I have recently joined my PTO and will be a board member for the next school year. I have lots of new ideas that might benefit the PTO and have experience that could be used to enhance our current and future PTO but have been met with such opposition and negativity from the President. I have tried discussing my opinions privately but before I am able to finish speaking the President becomes extremely defensive and condescending. I am trying to be direct and not fall to complaining to others but like many other PTO parents, am beginning to get frustrated with the lack of respect. There's a lot of negative gossip about the President and although I hate gossip - I can now see why people are doing it. Is there anyway to work through this? How do I help the others in the PTO move away from gossiping? How do I get through to the President?