Planning for the school year? Connect with your Council and District leaders. Also – Member Hub Training just for us.

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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Leadership is found in the action to defeat that which would defeat you… You are made by the struggles you choose. ~ C.T. Vivian

Dear parent leaders of District 10,

We lost a few icons of the Civil Rights struggle last week. As we mourn Rep. John Lewis and C.T. Vivian, let’s take this time to also celebrate their lives and remember how much we benefited from their leadership, their sacrifices, and their experience. In their time, they were physically beaten, thrown in jail, thwarted from marching, blocked from voting – but kept their heads held high and were never morally or spiritually broken. Few men in history see their legacy play out during their lifetime, but these two men crossed bridges both physical and metaphysical to forge significant change over the decades, having an impact on all of us.  But while we have come so very far, 2020 reminds us that we still have far to go. In the wake of recent events, Rep. Lewis spoke these words:

“It was very moving, very moving to see hundreds and thousands of people from all over America and around the world take to the streets to speak up, to speak out, to get into what I call good trouble, but to get in the way. And because of the action of young and old, Black, white, Latino, Asian-American and Native American, because people cried and prayed, people will never, ever forget what happened and how it happened, and it is my hope that we are on our way to greater change.” 


Member Hub Training

Please attend one of these training sessions, especially if you are new. Using MemberHub is mandatory – and it is also free. These are specifically for our district, please register soon, they could fill up.

Wednesday, August 5 @ 8pm:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcsdOuprjsrEtefQUq1LexXOH1iPjc0ydfe 
 
Saturday, August 8 @ 10am:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvde-hqj0sHtecAqR079pjOlip6EBdClmF
 
Includes the following tasks:
– choosing an email address
– profile settings
– switching between organizations
– adding and removing officers and committee chairs***
– adding and removing site admins
– entering members
– differences between “people” and “members”
– locating membership cards
– remitting dues***
– confirming audit and 990***
 
*** These tasks are related to maintaining good standing with PTA. 


Planning for the new school year
 
We at least know how the beginning of the year will look for our children:
– APS will begin the school year operating in an all-virtual format, and the start of school has been pushed back to Aug. 24.
– FCS will start the year fully digital. Instruction will begin Aug. 17 for students.
 
But what does that mean for us? Our D10 Board is meeting early next month and we recognize that we may need new ideas to support you, while that pandemic virus is still going around. If you have a unique situation you can’t figure out, burning questions – or solutions! – please contact us, your council and district leaders.

Watch this spot – We may have another town hall (virtually), Council and District leaders will be offering training soon, and we will plan for a Fall District Conference, likely through Zoom, but let’s be hopeful that we can meet in Spring. 

Thank you for all that you do, and please stay safe!
 
John

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MemberHub Training! Schools re-opening! SPLOST! And a video for you! Don’t miss this one!

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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Fellow leaders,

I hope you all are doing well. 2020 is a year we will remember as a time of turmoil due to a pandemic and social unrest, but hopefully history will look back on it as a seismic shift in race relations in America. A time when the majority of Americans stopped being passive about racism; a time when influential leaders in society and policy makers in capitol buildings listened and took steps towards reform. 

There will be more to say on this later in the summer. These are my thoughts, please read National PTA’s statement in the sidebar, and be on the look out for a strong statement from Georgia PTA soon, and I encourage you all to think of how we can grow from there. 

Both Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County Schools have issued surveys for parents regarding re-opening of schools. Hopefully, you participated in these and let your voice be heard, because the decisions based on these surveys are coming soon. To that end, incoming APS Superintendent Lisa Herring and FCS parent Tara Surratt (who happens to be PTA District 10 Assistant Director and Sandtown MS PTA President) participated in a session of Under the Gold Dome with two South Fulton Georgia House representatives. You can watch that video here: https://www.facebook.com/underthegolddome/videos/776637936428540/

Excellent job, Tara!

SPLOST – The Special Local Option Sales Tax – is coming back for renewal. PTA usually asks Local Units and Councils to budget some funds to donate to the SPLOST campaign.   Also, once the SPLOST resolution is made public, we will review it at the District level and possibly pass a resolution. For now, please educate yourselves, these sites are slightly out of date, from the last renewal, but outline some of the projects that have been planned/completed through SPLOST funds:
APS: https://www.atlantapublicschools.us/esplost
FCS: https://www.fultonschools.org/Page/903

If you want to get involved in supporting the SPLOST campaign, please contact me

MemberHub Training 

There is a variety of MH training being offered – see below for dates/times and connection information. 

Getting Started with MemberHub
Monday, June 29, 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuf–vpz8pE9NlJSqN-pKrAIEILiuhUPF7 
Tuesday, July 14, 11am: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlde6uqzssHNJ4nw-K9Ns7rZJGgy_h36Xa 
Wednesday, July 15, 7:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceivqjsoGdXjA-H9SLQ0AEr873K0Cb0k 
Thursday, July 16, 3pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAoduqsrDgtHNDKjOtEU18kfmBgtiIT4xPV
 
Using MemberHub as a Communication Platform
Monday, July 20, 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodeihpjIuE9drGoh7g8jJqesMCh3eBVVF 
 
Working with the MemberHub Store
Tuesday, June 30, 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpdOqrrD8iE9VxmfsQFR6I4ZK3FGHFFajI 
Monday, July 13, 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pduigqjkiHdSo1W7PRan_qwoaDWL6GP6z 
Tuesday, July 21, 8pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqf-utrDwsHdQgS0vIMyCG0W15IkzcNif5 
 

For the District, we are scheduling training specifically for District 10:

  • Wednesday, August 5, 8pm
  • Saturday, August 8, 10am

When I have the online conference information, I’ll send it out. 

