Gwinnett County Day of Service

Hello all.
I want to tell you a little story about my children. When they were in their pre-teen years they decided one day to tell my husband and I that they really did need to have certain things or they were not going to "fit inat school. Our children had more than their share already. So we decided one day to gather up some of those things that they had that caused them to no longer "fit in"and we took our children for a ride. They were clueless. At that time, my husband worked downtown L.A. and knew the area quite well. We took them to what was then known as skid row or cardboard city. We told them to pick out someone to give those things that were no longer that shirt, shoes, game, I,e, that they just HAD to have 2 months ago. As a testament to them, they weren't mortified or angry, they were instantly saddened to see how these people were surviving. They went home with a very different mindset and to this day are some of the most giving people you will ever know.
A fact that should jar everyone's senses is the fact that last school year Gwinnett County alone had
I tell this story to encourage you to give your children the same opportunity. Right here in Gwinnett County! Taiwannika Walker, our District 12 Secretary/Treasurer forwarded information on how to do just this!
My biggest ask is for all of us in Area 3 to look at the list of the many diverse needs that are listed. I am sure there will be something that works for you and your family. We have schools in our area on the list that are asking for just a few hours to help with their Fall Festival at one and helping to clean up the playground at another. Please bring your children outside of their communities and help them learn the concept of community minded leaders. Families are definitely our children's first and most powerful teachers! And we do so by example.
If your school has items you will never use again such as decorations for that Luau you swore you would NEVER do again. please donate to one of our schools! Many don't have funds for the decorations and the event. If it is a great amount you may use it as a deduction as you are donating to another 501c3.
If it doesn't work for you right now to participate in the Days of Service, try to make a plan for it in the future. Remember, when it comes to our children there aren't many do overs with creating certain memories and instilling values.

Marina Staples
Area 3 Council President


Audits are due by September 29, 2017 - the last business day in September! Please make sure you have sent to:
Be sure to copy to your Council via email to : or by mail along with Council Dues that are due by 9-30-2017.
Please reach out to your Council if you have any questions. Please understand the this is mandatory to be in Good Standing so that your children can participate in the Reflections Program.

Thanks all!

Greetings from our council president

September 8, 2017

Greetings all of our leaders in Area 3,
I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing group of leaders, new and old. As Council President in the past, I was blessed to be able to get to know many of you and to visit all of the schools in our area. I look forward to watching us grow into a strong community of schools that work hand in hand to help our children reach their full potential. We all know that it is impossible to accomplish this one school at a time. That is why one of my goals this term is to facilitate outreach programs within each of our clusters and into the surrounding communities. As we have seen in the past few months, it is imperative that we teach our children that we are indeed a part of bigger picture and we all have a part in helping when others are in need. It is unfortunate that we have seen these horrific catastrophes, but the lessons learned could have come through no other means. Let us continue this practice within our own schools and communities.
Our Superintendent has again given us his vote of confidence that we will promote the vision and mission of the PTA. This will be ensured by every officer attending training.
As we move forward this year, we are reminding every local unit that participating in training is mandatory. We will make sure that every school has access to training. We will have a Cluster Representative that will coordinate a training that will be convenient for your particular cluster.
Area 3 Council, of course, is required, as you are as local units, to have a quorum to vote in our budget and other items we have on the table. Please help us to get moving by attending our general meeting.
We are committed to being available to all that reach out for any assistance.


Marina Staples
Council President
District 12 Area 3

Area 3 Council School of Information Update

Area 3 Council School of Information Update

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017    10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Promptly)

Location:  Moore Middle School  

1221 Lawrenceville Hwy.  
Lawrenceville, Ga 30046

Plan to arrive on time. Moore Middle School has graciously allowed us the use of their school at no cost. We have a lot to cover and a short amount of time to do so.  Please prepare any questions you may have ahead of time and leave them at our registration table. We will answer any questions that are not covered in the training as time permits.  All questions must be of a general nature.  Schools wishing to discuss issues pertaining to their local unit should also prepare something in writing so that we, the board, can meet and immediately start addressing any questions or issues you may have.  Water bottles will be provided.

Point of clarification regarding Voting Delegate Forms:

This form is ONLY required if a board has asked someone that is not a member of the board to attend a meeting and vote on their behalf. It is available in the Leadership Resource Guide as well as on the Georgia PTA website under the Forms section.

A current membership card is all that is required for our officers with schools in good standing to vote.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Your 2017-19 Area 3 Council Board

Area 3 Council School of Information and General Meeting

Area 3 Council School of Information and General Meeting

September 9, 2017

10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Promptly)


Moore Middle School

1221 Lawrenceville Hwy.

Lawrenceville, Ga 30046

Meeting Agenda


Board Members

Marina Staples President

Beth Hansen 1st Vice President


Health and Wellness

Lisa Conn 2nd Vice President


Family Engagement

Essie Davison Treasurer

Sheila Leonard Secretary

Carol Ranft Parliamentarian








Welcome and Council Business


Treasurer Report/Vote on Proposed budget


Reflections Update




President/Vice President Training






Questions and Answers


This MANDATORY annual meeting of Area 3 Council of PTAs will provide general PTA information and valuable PTA leadership training. Local Unit PTA attendance is required by current LU PTA officers or at least one board member or designee. Please submit or bring a signed Delegate Voting Form as well as a current membership card as we will be asking you to vote on our budget.

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