You know, I really had to step back and take a breather today after getting an email from a fellow PTO member, The Prez.
Now, I had to take a step back and breathe because honestly, I have to make sure that I was careful with how I approached this situation. I'm still not sure how to handle it and I'm not sure I can talk about it here without saying my REAL feelings, but I will say this. I now see why PTO/PTA's have a rep all over the US. I see why when people hear JOIN PTO they run in the other direction. I understand now why PTO's/PTA's are often considered cliquish and many parents don't want to get involved.
There has to be a balance of control and many times among women, that's a hard task.
Last year, being a part of PTO was fun. This year not so much.
Last year, I was quiet about a lot, agreed with a lot. I was a worker bee and I pretty much did what I was asked.
This year, I have opinions and ideas that I want to share, changes I'd love to see happen. This year I want to get more people involved, have more people taking charge of events. Give people the opportunity to fully be a part of PTO. I feel like if you put the opportunities out there for people to get involved and let them put together their groups and plans then you get more involvement than just that of the board members and the people they beg to help.
When you have a president who wants to be in control of it all, doesn't want to step back and give others a chance to shine, my ideas for a better PTO go right out of the window. When you're dealing with a control-freak-micro-manager who feels that she should be the chairperson for every event or at least someone "she knows" should chair, PTO will never work the way that it was truly intended.
Oops, I guess I said more than I wanted to say. Hope I haven't hurt any one's feelings here.
Deal with it!