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June 2, 2020

June 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, The 2020 Virtual Convention is finished. Wow! What an amazing event. Thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of staff hours over the course of 10 weeks resulted in an awesome event. We had over 900 registrants with 40+ online events including educational webinars, panel discussions, keynote speakers, awards presentations, one-on-one coaching, and interactive…
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Category: Leadership

May 6, 2020

May 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I am so excited! In a few short days, we will be holding our first-ever virtual convention. Almost all state PTAs opted to cancel their spring conferences. We decided to jump into this virtual world with both feet. It has been an incredible challenge and far more work than the in-person convention would…
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Category: Leadership

March 30, 2020

April 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, As we cope with the pandemic, I thought I would share with you some of the lessons I learned living through the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. Like most gay men of my generation, I was greatly impacted by that awful disease, losing friends and a partner/husband. It was a terrible…
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Category: Leadership

March 4, 2020

March 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, PTA members are such a passionate group of people! I see it every day in the thousands of hours that volunteers spend in support of the children and youth in our state. During the Washington state legislative session, it really comes through in testimony in Olympia where volunteers will drive 4 hours to…
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Category: Leadership


January 1, 2020

January 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, Happy New Year! Wow, it’s 2020. I can hardly believe it. I have been a lifelong fan of science fiction and grew up on Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein. In the annals of science fiction, these are the years when space operas play out, the years when robots have either enslaved us all…
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Category: Leadership

December 1, 2019

December 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, This time of year, thoughts turn to those who have less and what we can do to help. Individually, we make donations and volunteer our time. Working with and through the PTA, we systemically help those in need. Our advocacy mission serves all of the children in our state, ensuring that those in…
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Category: Leadership

October 3, 2019

October 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, Wow – what a month! The 2019-2020 Strategic Plan Listening Tour got off to a great start in September. I was absolutely delighted to participate in four region conference and hold Listening Tour sessions. So far I have met so many members and heard so many stories. Some stories were heartbreaking and others…
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Category: Leadership

August 28, 2019

September 2019 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, It’s the end of August and we have hit the ground running. There is so very much to do this time of year! Families are engaged in the annual “back to school” ritual, preparing children and youth for school. PTAs are gearing up membership drives and planning their events and activities for the year. WSPTA Region Directors and other…
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Category: Leadership