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Spring is a Great Time to Update Bylaws!

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:34 PM by SD Council PTA   [ updated Mar 9, 2017, 6:45 PM ]

Aahh Spring.  The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, the flood waters are receding and elections are in the air.  Spring is a perfect time to update your bylaws.  PTA requires that Unit bylaws be updated every three years even if you are not making any changes.  That is right, we like fresh, not stale.  So why not set up next year’s PTA board with a new set of bylaws?  It is easy and fun, especially with the new E Bylaws system at

Wait a minute, what are bylaws you ask?  Bylaws are designed to help yourPTA function in an orderly manner. PTA bylaws describe the purpose of PTA and its mission, and members’ rights, in addition to officers, committees and their respective duties.  The only official set of PTA bylaws for any PTA is an original approved current set of bylaws, signed and dated by the state parliamentarian, PTA president and secretary, and on file with the unit PTA secretary.  A copy of the association’s Bylaws for the Local PTA/PTSA Units must be made available to any association member upon request. A copy should be provided to all officers and board members. Each executive board member is repsonsible for making a thorough study of them.

Local PTAs that need a current copy of their approved bylaws should contact their council parliamentarian for assistance. Your Parliamentarian is Derby Pattengill ( or He is available to provide you with a copy of your current bylaws and help guide you through the updating process, and answer any questions.

Electronic bylaws are now available in English, and highly recommended although paper (standard) bylaws are also available in Spanish and English.

Note:  Any change in the association’s bylaws, including the number of officers, positions, or membership dues amounts may not be implemented until bylaws have been submitted through channels (council and district PTAs) to the California State PTA parliamentarian for approval.

This means that your PTA must continue to charge the stated dues amount, elect the stated officers, and hold meetings as provided for in your most current set of bylaws signed by the California State PTA parliamentarian. Simply adopting the amendments at an association meeting without prior state approval is not sufficient.

Most bylaws are processed by the state parliamentarian within two weeks of receipt unless additional information is required. Bylaws submitted for review should be returned to you through channels within 6-8 weeks of the original submission date. 

SD Council PTA,
Mar 9, 2017, 6:34 PM