Spring has sprung, or has it? Just when we think the warmer days will start to outnumber the colder days, Mother Nature reminds all of us who really is in charge and we will get our spring when it is time. Meanwhile I can assure you Missouri PTA is gearing up for a colorful, warm spring even if we don’t get the temperatures to show for it.
For those of you just being elected, first I say to each of you, “Congratulations” on a new and exciting journey that I hope each of you can enjoy and gain new perspective all while making a difference in the life of a child. For those that are returning for a second term, I also say “Congratulations” as well but maybe just a little louder. You stepped up once again to be that difference and to make your school PTA or PTSA a resource for your school community for a second term or year and I am very proud of you.
Either way you got to the position one of the best ways to spend a nice spring day and or evening in April is to attend one of our Regional Training Camps being held in at eight different locations this spring. The dates and locations as well as the printable registration forms for the camps are located on our web site, www.mopta.org. Each camp offers the same training as the other so we can keep a uniformed message and quality training across the state. The camps are designed to be the first step to training your new officer’s or to brush up on the skills for those re-elected officers. We feature Presidents, (personal favorite of mine), Treasurer, Secretary, Membership, Legislative and Bylaws. We strive to be respectful of your extra time and schedule the camps in a short three and half hour time period in a lively, fun format. I plan to be at as many of the training camps as my schedule will allow. I want to meet each and every one of you in your backyard so to speak, so we can discuss PTA in your school community. These workshops do count toward the Leaders Project Certification so please make sure to get a Missouri PTA Board of Managers signature. You can have up to three lines signed per regional training camp and only one training camp will qualify.
By now all of the Unit Presidents and or Reflections Chairs as well as the students themselves should have been notified of those that placed at the state level and those that are going on to judging at the National level by placing first here in Missouri PTA in the 2013-2014 “Believe, Dream, Inspire” Reflections Program. The Student Showcase where Missouri PTA honors all the students that placed will be held on Saturday, April 26th at Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Columbia. I encourage all of you to please be sure to honor and recognize all of the students back at your local level for their efforts, work and participation in this program. Even while we finish out the program for this year, you can start promoting the theme for the 2014-2015 Reflections Program, “The world would be a better place if…..” now so more students can have a chance to participate.
A reminder to mark your calendars for the 99th Annual Missouri PTA State Convention “Gateway to Today’s PTA” at the Doubletree Hotel in Chesterfield on October 17-19, 2014. This is a fantastic hotel and Convention Center and I can’t wait to see all of you there in October. Our Call to Convention and registration materials will be available electronically no later than August 1 so please check in to our web site for further details about this exciting convention. One important detail to know now is that our registration is staying the same as it has for the last six years at $180.00 all-inclusive for adults and a “Buy one, Get one free” all inclusive for $100.00 for our PTSA and or student members.
Thank you each and every one for taking the time to read this message and for your continued support of myself and Missouri PTA. Hard to believe that it has only been five months since that Sunday in Springfield when I was honored to be installed as your state president but it has been a tremendous experience for me and my family and looking forward to even greater moments still yet to come. In closing I leave you with a quote that I recently found that made me think of our efforts and volunteering with PTA that I want to share here.
“Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.” — Dr. Thomas Dooley