Your First 30 Days as Membership Chair

The more members you have, the more possibilities there are to fulfill our PTA mission: to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

If you take each of these steps in (roughly) your first month in office, you’ll be off to a fantastic start!

  1. Plug In. Your state PTA and National PTA are here to help and support you. Getting connected right away will make your job much easier! Here’s how:
    • Contact your state PTA. Ask who to call if you have questions about membership. Find out what training is scheduled in the near future that can help you and your Board get off to a good start. Visit your state PTA web site.
    • Explore National PTA resources. Start with this kit, but learn more from National PTA through e-learning courses, the One Voice Blog, e-newsletters, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube) and Our Children Magazine.
  2. Gather. There are several items you’ll want to put your hands on right away to be sure important records aren’t lost in the transition. Collaborate with the past officers to gather these records:
    • Your PTA bylaws (and any accompanying standing rules), to find important information about membership.
    • Current membership roster. You should be able to obtain this from your President or previous Membership Chair, Treasurer or Secretary.
    • Prior year’s membership recruitment and retention plan or tools. Although you won’t want to just repeat last year’s plan, it can be a starting place for the following year. Ask the outgoing Chair to share any information about each activity’s effectiveness — a binder, a flash drive, a Google drive even a box of old papers — to help you develop your plan.
  3. Build Your Team. You don’t have to do this alone! Every PTA Board Member is on your team. Others you might want to include are people who:
    • Have a genuine enthusiasm for your PTA’s mission, activities and accomplishments
    • Are connected to or are a representative of under-represented populations in your PTA (i.e., dads, teachers, grandparents, English language learners, families of kids with special needs)
    • Have experience in marketing or public relations
  4. Dive In. Once you’ve completed these steps, you’re ready to start developing membership messages, goals, and activities for the year.