Honorary Service Awards
The Torrance Council Honorary Service Awards Evening Event for 2022-23 will be on Friday, March 10, 2023 @ 7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Torrance.
To recognize deserving PTA/PTSA, school and community volunteers for outstanding service to children and youth.
To provide funds for the scholarship and grant program, as defined in the California State PTA Toolkit.
Steps for a successful event:
Working with your president and principal, schedule your HSA program for the month of February, if possible. If you hold your HSA program after February you will run into problems with other deadlines.
An HSA committee needs to be formed. Please review your bylaws and standing rules regarding this committee. The committee needs to be ratified at an executive board meeting.
Send out nomination forms via email and/or hard copies sent home. Here is an example from CAPTA, which can also be found on their website.
Please make sure that all nominations are kept private and are not discussed until you meet with your committee.
Meet with your President to see what your budget is for HSA. This is a very important conversation to have before meeting with your committee.
Once you meet with your committee all discussion taking place at your meetings needs to be kept confidential within your committee.
Please read the attached information from the CAPTA Toolkit regarding the different types of awards. The Outstanding Administrator Award should only be given to an administrator (for example, a principal or TUSD director). It should not be given to non-administrative school employees (teachers, secretaries, health clerks, custodians, etc.)
During your meeting, go over any details that pertain to the Honorary Service Awards and delegate jobs. For example: who will write the bios; who will order pins and certificates from state PTA; who will do the presentation, etc. You and your committee will, of course, go into more detail . . .
Order your pins and certificates. It can take 2 – 4 weeks for delivery.
Be mindful of deadlines because this is one of those events where you will need help from others, like getting information for your recipients’ bios. You may be great at getting things done at the last minute, but others may not be. And again remember that there is a 2 – 4 week turnaround time for receiving the certificates and pins.
Important dates to mark in your calendar:
October/November: Meet with your president and principal.
Form HSA Committee (appointed by president and ratified by board)
November/December: Send out HSA Nomination Forms
November/December: HSA Committee meets to select recipients and plan presentations/HSA event
January: HSA Committee meets to review and finalize selection of recipients.
Order Awards from CAPTA (allow 2-4 weeks for delivery)
Early - February: All recipients’ names and bios are due to Council. E-mail to UnitHSA@torrancecouncilofptas.org
This year Recipient Bios are DUE to Council on NEW DEADLINE Wednesday, February 1, 2023
See the 2023 HSA Bio Guidelines HERE for more information.
Mid - February: RSVP for the TCPTA Presentation and Dinner. More details to follow.
Registration on Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Mid - March: TCPTA HSA Presentation and Dinner.
The TCPTA event is scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2023 at 7:00pm at the DoubleTree Hotel in Torrance at a cost of $57 per person.
Here are some helpful links:
To order pins and certificates online: https://stores.shoppta.com/dashboard.lasso
(Remember it will take 2 – 4 weeks to you receive your order…have I said that enough?)
Feel free to e-mail if you have questions. Council HSA is: UnitHSA@torrancecouncilofptas.org
TCPTA HSA Evening Chairs