Every level of PTA has by-laws—the local units, councils, districts, state, and even the National PTA operate within the guidelines of a by-law document.

By-laws represent the most important legal document of an association, establishing and protecting the rights of the membership. A unit's by-laws link the association to the Virginia PTA/PTSA and National PTA by which they are chartered. It represents the written contract between the general membership and their elected officials, specifying what duties and responsibilities are assigned to each respective group. For these reasons, it is extremely important that all by-laws be current, clear in content, and accurately represent the way a local unit conducts the business of the association.

The MCHL PTA must amend its by-laws to conform with the Virginia State PTA's current by-laws every five years.

In order to make our by-laws official, all MCHL PTA members should review our amended by-laws. These by-laws are the requirements and roles that govern our PTA's activities. We all have a voice! Please contact the PTA board to obtain the by-laws.

The MCHL PTA general membership has reviewed the proposed amendments and voted for approval. Members were present to vote, and at least two-thirds vote of the members present approved the by-laws.