Local PTA members attend state conventionRACINE, Wis. — PTA members from around the state, including nine local PTA members attended the Wisconsin PTA 104th annual convention, “Wisconsin PTA-Waves of Change,” April 19-20
RACINE, Wis. — PTA members from around the state, including nine local PTA members attended the Wisconsin PTA 104th annual convention, “Wisconsin PTA-Waves of Change,” April 19-20.
Local members from the Wisconsin PTA board include Kirsten Knickrehm, Reflections chairwoman; Ellen Chicka, bylaws chairwoman, region adviser for Wisconsin PTA and Superior Area Council PTA president; Diana Gradine, Superior council treasurer; Superior Middle School PTSA president Elaine Holmberg and member Wendell Hathaway; Northern Lights PTA treasurer Lisa Palmer; Julie Larson, membership chair; and Karen LaBare and Melinda Laakkonen.
Topics this year included Membership Strategies by National PTA president-elect, Otha Thornton; CREATE, addressing racial disproportionality in Wisconsin schools by Ron Dunlap; working with administrators by West Allis-West Milwaukee Superintendent Kurt Wachholz, and sessions on tools to safeguard your tax exemption, social media ethics and Watch Dogs, among other topics.
Elections were held this year, and Ellen Chicka was elected Wisconsin PTA president-elect for the 2013-2015 term. She’s been an active PTA member since 2007, starting as an officer at Four Corners. She is looking forward to working with members across the state to make a difference for all children.
Several Superior PTA members received LEADers certificates for completing leadership training. Elaine Holmberg, Julie Larson and Wendell Hathaway all received their LEADers I, Ellen Chicka received LEADers II, and Wisconsin PTA president Kim Henderson received her LEADers III certificates.
Several local units received membership awards during a luncheon over the weekend for their increases in membership. Lake Superior PTA from Superior received a Hale and Healthy Award, along with a $250 grant for coordinating a fresh fruit and vegetable program at their school.