As a reminder – upload your officers to MemberHub ASAP because the newsletter feature will roll over from 2020 to 2021 very soon – your school needs these updates! If you haven’t held an election, please add your current officers (2019-2020) and then replace them later.

It’s time for me to take an out of office break. My personal policy is to respond to PTA emails within 24 hours, with a followup every few days until the issue is resolved. From Tuesday through Saturday, I’ll be away from this desk, and likely start to respond to the backlog on Sunday, July 5. Remember that while I’m always willing to help, your Council leaders are your first line of support.  

Thank you for all you do for the children, and all you have been through during this extraordinary time.

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Virtual Town Hall – Resources for you

Thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the District 10 Town Hall – at least 75 of you watched as we discussed PTA End of Year Planning Under Extraordinary Circumstances. 

The PDF of the PowerPoint presentation is here.

Town Hall Apr 2020 PDF

The video is here, it is rather large: 540MB or so:

Follow along with the public chat here. Private messages have been removed, or, for relevant questions discussed in the video, the sender’s name has been removed.

 

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Join us at the D10 Virtual Town Hall and get your questions answered!

 

 

 

From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

There is a virtual bombardment going on right now. Questions are flying in from local units to Councils and District, and from all of us up to Georgia PTA and National PTA, and so we all connecting with state PTA leaders, school leaders, and others – asking questions, getting advice, researching bylaws, and providing information as best we can. 

Keep it coming! However –  I think we all might benefit from some face to face time, and getting your questions answered in person. 

So let’s meet. Virtually, of course!

District 10 is hosting an online Town Hall on Tuesday April 21, at 6:40 p.m. to disseminate information, answer your questions, and find out what else you need. 

Our State PTA President Karen Hallacy and State Treasurer Amanda Weber have offered to attend as well. 

This is meant to be a video conference if you can. Find a webcam, use your phone, or peel the tape off your laptop camera. Then go to this link:

https://join.freeconferencecall.com/jmartin66

You can use your computer for audio.

If you don’t have a microphone: call (978)-990-5000
Then enter the access code: 102343
Then enter the pin number given to you by the system at that time.

Tentative Agenda (no votes/motions will be taken at this meeting):

– Welcome
– Introduction of Special Guests
– Information on holding general PTA meetings virtually
– Guidance on transition period
– Council updates
– Q & A
– Feedback/stories from local units
– Adjourn

I just checked my Georgia PTA inbox and the word “unprecedented” appears in 24 conversations from March 20 to the present. Before that, the word was only used in an announcement about Memberhub last July. This is as close to a shared experience this nation has ever experienced. We are all going through this together, all at the same time. As I know we have been supporting these kids through it, we shall be even stronger on the other end of it. Thank you for all that you do!  

Please stay safe and I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday,

 

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
jmartin@georgiapta.org

 

 

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Checking in! How are you doing? (And important info about elections and deadlines)

An update for you. 

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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

Hello everybody,

I hope you are doing as well as can be in this unprecedented time in our nation’s history. PTA should not be foremost in your mind – at best we should be third, after the health and welfare of your family and yourself. But as a PTA officer, you do have an obligation to support PTA and maintain your PTA through its transition period.

Meanwhile, PTA is moving forward, and questions have come up regarding a number of topics. Georgia PTA sent those out in an email last night, so I hope this isn’t your first time seeing this guidance. If it is, go to https://www.georgiapta.org/ and sign up for their newsletter.  

On our Facebook page, we are posting resources and information from various sources to help all families. If you think we are missing something, send it to me. National PTA has a COVID-19 resource page as well. If you use these resources, let us know, we can post your story anonymously if you want. 

Report Deadlines – Extended – May 1

State deadlines for reports/awards have been moved to May 1. If you have already submitted you can submit a revised report. For example, if you have been actively supporting your community through the last few weeks, you can add that information. Send a copy to state and another to your Council.

Elections

No one can hold elections right now, that’s just a reality. Some of you may have March listed in your bylaws, and the earliest we will go back is April 27, so even if your bylaws say April, that may not be feasible. We just don’t have an end date. For elections you must meet in person, you must invite your whole membership, and you must have a quorum. Right now, that is NOT advisable, and may even be against local/city/state ordinance.  For elections and general meetings, the bylaws clearly state that “voting by proxy, absentee ballot, telephone, fax, email, and text messaging” is prohibited.

What does that mean for you? If you are a current PTA officer, you will be an officer of your PTA until you can hold a meeting, in person, to elect your replacement. Basically, sometime after this crisis is over, you can convene a special called general meeting if you need to, providing at least three (3) days notice to your membership. You must have a quorum at that meeting. You can hold elections from the floor if you did not have a nominating committee in place. If you have any questions or need help, or even someone to run/observe your election, contact me.  

Census 

I got my Census form in the mail – and it links to an online form, Make sure you go online and get counted! Our state representation in Congress as well as federal tax dollar allocations are based on these numbers. Everyone counts, even non-citizen residents. More info here.


In these times, I want you to think about what you are thankful for. I am thankful for all of you, many of whom, like me, are hunkered down working from home, while taking class attendance in the morning and finding that all the students are tardy and wearing pajamas to school.

I am thankful for the teachers and administration and support staff who are keeping things going through digital lessons, and the institutions that have moved services online, or the nonprofits that are the safety net for the needy amongst us.

And I am very grateful for all the essential people who went to work today, to provide us with food, deliveries, healthcare, security, government services, and so much more than we realize. 

Please stay safe and stay strong, and if you can’t do that, please do not hesitate to reach out to those of us who can help you. We are all in this together. 

Thank you!

John 

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021
jmartin@georgiapta.org

Important Dates 
All TBD


Postponed – District 10 Spring Conference

June 5-6 Wheeler High School
Check out Georgia PTA for info on CLT


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