You’ll Love These Membership Ideas

by California State PTA Membership Services Commission

MEMBERSHIP TIP: You are Our Valentine! Share the Love through PTA Membership

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We’re celebrating 126 Years of PTA this week!

Join PTA members throughout California and the nation as we celebrate the legacy and work of our founders —Alice McLellan Birney, Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Selena Sloan Butler — to improve the lives of all children and families

Founders’ Day is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements and renew our commitment to being:

  • a powerful voice for all children;
  • a relevant resource for parents; and
  • a strong advocate for public education.

This year we are celebrating 126 years of working on behalf of children and families. Our history informs our work. But Today’s PTA is vibrant and active and includes a network of millions of families, students, teachers, and community members advocating for all children, youth, and families. Learn more about our history and Founders’ Day, then join us!

Membership Cards are One Way to Show Your Love & Appreciation

Give your members the perks and resources that come with being a PTA member! Special shoutout to Emily Sarver, Vice President of Leadership from 17th District. She is the hero that provided us this great mail merge template for traditional membership cards! You should have received your membership cards from your Council or District PTA leaders. This template makes it even easier if you are giving them out in person this year. Get access to the template.

Remember you can manually upload your member list in the e-membership platform Totem as well. That enables members to  access their digital membership card and add it to their cellphone digital wallet.

Continue to Share Your Love of PTA Through Honorary Service Awards (HSAs)

Show your appreciation for dedicated volunteers, professionals, and groups with our PTA service-awards recognition program. Honorary Service Awards are a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to local children and youth. You can award them any time during the year. All funds California State PTA collects with this program are used exclusively to support the scholarship and grant programs with which we honor members of local PTAs. Download the brochure for more information. Also available in Spanish.

We Want to Share the Love with You By Recognizing You!

Let us put you in the spotlight! PTA members bring innovative services to our kids and schools each and every day. California State PTA wants to hear about your amazing accomplishments. Click the link below to share your PTA success stories with us. Applications are due March 25, 2023

PTA Unit/Council Spotlight Awards recognize successful programs that are planned, organized and implemented by PTAs. They also provide the opportunity to share your model program with other PTA leaders. Winners will be celebrated this spring during a special California State PTA virtual meeting. More details in late February. Find additional information and apply for the Spotlight Award!

e-Membership/Totem Tip of the Week!

Add a “Join Now” button to your association’s newsletter template and add the QR code in your TOTEM account to your printed materials this February. Use these to continue to promote your association in 2023. Also, be sure to provide these links and tutorials to your Communications team and members so they learn more about using Totem. It’s a great way to make sure a “Join Our PTA” reminder is always part of your message. Learn More