February 2021
PTA Spirit
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We have a new bracelet in stock (limited quantity) which represents our state president theme "Shining a Light on Every Child with One Voice." You can purchase this and more spirit logo items in the NYS PTA Store.
Committee Spotlight

Ina Ferguson, NYS PTA Urban Specialist

My name is Ina Ferguson and I am the NYS PTA Urban Specialist. I was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. I am the proud stepmother of 5, grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 1 and godmother to 7!


PTA membership will give you a voice. I have learned through my years of advocacy that all children must come first. I am grateful for the support of other PTA leaders as I use my voice for all children. Whether at home or in Albany “you will always lose when you battle with me over children.”


Hot Topics

Join in the excitement and ASK everyone you know to join a local PTA! Like, Share and Comment on our live Facebook posts that day!
PTAs are sharing their success strategies and words of wisdom! Check them out on the PTA Success Stories webpage.
PTAs who add 10+ New Members this month will earn the Founders Day Award digital badge.

Members who add their +ONE member(s) and comment about it on our weekly Founders Day Facebook posts will qualify themselves and their PTA to win prizes - Spread the LOVE of PTA!
Monthly To-Do List
  • Participate in The Great PTA Sign Up Day and make a difference for all children
  • Honor the PTA legacy by sharing your love of PTA and earning the Founders Day Award and maybe a cash prize
  • Pay State/National dues for all members who have joined to date by February 28
Northeastern Region Highlight
Geri Lehane - Region Director (RD) and Membership Chair (RMC)

Hi, my name is Geri Lehane and I am the Northeastern Region Director and the Region Membership Chair. I have been a member of PTA since 1998 when my oldest son started attending kindergarten in the Ballston Spa School District. I started my PTA journey as a volunteer at the PTA Book Fair. I have been an elementary PTA treasurer, middle school secretary and treasurer, and a PTA Council treasurer in my local school district. I have also been the Membership chair for the elementary and middle school PTAs. I really enjoyed this position.




#12-116 Colonie Central High School PTSA in Colonie, NY has already met their Membership goal of 332 members this year!
We recognized that families wanted to stay connected during this unusual year and we maximized our social media usage. We consistently invited a special guest from the high school to each meeting to attract attendance. We shared the membership link at our meetings as well as via social media.

We are very excited about the Savvy Membership recognition!


#12-168 Kensington Road PTA in Glens Falls, NY exceeded their Membership goal of 106 - they have 120 members so far!
We are lucky to have such engaged parents, families, educators and community members. 

We utilized social media, weekly if not more, and our PTA web page, to spread the word about membership and other PTA efforts. This has helped us to reach a wider audience for membership and engagement. We use MemberHub for membership, as we recognize it may be more convenient for people to sign-up online versus a paper form. 


#12-325 Albany School of Humanities also exceeded their Membership goal of 40 members - they have 64 members this year!
Our main point when it comes to membership has been consistency. We share our membership link in every virtual meeting, club, or event that we do. When using Google Meets, we drop the link into the chat and also offer to show people how to use the MemberHub site to become a member.

Using the virtual world to our advantage when we can, while consistently sharing the link to our MemberHub site has literally and figuratively paid off for ASH.



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