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Honorary Service Awards

The Torrance Council Honorary Service Awards Evening Event for 2023-24 will be on Friday, March 22, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Vista Ballroom, Los Verdes Golf Club. 


  • 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:


  1. Work 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. 

  2. Meet with your President about your budget for HSA

  3. Form an HSA committee. The committee needs to be appointed by the president and ratified at an executive board meeting.  Please review your bylaws and standing rules regarding this committee. 

  4. Send out nomination forms via email, website and/or hard copies sent home.  Here is an example from CAPTA, which can also be found on their website. Google forms are also good. 

  5. Please make sure that all nominations are kept private and discussions are kept confidential within your committee. 

  6. 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.) 

  7. Meet with your committee to:

    1. Review Honorary Service Awards

    2. Find nominees, review and select recipients

    3. Plan your event and prepare an Event Plan to present to your Executive Board for approval. 
      (Use the event planning guide to assist you.)

    4. Distribute jobs (e.g. write bios; order pins and certificates from CAPTA; plan the presentation, make invitations, decorations, hospitality, etc.)

  8. Order your pins and certificates.  It can take 2 weeks for delivery. 

  9. Submit your bios and RSVPs to Torrance Council of PTAs by the deadlines (listed below).  Be mindful of deadlines and start early.

​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 recipient selection finalized.

Order Awards from CAPTA (allow 2 weeks for delivery)

February 1st:  All recipients’ names and bios are due to Council.  E-mail to

Recipient Bios are DUE to Council on Friday, February 1, 2024

Bios must be no more than 240 words.  Please submit your bios ON TIME.

See the 2024 HSA Bio Guidelines HERE for more information.

March 1st:  RSVP for the TCPTA Presentation and Dinner.  Cost is $60 per person.  

Program booklets will be an additional cost (estimated $6 each), orders submitted to

RSVPs for the dinner should be submitted by presidents or HSA chairs using the Google Form provided.

Payments are due on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

See the 2024 HSA Dinner Info HERE for more information.

March 22nd:  TCPTA HSA Presentation and Dinner.  

The TCPTA event is scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2024 at 6:30pm at the Vista Ballroom, Los Verdes Golf Club
Attire is business casual.


Helpful links & Information:

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CAPTA HSA Infomatiion:

CAPTA HSA Chair Job Description:

HSA Nomination Form: - for HSA forms or Fillable Form Here

CAPTA Store:

To order pins and certificates online: 

(Allow at least 2 weeks to you receive your order)

Questions?  E-mail us at:

Kristin Ishida, TCPTA HSA Evening Chair

Diane Wang

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