Welcome to Membership!
Region Membership Committee: Karen Collura
Please use unit/council code in the subject line of emails.
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New Membership Chairs
Membership can be a little overwhelming at first. Do not worry! We will break it down into easy steps. Take one step at a time and you will be on your way in no time.
The MemberHub Tab under NYS PTA contains valuable information on how to use MemberHub – https://nyspta.org/home/membership/memberhub/
1) Make sure the unit President has added you as the membership chair in MemberHub. Once the President has added you, NYS PTA will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to log on.
2) Check out NYS PTA MemberHub Tutorial Videos on YouTube
3) Attend our Regional Trainings
Local Leaders – Membership Basics workshop in English and Spanish
These workshops are free and helpful!
You might be thinking I have never run a membership campaign. I don’t know where to start.
The secret to membership really is simple.
Just ask! A lot of people do not join because they were not asked.
Children benefit when their parents join PTA.
Ask people to support your PTA by becoming a member. Many people feel like if they join they will immediately have to volunteer. By asking them to support your PTA, it gives them a chance to see what your unit is all about. Once they see your unit in action, they will want to get involved.
Make sure to toot your own horn! PTAs are busy doing great things! The problem is they forget to let their members and community know! People assume that the school is running special events or projects. Even worse, they assume it’s their tax dollars paying for your PTA event. It’s okay to let them know that the PTA is active and adding value to their community!
Make sure to have a list of the PTA’s accomplishments ready for potential members to view. You can have a flyer in a picture frame at the Back to School Night table. Put it on your website! Highlight it on your social media! At events, have a sponsored by the PTA sign up.
Save money with Member Offers – https://www.pta.org/home/About-National-Parent-Teacher-Association/Benefits-of-PTA-Membership
See flyers below!
Where to Start
1) Invite last year’s members to renew their membership. In MemberHub, you can send out an email to everyone. Instructions on how to send an email through MemberHub can be found here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sLBECFJhrc&feature=youtu.be Send an e-mail out thanking them for their support and include info on how to join this year.
2) Set up a membership table at Back to School Nights and Back to School Celebration.
3) Have a membership table at every PTA meeting and events.
4) Promote the PTA at Community Events.
5) Contact your local Chamber of Commerce. Ask to speak at one of their meetings about supporting the PTA. Offer business sponsorships. Check out the templates below.
6) PTA membership should be diverse and represent everyone in the school. Take a look around and see who you might be missing.
- Men: Ask them. They will bring fresh ideas and perspective to the PTA. Ask men what events they would like to see and be involved with. National PTA – Male Engagement Page
- If you need a form translated, contact the NYS PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to have membership forms and PTA flyers in all languages spoken at your school. At meetings, have a translator there so that everyone knows what is going on at a meeting.
- NYS PTA has a copier that will translate documents into different languages. If you need a form translated, contact the NYS PTA at email@example.com or call 1-877-569-7782.
- Teachers/Staff Members: They are the “T” in PTA. Have membership information at Teacher Appreciation events. Don’t forget the support staff at the school.
- Students: You don’t have to be a PTSA to have student members. Schools are always encouraging students to be community-minded. What better way to help improve your school then to support the PTA. Students have opinions about what works and doesn’t work at their schools. You might be surprised at some of the great ideas they will come up with! PTA member looks great on a college application.
- Community Members – They are part of your school community. They are great resources for volunteers. For example at a Literacy night, invite the town board to be guest readers. Ask local business owners to support your PTA efforts by joining.
- The membership card is issued to one person only usually the business owner or manager. You can print up the business sponsorship template with the business information and enlarge it to a flyer size so that the business can display it in their shop window. See business sponsorships info below!
Membership Awards Information
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