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Membership questions should be emailed to Andrea Yamasaki:

Member Perks

We know people join PTA to support children and their schools. But PTA member perks can help make joining PTA an even greater value. Print or email the latest member perks flier and share the benefits with your members. (Also available en español.)

Council Due Dates

Membership due dates to Orange Community Council of PTAs. Please use the remittance form OCCPTA Unit Remittance Form – English

  • October 1st: 30 members for “Ready Set Remit” award
  • November 5th: 15 members to remain in good standing with the State PTA
  • March 1st: Membership for recognition at State Convention
  • June 15th: Final remittance for the fiscal year.

Membership Envelopes and Cards

Membership cards are free and every member deserves one. It is their proof of membership. A membership card entitles its bearer to a ballot for a PTA election. Applicants for PTA scholarships and grants must provide a copy of their membership card. A membership card is required to register for the California State PTA convention. Remember a membership card has the username and password on it for accessing various parts of the National PTA website and for signing up for member benefits, discounts and resources.

How To Use Membership Cards (Tips for PTA units) provides the information necessary to understand the process and their usage.
Membership Card FAQs
Membership Card Template

Membership envelopes can be purchased from the Council. If cards are available at the time of envelope purchase, each PTA unit will also receive membership cards. Additional cards can be requested once per capita has been remitted.

Official color, pre-printed and bilingual (English-Spanish) PTA membership envelope boxes are being sold at  $15 for a box of 500. It is not necessary that you use our envelopes. Units in OCCPTA  should contact our council for membership envelopes and cards. Please contact Andrea Yamasaki:

Membership Card Distribution Membership cards can be distributed to your members in a variety of ways.

  • During registration – when members join, they get their cards right away
  • At Back-to-School night – when members join, they get their cards right away
  • After dues are paid using envelopes, cards are distributed in Weekly Folders
  • Cards can be mailed to the members’ homes

Whenever your parents are congregated en mass, your membership chairman or committee should set up a table, collect dues, and give out membership cards. Units should have cards and envelopes in hand by the end of August so that this process can go smoothly.

Encourage your teachers to join! The “T” in PTA stands for teachers. You need their physical and moral support to carry out your objectives. Your principal and other administrators and staff should also be members. Enthusiasm is contagious!

Membership Overview

Enrolling members in the PTA is a year-long activity that is carried out by a membership committee. It is the entire board’s responsibility to be promoting and encouraging membership. The primary reason for developing membership in the PTA is to build an informed team of individuals to work on behalf of all children and youth. The committee plans, implements, and evaluates the membership campaign following the guidelines of the National PTA and California State PTA. To be familiar with what PTA does, review the brochure Involvement Makes A Difference.

Many of the benefits of membership are detailed on the California State PTA website and the National PTA website which also has special sections that can only be accessed by members using the “user” and “password” that appear on the back of a PTA membership card. These change yearly at the end of October.

In addition to increasing enrollment, the campaign should make the public aware of the resources that the PTA offers to parents, educators, and members of the community who work, in large and small ways, to secure a nurturing, healthy environment for children, and strengthen the PTA voice so that policy makers in all areas, at all levels will hear a strong, unified message on behalf of children, youth, and families.

Any individual who subscribes to the Purposes and basic policies of the PTA becomes a member upon payment of dues to a PTA or PTSA unit. Students can be members at any PTA but must be actively included in a PTSA. Each member receives an official membership card from the unit. The membership card issued shows that the dues paid to the unit include membership in the California State PTA and National PTA and expires on October 31 annually.

Each PTA is separate from any other PTA and gives special services to a specific group of children. Members having children in more than one school may pay dues to support the PTA or youth in each child’s school. (See Toolkit, section 3.2.1 – Memberships)

Please check the website of the California State PTA for further information and helpful articles about membership in the newsletters PTA in California and The Communicator.

Member Benefits

Numerous benefits are available to dues-paying units and members. Member units have access to many resources as well as the support and assistance of the other levels of PTA. Some of these benefits are intangible and are detailed in a brochure entitled PTA Membership Benefits You, Students, Your School.

Additionally, because of the size of the organization, National PTA is able to partner with businesses and negotiate special discounts, fundraising opportunities, and other valuable benefits exclusively for PTA members. Go to to learn more.

Membership Dues and the PTA Structure. All members of the California State PTA belong to a unit and are represented by:

  • A council (if applicable);
  • A district PTA (if applicable);
  • California State PTA; and
  • National PTA.

A council is a group of PTA units within a District PTA organized under the authority of the California State PTA.

Annual membership dues include per capita dues to the council (if in council), district PTA, California State PTA, and National PTA. The remaining portion stays in the unit. Dues may differ in amount in each PTA and are listed in the local unit PTA’s bylaws. Changing the amount of unit dues requires a revision of the unit’s bylaws.

Per each unit’s bylaws, per capita dues must be submitted through channels to the district by November 15th to remain a unit in good standing.

The portion of dues paid to a unit that is specified in the bylaws as due the council (if in council), district PTA, California State PTA and National PTA, known as “per capita dues,” does not belong to the unit but must be forwarded through channels at the completion of the enrollment month and by the first of each month thereafter.

Per the bylaws for every PTA unit (Article XI), a local association (unit PTA) in good standing in California is one which in addition to other considerations also:

  • pays dues to and actively supports all branches of the National and California State PTA
  • remits dues and annual insurance premiums by dates designated, and
  • is comprised of not less than fifteen (15) members.

PTA Units may also modify their bylaws to include Student and Family membership dues. Review this PDF from the California State PTA as to how this could be done in your Unit.

Please read more about membership on the website of the California State PTA and check out the Membership Ideas page at

What Your Dues Provide at the Unit Level

  • Administrative Reimbursement: Officers and Chairmen
  • Convention Delegates
  • Emergency Student Assistance
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance
  • Newsletters, Web site, Print and Electronic notices
  • Organizational Expenses
  • Parent Education, Study Groups
  • Program Booklets
  • Publications
  • School/Student Projects

What Your Dues Provide at the Council PTA Level

  • Administrative Reimbursement: Officers and Chairmen
  • Community Projects
  • Convention Delegates
  • Directory
  • Emergency Student Assistance
  • Hospitality
  • Leadership Training
  • Materials
  • Newsletters, Web site, Print and Electronic notices
  • Publications
  • Workshops
  • Forwarding of payments through channels

 What Your Dues Provide at the District PTA Level

  • Administrative Reimbursement: Officers and Chairmen
  • Commissioners
  • Convention Delegates
  • Directory
  • Emergency Student Assistance
  • Hospitality
  • Leadership Training and Projects
  • Programs
  • Newsletter, Web site, Print and Electronic notices
  • Publications
  • Reimbursement: Officers, Chairs
  • Workshops and Conferences

What Your Dues Provide at the CA PTA State Level

  • Administrative Reimbursement: Officers, Chairmen
  • California State PTA Convention
  • California State PTA Offices in Los Angeles and Sacramento
  • California State PTA Toolkit
  • Electronic Notices and Communications
  • National PTA Convention Delegates
  • Newsletter (PTA in California)
  • Publications and Supplies
  • Reimbursement: officers, chairmen, legislation advocates, commissioners
  • Service Mailing
  • Special Projects

 What Your Dues Provide at the National PTA Level

  • Administrative Reimbursement: Officers, Chairmen
  • Electronic Notices and Communication
  • Field Services
  • Legislative Offices: Washington D.C.
  • Magazine (Our Children)
  • National PTA Convention
  • National PTA Headquarters: Chicago
  • Reimbursement: officers, chairs, and legislative committee
  • Resources / Publications
  • Special Projects