Engaging With The PA-TSA Community from the Regional Perspective

Hey PA-TSA! As we test the waters for a return to in-person conditions, it is important to be reminded of the PA-TSA community and how we can engage with it, especially on the regional level. Let’s hear what the Lead Representatives have to say about fundraising, sustainability, and collaboration!

ACS Fundraising - By Regions 1&6 Lead Representative Kendall Coddington

ACS fundraisers are a large part about what makes TSA so great. Between miracle minute,  private chapter fundraising, and regional t-shirt sales, Pennsylvania TSA never fails to be an important  contributor to the American Cancer Society. Regions 1 and 6, one of the smaller regions, are determined to raise record amounts of money for the ACS this year despite its small size. To do this, they decided to follow in the footsteps of a larger, more developed region that has had remarkable success in fundraising year after year: Region 8. The Regional Representatives from Regions 1 and 6 saw Region 8 run a region-wide t-shirt sale and were inspired to take this idea and implement it into Regions 1 and 6’s fundraising plans.  

The regional representatives planned a fundraiser for the members of regions 1 and 6 with an  exciting twist. It is designed so that the region would not only benefit the ACS but also include members  from throughout the two regions to have their hands in the fundraiser as well and have their artwork seen. The regional representatives of those two regions will soon be accepting submissions for potential shirt designs to be on the regional shirt. That way, it will even further unify the region in helping the ACS. Be sure to watch the Regions 1 and 6 Instagram account @1and6patsa, to see this happen or even participate! It is always great to see activity within regions as well as regions working together and piggybacking off of each other to reach their goals. If you have any updates or questions please email vice_president [at] patsa.org/

Chapter Collaboration - By Region 3 Lead Representative Avanti Athavale 

Hello PA-TSA! As we’re finally getting back into in-person conferences, a lot of chapters are also meeting in-person which is why it is really important to talk about chapter collaboration. Whether you’re part of a chapter that has been in TSA for a long time, or you’re part of a chapter that’s relatively new to TSA, it’s important to work with each other. There is so much to learn from others. 

There are a lot of ways that a chapter can collaborate. One of the biggest ways that members of a chapter can help each other is through events. TSA members who are experienced with events can help out newer TSA members with events. 

Along with this, chapters can collaborate with other chapters. For example, fundraising for chapters is also hard, so chapters can collaborate with other chapters throughout the state to come up with better fundraising ideas, so it’s easier to pay for the conferences. 

Official TSA attire can also be difficult for chapters to procure, and another way for a chapter to help each other out is by exchanging official TSA attire within a chapter, but more ideas on how to be sustainable with official TSA attire will be later in the article.

Chapter collaboration is super important, and this can be achieved by helping newer TSA members with events or by collaborating with different chapters across the state to help fundraise as well. These are just some basic ideas to help you start thinking about chapter collaboration because working with others is a huge part of TSA and a huge part of learning!

Sustainability - By Region 5 Lead Representative Katherine Smith

Sustainability is the practice of working towards the mutualism of us and our environment.  As conferences approach us, it is important to highlight the importance of sustainability. This past year, we have seen a dramatic increase in single use plastic waste. As quoted from the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America”, “more than eight million tons of pandemic-associated plastic waste have been generated globally, with more than 25,000 tons entering the global ocean.” (Proceeding of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America, 2021)

We owe it to both ourselves and our environment to strive to be more sustainable. As one of the biggest TSA state delegations, our membership has the ability to make an impact on the decreased use of single use materials. 

Sustainability is as easy as making small substitutions in our everyday lives. One of the most popularized ways to be more sustainable during this pandemic has been to use a reusable mask. To further reduce your carbon footprint, consider making your own mask rather than buying one online. 

On the more conference specific side, we can strive to be more sustainable when working on our events. Try to avoid using non-biodegradable materials, such as resin and non biodegradable 3D printing filament. If you have TikTok, there’s a good chance you have seen resin craft before. While resin is easily accessible, it is unfortunately not sustainable. Clay is a much more eco-friendly option as opposed to resin. For biodegradable 3D printing filaments, check out this article by “3D natives” on Polyterra PLA. 

Re-purposing conference materials for the next conference is another way to practice sustainability. Remember to pick up your events after conferences so you can reuse and re-purpose portfolio binders, displays, models, etc. Choosing to be more sustainable today is a step in the right direction for a better tomorrow. 

Up-cycling Clothing at Cambria Heights HS - Region 8 Lead Representative Braden Thomas

The official TSA attire is a staple of the organization. However, many members do not get much use out of these dress clothes for a multitude of reasons. Each chapter has a different way of going about purchasing the attire. Some have individual members buy their own clothes. If this is the case for your chapter, consider selling your clothes or handing them down to your chapter members who are in need of them when you complete your TSA career. This will make things much easier for your chapter peers! Some chapters decide to purchase official TSA attire in bulk. With your chapter owning your clothes, you do not have to worry about buying anything and then everything is easily recycled when you graduate. This ensures that every member has access to getting the clothing. If you think this cycle is something that will work for your chapter, especially if you are a smaller chapter or just getting a start, mention this idea to an advisor.