Member Services

Your support of PTA is more important now than ever!

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In these troubled times, we must remember that life as we knew it will return, and we are all in this together. PTA MEMBERSHIP allows you to stay involved with your school and neighborhood community, and keeps you informed & updated on legislation important to all children!  

Everyone can join – please reach out to neighbors, parents, children, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings…and you can join as many PTAs as you want to!  

Electronic Memberships via Totem

Looking for an additional tool for easy access to Joining a PTA?
And renewal of memberships, add TOTEM capta.org/pta-leaders/services/electronic-membership-system/ as an additional way to pay for a membership to your PTA! Place it on your PTA and school website! Here are answers to some of the most important questions about TOTEM….

Is this the only way we can collect membership?

NO, use ALL of your resources to sign up members! Please use envelopes, websites, and TOTEM.

How much will it cost?

There is no cost for a local unit to use the system. Each member that joins using the electronic membership system will pay a $1 convenience fee per membership. This will cover all the processing fees and other costs of the system. This dollar will be paid by the member and it is added onto the membership dues so it will not reduce the portion of dues deposited in the local PTA unit bank account.

Can a unit opt out of using the donation part of the program to avoid the 5% fee?

TOTEM can set up an account to eliminate offering the donation options to members. We believe that offering donations here will increase overall donation amounts to units because of the ease of to donate, and that the 5% fee will be outweighed by the increased donations. Also, TOTEM is working on giving members the option to the pay the 5% in the near future to allow your units to keep 100% of the donations amount.

Does the auto renew occur at the beginning of the school year or one year from purchase date?

California State PTA’s membership year is July 1 to June 30. An auto renew notice will be sent to the members the last week in June and auto renew will occur near July 1 (depending on holidays).
Bulk upload this year’s members to make sure they receive an automatic renewal message. New bulk upload feature on TOTEM! Now you can upload all your members into the e-membership system and have one source for all your membership information. You can do it yourself with the Google sheet and FAQs from TOTEM, or for a small fee, TOTEM can set it up for you. All members in the system will receive renewal notices to make joining your PTA easier.

For TOTEM FAQs….click downloads.capta.org/mem/ElectronicMembershipSystem_FAQs.pdf! For how Accounting of TOTEM memberships work….click downloads.capta.org/mem/TOTEM_Accounting_Guidelines.pdf!

Need assistance with this? Call/text/email Betsy Mueller, Ninth District Vice President-Member Services Director, at member-services@ninthdistrictpta.org or cellular (619) 838-1500.

California State PTA Resources For Leaders and Member

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