“There are only two options regarding commitment. You are either in or you are out. There is no such thing as life in between.” Pat Riley
Wow, it is hard to believe it is January already and the start of a new year that I hope brings each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous one. Not only for yourself, but for your family and for your PTA. More importantly I hope it is a great year full of potential and successes for all of our children that we each strive to improve a quality of life for each and every day in our PTA families and life.
January is a busy month for PTA and your Missouri PTA Board of Managers have been working hard to update your unit/council with the supplemental Winter Packet as your begin the second half of your school year. The Winter Packet was emailed to all PTA members in our database on January 2, and is also available on our web site and Pinterest page. Please take the time to review the reminder deadlines, award applications, and so much more that we have put together to jump start the second half of the school year for you and your membership.
Also sent the same day was our Legislative Handbook for 2014 which is full of the how to’s, what to’s, and when to’s about the role in legislative and advocacy work each and every one of us should bedoing every day. This year our Department of Legislation and Advocacy ladies did an outstanding job of preparing checklists and step by step procedures to make it as simple as possible on how to host an Legislative Town Hall meeting or a local School Board Candidates Forum. January 8 marks the beginning of the 2014 legislative session when the House and Senate go back to work while January 21st is Governor Nixon’s State of the State address. I know it is going to be an extremely busy legislative session so make sure to sign up on the JC/DC network if you haven’t already do so. You can stay informed and alerted to bills that we are watching over and be ready to establish communication with your elected officials. Missouri PTA has several Legislative Town Hall meetings already scheduled so check our website to see if one is scheduled for your town or region. If not, volunteer to host one in your unit and or council and contact us for more information on how to do that.
January 16th, at 4:30 is the deadline for this year’s Reflections entries to be submitted and in to our state office. Your unit has to be a “Unit in Good Standing” in order for your entries to be accepted at the state level. Unit Presidents have been notified of their units status so if you are a Reflections Chair or someone in charge of submitting the entries to us, please check with your unit president to make sure your unit is in good standing and the children’s entries will be accepted.
If you haven’t already done so yet this is the time when most start talking about and electing a nominating committee to select potential candidates to seek out and engage members into a potential leadership role as an officer of your unit and or council. Some of you may be serving on those nominating committees and I urge you to take that job responsibility seriously and with an open mind. Truly seek out members that have it in them to be a leader. Talk to all members and supporters of your PTA, ask as many as you can if they want to become more involved, more engaged and are willing to step up to change what happens tomorrow, not only for the children in your school and school district, but in this state and nation. That is what PTA does, we find something in people who don’t know they have it in them to want to be a part of something bigger than themselves, that are doers and not takers, which want to make a difference even if they don’t know it yet. I challenge all of the members that are serving or that will be serving on a nominating committee to think outside the box when looking for candidates. Don’t forget to seek out those members that may not be actively involved.
Kim Weber, President