Founders’ Day is when we celebrate the legacy and work of our PTA founders to better the lives of every child in education, health and safety. It is a time to reflect and take pride in our achievements and renew our commitment to be a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education.
Save the date for February 23, 2024! Our 2024 luncheon will be returning to the Sahalee Country Club! Information about the 2024 Founders’ Day program will be made available in December 2023.
2024 Founders’ Day Luncheon
We are excited to host our annual Founders’ Day Luncheon on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish (21200 NE Sahalee Country Club Dr., Sammamish WA 98074).
PTAs: Please join us for this special event by reserving space for your group today. Because space is limited, 4 guests per PTA are welcome to attend. It is tradition to invite your school’s principal and Reflections program chairperson as part of your group.
RSVP with payment by Tuesday, February 2, 2024: Complete this form and mail it along with a check payable to LWPTSA Council to:
LWPTSA Council Founders’ Day Luncheon
PO Box 97039
Redmond WA 98073
- Early Bird (before January 5): $50 per guest or $200 for your group of 4. Payment and form must be received by January 5, 2024!
- January 5 – February 2: $60 per guest or $240 for your group of 4.
VENUE POLICIES: Sahalee Country Club’s dress code prohibits distressed denim and sneakers. Please plan ahead. Talking on cell phones is not permitted at Sahalee Country Club except in designated areas; please silence your phone during the event. See Sahalee Country Club’s website for more information.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the legacy of our founders and reflecting on our work and achievements. If you have any questions, please email Founders.Day (at) LWPTSA.net.
About Founders’ Day
Each February, the Lake Washington PTSA Council members gather to celebrate the anniversary of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. Local unit officers along with administrators, school principals, secretaries, honored volunteers, community members, and Washington State PTA leaders are invited to share this special time with us. We will recognize the achievements of PTSA and our community, feature performances by Council Reflections winners, present Council awards, and enjoy a keynote speaker. There is also plenty of time for connections!
PTA Founders’ Day: A Proud Past – A Bright Future
In 1897, Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst founded the National Congress of Mothers – a nationwide movement – in a time when social activism was scorned and women did not have the vote. They called for action and more than 2,000 people responded; many were mothers, but fathers, teachers, laborers, and legislators also responded. Support grew from that first meeting in Washington DC. Some of the programs and legislation that the PTA has helped create throughout the years include:
- Kindergarten classes
- Child labor laws
- Public health service
- Hot lunch programs
- Juvenile justice system
- Mandatory immunization
The PTA was founded to improve children’s lives and learning by involving parents in their children’s education and addressing social problems affecting families, such as child labor, rampant childhood disease, high infant mortality, delinquency, and a criminal justice system that was cruel to youth. From the beginning, PTA has advocated for a strong public school system, with initiatives aimed at securing adequate funding, improved teacher training, and equal educational opportunities for all children. We now have 55 Congresses (organizations formed at the state and territory level). Washington State PTA has 900 local PTA and PTSA organizations with over 150,000 members. Every member matters. To learn more about PTA history, click here.