Q. What is the cost to become a member?
A. Our annual membership dues are $25 for a 2-parent family and $21 for a 1-parent family. Additional family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, caregivers) can be added on to a family membership for only $5. To participate in NOECPTA events, adult chaperones must be paid members. This cost covers our National, State, and local PTA dues and supplements PTA activities and expenses. NOECPTA is a non-profit organization. All revenues raised from fundraising activities and dues are used to cover expenses including community service activities, meeting supplies, publicity, and subsidizing activities and keeping event costs low for our members. Membership forms can be submitted electronically here or brought to any general membership meeting. NOTE: A $1 Paypal fee will be added to forms submitted online. We also offer Supporting Partner membership for $5 dues and a Community Partner membership for $75. You can learn more about our partner memberships here.
Q. What is expected of members?
A. We encourage all of our members to get involved because our members are our greatest resource! During the membership year, to be considered a “Member in Good Standing,” we ask each family to:
1) Pay their annual membership dues,
2) Actively serve on a committee -or- volunteer at least 2 hours with one of our committees,
3) Donate a food item or refreshment to a fundraiser or membership drive, and
4) Sell 5 tickets ($5 each or 5 for $20) in our March Madness Lucky Lotto fundraiser.
Anyone completing their requirements will also be entered into a raffle at our April general meeting.
In order to participate in November and December events 2 of the 4 requirements must be met by November 9th.
Q. Do I have to be a North Olmsted resident to join?
A. No, you do not have to be a North Olmsted resident to join. The majority of our members are residents, but we also welcome families from surrounding areas to join too!
Q. How big is your group?
A. This past year we had 125 adult members including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and caregivers, community members, city official, businesses and other organizations. We also had over 70 children!
Q. I work full time. Are there still opportunities for me and my family?
A. YES! We have members who work full-time, part-time, from home, and who are stay-at-home parents. In order to cater to all of our families, we try to plan events to fit a variety of schedules including morning, afternoon, evening and weekend times. We are sometimes limited by availability and restrictions from venues, but we try to have at least one event a month filling each time slot. There are always opportunities to help too! If your schedule does not allow you to chair a committee, you can always volunteer to do one of our monthly ‘Helping Hands Wanted’ tasks, which can often be done at home or assist with a single event or fundraiser during the year. If you can’t make our meetings, you can stay up-to-date by finding our meeting minutes in the member area too, taking advantage of our NEW online event signups and a new mid-month newsletter “Early Childhood Chats” to keep all of our members up-to-date.
Q. What type of activities do you offer parents and kids?
A. We try to engage our children and families with a wide variety of events. We plan events that educate, excite, and inspire our children and families and that are just all around fun. A few events from this past year included painting pottery at Artist for a Day, music class at the Beck Center, Monster Jam, Wild Ohio Animals class at the Natural History Museum, Spring Craft Party, making Valentine’s with local seniors, a fire station tour, Teddy Bear Picnic with Pops, raspberry picking, Memphis Kiddie Park, Disney on Ice, Popsicles in the Park and participating in the Homecoming parade to only name a few.
Q. Where do I get more information?
A. You can visit our Contact Us and submit general inquiry questions or contact a member of our board directly. You may also our informational tables out in community at North Olmsted’s Homecoming Festival, Great Northern Mall’s Family Fun Days, at various preschool open houses. You can always come to one of our monthly meetings (usually held the 2nd Monday of the month) to learn more too!
Q. What occurs at your monthly meeting?
A. As we are affiliated with National and Ohio PTA, we follow their guidelines, our standing rules & bylaws, to run our unit. Paid members vote on issues and policies involving the group and officers are nominated and voted for each year, forming the executive committee. We also have elected board members who serve as chairs to our various committees. The format of our meetings is changing a bit this year. With our online event sign ups and payment methods, we are dedicating more of our meetings to speakers talking on local advocacy topics and business. In order to respect your time, we try to keep our meeting times to one hour. We also typically go to a local restaurant after the meeting to socialize. Since not everyone is familiar with our business formalities, we assign a “buddy” to all new members to help explain more about our group, answer questions, and introduce you to other members.
Q. How do I report my hours?
A. You can fill out our Volunteer Hours Form or report them on our sign in sheet at any general meeting. All volunteers who report their monthly hours online by the Sunday before our general meeting will be entered into a monthly gift card raffle. All hours spent working on PTA matters are considered volunteer hours and need to be reported to the State of Ohio in order for us to keep our non-profit status.
Q. How do I participate in activities?
A. You can visit our website to find out about open, upcoming events and notifications will be sent out through our Blog, Facebook Page, and newsletter. We offer online sign-ups for our events and activities. It is best to sign up as early as possible as seats and space in the event are reserved on a first come, first served basis and often fill up fast. Please note that some events have a maximum number of participants and occasionally age restrictions which will also be noted on signups. If there is a fee for an event, you can pay via Paypal or arrange payment with the committee chair. We understand conflicts come up, but unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds for missed events because many activities have pricing based on participants and require advanced payment to the venue.