It’s time to think about awarding your Lifetime and Extended Service awards. You should form your Lifetime Membership Selection committee soon if you haven’t already. This is usually is made up of your membership chair, who is the chair, and has either 3 or 5 members total. Be sure to publicize through your newsletter, etc, that you are looking for nominees.
The criteria is simple. You want to award someone for their service to children and youth. It can be anyone..a parent, grandparent, teacher, admin, crossing guard, custodian, food service individuals, community member…the list goes on. Please give it some serious thought. Your standing rules will tell you how many people you can honor, although you can do less than that if you prefer. They are invited to the Founder’s Day dinner courtesy of your PTA, so keep your budget in mind as well. A guest for each recipient is sometimes covered as well. Again, check your standing rules. Also check to see if the PTA president and your principal are covered. If they aren’t, and your PTA can afford it, I would suggest you cover them as well. If your budget is tight, try to honor at least one person, but it is okay if you aren’t able to. An Extended Service award is for 10 or more years of service. It’s nice to give the Lifetime first if they don’t already have it.
Also to keep in mind budget wise. In order for your recipient’s name to be on the TXPTA list, you must purchase a certificate, which is $45 for a Lifetime membership award and $60 for an Extended Service. There are also pins you can order that are optional. If the budget is tight, you could just do the certificate, honor them in a ceremony at school and give them the option of attending the dinner at their own expense.
Here is the timeline:
- November/December – Lifetime nominating committee should be formed
- January 29th – Email names of honorees to Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org
- February 5th – Deadline to RSVP and submit payment and meal selection ($30/person)
- February 26th – Founders Day dinner at DFW Marriott
Please note that the price has increased to $30/person. Please make budget amendments accordingly.
Invitations will be available at the January meeting. You must let Laurie know who your recipients are in order to receive them. I will send the meal choice form later.
I know it’s a lot of information but I want to make sure no one misses out.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Naseem Razvi President LISD Council of PTAs www.lisdpta.org everychild. onevoice.