These are the written rules that state how the association will be governed. Bylaws deal with the structure of the association. Bylaws generally include a mission statement and provide for meetings, elections of a board of directors and officers, filling vacancies, notices, types and duties of officers, committees and assessments. Bylaws are, in effect, a contract among members, and must be formally adopted and/or amended by a 2/3 vote by general membership with 30 days notice given. Bylaws are subject to the approval of Wisconsin PTA.
Local Unit Fill-in Bylaws Template (pdf) August 2016
Standing rules are the procedures for the day to day running of the association that are not included in the bylaws. They can also be called Policy and Procedure or General Policy. They cannot be in conflict with the bylaws. Unlike bylaws, standing rules, while they must be voted on by the board of directors can be changed or amended at any time. Standing rules are unique to each specific PTA, and are for the use of the PTA board; therefore they do not need to be sent to the state office. Standing rules make the frequent/common actions simpler and provide for fairness and continuity of board decisions. They are the details of daily PTA work.
Standing Rules Information
Standards of Affiliation:
One of the responsibilities Wisconsin PTA has as your parent organization is to ensure that all our local units/councils are governing themselves properly as public charities and are using sound financial and business procedures. As an affiliate member of state and national organizations, all units/councils have the responsibility of aligning their mission and structure to that of the parent organizations. Attached you will find the Wisconsin PTA Standards of Affiliation for Local Units/Councils. This document contains your rights and benefits as a PTA Affiliate and also outlines your responsibilities to the PTA organization and the federal and state governments.
WI PTA Standards of Affiliation (What units can expect out of Wisconsin PTA)
Standards of Affiliation-Good Standing Checklist (to make sure your PTA is in compliance)
Suggested Local PTA Unit Standards of Affiliation (for PTA’s to use for their own board members)
Resolutions are what give your PTA the groundwork to speak as a whole. Units can speak on resolutions the National and State PTA have already passed or make their own as long as they follow the Objects and Mission of PTA.
Call for WI PTA Resolutions/Call to Rescind (Due in the State Office Jan 10th)
What does it mean to rescind?
Rescinding is the legal action needed to retire a motion. WI PTA’s current resolutions, basic policy and legislative program all contain the items we take action on. Each important item was a motion our membership has voted upon and passed to reflect their views. Items in these documents that are outdated, no longer relevant or inappropriate can be submitted by units or councils for consideration to be rescinded. Once rescinded items are retired but continue to remain on historical record.