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URGENT - ACTION NEEDED NOW!
Dear PTA Leaders and Colleagues,

It was great to see so many of you at the Ohio PTA Convention. We hope you found the information, training and networking useful for you and your PTA teams. We truly appreciate that the convention delegates approved the majority of the proposed amendments to the Ohio PTA Bylaws including an Ohio PTA dues portion increase of 75 cents per member. This increase will be used to continue to provide programs to our members, field service to our units and advocacy on behalf of Ohio’s children. 

We have received several questions regarding the dues increase, and hope this communication provides answers that will clarify your PTA’s next steps for any needed bylaws amendments to increase current unit membership dues. This Ohio PTA increase takes effect on July 1, 2016 for the 2016-17 school year. Therefore, if your unit wants to raise their dues, your bylaws should be amended now before your fall 2016 membership campaign begins in July/August.

The Ohio PTA dues increase amendment passed at the Ohio PTA Convention on April 9, 2016. This means that the total Ohio and National PTA portions due to Ohio PTA will be $4.75 per member as shown in Article V of the unit bylaws below. 

*Article V—Membership and Dues
Section 3.  Each member shall pay annual dues in the amount of $ ________ to this local PTA/PTSA.   For each individual, these annual dues shall include Ohio PTA dues ($2.50) and National PTA dues ($2.25).
At this time all PTA units should check that their dues are at least $4.75. They should also review their budgets to determine if the unit can absorb the dues increase amount or do they need a unit dues increase to cover the new Ohio portion and to maintain sufficient dues revenue. Once your PTA Board makes a financial determination, your PTA should proceed with one of the following options:

1. No amendment is required to the unit’s PTA Bylaws
• The dues amount currently stated in the unit’s bylaws is a sufficient dollar amount ($4.75 or more) that covers the Ohio PTA dues increase and any revenue loss can be absorbed by the unit budget.

2. An amendment is required to the unit’s PTA Bylaws 
• The dues amount currently stated in the unit PTA Bylaws is not a sufficient dollar amount to cover the $4.75 per member that must be submitted to Ohio PTA for the state and national portions or does not provide the needed revenue to the unit. 
o Required action: 

Check your unit PTA Bylaws Article on Amendments to see how many days notice are required before your unit is able to vote on the amendment. 
                             Option#1   
 If you have enough time to give notice before your next general meeting, give notice to your membership for an amendment to the bylaws for the purpose of a dues increase.
 At the next unit PTA general membership meeting, present the dues increase amendment to the general membership. Once the amendment has passed by a 2/3 vote, submit the approved amendment to the Ohio PTA Director of Bylaws at mail to:bylawsandstandingrules@ohiopta.org.
                              Option#2
 If you do not have enough time for notice or do not have a general membership meeting scheduled in May or June, check your Bylaws Article on General Membership Meetings for information on calling a special meeting or changing the date of your scheduled general meeting.
 Give notice to your membership of both the dues increase amendment and the special meeting date or new regular general meeting date. Make sure you are giving the required days notice for both the amendment and the meeting. Remember, if you are calling a special meeting for the purpose of a dues increase amendment that is the only business that can be conducted at that meeting.
 At the special meeting or rescheduled general meeting, present the dues increase amendment to your membership. Once the amendment has passed by a 2/3 vote, submit the approved amendment to the Ohio PTA Director of Bylaws at bylawsandstandingrules@ohiopta.org.


 3. If your unit wishes to change Article V, Section 3 to make it easier to increase dues in the future, amend your bylaws using the following language. 
              Strike “Each member shall pay annual dues in the amount of $ ________ to this local PTA/PTSA.”
              Insert “Each member shall pay annual dues which are $________ above the combined 
              Ohio and National PTA dues portions. OR
              Insert “Each member shall pay annual dues determined by a vote of the membership.” 


We hope this information is helpful to you and your PTA team. If you have questions or need help, please contact Cindy Schanz, Ohio PTA Director of Bylaws at bylawsandstandingrules@ohiopta.org or your District Advisor. Programs and events focused on the vision and mission of PTA ensure success to the work we will accomplish together, centered on advocacy, family engagement and achievement for all students. Please check the Ohio PTA website at www.ohiopta.org often for updates!
Thank you for all you continue to do for Ohio’s students!

Cindy Schanz
Ohio PTA Director of Bylaws and Standing Rules


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Membership Chairmen and Presidents,

Have you submitted your Initial Membership Dues?  This is IMPORTANT!   You must submit $4 per member for each of your PTA members by November 30.  This is a requirement for being a unit in good standing.  It is also a requirement to participate in all PTA programs including Reflections and Member Perks

Please submit those dues to Ohio PTA, 40 Northwoods Blvd., Suite A, Columbus, Ohio 43235.  Please include the cover sheet and member list, both available on the Ohio PTA website at www.ohiopta.org.

First Quarter Membership Goals (August-October)

·    Submit your first dues in the month of September to earn the Cardinal Early Bird Award.  Dues and member list must be received at Ohio PTA by September 30th

·    Submit your Membership theme for the year along with some pictures of kick-off events

If you have questions, please contact the Director of Membership at membership@ohiopta.org.

 

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