(Updated August 19, 2013) Welcome back to school! I want to personally thank you all for accepting the leadership responsibilities at your local unit PTA on behalf of all the children across Iowa. Iowa PTA is here to help and serve you. As Iowa PTA President I look forward to working with you and for you so that your school's children get the best well-rounded education and are treated equally and fairly. PTA is not just a fundraising group for your school, we are an advocacy group speaking for all children with one voice. Advocacy is a scary word for people. I know it used to be for me, until someone explained to me that if you question why something is being done that you think will harm children physically, emotionally, or mentally, you have advocated. So anyone that has asked the teacher during a parent teacher conference why she doesn't call on your child more when he/she has her hand raised, because your child told you at dinner that the teacher never calls on you, is advocating. See, not so hard. PTA is here to help that one parent/teacher/student be heard louder by joining all of our voices together across the state and the nation.
Because we are all part of a statewide association, and a national association, there are some rules. Come hear about what you need to know about these rules at our upcoming Leadership Training at multiple locations for your convenience. The most important thing I would ask you to do for Iowa PTA right away is to give us contact information for your PTA unit by filling out the Unit Registration Officer Form.
More information on what the officers' responsibilities are for the local unit can be found in the online back to school kit (or the one you received in the mail on a jump drive) - visit National PTA for that information.
Liz Mink, Iowa PTA President