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Welcome to Rhode Island PTA

With no pressing business before the Rhode Island PTA, our Fall Congress has been canceled.   We hope you all have a wonderful Fall semester, enjoy some of this fabulous weather, have many great family based school events and good luck in this year’s membership contest!  Report your membership by October 31st to be entered for your chances to win! Remember to leave a bit of time for mailing. All reports must be into our Vice President of Membership, Sarah Theberge, by October 31st to count!

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Our new mailing address is:
RI Congress of Parents and Teachers
P.O. Box 8476
Warwick, RI 02888

Please email your new board directory as soon as humanly possible to ripta.csecretary@gmail.com.  Need a copy, click here:
Directory Form 17-18

Rhode Island PTA is looking for a few good leaders

To assist us on Committees and our Board of Managers.  Here is a list of what positions are on our team and job descriptions for available positions.  If interested, please contact Cynthia at presidentripta@gmail.com or by phone at 401-288-7109

Our Bylaws Read that Members of the Board shall be:

The elected officers and the Immediate Past President of the Rhode Island PTA; Chairs of the following committees: Bylaws Chair, Membership Extension, Diversity, Board Development and Nominating, Special Education Liaison and Legislation Chair; Up to one council representative, as selected by their council, to serve; and up to 5 local unit representatives appointed by the Rhode Island PTA President and approved by the Board of Managers based on criteria developed by the Board of Managers.

Board of Managers Positions Available

President-Elect
The President-Elect position must be elected by membership at either Fall Congress or Spring Convention. Written notice of intent to be considered for the position must be received at least 5 days prior to the event.

The President-elect shall
a. Serve as a member of the board of managears and the executive board;
b. Act as an aide to the President;
c. Perform the duties of the president in the president’s absence or inability to serve;
d. Coordinate the work of the standing committees;
e. Serve as a member of the legislation program committee; and
f. Provide support and training to Councils, local units and/or their membership chairs as requested by the units or directed by the Board.
g. Perform such other duties as may be provided for by these bylaws, prescribed by the parliamentary authority, or directed by the board of managers or executive committee.

Membership Extension
The Membership Extension Committee Chair is appointed by the President and approved by the board of managers.

The Vice-President for Membership shall be a member of the Extension Membership Committee.
The Extension Membership Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the Rhode Island PTA Extension Membership Plan annually.
The Extension Membership Committee shall submit a plan of work to the Executive Committee for approval. No committee work shall be undertaken without the consent of the Executive Committee.
The chair of the Extension Membership Committee shall continue the plan of work established by his/her predecessor until such time as a new plan of work is approved.
All material distributed by the Extension Membership Committee, in the name of or for use by Rhode Island PTA, shall be approved by the President.

Diversity Chair

The Diversity Committee Chair is appointed by the President and approved by the board of managers.

  1. The Diversity Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the Rhode Island PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Plan annually.
  2. The Diversity Committee shall submit a plan of work to the Executive Committee for approval. No committee work shall be undertaken without the consent of the Executive Committee.
  3. The chair of the Diversity Committee shall continue the plan of work established by his/her predecessor until such time as a new plan of work is approved.
  4. Shall attend National PTA’s Diversity and Inclusion Conference Annually (or assist in appointing a delegate from Rhode Island PTA).

Special Education Liaison
The Special Education Liaison would ideally be someone involved in the Special Education field in the State of Rhode Island – either through their experiences as a parent or as a facilitator of services to our Special Needs population.  The role on the board of managers would be to inform the board of any new legislation affecting these students and to advise how our own policies may affect them.

Local unit representatives (5 seats available)

Local unit representatives are invaluable to the Rhode Island Board of Managers as they give voice to the local units, the problems and successes they have and help shape our policies so to not over burden our local PTAs.

Committee Chair Positions Available

 Healthy Lifestyles Chair

This Chair would oversee a committee involved in promoting healthy lifestyles to our State, Councils and local units.  There are many outside agencies to partner with and National PTA programs.  There may be a National PTA conference call to attend and report back to the board once or twice annually.

 Male Involvement Chair

Using a toolkit provided by National PTA, the Male Involvement or Engagement Chair will build an active network of fathers involved in their child’s education. There may be a National PTA conference call to attend and report back to the board once or twice annually.

Rhode Island PTA Committees Available to join

Membership Extension Committee

            The chair of the Extension Membership Committee shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Managers. The Vice-President for Membership shall be a member of the Extension Membership Committee. The Extension Membership Committee shall be responsible for reviewing the Rhode Island PTA Extension Membership Plan annually and submitting a plan of work to the Executive Committee for approval.

Bylaws Committee

  1. The bylaws and policy committee shall review and approve local unit bylaws and assist in the answering of bylaws questions coming from these PTAs; ;
  2. The bylaws and policy committee shall review council bylaws and submit, with appropriate recommendations, those bylaws to the board of managers for approval;
  3. The bylaws of all constituent organizations are subject to review by Rhode Island PTA bylaws and policy committee;
  4. The bylaws and policy committee shall review Rhode Island PTA bylaws annually and make recommendations for amendments for the Fall Congress meeting in November.

Nominating and Board Development Committee

  1. The chair of the board development and nominating committee shall be elected the committee.
  2. The committee shall be responsible for the identification and recruitment and shall oversee the training of board members and committees;
  3. The committee shall evaluate, screen, and nominate one (1) eligible candidate for each office. The slate shall be sent to the board of managers and each local PTA prior to the Annual Convention in an election year;
  4. The committee shall advise the president on appointment of committee chairs;
  5. The president shall not serve as a member of the board development and nominating committee;
  6. This committee will asked to assist in the development of the Nuts and Bolts training sessions held annually in August.

Reflections Committee

  1. The chair of the Reflections committee shall be appointed by the president and approved by the board of managers;
  2. The Reflections committee shall be responsible for National PTA Reflections program in the state of Rhode Island including the advising of local unit Reflection Chairs, collection of the submitted artwork, securing judges, ordering the awards ribbons and planning the Reflections Art Ceremony held annually in late February/early March.

Communications/Media Committee

The chair of the communications/media committee shall be appointed by the president and approved by the board of managers. The chair and committee will be responsible for the publication of the Rhode Island PTA newsletter; overseeing the upkeep of the Rhode Island PTA website, Facebook pages, Twitter and any other social media.  Ideally, in the future, the committee would put together a marketing campaign for PTA to be used by Rhode Island PTA and local PTA units to promote membership.

Diversity Committee

The chair of the Diversity Committee shall be appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Managers and along with the committee shall be responsible for reviewing the Rhode Island PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Plan annually, submitting a plan of work to the Executive Committee for approval and overseeing its execution.

Spring Convention Committee

The chair of the Spring Convention Committee shall be appointed by President and approved by the Board of Managers and along with the committee shall be responsible for planning all facets of the annual Convention.

Fall Congress Committee

The Legislative Chair is responsible for planning this event along with the committee.  The small night time event is utilized for updating bylaws, presenting the advocacy program and having a speaker for the evening.

Nuts and Bolts Committee

Along with the Chair of the Nominating and Board Development, this committee is responsible for planning the annual training program for our local units which traditionally occur in August.

LPL Scholarship Committee

Members of this committee would be involved in the selection of the annual scholarship recipient(s).

 Tarin Byrne Volunteer Award Committee

Members of this committee will be involved in the selection of the annual volunteer award.