Director of Membership

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.

Vacancy: Utah PTA Director of Membership

The Utah PTA has announced the opening on the Utah PTA Board of Directors for the position of Utah PTA Director of Membership.  The Nominee will serve as the Utah PTA Director of Membership for the remainder of the term which end on June 30, 2017. 

Past PTA experience requirements to be elected Utah PTA Director of Membership:

1. The nominee must be a member of a local PTA.
2. Must have been on the Utah PTA Board of Directors in the previous 5 years in order to be on the Executive Committee.
3. Have previously served at least one (1) term or two (2) consecutive years on the Utah PTA Board of Directors 
4. Must include a current biography and picture with your application

Short overview of the Director of Membership position:

1. Serve in cooperation with the Utah PTA Executive Committee
2. Serve as chair of the Utah PTA Membership Committee
3. Build the membership of Utah PTA through a Utah PTA membership campaign
4. Facilitate membership efforts statewide
5. Coordinate membership efforts of Utah PTA
6. Work with the National PTA membership officer and committee and Utah PTA Board of Directors and Membership Committee to coordinate the National PTA membership campaign with the Utah PTA membership campaign throughout Utah
7. Coordinate membership awards in coordination with the Awards Board Specialist
8. Serve as a member of the Utah PTA Community Involvement Commission and Communications committees

 

For more information regarding the position of Utah PTA Director of Membership see the Job description attached below.

Please email or mail forms to the Utah PTA President:
email: dawn@utahpta.org(link sends e-mail) (include Nominee in the Subject Line)
mail: Utah PTA State Office, 5192 Greenpine Drive, SLC, Utah 84123 (include "Nomination" on the envelope)

Emails and Mail must be dated by midnight September 30, 2016.

Attached below is the Utah PTA Form for Recommending Nominees for Uta PTA Officers, Directors, Commissioners, and Representatives.
Note: Please disregard the date due on the form and send all forms to the Utah PTA office by September 30, 2016.

Membership Remittance Forms

Click on the links below to print membership remittance forms.

 

2016 Membership Card Template

The template for the full sheet (10 cards per sheet) membership cards is easy to use.  An interactive pdf, you just open the file, click on the top left 'Member Name' line and begin filling in the information. 'Tab' will take you to the next line.

You will only need to type in the Unit ID # and the Local PTA Name once - the other lines on the page will auto-fill.  

Press the 'Tab' button to advance to the next 'Member Name' line, 'Shift-Tab' will take you back to the previous Member Name line. 

Attached Documents: 

Digital Membership Card Instructions

1.  Open the attachment from the Region Director or Council President's email.
2.  Click on the Unit ID line and enter your school's unit number.
3.  Click on the Local School Name and type in your school's name.
4.  Save this to your desktop or PTA file, somewhere that is easy for you to find.
5.  When you are ready to send it to a member, add the Membership Card you saved as an attachment to the email.  Instruct the member to print or write their name on the card.

If you have any other questions or would like a copy of the digital membership card, please call your Region Director.

Becoming a Member of PTA

Membership in a local unit of Utah PTA is available to any person who is passionate about making a difference for children; Utah PTA everychild.onevoice. 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.

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.

 

Joining PTA allows you to make a difference in your child's life, no matter where you join. You can:

  • Join the PTA nearest you. To find your local PTA, use National PTA's look-up feature(link is external). Contact the school or president, and join! You can also join he Beehive Unit of Utah PTA online! Go to the Utah PTA Store on this website! Each member allows PTA to have a greater voice in advocating for our children!
     
  • Start a new PTA Unit. If you are a parent, school employee, or concerned citizen in a school without a PTA, starting a new unit is easy to do. Whether there is no parent group activity at your school now, or your existing parent group wants to realize all the benefits of PTA membership, please contact Utah PTA at 1-801-261-3100.
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10 Tips For A Successful Membership Campaign

 

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)

           

 

 

PTA Membership Benefits

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

 

 

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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.

Why Join PTA?

National PTA offers member benefits.  Join Utah PTA, an affiliate of National PTA and enjoy the member benefits offered with those businesses who have partnered with National PTA.  Business include:  Hertz, MetLife, Staples, Sharp, and others will be coming.
National PTA Benefits

 

 

UTAH MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Benefits are also available in Utah if you are a member of Utah PTA, benefits include:

 

FOR INFORMATION CLICK HERE! Come Play With PTA 

NOTE: These are updated regularly

 

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Attached Documents: 

Membership Proclamation

If you would like to do a Proclamation for Membership attached you will find sample Proclamation from 2013.  The Membership Proclation staes that "September is hereby proclaimed Utah PTA Membership Enrollment Month in the state of Utah, to encourage and invite students, parents, families, educators, and citizens to recognize the "Leaders of Tomorrow" and renew their commitment to children and youth by joining their local PTA/PTSA."

Apply Now For Membership Awards

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 September 30, 2016.  No applications are required.  Recipients will 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 February 1, 2017.  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 February 1, 2017. Award will be listed in our Utah PTA Connection newsletter and PTA will receive a two for one registration to Utah PTA's Leadership Convention in May 2017.

MEMBERSHIP 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 1, 2017. The Utah PTA Membership Campaign Award winner will receive a two for one registration to Utah PTA's Leadership Convention in May 2017.

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 February 1, 2017. Each winning local PTA will receive a two for one registration to Utah PTA's Leadership Convention in May 2017!   

NEW! PTSA SUPER STUDENT MEMEBERSHIP AWARD The PTSA Super Student Membership Award is for any local unit with a minimum of 40% student membership. This application along with your membership list, must be postmarked by February 1, 2017. Each unit that applies will receive one complimentary registration to the Youth Leadership Conference in June. The school with the top student membership will also receive a traveling trophy to have for the following school year. This award will be announced at the Utah PTA Leadership Convention in May 2017.

Find the application forms for these awards below or in your Utah PTA state handbook.  I look forward to seeing a lot of applications. Don’t let this opportunity slip by!

If you have any questions please contact the Utah PTA Officwe,  801-261-3100.

Membership Video and Powerpoint

The attached PowerPoint will assist in helping schools know "The Great Value Of PTA".

 

What's New At PTA, Dad?

 

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 male leadership. “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 decade earlier.

 

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 running them. 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 school!”

 

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.”

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