious, schedules that accommodate working parents —
helped make many PTAs more comfortable for men.
In interviews around the city, many female PTA leaders praised their male counterparts for
overhauling disorganized talent shows, automating bookkeeping, building gardens, cultivating
contacts with local politicians and silencing parents who go off on tangents during meetings.
Not that women cannot or do not do the same things, but “men on the board can add a calm,”
said Kathy Ellman, who has three sons and who served on the PTA board at P.S. 11. “They can
be a little more relaxed.”
Still, for every admiring story about a father whose PowerPoint presentation revolutionized the
Read-a-Thon, there is one about the bossy treasurer whose budget-balancing came with an off-putting
tone. Or the president who chose the wrong time to talk school politics.
And what seems to be a perennial gripe: men going missing when it’s time to do the grunt work.
“You don’t see many male presidents with the cellophane and the curling ribbon working on the
auction baskets,” said Bijou Miller, who lives on the Upper West Side and has sat on a halfdozen
school-related boards over the last decade.
Mr. Brea of P.S. 11 said he was focusing on appealing to big-ticket donors and setting up
processes that future boards can benefit from. He recently helped convert the PTA into a taxexempt
organization, and helped secure a $2,500 computer program that tracks donations.
At P.S. 295 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Dan Janzen used his stint on the grant-writing committee
to persuade Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, to give the school $150,000 in
interactive white boards.
“That was my aha! moment,” said Mr. Janzen, 44, a freelance copywriter and father of two. “I
said, ‘This is real. I can really get things done.’ ”
And at P.S. 261 in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, Rick Knutsen, 46, who has a daughter at the school,
can sometimes be spotted playing piano for the chorus, or doing a PowerPoint presentation for
the PTA, for which he is a president.
Eli Janney, one of the group’s vice presidents, is often at a table in the lobby, Starbuck’s coffee
by his side, peddling tickets to a fund-raising event and imploring parents to “Support the
But Mr. Knutsen has faced some discouraging moments. He was recently dressed down, he
said, by a mother irate that he chose the cherished winter concert, which draws a big crowd, to
vote on a letter opposing a new charter school nearby. She thought his timing was wrong.
“My kid tap-danced and then I got yelled at,” Mr. Knutsen recalled glumly.
Among the beneficiaries of the new PTA dads are their wives.
“If our daughter comes home and tells us about something that happened at school, Rick pretty
much already knows about it,” said Mr. Knutsen’s wife, Frances Barney Knutsen, who works for
BNY Mellon. “That’s comforting.”