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Walk Outs and Other Community Organized Protests

Many have asked what our position is on these events. I truly believe that if the administration of a school will allow a student-led walkout activity, PTA should be able to assist in logistics and safety. I do not believe that PTA should endorse, promote, encourage or participate in any activity on school campus that is against the wishes of the administration. This is an extreme liability and unless there are signed permission forms from each parent and a written authorization from the administration, we are opening up ourselves to be involved in a situation which may detract us from the other crucial issues that we are taking action upon.
 
We support those schools who allow this type of protest and free speech as a learning opportunity for students to take an active role in advocating. We should make ourselves available, if called upon to assist, but we should follow the lead of principals and their staff as they oversee the safety of our children.
 
As you know, Florida PTA was highly involved in the organizing of the recent rally on the steps of the Capitol in Tallahassee. As this crisis has affected so many, it has become apparent that events and rallies are popping up all across not only our state, but the nation. Regarding community protests, such as the March for Our Lives or Never Again Movement, while this is not a PTA organized event, we are always looking for opportunities to join with other advocates to fight for all children. In doing so, we are able to find solidarity in our mission alongside others that are raising their voices. Always remember that PTA has positions on these issues and as long as we follow the guidelines in speaking on these topics, we are free to join our voices with others. If you do not know our positions, or are unfamiliar with our talking points, please contact the state office. Also, please use discretion when being asked to promote an event, as putting our name or logo on such promotional material may give us joint liability, should anything negative occur. If you have any questions about the organizers of an event, or your participation in it, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or the state office.
 
Thank you for taking action and honoring the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas!
 
We are all #MSDStrong
 
Cindy Gerhardt, FL PTA President
Awards Deadline Extended
The Hillsborough County Council PTA/PTSA knows every local unit works very hard to focus on the Purposes of PTA. We want to recognize the individuals and units who further the mission and purposes of the PTA through your work planning events and programs that are meaningful to your members and your community. Applying for our many awards allows local units an opportunity to showcase their efforts and share successful program. Deadline to apply is March 18th. For more information on the Awards Luncheon click the flyer.

Florida Constitutional Review Commission
What is CRC?
An appointed board that puts forth proposals for amendments to the Florida State Constitution. View the Citizens Guide
When do they meet?
Once every 20 years – if something is voted in it is law for 20 years.
Why is this important to me?
The CRC currently has 8 proposals that will directly impact public education. View Proposals
How Can I Help?
Attend the CRC Public Hearing on
Tuesday March 13, 2018 between 1-7pm at University of South Florida - St. Petersburg
University Student Center, 200 6th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Please pass this along to your local units, we hope to have many parents and students show up
to speak at the event. Questions? Contact Mindy Taylor, VP Advocacy or Teresa Potter, Legislative Chair
Membership
Membership is year round. Memberships can be sold and dues collected for the current year through June. The membership year runs from July 1 through June 30th each year (fiscal year).  For Florida PTA award purposes  only , the deadline is May 1st. All dues received by that date will be used for membership award purposes.  Dues can be collected and submitted after that date.  

A member can join at any time, however, they must join 30 days in advance of the annual election (officers) meeting to be eligible to vote in the election. They must be a member of the local unit PTA  BEFORE  being nominated for an office. They can join the local unit PTA at the time of the election, to run for office, but would not be eligible to vote in that election meeting.

Local units can collect dues for next year (18/19). Those dues must be submitted monthly, as collected, noting on the dues payment form that they are for 2018-2019. Those dues will be credited to the local unit PTA after July 1, 2018.   The funds will be deposited now, by Florida PTA, and considered deferred membership revenue, and submitted to National PTA after July 1, 2018.  

Membership Cards:
We do not ask for membership cards to be returned. However, local units are required to notify us ( membership.data@floridapta.org ) of the number of cards remaining and that they will be destroyed. Lisa confirms #s of cards sent and paid for, and asks for an accounting, if there are any discrepancies.
The first HCC Founders Day
Day of Service was a success. We had several volunteers working in two locations for Oasis our chosen non-profit organization. The OASIS Network is grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, serving underprivileged K-12 students in Hillsborough county. They provide clothing, shoes, hygiene items and other basic necessities to students in need of assistance. Partnerships with 140+ social workers allow items to get to a student in need FREE of charge usually within the same day requested.

HCC PTA also gave a gift of $300 worth of hygiene products to stock The Oasis bins for our
students. Even the basics are so badly needed for them including deodorant, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. We were happy to help.

Lastly, we held a contest for well needed summer clothing products to stock the shelves
at Oasis. We are very excited to announce that Maniscalco Elementary was the BIG winner with 219 bags of clothing donations. We thank all the schools who participated. Look for information in the future of more clothing drives for The Oasis.
Election of Officers
There is NOT a requirement in the bylaws that the "slate" be posted 30 days in advance. (There may be a posting requirement in a local unit's standing rules (if any), however, it is not a local unit bylaws requirement.) The only 30 day requirement is that the Nominating Committee must be  elected 30 days prior to the election meeting .

At the annual election meeting, if an officer position remains vacant, at the next regularly scheduled general meeting (which could be the next fiscal year), there would be an election for that vacant officer position. If all positions are elected at the annual election meeting, and a person resigns from a position, according to the local unit bylaws, the board of the local unit can fill the position at regularly scheduled board meeting (notice of election given to board members before the meeting).
Attention Local Units!!!
Hillsborough County Council is looking for local units to build baskets for the FL PTA Scholarship Fund raffle at Innisbrook. If this sounds more like a fit for your local unit, email Jessica at vpleadership@hccptaptsa.org
Spring Training & Vendor Fair
Whether you are a new or returning officer or just thinking about becoming an officer at your local PTA/PTSA unit this training is for you! FREE training, FREE giveaways, and FREE lunch! There’s a class for everyone from Presidents to Social Media to Advocacy. Take a walk around our vendor fair and prepare for the next school year with fundraisers, programs, and spirit wear! General assembly meeting and elections to follow during lunch.
R.S.V.P. to VPLeadership@hccptaptsa.org please include your PTA, position, and voting delegates

Give students confidence in their abilities to explore ideas and learn through the arts!
Enroll your school in the 2018-2019 national arts awards program starting July 1.

Each year hundreds of thousands of students in preschool through grade 12 create and submit original works in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. Students may participate in the national awards program through their school's PTA.

The 2018-2019 theme "Heroes Around Me" will spark imagination and creativity in school and at home. Encourage your school to imagine, create and celebrate with Reflections during National Arts & Humanities Month this October .   Click here for more information.
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