Take advantage of your PTA Membership card!
- FREE admission to the Exhibitors Fair
- FREE PTA University Courses
- FREE MemberHub Training / Computer Lab
Want to experience more? Register for as little as $80* to take advantage of…
- Ignite your PTA with ideas from around the state
- Workshops: time saving tips; how to grow; keeping volunteers
- Networking opportunities with leaders from across the state
- Attend General Sessions and make your voice heard
- State board members at your fingertips
- Friday caucuses for sharing and teaming up with others from your area
- Lunch both Friday and Saturday
Don’t Miss this Opportunity to Be Engaged, Find Solutions, Enhance your Leadership Skills, Learn Best Practices, Celebrate, and Make Your Voice Heard.
- $80 – Early Bird Registration through April 7
- $95 – Pre-registration April 8 through April 21
- $110 – After April 21
- $50 – Children
Looking forward to seeing you………….
Once again, as a member benefit any PTA member is welcome to attend the PTA University Courses, MemberHub Training and/or the Exhibit hall at no charge. Just download your electronic membership card to your phone and show it at the registration desk!
Miss Illinois, Grace Khachaturian will share her platform, YOU Matter: Mental Health Education for Our Youth.
National PTA President Elect, Leslie Boggs will be in attendance throughout convention. You can meet her one on one or attend a workshop she will be presenting. She will be addressing one of the General Sessions letting us know what National PTA is doing for our children.
FRIDAY MAY 3, 2019
12:00 PM REGION CAUCUS – Meet with your Region Director and other PTA Members from your region to discuss the business that is being conducted at Convention.
4:00 PM EXHIBIT HALL OPENS WITH A DESSERT RECEPTION
4:00 PM -4:30 PM MEET THE CANDIDATES (Exhibit Hall)
7:00 PM HERDING CATS 2.0
We have expanded a very popular workshop from last year’s convention to give everyone a chance to participate. It’s a casual interactive gathering to meet with state board members, get your PTA questions answered and network with fellow PTA members and leaders from across the state.
SATURDAY MAY 4, 2019
12:00 PM AWARDS PRESENTATION AND IGNITE YOUR PTA
Lunch will begin with tips and ideas on how to IGNITE YOUR PTA
Then recognition will be given to the recipients of the:
Teacher of the Year
Volunteer of the Year
Administrator of the Year
Advocate of the Year
Your unit must be represented during the General Sessions of the Convention. The annual business of our organization is conducted during the General Sessions. The delegation will debate and vote on several changes for the coming year. If you do not send delegates, your unit does not have a voice in the:
- 2019 Delegate Credential Report
- Meet the Candidates
- Proposed 2019-2020 State Budget
- Proposed State Bylaw Amendments
- 2019 – 2020 Scholarship Program
- 2019 – 2020 Scholarship Budget
- 2019 Convention Rules
- 2019 Election Rules
- Board Development Nominating Committee (BDNC) Convention Report – 2019
- Procedures for Nominations from the floor and for Campaigning
What is a delegate?
While anyone can attend and enjoy the Convention, only PTA members forming the voting body are able to vote during meetings and elections. Illinois PTA Bylaws define the voting body as members of Illinois PTA State Board of Directors and delegates selected by Illinois Local Units, Councils, Districts or Regions PTAs.
The potential number of delegates named by each state PTA is based on the Local Unit, Council, District or Region PTA membership. If you have questions about becoming a delegate, please contact your local officers.
When you check in at registration, you do not know your status, you will be told if you have been selected as a delegate and, if not, provided guidance on how you may be able to change your delegate status.
How do I get my voting credential card?
Illinois PTA does not use credential cards. Most delegate names are provided by Local Unit, Council, District or Region PTAs prior to the start of convention. If you have been named as a delegate, you will receive a delegate badge and voting instruments when you check at convention. If you have not been named as a delegate prior to arrival at convention, credentialing staff will explain the process for gaining delegate status while you are onsite.
Please be sure to carry your PTA membership card to identify yourself as a member.
