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President's Message - March 2017

posted Mar 5, 2017, 3:59 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 5, 2017, 8:25 PM ]
March is here which means Spring is coming, our clocks will move forward an hour, elections will be happening, and it marks the beginning of a transition period for the next group of leadership.  I am coming to the final 100+ plus days of my term as President of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs.  But I along with my fellow board the leadership team members are not finished yet, The Council is still being kept busy with supporting our PTAs, engaging in other projects, and advocating on children's issues.  On March 4, I participated in the Finish Chelsea's Run 5K & Walk held in Balboa Park.  I am by no means an avid fan of running and I have participated in other 5K events, but this one was special.  Brent and Kelly King, parents of Chelsea King, are truly inspiring in promoting the message for all to be #changemaker throughout our lives. I want to give a special shout out to Valencia Rodriquez, Council's Hospitality Chair, as she help recruit individuals to join the SDUCPTA Team.  It truly was a day of celebration and I hope to grab more to participate next year! 

As I mentioned elections, the Council will be having our election of officers for the 2017-2019 term on March 20, 2017 and ALL PTA Unit Presidents will be called to attend this important meeting as we also have other important business to conduct.  If your PTA Unit has not planned for a meeting in either March or April, this needs to be done and Council can help but you have to let us know!

Here are some other reminders:
Energy Troopers Sign-up Challenge - Deadline to qualify, March 6, 2017.  Your school can automatically be awarded funds based on the number of families signed-up to enroll to conserve on energy.  Prize monies range from $100 - $2,000 and just for signing up, the school does have a chance to win the grand prize of $25,000 for conserving the most mount of energy.  For more information visit the Energy Troopers website.

Mid-Year Audits are due - PTA Units are required to complete an audit for the first six months of the fiscal year, for most PTA units, this is from July 1 to December 31.  

CAPTA Mid-Year Membership Challenge Due - To date, SDUCPTA has 9,459 members and we are very close to our goal of 10,000!  CA PTA has a mid-year membership challenge for each PTA Unit to add 17 new members by March 31, 2017 but you need to remit your dues to Council by March 17, 2017.  Remember, membership dues are to be remitted through PTA channels on a monthly basis and must forward $5.75 per member.  Please be sure to use the current remittance form.  Be sure to promote to your school community to do good things for kids by joining the PTA.  For information on building your PTA Unit Membership, check out the CA PTA's website.

National PTA's Mary Lou Anderson Grant - Due March 17, 2017.  This is an opportunity for your PTA to apply for a grant worth up to $1,000 to held fund an arts program, which can be used to help support the Reflections program for the 2017-2018 school year.  For more information, visit the National PTA's website.

National PTA's Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award - Due March 17, 2017.  This award recognizes PTAs that best demonstrate outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as well as efforts to end discriminatory practices.  The award will be presented to one state PTA, one district/council PTA and one local PTA at the Annual National PTA Convention, June 22-25, 2017, in Las Vegas.  For more information on how to apply, visit the National PTA's Website.  

California PTA's Convention - Registration for the 2017 California State PTA's Convention is now open.  The convention will be from April 28 - 30, 2017 in San Jose, CA.  To find out more information and to register online, visit the California State PTA's website.

SDUCPTA's Ruth Johnson Program Award - Due to Council April 7, 2017.  This program award was created to honor the memory of Ruth Johnson whom was a long-time volunteer for the PTA including the SDUCPTA, and was a avid supporter of PTA programs.  To find out more information, download the application today!

SDUCPTA's Honorary Service Award - Nominations due to Council April 17, 2017.  San Diego Unified Council of PTAs will present the Honorary Service Award to a deserving individual or organization at the Founders Day Dinner on May 23, 2017. If you would like to nominate an individual or organization to receive the Honorary or Continuing Service Award, the Very Special Person, or the Golden Oak.  Download the application from our website under the Forms page.

As always, thank you for all that you do for the children in your community.

Sincerely,

Celeste Bobryk-Ozaki
President
San Diego Unified Council of PTAs
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