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President's Message - April 2017

posted Apr 6, 2017, 10:14 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 8:35 PM ]
Being a PTA Unit President is a very hard job to do, being a PTA President of one of the largest Council PTAs in California and quite possibly in the United States a whole different ballgame.  I wouldn't have been able to do it without the support of the many volunteers that serve on the the board AND
leadership team of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs and my immediate family.  And I certainly wouldn't be here if it were not for the hundreds of committed volunteers serving their local PTA Units.  SDUCPTA is strictly 100% all volunteers fighting hard to make a difference in the lives of children and
support our local PTAs in SDUSD and beyond.  I've made quite a few personal sacrifices, haven't celebrated my own birthday in what would be construed as "normal" but for me, for the last two years, I was where I wanted to be.  I am a self-prescribed full-on PTA nerd and not ashamed to admit it.  I've taken time off work to attend various PTA conferences or conventions for training and advocacy purposes.  I actually track my hours and miles for my monthly reports to the board and by my best estimate, I've committed over 2,700 hours and traveled over 4,700 miles since the start of my term in July 2015.  I spent most of my term figuring out ways to raise PTA's voice in San Diego whether it be participating in speaking engagements, attending various community outreach events, or having PTA's voice heard.  I love the legacy and history of PTA and love being able to share PTA's story to enlighten people everywhere what a difference PTA has made for children.

But my time is almost up, now I am in full transition mode and working hard to tie up loose ends.  That includes helping our local PTAs getting caught up with compliance issues so that their board-elect has a great start to their term.  It is hard to think that by July 1, I won't be the point of contact, I won't be the go to person to represent SDUCPTA, but I won't be far as I will be the next Treasurer for the SDUCPTA.  The party isn't over yet, in fact, SDUCPTA is planning our Founders Day/General Meeting to be held on May 22, 2017!  We'll be celebrating 120 years of PTA working for children, highlighting the accomplishments of our local PTAs and SDUCPTA as well as honoring individuals that have made a difference for children in San Diego.  It has been stressful nearly two years but I wouldn't trade it for the world as it has truly been an honor, privilege, and blessing to be gifted with one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.  


Here's some friendly reminders for PTA Units
  • PTA Board Rosters for 2017-2018:  By now, PTA Unit should have had their elections or will be having their elections.  The PTA President is responsible for submitting the Board Contact information for the 2017-2018 PTA Board and that does include the mailing address of the officers (not the school address).  If your PTA Unit needs assistance, please immediately contact SDUCPTA at info@sdcouniclpta.org or call (619) 297-7821.
  • Mid-year Audit Report Due:  ALL PTAs need to submit the Mid-Year Audit report which is normally for the first six months of the fiscal year.
  • Annual Historian Report Due, May 2:  ALL PTAs need to submit the Annual Historian Report to record the number of volunteer hours for the 2016-2017 fiscal year (and yes this includes some guessimating as you need to include estimated hours to the end of the fiscal year).  You may ask why, well the IRS needs a record that as a non-profit, your organization is completing its mission, and that is what the Annual Historian Report helps your PTA to do.
You can find all of the necessary forms to complete these tasks by visiting our website Forms area:  http://www.sdcouncilpta.org/forms

Here's some upcoming events to be award of:
  • SDUCPTA's Honorary Service Award Nomination Due, April 17, 2017:  Do you know someone special or an organization that has made a significant contribution on behalf of children in the greater area of San Diego?  SDUCPTA is accepting nominations until April 17!
  • CA PTA Convention - April 28 - April 30, San Jose, CA:  Registration is still available but the cost is now $249 for PTA members.  SDUCPTA will be receiving the Spotlight Award in Communication in recognition of our leadership training efforts.  To find out more about CA PTA's Convention, visit their website:  http://capta.org/programs-events/convention/
  • SDUCPTA's Parking Lot Fundraiser, May 5-7, Ballard Center in Old Town:  The SDUCPTA will be holding a parking lot fundraiser to raise funds that will go towards ensuring that we can provide the leadership training and support to our local PTA locals and advocacy efforts on behalf of all children.   We are looking for volunteers and if you would like to help, contact our Parking Lot Fundraiser Chairperson, Rachel Wohnhaas at historian@sdcouncilpta.org
  • SDUCPTA's Founders Day Celebration/General Meeting, May 22, 6 pm - 8 pm:  Join us to celebrate 120 years of PTA working for Children.  The event will be at Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, San Diego State University, 5250 55th Street, 92115.  Early Bird price is $30 per person until 5/8/2017 and goes up to $50 starting 5/9/2017.  You can purchase tickets online at:  http://sducptafd2017.brownpapertickets.com/
  • Ninth District PTA's Summer Leadership Conference, June 3, 2017:  While the CA PTA's Annual Convention is a great opportunity to get training, it can be costly, have no fear, Ninth District's SLC is a great and affordable training opportunity for people new to PTA or looking to learn more.  The cost is $50 per person and is worth every penny.  Registration are now open visit Ninth District's website for more info:  https://www.ninthdistrictpta.org/summer-leadership-conference
As always, I am here to help, so if you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask!

Sincerely,

Celeste L. Bobryk-Ozaki
President
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
president@sdcouncilpta.org

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