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.

February Membership Contest

February is a great time to launch an "I Love PTA" (or similar) campaign!

All local PTA units that submit at least 14 new PTA memberships from now until February 25, 2018 will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift certificate to the PTA Store. Three winners will be drawn from those eligible.

 

Please submit new membership dues to Utah PTA by February 25, 2018.

Membership Remittance Forms

Click on the links below to print membership remittance forms.

 

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 line and begin filling in the information. 'Tab' will take you to the next line. 

You will only need to type in the School Year, 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

** Digital cards are only available through Region Directors/Council Presidents**

1.  Open the attachment from the Region Director or Council President's email.
2.  Click on the School Year line and enter the year (ie: 2017-2018)
3.  Click on the Unit ID line and enter your school's unit number.
4.  Click on the Local School Name and type in your school's name.
5.  Save this to your desktop or PTA file, somewhere that is easy for you to find.
6.  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.

Promotion Aids

Use the attached documents to help enhance your PTA Membership drive!

Becoming a Member of PTA

Membership in a local unit (school) of Utah PTA is available to any person who is passionate about making a difference for children. Membership dues are set by each local 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.

Membership in the state and national PTAs are included with your local PTA membership. State ($1.75) and National ($2.25) dues are used by the Board of Directors of Utah and National PTA to serve and provide valuable training and resources to the local PTA units across the state and nation. These Boards are comprised entirely of volunteers who want 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 the 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.

Membership Poem

Attached Documents: 

10 Tips For A Successful Membership Campaign

1. Form a Membership Committee

  • Yes! It’s a real thing!
  • You can’t do it alone!
  • You shouldn’t try!
  • I’m serious!

2.  Choose a Campaign Theme

  • Having a theme generates interest and enthusiasm.
  • Display your theme in a high-traffic area of the school.
  • Show the results of your campaign.

3.  Set Goals

  • Together the membership committee sets goals.
  • Make sure the goals are reasonable and attainable, though challenging.
  • Remember to choose goals that will fit your individual strengths, comfort level budget, time, and expertise.

       Examples:
          “We will increase our membership by 10% over last year.”
          “We will get 100% of teachers to join PTA.”
          “We will increase our male membership by 10% over last year.”

4.  Target Potential Members

     Assign committee members specific responsibilities:

  • Retaining members
  • Recruiting new members
  • Increasing male involvement
  • Asking teachers and staff to join

5.  Have a Plan

     Examples:
          “We will set up a membership table at Back-to-School Night.”
          “We will have an incentive for the class with the highest percentage of members.”
          “We will post on our social media sites.”

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.
  • Emphasize to new members what they get for their membership dues.
  • Keep members motivated through on-going communication, opportunities to volunteer, and recognition.
  • However, the number one benefit that PTA members receive from PTA membership is the ability to help their own or other children.

7.  Incentivize

  • Awards/Prizes:
    “The Class with the highest percentage of memberships get…”
    “The class with 100% envelopes returned gets…” (empty envelopes are okay!)
  • Ask the Principal to do something wacky if you reach a certain goal.
  • Offer “punch cards” to members for joining.
  • Offer discounts on school t-shirts.
  • $6 PTA membership dues receives $6 credit at the book fair or carnival.
  • Free entrance into the school dance for joining PTSA.

8.  Campaign All Year Long

  • Every event your PTA holds is a chance to have more people join, so always have your sign-up sheets and information ready!
  • Continue to ask parents to join.
  • Continue to promote your PTA.
  • Every time you have a PTA event, have membership envelopes on hand to hand out to people who are not yet members.
  • Ask for a PTA table at major school events.
  • Include PTA membership materials in new student packets in the school office.

9.  Don’t Forget:

  • Plans are worthless unless they are put into practice.
  • Be sure to schedule your recruitment and retention activities throughout the year, particularly at Back-to-School Night 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.

10.  Evaluate and Adjust Accordingly

  • Continuously seek feedback from committee 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.
    - 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 goals of the Membership Committee.

 

 

PTA Membership Benefits

 

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 90,000. Last year Utah PTA members 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.

 

NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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. Click here for information on 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 

 

Why Join PTA?

 

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Apply Now For Membership Awards

The purpose of Utah PTA Membership Awards is to help increase membership by serving as a motivational incentive and provide a meaningful reward to those schools who have promoted membership throughout the year. Local PTAs will submit award forms to their council, where councils will honor award recipients, and councils will submit award forms to region where regions will honor award recipients and send to state.

Early Bird Membership Award
No application is required. Local membership dues must be mailed to the Utah PTA office and postmarked before due date of September 30th to be eligible.
Recipients will be acknowledged in our Utah PTA Connection Newsletter and receive award in region meeting.

Double Your Membership Award
Local PTAs and PTSAs may apply. Awarded to any local PTA (that has been organized for minimum of one (1) year), for doubling the membership within one year. The local PTA membership representatives must submit an application in to receive the award. The application along with a copy of the PTA’s membership numbers must be submitted to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before March 1st. Recipient will receive one complimentary registration to the PTA Leadership Convention for their PTA.

Membership Campaign Award
Local PTAs and PTSAs may apply. Awarded to one (1) local PTA for their outstanding membership campaign. The local PTA membership representative must submit an application to be considered for the award. The application, along with copies of all local PTA membership promotion materials used during the year-long campaign, including: fliers, letters, articles, incentive ideas, and any other Public Relations materials created must be submitted to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before March 1st. Recipient will receive one (1) complimentary registration to the Utah PTA Leadership Convention for their PTA.

Men Engaged In PTA Award
Local PTAs and PTSAs may apply. Awarded to any local PTA with 40% or more male membership. The local PTA membership representative must submit an application to receive the award. The application, along with a copy of your PTA’s membership list must be submitted to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before March 1st. Recipients will receive the award n a region meeting.

PTSA Super Student Award
Local PTSAs may apply. Awarded to any local PTSA with 40% or more student membership. The local PTSA membership representative must submit an application to be considered for the award. The application, along with a copy of the pta’s membership numbers showing the increase must be submitted to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before March 1st. Each unit that applies will receive one complimentary registration to the Youth Leadership Conference. The school with the highest percentage of student members will also receive a traveling trophy (the “Student Cup”) to keep for the following school year. This award will be announced at the Utah PTA Leadership Convention.

100% Faculty, Administration, And Staff Membership Award
Local PTAs and PTSAs may apply. Awarded to any local PTA that has 100% membership of their full-time faculty, administration, and school staff. The local PTA membership representative must submit an application to receive the award. This application, along with a copy of the faculty membership must be submitted to the Utah PTA office, postmarked before March 1st. Recipients will receive one complimentary registration to the  Utah PTA Leadership Convention for their PTA.

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 Office,  801-261-3100.

Membership Powerpoint

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