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May 13, 2022

Tip of the Week – May 12

What should a PTA do if they have been unable to recruit and elect new officers this spring? As we continue to recover, this year has been another stressful one for families, and it may take some extra time to identify and elect a new board of directors. One question to ask is whether the current…
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Category: Leadership

May 6, 2022

Tip of the Week – May 5

Sharpen the Saw “We must never become too busy sawing to take time to sharpen the saw.” -Dr. Stephen R. Covey To sharpen the saw means to seek balance in your life and to take the time to enhance your tools to become more effective in your efforts. In our busy day to day lives…
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Category: Leadership

May 4, 2022

May 2022 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, As a Washington State PTA member, you can take advantage of various discounts for goods and services. Our Member Discounts webpage lists the opportunities available to you. The options include vacation activities, supplies and shipping, and a few personal products. If you want to save some money for your next family vacation or…
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Category: Uncategorized

May 2, 2022

May Checklist for Councils Supporting Local PTAs

Ongoing Tasks Offer support to local PTAs who may be struggling with any of the SOA requirements. Encourage local PTAs in their membership campaigns. Work with your region director to support any local PTAs with fewer than 25 members. Work with your region director to support any local PTAs on the “no president list.” Remind…
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Category: Leadership

April 29, 2022

Tip of the Week – April 28

Gift Cards, Families in Need & Appreciation Gifts PTAs are currently in the season for volunteer recognition, staff appreciation, and plans for supporting families through the summer. Many PTAs are considering gift cards as community support, recognition, or gifts. For a PTA, using gift cards is not the simple solution many would like it to…
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Category: Leadership

April 27, 2022

May Checklist for Running Your PTA

Ongoing Tasks Attend any board and membership meetings Read meeting minutes and offer corrections Prepare reports for board and membership meetings Get educated: take advantage of in-person and online training opportunities Be familiar with your responsibilities and fulfill them Review and ask questions about monthly financial report Actively engage in a plan for membership growth…
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Category: Leadership

April 22, 2022

Tip of the Week – April 21

Discussions About Change Should Be Uncomfortable The effects of the COVID pandemic should lead us to a broader discussion on change and what change is best for our members and our association. These discussions should feel uncomfortable. If they do not, then you are not willing to ask the hard questions. Always remember that the…
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Category: Leadership

April 15, 2022

Tip of the Week – April 14

What Will Your Legacy Be? Springtime is a time of transitions for many PTAs. Leaders will be concluding their term of office and moving on. As a leader, now is a perfect time to sit back and reflect upon the goals you had at the beginning of your term versus the realities you face at…
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Category: Leadership


April 13, 2022

April 2022 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, Our job at Washington State PTA is two-fold. We advocate at the state level on behalf of our members as directed in the principles, issues, and resolutions that are approved by the membership. We also support, train, and empower the members and volunteer leaders of local and council PTAs to fulfill their mission…
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Category: Leadership