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February 2018

MemberHub Info

Dania Welch, Membership/Insurance Manager

Dear Unit Leader,

Finding ways to increase our support for your unit remains our highest priority.

In August 2017, we launched MemberHub, a free family engagement and unit management software. Nearly half of units are currently using this software to great success!

Today, we are excited to announce that we will be moving our NYS PTA membership portal to the MemberHub platform for the next membership year, which begins July 1, 2018. However, your MemberHub site will be available to enter new officers starting May 1, 2018.

This move will give our units the most flexibility and improved functionality while providing your schools with this important family engagement software for free.

Just a few of the many benefits: you'll be able to easily solicit, track and manage members, communicate with both members and non-members in your school, and use electronic echeck debit from your checking account for state membership dues. Plus the MemberHub system is extremely user friendly for both units and parents.

You can also set up sign ups and payments in MemberHub for your own unit activities and fundraisers, and things like MySchoolBucks are already included in this software.

During this transition, we will be providing more information and training over the coming months. So stay tuned!

DeFEET Distraction Poster Contest – Your Unit Could Win $1,500!

In collaboration with the National Road Safety Foundation, NYS PTA just released a contest to develop a statewide traffic safety poster!

One grand prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the winning PTA Unit

Three runners-up will each receive $500 for their schools' PTA Unit

TO ENTER: Students in grades 1-6 must create a poster or collage on 8.5 x 11 inch paper showing how they can help prevent distracted walking. Teachers may mail entries in one envelope for the whole class.

For the complete Official Rules, see Contest Rules here.

MAIL ENTRY (with completed Entry Form) to:

DeFEET Distractions NY Poster Contest, c/o New York State PTA
One Wembley Court
Albany, NY 12205
ATTN: Lynne Degnen-Kolawole


Plus, check out these cool resources too!

Men Matter (March Madness) Award Badge

Kelly Short, Membership Coordinator

We encourage you to share with dads and male father figures that their involvement in PTA:

  • Shows added interest in their children’s education and school activities;
  • Shows greater support for their children’s teachers and school; and
  • Improves relationships between parents and school personnel.

A male engagement promotional flier has been created for you to support a successful Men Matter badge contest campaign. Please click HERE for the promotional flier. 

To qualify for the badge award:

  • Register and pay dues for male members representing at least 30% of your total membership by March 31; and
  • Identify male members using the gender field on the portal.

Badge Bonus: All Men Matter badge recipient units will be entered into a drawing to win one of five PTA Swag prizes.

Building Your Board for the Coming Year?

Jane Harsha, Vice President and Antoinette Darden-Cintron, Leadership Development Coordinator

Then don’t miss the next NYS PTA webinar:
Creating an Inclusive Culture of Volunteer Engagement, on April 19!

Volunteer engagement is critical to PTA’s success at all levels, and an inclusive PTA culture is critical to engaging those volunteers. Learn key methods and tools to engage new and existing members in the PTA purpose, mission and vision, and to create an inclusive environment to welcome all volunteers and enhance their engagement in PTA.

Questions? Contact Leadership Development Coordinator Antoinette Darden-Cintron at

You can check out our previous webinars HERE.

If you are planning to attend, please send your RSVP with your PTA unit name and unit code to

Register Today for the Upcoming Online Payments Webinar!

NYS PTA has partnered with Cheddar Up to bring units a custom collecting platform to move all of your payments and forms online. Create a collection in minutes for everything from Spring Enrichment Programs to Fall Back-to-School Events. This webinar includes our new point-of-sale swiper demonstration!


Wednesday, March 7, at 8:00 PM, ET



NEW! Online PTA Store

Save the Date for Upcoming Events

Summer Leadership Conference | July 20-22, 2018, Union College

SLC is where you and other PTA members from around the state can network with state PTA leaders and each another, and expand your leadership skills.

Past attendees have found the information interesting, useful, motivational and supportive. It is also a great opportunity to meet new PTA friends and share ideas.

This year we are looking to the future of PTA! Save the date to join us and learn how you can take your PTA unit to new and exciting places.


NYS PTA 122nd Annual Convention | November 9-11, 2018, Saratoga Springs, NY

Here are just a few reasons for you to attend Convention on behalf of your unit or council!

At Convention, you can meet, network and develop relationships with others from all across NYS who love children as much as you do.

As PTA members, we know how powerful mothers, fathers, grandparents and all caring adults can be when they join together to improve our schools. Convention is the time for us to join together to learn from each other, celebrate our successes and build for the future. We encourage you to attend and to take advantage of all the opportunities available at Convention.

Check out our Convention 2017 videos!


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