Did you know that in the Masonic tradition, members can not directly ask others to join their organization? They have to rely on prospective members approaching them and asking to join. PTA IS COMPLETELY THE OPPOSITE! PTAs rely on their members approaching others and inviting them into the organization.
So, how do the Masons get new members? They rely on the news of their good work in the community and the fun and brotherhood of their social activities to reach others. PTA IS EXACTLY THE SAME. News of your PTA’s successes will inspire others’ interest, and, a couple of fun pics from the board holiday party can make your group look inviting.
So, what to do? Directly ask individual people to join your PTA. This may be a challenge for those who are not outgoing, so view it as an opportunity to grow skills. Use fun role-play to practice. Once you get started, it gets easier to approach the next person, the next, and the next.
Know about your PTA successes, no matter how small. Be ready to share these when you ask someone to join the PTA. People want to join a winning team. Actively promote your PTA’s successes through your newsletter and/or Facebook, through the school’s newsletter and/or Facebook, and in community media whenever possible.
Masons have supported their communities since the 14th century — over 700 years. What better example can PTAs have as they work to make a difference for every child today!