Livonia PTSA Council Courier

News for March 2, 2015

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Have you registered for Convention yet?

There is still time to get the Early Bird Registration DISCOUNT! Register by March 10 and SAVE $25!

Are you excited about PTA Convention? Do you wonder if it's something you really need to attend? Are you sure that it's even meant for you? Those are all good questions, and the answer should be YES!

Convention is open to EVERYONE -whether you are a PTA officer, an administrator, parent, teacher or student! There is something for everyone who wants to learn more about improving the lives and opportunities for children.
We hope to see YOU at Convention next month.
You can register by mail or online. Find the information here:
Call to Convention:
Printable Registration form:

Livonia Kiwanis Early Risers present donation to Niji Iro Elementary PTA

YMAD Reminders

YMAD (Youth Making a Difference) counts were due to Chair Debbie Pline on February 28. Names are not due, just the total number of participants so that certificates can be ordered and printed. If you haven't yet, please email Debbie at - even if your count is zero!

Also, just a reminder that the YMAD celebration will be at Stevenson High School (due to renovations going on at Franklin High School) on April 21st. All participants and their families are invited. Doug Sheer will be performing the magic show this year as Jason Hudy who has performed in the past has moved to the other side of the world!

An Evening with your local legislators

Please join the Livonia PTSA Council for an evening with your elected representatives to discuss local issues and concerns.

Thursday March 26, 2015 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

We have State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (District 6),
State Senator Patrick Colbeck (District 7),
State Representative Julie Plawecki (District 11),
State Representative Robert Kosowski (District 16) and
State Representative Laura Cox (District 19) joining us.

We will update as we add additional legislators.

Refreshments will be provided by the Franklin High School Patriot Inn. This event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend.

We do ask for an RSVP for planning purposes – please email John Grzebik at

PTA Date Night

Our first Moms and Dads night out was a success! Watch for details for the next one... All are welcome!

PTA Training Tips

How do you Make a MOTION? (REMEMBER - it is followed by a VOTE!)

How are Motions Presented?
  1. Obtaining the floor
    1. Wait until the last speaker has finished.
    2. Rise and address the Chairman by saying, "Mr. Chairman, or Mr. President."
    3. Wait until the Chairman recognizes you.
  2. Make Your Motion
    1. Speak in a clear and concise manner.
    2. Always state a motion affirmatively. Say, "I move that we ..." rather than, "I move that we do not ...".
    3. Avoid personalities and stay on your subject.
  3. Wait for Someone to Second Your Motion
  4. Another member will second your motion or the Chairman will call for a second.
  5. If there is no second to your motion it is lost.
  6. The Chairman States Your Motion
    1. The Chairman will say, "it has been moved and seconded that we ..." Thus placing your motion before the membership for consideration and action.
    2. The membership then either debates your motion, or may move directly to a vote.
    3. Once your motion is presented to the membership by the chairman it becomes "assembly property", and cannot be changed by you without the consent of the members.
  7. Expanding on Your Motion
    1. The time for you to speak in favor of your motion is at this point in time, rather than at the time you present it.
    2. The mover is always allowed to speak first.
    3. All comments and debate must be directed to the chairman.
    4. Keep to the time limit for speaking that has been established.
    5. The mover may speak again only after other speakers are finished, unless called upon by the Chairman.
  8. Putting the Question to the Membership
    1. The Chairman asks, "Are you ready to vote on the question?"
    2. If there is no more discussion, a vote is taken.
    3. On a motion to move the previous question may be adapted.

for more information on making motions, voting or meeting rules & procedures, consult your Bylaws and Roberts Rules of Order.

Livonia PTSA Council - next meeting WEDNESDAY MARCH 11

Join us for a Roundtable discussion on Wednesday March 11 at Riley Upper Elementary School at 6:30 pm. We will discuss recent survey results and then open up for a roundtable discussion. Let us know what's on your mind! Got questions? We've got answers! See you on the 11th!
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March is Reading Month!

Celebrate with a book! What is your favorite book to read? How will your PTA celebrate? Share with us on facebook -

Coming up:

3 President's Phone call (log in to MI PTA website for details)
8 Daylight Savings - set your clocks ahead one hour
11 Livonia PTSA Council meeting @ Riley Upper Elementary 6:30 pm
26 An evening with your legislators @ FHS Patriot Inn 7:00 - 8:00 pm
27-29 Michigan PTA 97 Annual Convention

3-10 - Reminder - No School
15 LPTSA Council Meeting - ELECTIONS
29 - Reminder - No School
For more information about Michigan PTA, click here:
For more information about the National PTA, click here:

About us:

The Livonia PTSA Council is a group of local PTA/PTSA units within the Livonia Public Schools District. The Council is organized under the authority of the Michigan PTA for the purpose of promoting conferences, communications, leadership development and coordination of the efforts of the local units.