Job Description for Historian
KEY ROLE – Historian
Preparation – Look through the procedure book and other materials supplied by previous historian for ideas on how it was done and what worked best last term.
Review Forms – Familiarize yourself with PTA Unit-Annual Historian Report and Historian Summary Report. Direct any questions to your council/district president.
Record Volunteer Hours – Decide on a process to record volunteer hours at all meetings and PTA events, using a tool such as a tally sheet or excel spreadsheet.
PTA Training – Attend council, district and California State PTA workshops for historians to get the big picture.
FAQs – HISTORIAN
Why do historians collect volunteer hours for a PTA?
Volunteer hours are collected and reported to maintain PTA’s federal tax exemption status. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, PTA must receive 1/3 (one-third) of its support from the general public. The recorded hours from volunteers are proof of this. They are also used in advocating on behalf of children and as information in grant writing.
What do I include as volunteer hours?
Include time spent by all of your members in activities related to the operation of your PTA. This includes volunteer time spent for meetings, preparation, travel, PTA events, workshops and convention. One easy way to remember is, if PTA asks you to do it, count it toward your PTA’s volunteer hours.
How do I collect volunteer hours?
Start to collect and tally all of your members’ hours from the beginning of the PTA year. Consider using a sign in or tally sheet at PTA events and meetings for everyone to use to report their volunteer hours each month. To meet the due date for the PTA Unit-Annual Historian Report in your PTA council/district, usually in April/May, remind your members to project their volunteer hours through June 30 of the reporting year.
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