Friday, March 24, 2017

IMPORTANT Convention Information

Ohio Partnership PTA Bylaws (Amendments)

Amendment #1 – Article V – Membership and Dues, section 4, strike “The News” and insert “The Voice” to read: “Additional membership options include annual dues of $15.00 which include a year subscription to the Ohio PTA The Voice”

Rationale: To reflect the current title of the Ohio PTA newsletter

Amendment #2 – Insert in entirety Article XIV – Electronic Technology/Procedure Integrity to read as follows:

Section 1. The Ohio Partnership PTA may place policy procedures, such as the Ohio PTA Bylaws, Ohio Partnership PTA bylaws and standing rules on password protected areas of the Ohio Partnership PTA website.

Section 2. The Ohio Partnership PTA will make every effort to ensure the website information is free from outside tampering so as to protect the integrity of the information and will alert users when breaches of security are identified.

Section 3. Use of the National PTA and Ohio PTA trade name and seal on a website is prohibited without written permission from the Ohio PTA.

Section 4. The Ohio Partnership PTA will make every effort to ensure web pages are accurate but assume no liability for errors or omissions.

Rationale: To align with Ohio PTA Bylaws standards
Note: The above-proposed changes are on the home page of the website

Proposed Ohio PTA Board of Directors 2017-2019 Slate 

President-Elect Ana ChapmanD 12 
VP Leadership Jackie Arendt D 12 
VP Field Service Lisa Weaver D 13 
Secretary/Treasurer Cindy Schanz D 13 

Director of Advocacy Debbie Tidwell D 11 
Director of Bylaws Linda Read D 13 
Director of Communications Venezuela Robinson D 11 
Director of Diversity & Inclusion Nicole Lesnick D 12 
Director of Education Katie Holcomb D 10 
Director of Events Maria Lang D 12 
Director of Family-School Partnership 
Director of Health, Welfare, & Safety 
Director of Membership Angela Revay D 12 

District 3 Lois Monroe 
District 6 Rebecka Adams 
District 7 Dana Paul 
District 10 
District 11 Carol Beasley 
District 12 Lisa Catalano 
District 13 Rebecca Gawsyszawski 
District 18 Shannon Webber


Nominations can be made from the floor at the Ohio PTA Convention. 
A copy of the qualifications of any nominee from the floor must be presented to the president, secretary, and nominating chair thirty (30) days prior to the convention.
Each of the nominees for that office shall have three minutes to address the delegates.
Nominees may furnish sufficient copies of their qualifications, not to exceed one sheet of 8 1/2’ x 11” paper printed on both sides, with no PTA letterhead, for distribution to the convention delegates. Distribution will be at the conclusion of General Meeting I.
No additional campaign materials will be permitted. 
BOGO deadline for convention is April 1st

Come Home to your Ohio PTA Homecoming Convention!   
111th Ohio PTA Convention 
April 28-30, 2017

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Legacy Room at National PTA Headquarters

Dear State Leaders,
LegacyRoomDoor.jpgIt gives me great pleasure to announce that we are opening the doors to the brand-new Legacy Room at our headquarters in Alexandria, Va., tonight. We will celebrate the opening with a private viewing and ribbon-cutting ceremony for our board members. 
The opening ceremony this evening marks the culmination of an idea that began many years ago. As you may know, a capital campaign, "Our Home, Our Legacy, Our Future," was enacted from 2011 to 2013 to raise funds to establish a new, permanent home for our incredible history.
The proceeds from that campaign were earmarked to establish a living legacy that memorializes our past and preserves important historic items. Volunteers and staff have been working to create an inventory of artifacts and documents, as well as archive them for future access.
A design plan was created during the campaign for a room to introduce visitors to our history, but it was set aside in 2015 while the association made some decisions about our property in the metro Washington, DC area and whether to refinance the building or pursue other options. I am happy to say we decided to stay in our current location, and construction on the Legacy Room began early this year. 
Now complete, the Legacy Room is a modern and multi-use space that blends seamlessly into the existing building. It features a dynamic wall timeline, which includes our historic milestones, beginning with the founding of our association in 1897. The room also features unique memorabilia and PTA artifacts from all over the country.
LegacyRoomMediaWall.jpgThe Legacy Room will be used as a meeting area, which showcases our rich history and allows us to reflect as we explore our future with partners, sponsors and PTA leaders. We are very proud of the board for their financial commitment and oversight throughout this process, our officers for their recommendations and feedback, and our staff for their execution to make this space a reality.
National PTA remains committed to preserving and sharing our history with our present and future members and partners in education and child welfare. We are indebted to volunteer leaders—past and present—who saw the need for creating a home for our artifacts, and took the initiative to raise and designate funds to support this project. We trust this work will anchor our future in a permanent, physical appreciation of our history.
Look out for images of the ribbon-cutting ceremony on social media in the coming weeks. We hope you will have the opportunity to visit this beautiful space. 
Best wishes,
Laura Bay,
National PTA President