Everyone! We encourage all PTA members, non member parents from your school, faculty and administrators you work with at your school, plus community members you partner with or would like to partner with. There is something for everyone at the annual convention.
The Illinois PTA 117thAnnual Convention will be held May 3-4, 2019 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign, Illinois 61820
CAN CONVENTION COSTS BE COVERED BY OUR BUDGET?
Convention Fees are a legitimate PTA Expense that can be included in your PTA Budget. Many PTAs budget to send delegates every year.
Convention Registration Fees:
MEMBER RATES (includes lunch both days)
Early Bird Rate (before April 7, 2019) $ 80.00 per delegate
Delegate Rate (April 8 – 21, 2019) $ 95.00 per delegate
Late or Onsite Rate (after April 21, 2019) $110.00 per delegate
NON MEMBER RATE $200.00
CHILD RATE (includes lunch both days) $ 50.00
The convention will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign IL 61820. You can contact the hotel directly at 217.352.9970
Check in time: 3:00 pm Check out: 12:00 pm
If the Hilton Garden Inn is full, the Homewood Suites is located next to the Hilton Garden Inn at 1417 South Neil Street, Champaign IL 62820. You can contact them directly at 217.352.9960
Check in time: 3:00 pm Check out: 12:00 pm
We encourage you to reserve your hotel rooms early, other events are occurring concurrently, throughout Champaign, with our convention.
DO I NEED TO BRING AN ID?
To verify pre-registered and onsite registrants, we will require a photo ID along with your electronic membership card. The membership card can be downloaded to your phone, tablet, etc. or you can download it and print it before coming. Access to the event as a member may be denied without valid proof of membership.
Individuals are not permitted to pick up badges for other attendees, except for a parent or legal guardian picking up a badge for a child under the age of 13 who may not have a photo ID. In this case, the child must be present. In all other cases, access to the event may be denied if an approved form of identification a can not be produced.
I AM A FIRST-TIME CONVENTION ATTENDEE, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
A first timer orientation is scheduled each day to help insure you get the most of your Convention experience. Whether you are looking for ways to diversify your PTA’s leadership, increase interest in local PTA events, find no-hassle fundraising ideas or increase and diversify your membership and volunteer leaders, the 2019 Illinois PTA Convention & Expo has opportunities for you to discover it all.
I AM NOT A MEMBER. CAN I STILL ATTEND THE CONVENTION? IF SO, HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO ATTEND AS A NON-MEMBER?
Illinois PTA welcomes non-PTA members to convention. If you are not a PTA member, you are entitled only to the Non-Member rates above. Your registration fee entitles you entrance into general meetings, workshops, symposium and the Expo Hall.
WHAT IS ILLINOIS PTA’S REGISTRATION TRANSFER POLICY?
If you complete your registration and later find that you can not attend convention, but would like to transfer your registration to someone who is not yet registered, you must request this in writing, prior to April 08, 2019, that your registration be transferred to them.
No transfer requests will be accepted after April 08, 2019. All registration transfers will incur a $25.00 processing fee, payable at the time of your request by a credit card or by check. If paying by check the transfer will not be made until the check is received (check must be receive by April 08, 2019). All requests must be submitted in writing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Make checks payable to Illinois PTA and send them to P O Box 907, Springfield IL 62705
WHAT IS ILLINOIS PTA’S REGISTRATION CANCELLATION POLICY?
If you are unable to transfer your registration and need to cancel, you will need to make the request in writing before April 08, 2019. You will received a refund on the registration fee less a $25.00 processing fee for each canceled registration. No refunds will be issued for cancellation requests after April 08, 2019. All written requests must be submitted via email at email@example.com. Credit Cards will be refunded within one week of receipt of request.
I NEED TO CHANGE OR CANCEL MY HOTEL RESERVATIONS
You must contact the hotel directly to cancel any reservations you may have. Familiarize yourself with their cancellation policies when you make the reservation.
WILL THERE BE DAYCARE OFFERED AT CONVENTION?
PTA does not provide daycare services at convention. Please contact the hotel to inquire about babysitting and/or children’s program services.