NOVEMBER 2021 MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION FROM FREE STATE PTA:

Thank you to all the locals that have started sending in dues. We are grateful to our leaders all over this great State of Maryland for your perseverance  and your faith in PTA!  Membership is an important part of PTA . Your membership in PTA allows Free State to execute programs such as Reflections and provide resources such as leadership training to local units. Free State PTA has heard our members in this uncertain time.

Membership Direction:

~ At this time, locals who use Member hub can continue to do so. Please continue to use it as usual, but do not send your National and State dues through the portal. Locals are not currently in Memberhub under Free State PTA and any dues you send through that portal will go to the old group.

~ Membership card templates are available in English and Spanish. When you make your first payment of dues to National PTA, we will be issuing you a template to use to print out cards for your members. Please note that you need to save the template to your computer for future use, because we will only send the template once to each unit. Although not as convenient as having your card on your phone or other device we would like to give locals the option. **For those units that have already paid we will be sending that template out as soon as possible.

~ Continue to send dues in using the form located at Membership | Free State PTA (fspta.org)

Use the Membership campaign found on www.pta.org. These resources can provide you with great visuals and templates for attracting more members to join your PTA.  Remember there is no wrong way to PTA and look for upcoming opportunities to learn more about Membership.

Questions: Please contact Traci Tatum, VP for Membership at vpmembership.freestate@gmail.com

 

Member Benefits!

Remind your PTA members (and potential members) of the benefits of joining PTA.  National PTA has many national business partners, which offer substantial discounts to PTA members.

PTA Membership Top-Ten List

  1. Many opportunities for discounts
  2. The opportunity to be connected with your child’s school
  3. Large network for parents and teachers
  4. Access to great resources for parents and students
  5. Opportunity to assist your child and other children in the community
  6. Opportunity to “speak up and suggest change” at your child’s school
  7. Witness improvements in the school, curriculum, and social events through fundraising efforts
  8. Affordable – membership in the largest child advocacy organization costs less than 3 cents per day
  9. Help support the many things the PT(S)A does for [School Name] students
  10. Good role model for your child – shows your child the importance that you place on them and their education

MEMBERSHIP BASICS

~ Members can be enrolled all year long

~ Enrolled members must be issued their cards in a timely manner

~ 2021-22 PTA Membership valid until 9/30/22

~ Dues should be remitted to National PTA and Free State PTA on a monthly basis (first payment due 10/31) using the ONE FORM found below and found in the Membership section of the Free State PTA’s website (www.fspta.org).  Membership dues ($4.25/member for both National PTA and Free State PTA) go DIRECTLY TO NATIONAL PTA.  National PTA holds its share and holds Free State PTA’s share until Free State PTA has all of its legal and financial requirements in place. 

~ Submit dues for at least 10 members by 3/31 to remain “in good standing” (but continue to sell memberships and pay dues after this deadline)

Each local PT(S)A must have a minimum of 10 members and make dues payments each year in order to remain in good standing

PTA members pay dues to their local unit, at an amount set by that PT(S)A. Each member’s dues includes a Free State PTA portion ($2.00 per member/year) and a National PTA portion ($2.25 per member/year); thus, each local unit remits dues in the amount of $4.25 per member.

Use the form below to pay both National and State dues at the same time directly to National PTA.  Don’t use MemberHub to pay dues or send any funds to the defunct Maryland PTA!  Units can still use MemberHub to enroll members.

 

Use this ONE FORM to pay National and State dues AT THE SAME TIME directly to National PTA!

For the time being, National PTA receives local unit dues ($4.25/member) and holds its portion and Free State PTA’s portion until Free State PTA has all of its legal and financial requirements in place.

Dues Transmittal Form

QUICK TIPS TO INCREASE MEMBERSHIP

From National PTA:  “When PTA gets involved, children benefit; when you get involved in PTA, the child who benefits the most is your own.”

  • use an easy-to-understand sample membership form
  • JUST ASK: a PTA survey showed that the NUMBER ONE reason people don’t join is that they were never asked to
  • if people express an interest in PTA, contact them right away to find out their interests and invite them to participate
  • always have membership forms available in the school office
  • hold membership drives at Back-to-School Night and other major school events
  • be present during American Education Week (food/hospitality is a good incentive!)
  • use Paypal to make joining easier
  • Use a QR to join (Joppa View ES does this: http://joppaviewes.bcps.org/for_parents/j_v_e_p_t_a)
  • have your president and/or membership chair speak at Back-to-School Night (ask principal for permission) to let families know how much your PTA does for your school and how much you need their help
  • remind your community about your PTA’s accomplishments and service
  • send a mid-year reminder postcard, flyer, or letter to families and staff to encourage them to join
  • keep meetings productive and positive; they are NOT gossip sessions
  • be inclusive; different people have different skills and perspectives
  • thank members by including their names in your newsletter
  • remind teachers that the “T” in PTA stands for TEACHER
  • have a faculty rep on your board
  • some PTAs have business members and sponsors; consider creating a “business member” category in your bylaws (can pay special dues)
  • create community partnerships to expand your PTA’s outreach