Your PTA doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Your activities, mission and goals intertwine with those of other organizations in your community. To achieve your goals as a PTA President, you will have to work with other organizations and groups. To get the most out of a relationship with these other groups, here are some tips:
1. Identify other community organizations and groups that have a similar mission as your PTA. It might be: the local library, local government, sports groups, local mental health organization, local hospital, newspaper or community magazine, or even local hangouts popular with children and families (pizza shop, ice cream parlor, etc.
2. Attend one of their meetings to get to know their issues, projects and goals a little better. If they don’t hold meetings, ask for a face-to-face meeting with one of the group’s leaders to discuss these topics and to start a relationship with them.
3. Invite them to a PTA meeting. They will be able to see firsthand how your group operates, meet the key players and get a sense of your goals and mission.
4. Assign your officers to be a liaison to each group. Regular involvement with your community groups will help to strengthen a good working relationship.
5. Ask the group to assign a liaison to your PTA who will attend your meetings, discuss and work on issues and projects with you, etc.
6. Include them in your regular communications. Includes them in your mailing list for newsletters and schedule of events. This lets everyone know that you are open to their participation in your PTA. Add them as members to your PTA circle on SimplyCircle.
7. Invite them to become “official” members of your PTA. Make sure they receive a membership form and a description of the great member benefits associated with it. The National PTA website is a great resource for all of the member benefits.
8. Set up a quarterly meeting with all of the community groups. You can spearhead this effort to keep communication channels open so that everyone can focus on the issues that face children and families in your community and work together to resolve them. It will also help to establish a cooperative atmosphere among the various groups.