October is full of PTA-related events. Please register and attend!

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

The education landscape for parents is changing fast. On top of the academics, now we have to worry about safety and welfare issues – vaping, stress, mental health, screen time, prescription drugs, cyberbullies, and more. And then there’s legislation – bus safety laws that go awry, school voucher bills opposed by PTA, and school safety bills that skirt around the real issues. Some of these challenges are so new that they weren’t things your parents worried about, while others are variations on old themes. How do you help your child navigate these issues? And how do you advocate for all children? Georgia PTA and District 10 have partnered up with some organizations that are putting on events soon, and you should attend some of these. Most of these are free, but even the free events require you to register.  

District 10 Fall Conference

Date: October 19, 2019
Location: Teaching Museum South
689 North Ave.
Hapeville GA 30354
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Come meet your fellow parent leaders from all over Fulton County, then interact with the leadership of your children’s school districts, and leaders from Georgia PTA, including our state president. All PTAs in Fulton County – your attendance is required – if your president cannot attend, please send at least one delegate from your school. Thank you!
9:30 a.m. Networking
10 a.m. Business Meeting – Budget vote and secretary election
Followed by a panel discussion:

  • Tommy Usher, Associate Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools
  • Dr. Eric Hollinhead, Area Executive Director, Fulton County Schools
  • Dr. Gyimah Whitaker, Area Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
  • Vernetta Keith Nuriddin, Legislative Committee Chair, Georgia PTA

More information
Register here – Free!

Advocating for Your Child: Practical Tips to Get Help for Your Child

Date: October 16, 2019
Location: Adamsville Health Center
3700 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Atlanta, 30331
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM (Free pizza at 5:30; Program begins 5:45 pm)

Hosted by Georgia Appleseed Center for Law & Justice and CHRIS 180
Join Georgia Appleseed at CHRIS 180 for a discussion about how to get help for your child at school and in the community. The conversation will touch on educational rights, resources, and how best to support our children. This event is free and open to the public. 
More information here
RSVP by October 14 at noon 

Georgia PTA Advocacy Conference

Date: October 26, 2019
Location: Clayton State University East, Arbor Hall
5823 Trammell Rd, Morrow, GA 30260
Time: 9:30 a.m.

The 2019 Georgia PTA Take Action Advocacy Conference aims to equip, inspire, and motivate advocates to unite as one voice for every child. Invite your administrators, educators, superintendents, school board members, business partners and student leaders to attend. To ensure your seat, register early.
Find more information and register here . ($10 PTA members/$15 nonmembers)

Raising Resilient Kids – A Community Symposium

Date: November 2
Location: Centennial High School
9310 Scott Rd. 
Roswell GA 30076
Time: 8:30 – 4:00

A day of workshops, discussions, and seminars designed to support families in their desire to raise successful, resilient, and healthy people. Come for a free continental breakfast and lunch, hear the keynote speaker, and attend workshops that interest you. There is something for every parent and teen!
Link to flier
Register here (free!)

For ALL the children, please attend one or more of these events to learn how to expand your impact. And thank you for everything you’re doing.


John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021

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You ARE a Model PTA – so get recognized for it! Read this for easy instructions.

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

The Nobel Prize, a Fulbright Scholarship, and the Model PTA Award all have something in common. They represent excellence – a gold standard that others can look up to – a goal worth reaching. 

Your PTA deserves the credit and the recognition that goes along with this award. I know from experience – this award makes parents, teachers, and your principal feel good about your school and about what your PTA is doing. And it’s not an empty accolade – it is proof that you are doing right by those kids, day in and day out.

The good news about the Model PTA Award is that, while it is a prestigious honor, it isn’t competitive – and it’s easier than you think to apply. If you do all of the things that you are supposed to do this year, and fill out a simple form, you are likely to earn it.

Really? Is that it? Well, let’s look it over. 

You can get the form here and follow along with me:

  • Complete 13 of the 15 Administrative Guidelines. The first 8 of these are mandatory anyway – filing audits, submitting members, making a budget – things you are already doing!
  • Complete the Operational Guidelines – these help guide your family engagement strategy.
  • Take the Model PTA Challenge – complete one or more options found on the Operational Guidelines.
  • Submit the Model PTA Award Cover Sheet and a completed copy of BOTH the Administrative Guidelines and the Operational Guidelines to Georgia PTA. It must be postmarked by the second Friday in March. Submit a copy to your council leaders as well. 

Now, you’ll notice that there are deadlines that you are suppose to make for some of these benchmarks. The guidelines state “Even if a local unit misses a recommended date on the Administrative Guidelines, it should still “check the box” when the criterion is completed and initial and date.” You will still get credit – as long as you don’t miss that all important final deadline – March 13, 2020.

How many of you have a child who frustrated you by getting a “Not Handed In” note on an assignment that you know your child completed? You go through their locker or their bookbag and there it is! If you don’t turn in your Model PTA Award form by March 13, that is essentially what you are doing. So get credit for the work you are already doing! Start the Model PTA Award form and turn it on time! And then, after you earn it – promote that fact through your school newsletter, bulletin boards, and even local media.

On behalf of ALL the children, thank you for doing all you can do,

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021

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Join us at the D10 Fall Conference!

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Come join us on October 19, 2019 at the Teaching Museum South, 689 North Ave, Hapeville, GA 30354, for our Fall Conference. In addition to showcasing what is going right at your schools, we will have a panel to talk about Advocacy.

RSVP (Free) on Eventbrite

RSVP (Free) through Facebook

Click the image below for a PDF version and share with your school!

Call to D10 Conference Fall 2019

Call to Conference Fall 2019


Thank you for all the excellent work, advocating for all children,

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021


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Proposed Budget 2019

The District Board of Directors voted to put all funds – $452.13 – into the carryover category – allocating $0.00 to be spent this year, unless the budget is amended. We will vote on this at the Fall Conference. 

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What do you know about MemberHub? Need help? This post’s got it!


From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

I set a personal goal in July to familiarize myself with MemberHub well enough to teach it. I would say that I have struggled, but I have most of it figured out. 

How about you? Have you learned it well enough to do what you need to do when school starts next week? Can you run a membership drive, print your cards, have you uploaded your officers yet? Do you even know what is required? 

Presidents, secretaries, and treasurers should have administrative access to MemberHub in order to complete these required tasks: 

  • Upload officers by May 1
  • Upload chairpersons by end of August
  • Upload members
  • Print membership cards*
  • Verify audit in MemberHub and email documents to Georgia PTA
  • Verify 990 in MemberHub and email documents to Georgia PTA

* Members should log in and print their own cards. Local units don’t need to do this. 

We have created a page that provides step-by-step instructions for each function. Most of these functions can be found by clicking on Admin Console at the top of the page, selecting the PTA (PTSA) tab under your local unit’s name (this may be the default) and then clicking on the function on the right side of the page.

If you are a president, you need to give these positions administrative rights, and any other people who you feel need those rights. You can do that when you add an officer to your PTA. 

If you are a PTA president and you cannot access your MemberHub, please contact me or your council leaders and we will get you set up ASAP. All other people who believe they should have access should contact their PTA president. 

Some local units may find that they cannot get to MemberHub within their schools because of firewall blocking that is enabled. Please feel free to use this document as a starting point for reaching out to your school district’s technology leaders to ask them to open the domains. Also, contact me if that is an issue.
If you have questions, please let me know.

For ALL the children, I wish you a great beginning to this school year!

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021



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