Help is Needed Now!

Dear Winfield Families,

As many of you know, this is my final year at Winfield.  Over the last six years we have done so much together, from adding 3 new pieces of playground equipment, funding buses for the 5th grade trip to Philadelphia to covering the expenses of our cultural art programs for all grades.  It has taken a lot of hard work by many people to make the PTO successful and we are to a point where we will be losing a number of key people next year.

The positions that will be vacant at the end of this year will be:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Member At Large
  • Committee Chairs:
    • Cultural Arts
    • Fundraising
    • Kid’s Stuff Coupon books
    • Various other committees

For the last couple of years I have been expressing my concern about the lack of committee and board participation by parents, and we are now down to crunch time.  We will hold elections for these position in May of 2017, the very best way to make for a smooth transition would be to have parents involved now.  There are many little things that take place behind the scenes that are very important to the success of the PTO.

I hear from many parents that they would rather be a “worker bee” than in charge and I get that, but we have set the PTO up as a business, one that runs itself.  What we need now are individuals who are committed to the success of the PTO, and find it rewarding to see all the wonderful events, services and equipment that the PTO has been able to give to our school.

I am asking anyone who ever thought about getting involved, or would like the challenge of running and leading a great group of parents to please reach out to me.  Even if we have more than one, there is a way everyone can be involved.  I do not want to see the PTO diminish in anyway, and in order for there to be a very smooth transition I would like to have anyone who is interested in the President role to contact me now.  I would like to have this person(s) shadow me the entire year, to help eliminate any surprises and make the process less stressful.

If you are interested in becoming President or even a different position please reach out to me ASAP, I would like to start our training now.  We always have a busy back to school schedule and to pass along the details to a group of excited parents would be the perfect solution.

I can honestly say that I have truly enjoyed my time as President of the Winfield PTO, we have accomplished so many goals and I have met so many great people that it was well worth the time and effort I gave.


Michael Yokay