Membership Special Recognition and Honors
Life Memberships are purchased through Texas PTA for $45.00 per award. Texas PTA provides a certificate for presentation. Members may then claim life membership status. Official Life Membership status can be verified through Texas PTA’s Member Services Department.
Since 1909 the Texas PTA has made available the Honorary Texas Life Membership as one of the highest honors that may be presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth. Life Memberships may be conferred at any time by local, council, area or state PTAs. The recipient does not have to be a PTA member nor must the service for which the honor has been bestowed be connected with the PTA. The only requirement for receiving a Texas PTA Honorary Life Membership is that the recipient is making or has made a worthwhile contribution to the well-being of children and youth.
Life Memberships are honorary memberships and do not carry with them automatic rights to vote or to hold office. In order to participate actively in PTA, an Honorary Texas Life Member must enroll in a local PTA by paying the National PTA and local portions of the dues and his name must be included on the membership list sent to the Texas PTA Office.
Texas PTA Life Members are exempt from paying the Texas PTA portion of dues for one local PTA per membership year unless they have received more than one Honorary Life Membership. In that case, they may register as a Texas PTA Life Member with as many Local PTAs as they have Texas PTA Life Memberships.
National Life Members enrolling in a PTA as National Life Members are not exempt from payment of local, state or national dues. If they are both a National and Texas PTA life member, they should enroll as a Texas Life Member.
A local PTA, when remitting state and national portions of dues to the Texas PTA Office, should list only those life members who have paid the local and national portions of dues for the current membership year.
The Texas PTA reserves the right to revoke the Texas Life Membership of any member who has been convicted of a felonious crime. The member will be notified by mail and asked to return the Life Membership certificate, card and pin to the Texas PTA.
In 1987, the Texas PTA Board of Directors developed the criteria for awarding a Texas PTA Extended Service Award to those people who have continued to give outstanding service to the Texas PTA. This award may be presented at any time by a local, council, area or state PTA. The recipient must have been actively involved in the Texas PTA for ten (10) years and be a Texas Life Member.
In 1998, Recognition Square was built at the Texas PTA headquarters building. This is a special place to permanently recognize an individual or group. A brick may be purchased by an individual or a Local, Council, Area or state PTA through the Texas PTA Office. A pin and certificate may be sent for presentation to the recipient.