Tennessee PTA Membership - Members Matter!
2016-2017 Tennessee PTA Membership Theme:
Just as we advocate for every child we want every member to know how important they are to PTA. Tennessee PTA needs everyone’s help to have a loud voice for our students. Everyone has a place in Tennessee PTA.
Not currently a member of PTA?
Join a local PTA or become a statewide PTA member! Join Tennessee PTA's statewide local unit - Join TALL - Tennessee At-Large Local Unit
Who should be a PTA member?
PTA membership does not apply to only stay at home mothers. Anyone (fathers, grandparents, care givers, extended family, community member, business leaders, religious leader, etc) who cares about children and education should be a member of your PTA. Members do not need to have a child in school, they don’t need to even live in Tennessee. Find out more about PTA under Why PTA?
Membership Benefits Flier download.
PTA members don’t look alike. Some may volunteer at school in a classroom, others may attend meetings, others speak to legislators, some learn how to be better educators to their children, some present their talents at schools, some may do nothing other than show their support by becoming a member. But ALL are important.
Why do we need members?
With more members our voice speaking on behalf of all children is louder. Advocating can be on a local level such as requesting an additional crossing guard, or on a state or national level such as asking for adequate funding.
More members bring more ideas and perspectives to the table
PTA can do more with more people.
PTA members bring the voices of the children they care about to the table.
Why don’t people join?
The number one reason people don’t join is that they were never asked! Are you asking everyone or just those who come to your first meeting?
People were asked at the wrong time. When people are spending lots of money to get school supplies, yearbooks etc might not be the best time to ask for additional money.
People do not have a clear and concrete reason to join and continue their membership. Do they know what your PTA does? How will PTA help their child? How will it help them?
They are afraid if they join, they will be required to volunteer or attend meetings. Membership means they support your organization but it does not mean they have to actively participate if they don’t want to.
Unit and Council Membership Chairs
Find membership forms under the forms tab. Be sure to visit the Membership Reporting page for deadline information and instructions. Look at the Suggested Calendar, Unit Membership Chairman Instructions or Council Membership Chairman for additional information.
The Membership Quick Reference Guide and Membership eLearning course can be found on National PTA’s website and are very useful tools. The Reaching out to Businesses guide gives you guidelines to reach out for sponsorships.
Kim Henderson, Tennessee PTA Membership Chairman (email)
Blog Post: The Attractive Value of PTA Membership