Council Leader Update

April 2016

Council End of Year Report Due May 1, 2016

Each council is asked to submit the Council Annual Achievement Report (CAAR) by May 1. If sending electronically, please submit to and send a copy to your District Director. If mailing, please send to the Georgia PTA state office at 114 Baker Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30308-3366.

Need a copy of the CAAR? It can be found on page 44 of the Council Leadership Resource Guide. You can also download it from the FORMS section of the Councils Only section of the Georgia PTA website. If you have any questions regarding the report, please email Susan Hayes.

Reflections Wrap-Up & Launch for 2016-2017

Saturday, April 16, 2016 beginning promptly at 10:00am

Georgia PTA State Office | 114 Baker Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

(free parking available behind the building and in the front drive)

On April 16th from 10 am to 1 pm, please join me as we wrap-up this year’s Reflections program and launch our 2016-2017 program year.

This is open to both local unit and council chairs (both incoming and outgoing chairpersons welcome).

• Come prepared with your feedback on our 2015-2016 program year

• Bring any questions you have on how to best implement the program at your school

• Best practices will be shared among the group

• Integration to the online process for 2016-2017 will be explained

• Launch of 2016-2017 “What is Your Story?” program with updated information from National PTA

Brunch will be provided. If you are attending, you must RSVP to so that we can have a lunch for you. Please indicate if you have special dietary needs.

Janice Gurley
Georgia PTA Reflections Chair

(PLEASE SHARE this information with your local units!)

Submit Incoming Officers to Georgia PTA by May 1

Councils and local units are asked to submit their list of incoming officers online by May 1. Please share this link with your local units and encourage them to meet the May 1 deadline.

Transitioning Your Team

Online Training Available – Including new training about Transitioning Your Teams

Georgia PTA offers online training opportunities for all PTA leaders including a brand new training about Transitioning Your Teams. Share the training link with your local units so that new leaders can spend time familiarizing themselves with the training available and become comfortable in their new roles.

We are also proud to provide two training classes in Spanish.

President Training in Spanish

Treasurer Training in Spanish

Convention Leadership Training - Special workshops JUST for council leaders!

This year at Convention Leadership Training (June 23-25 in Athens), we have a class designed just for YOU! This workshop is for Council Leaders.

Here is the workshop description: Understand the role of Council leadership and how to maximize your Council’s impact on your local units. This workshop is perfect for both the brand new Council officer and the experienced Council leader. We will share ideas, communication strategies, and best practices, as well as answer questions from Council leaders.

We will also have a specialized workshop just for Council Reflections Chairs that is separate from the class offered for Local Unit Reflections Chairs.

These two classes were designed with the specific needs of the Council leader in mind and will give you the opportunity to ask questions and share experiences with each other.

Make plans to attend now. Registration, meals, and lodging are legitimate PTA expenses and appropriately budgeted PTA funds may be used.

Registration (with a full list of all 60 workshops available) will be open soon!

Georgia PTA's Position on "Opportunity School District"

Opportunity School District – Georgia PTA's Position


Georgia PTA kicks off a spring membership incentive. This new campaign awards each local unit PTA who submits 100 new members by April 30th, with a fun-filled 2016 Hummer ride around the City of Athens on Friday evening (June 24th) of CLT. We have other fun surprises in store as well. What a better way to celebrate membership and summer?!

President Lisa-Marie Haygood and Georgia PTA's Honorary Membership Chair, Dr. Norman Thomas will also recognize your school at the Saturday luncheon as a founding member of the Georgia PTA Spring Fling Membership Growth Club.

Create a creative "membership is growing" campaign, roll up your sleeves and:

  • Send membership forms and fliers home with report cards, newsletters and school reminders;
  • Invite newly transferred families to join your PTA with a personal invitation from your PTA and principal;
  • Set up your membership table at every upcoming spring PTA and school event;
  • Include articles about membership and its benefits at your table and in your newsletter;
  • Like Georgia PTA "Membership Moments" Facebook page for ideas;
  • Celebrate your accomplishments and "Just Ask"- Are you a member?
  • Remit the state and national portion of dues by April 30 to the state office.

So on your mark, get set, GO!! The finish line and your ticket for a Hummer tour of Athens are only 100 members away.

Margie Ringfield
Membership Chair

URGENT: Information about New IRS 990-N Filing Procedures

Attention PTAs who submit the 990-N Form to the IRS, the submission website has changed.

Effective February 29, 2016 Form 990-N electronic submissions will be accepted through instead of Urban Institute's website.

Form 990-N, Electronic Notice (e-Postcard) for Tax-Exempt Organizations Not Required to File Form 990 or Form 990EZ, is used by small, tax-exempt organizations (whose gross income is less than $50,000) for annual reporting and can only be submitted electronically.

Georgia PTA Important Dates

Final Council Report due – May 1, 2016

Convention Leadership Training – June 23- 25, 2016 (Athens, GA)

Council and District Leadership Training (CDLT) – July 29-31, 2016 at Wahsega 4-H Center