Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Running Your PTA

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What is a Council PTA?

A council is a group of local PTA units organized under the authority of the California State PTA for the purpose of collaboration, leadership training and coordination of the efforts of the member units.


Leadership Tips

How is your support system holding up? One of the wonderful benefits of belonging to PTA is the superb support system it offers. In order for this system to work successfully, it must be utilized. Support is available all year long. See some of those resources here.



The financial health of your PTA is crucial to the success of speaking up for all children and families. California State PTA provides guidance, support and training in board fiduciary duties and governance to support the work of your PTA.


Bylaws & Standing Rules

Bylaws are designed to help the group function in an orderly manner. Bylaws should be reviewed every year. Appoint a small committee with the parliamentarian as chairman to study them, make recommendations, and forward through channels to the California State PTA parliamentarian.



In the new era of education reforms and parent engagement, your voice as a PTA leader and parent is more important than ever. California State PTA's Annual Convention is the place to get the latest information on key issues, build the skills to strengthen your school and community, and have fun and connect with PTA leaders from across the state.


Honorary Service Awards

Most PTA units, councils and districts in California present Honorary Service Awards (HSA) to worthy individuals and organizations that provide outstanding service to children and youth. Yet sometimes this custom might appear to an outsider like a "pat ourselves on the back club" award since it seems the awards are only presented to PTA presidents, officers, teachers and principals.



The National PTA Reflections Program is an art recognition and achivement program for students. It provides opportunities for students to express themselves creatively and to receive positive recognition for original works of art inspired by a pre-selected theme while increasing community awareness on the importance of the arts in education.


Sacramento Safari

Sacramento Safari is an educational and advocacy-training trip to Sacramento. Through scheduled visits to the Legislature and representatives, participants learn how the legislative system works and about advocacy and pending legislation. It is usually held in the early spring and is open to all interested members. High school students are invited to attend, but must be accompanied by a chaperone.


Youth Camp

Thirty-Third District PTA and its Councils and units actively support Youth Camps in Los Angeles and surrounding areas throughout the year. Donations are accepted on behalf of and supplied to young men and women who are students within the jevenile system.



PTA is a child advocacy association. Its legislative mission is to speak on behalf of all children and youth at the local, state and federal levels. One of the Purposes of PTA is “to secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.” PTA promotes and encourages legislative advocacy for the education and welfare of all children and youth.



As nearly 1 million Californians supporting 9 million California children as part of a century-long, nationwide, grassroots movement, California State PTA is a professional, non-profit volunteer organization committed to the well-being of all children and families.


Elections & Nominations

The Bylaws for Local PTA/PTSA Units state that the nominating committee is elected by the membership at an association meeting at least two months prior to the annual election meeting....The purpose of the nominating committee is to recognize and seek qualified nominees for the elected leadership of your PTA. The members of the committee, therefore, have a tremendous influence on the future of your PTA and should be carefully selected.



The Thirty-Third District PTA newsletter, the Crescent Courier, provides timely information to councils and units, serving as a tool for all PTA members. The newsletter will be emailed to the Thirty-Third District PTA Executive Board members, California State PTA Board of Directors, and other district presidents. Council presidents should distribute the newsletter by email to their unit presidents and principals. The district mails the newsletter to out of council units as needed. Councils should make hardcopies of the newsletter available to units as needed.


Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary procedure is simply a set of rules for conducting organized meetings. Following parliamentary procedures lets the PTA accomplish its goals fairly while protecting all members’ rights. This is democracy in action.


Officers & Duties

Thirty-Third District gives an overview of the general job descriptions of PTA officers. More information can be found on


State & District Awards

Below are the awards given at the district and State PTA level. Your council or unit may have some of the sam awards, as well as some specific to your site.

Thirty-Third District Awards

  • Membership Awards
  • Honorary Service Awards
  • PTA Reflections Program Awards
  • Red Ribbon
  • Early Bird (for unit/council resource directories)


California State and Nationnal PTA Awards

To recognize the achievements of members, units, councils and allied agencies, the National PTA and California State PTA coordinate a number of awards programs. This section provides direction on how to apply for or order:
  • Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family - School Partnership Awards
  • Honorary Service Awards
  • Acknowledging Service and Honoring Presidents
  • Legacy PTA Awards
  • National PTA Reflections Program Awards
Applications for all awards can be found at the California State PTA website,

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Mailing Address: Thirty-Third District PTA, PO Box 1235, Lakewood, CA 90714
Phone: 562-804-4519