Livonia PTSA Council Courier
News for April 6, 2015
What you missed at Convention!
MI PTA Awards and Recognition!
The Livonia PTSA Council was awarded the Excellence in Communications Award - website by the Michigan PTA!
Best Male Engagement Program
The Livonia PTSA Council was also awarded the Best Male Engagement Program Award by the Michigan PTA!
Healthy Lifestyles Award
Randolph Elementary PTA received the Healthy Lifestyles Award from the Michigan PTA. Congratulations and keep up the good work Randolph Elementary PTA!
Best Male Engagement Program
Additional Awards from the Michigan PTA Convention included the following:
Churchill High School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner; 2014-2015 State Membership Goal Challenge Winner
Cleveland Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner; October Teacher Challenge Winner
Cooper Upper Elementary PTA: 2014-2015 State Membership Goal Challenge Winner
Emerson Middle School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner
Franklin High School PTSA: Certificate of Participation Register2 Campaign
Herbert Hoover Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner
Holmes Middle School PTSA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner
Lewis Cass Elementary PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner
Livonia PTSA Council: Male Engagement Award; Excellence in Communication – Website Award; Certificate of Success;
Niji Iro PTA: PTA Charter
Perrinville Early Childhood PTA: Early Bird Membership Challenge
Randolph Elementary PTA: Healthy Lifestyles Award; Early Bird Membership Challenge Winner
Proposal 1 Ballot language:
The official ballot text is as follows:“ A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Eliminate sales / use taxes on gasoline / diesel fuel for vehicles on public roads.
• Increase portion of use tax dedicated to School Aid Fund (SAF).
• Expand use of SAF to community colleges and career / technical education, and prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities.
• Give effect to laws, including those that:
Should this proposal be adopted?
YES [ ]
NO [ ]
Playgrounds For Everyone
A community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds.
Click here for more info: http://www.playgroundsforeveryone.com/
Kids Bowl Free this summer!
Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games a day, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.
PTA Training Tips
Sales Tax - do we have to pay?
Your unit, (under the umbrella of the Michigan PTA, qualifies as a 501C3 organization and thus is exempt from paying federal taxes. Which is why we file the IRS 990 postcard.
However state sales tax is a separate issue.
If you are buying something to use as a part of fulfilling your stated mission, say buying mulch to spread in front of the school as part of beautification, you do not have to pay sales tax. If your purchases are to be used as part of a fund-raising activities (a book fair or selling spirit wear) they are taxable because your stated mission is not fundraising. And if it was, you wouldn't qualify as a 501C3.
NOMINATIONS Information you need to know!
- As a PTA president, you are likely not part of the Nominations Committee! Check your bylaws, it should say something to the effect: The President shall "be a member ex officio of all committees except the nominating committee." Make sure you know what YOUR bylaws say!
- Know who your Nominating Committee should be - two members? Three to five members? Your Bylaws will tell you!
- Know WHEN your Nominating Committee needs to present the slate of officers (Yes - your Bylaws will tell you!)
- Nominees MUST give their consent to serve - look for language like: "Only those who have signified their consent to serve if elected shall be nominated for, or elected to, such office" Make sure your Committee Confirms EACH nominee for EACH office!
- Know when your elections must be held - your bylaws will tell you!
- Voting by proxy is prohibited! You must be present to vote! This is one of those items with a # - it comes from National PTA! (This means that you have to be present to vote - you must also be a member to vote!)
- You may have term limits - check your bylaws!!
If you have questions, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LIAISON! We are here to help you! If you would like to have an installation ceremony for your new officers, contact your liaison! We can do that for you!
Finally - write May 27 in your calendar and make sure your newly elected officers have this date. We will be having an Officer Training workshop at Frost Middle School. 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
3-10 - Reminder - No School
15 LPTSA Council Meeting - ELECTIONS & Roads presentation at Churchill High School
28 Membership due
2 Michigan PTA Reflections Awards at Johnson Upper Elementary
4 Michigan PTA President's Conference call (log in to MI PTA website for details)
5 - Reminder - No School (Rescheduled day off - originally April 29)
6 LPTSA Council Meeting
25 - Reminder - No School (Memorial Day)
27 LPTSA Council Officer Training at Frost Middle School
28 Membership due
Livonia PTSA Council
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.