Monday, November 17, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use November 17, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

* HLAA's 30th Birthday- Reminder
* Chapter Delegate Registration


Dear Leaders,

You are receiving this email because you either signed up for chapter development news or
you are a chapter leader. If you no longer wish to receive chapter development news but
want to continue to receive the eNews, use the update profile link at the bottom of this
email and then un-check chapter development news.


~Toni

Toni Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-9413 FAX
tbarrient@hearingloss.org

HLAA's 30th Birthday- Reminder

Convention registration is open for the 2009 Nashville convention. It promises to be the best
yet as we join together to celebrate HLAA's 30th Birthday from June 18 to 21, 2009.

To celebrate this special 30th birthday, we are asking chapters to send their Presidents to be
a delegate from the chapter. For those chapters that operate by Committee, we would like
to see your Committee Chairperson attend. To help make this possible we are offering a
special rate for Chapter presidents and Committee chairpersons. Along with this special rate,
we are asking the chapters to consider approving chapter treasury funds to help your
chapter delegate come. Many chapters have funds from the Walk4Hearing and this would
be an appropriate use of some of those funds. For those who do not have money in the
chapter treasury, I recommend and urge that you consider raising the funds by holding bake
sales, garage sales and similar types of fundraising.

We will acknowledge all the chapter delegates at the Opening Session. Each delegate will
have a special ribbon with their name badge. On Saturday, there will be a two hour meeting
for all the delegates. I will also hold office hours for anybody who would like to meet with
me one on one to discuss their chapter's development.

The staff would love to see a large number of chapter delegates at the 2009 convention.
This will be a wonderful time for leaders who have never been to a convention to come and
see all that there is available and to meet with other leaders.

The Gaylord Resort and Convention Center is absolutely beautiful and I am sure for each and
every leader attending will go home with new information and be energized and inspired to
lead their chapter when they return.

The special registration rate for Chapter Presidents* or Committee Chairpersons* is $119.
This price includes all convention activities except for the 30th Birthday Celebration and
Dinner on Friday evening (purchased separately at $65 per person) and Saturday Night at the
Grand Ole Opry ($45 per ticket and includes transportation).

There is no question that Chapter Presidents and Committee Chairpersons work hard and
sometimes alone, to oversee their chapter, so please consider this offer and begin planning
for their attendance.

Convention 2009
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, June 18-21, 2009

Here is the link to the convention page
http://www.hearingloss.org/convention/index.asp

*Leaders must be members of HLAA in good standing.

Chapter Delegate Registration


Questions, questions, questions! A lot of questions have come in regarding the discounted
registrations and to make things easier I have created a Q & A document that will answer
most of your questions. The document explains who is eligible, what is included in the
discounted rate, the deadline to register, and where to go if you have any additional
questions.

I am urging you to talk to your chapter board or planning committee and members to have
the expenses paid by the chapter treasury. If not all the costs, then some. Some chapters
have quite a bit of money, while others do not. There is plenty of time to do some
fundraising to get the money to send a delegate, if your chapter needs to do that.

Of course each chapter is free to make their own decision about this, but I think the return
on the investment is worth every penny the chapter spends.

Consider these benefits:
1. Connect to national issues
2. Connect with national staff
3. Connect with others leaders and form lasting relationships
4. Get program and local advocacy ideas
5. Receive leadership training workshop
6. Re-energize the leadership
7. Valuable Perk for leadership
These are benefits above and beyond the extensive selection of workshops and the Research
Symposium.

I urge every chapter to take this into serious consideration. Attendance will revitalize the
leaders and the chapter. What is good for the leader is good for the chapter.

Download the Q & A Document:
http://www.hearingloss.org/chapters/word/QAChapterDelegateDiscount.doc


Save Now
Early-Bird Registration Now Open!

Convention 2009 promises to be the best yet as we band together to
celebrate HLAA's 30th Birthday, learn new things related to hearing loss, and
rekindle old friendships. Don't wait another day! Members, register for the Full
Activity Package by December 31, 2008 and your name will go into a drawing
for a Nintendo Wii™. Whether you'll like bowling, tennis, golf or boxing, the
Nintendo Wii™ is the hottest product on the market and sure to bring the
lucky winner hours of fun!

Registration rates are lower than those for Convention 2007, so don't delay.

More information
Offer Expires: December 31, 2008


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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use November 9, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Rocky Stone Remembrance



Dear Leaders,

November is a time to celebrate Founder's Day in remembrance of our founder Rocky Stone. The following special message is from the HLAA Rocky Stone Remembrance Committee. Please share it with all members. Thank you.


~Toni

Toni Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-9413 FAX
tbarrient@hearingloss.org

  • Rocky Stone Remembrance - Founder’s Day – November 2008


Dear Chapter and State Leaders and Chapter Members,

Approximately one year ago, the national board of trustees appointed a committee to make
recommendations for preserving the memory of our founder, Rocky Stone. One of our projects has been to collect memories of Rocky from people who knew him, both from "up close" and from afar.

There are also members of the organization who learned of SHHH/HLAA after Rocky's retirement as the executive director and their knowledge of him has been learned through others or through reading about him or reading his book, The Invisible Condition.

Some of these people have indicated they want to be a part of this project as well. No matter how we knew Rocky, many of us feel our lives have been deeply touched by him. Rocky was a man of vision and purpose who had a profound concern for the condition of the heart and mind of every individual with hearing loss.

Collecting memories about Rocky is a project that began with the 2008 national convention and will continue through the 2009 convention. Because Rocky founded this organization in November of 1979, we honor him each year by celebrating November as Founder's Month. Many chapters raise funds to send to national in honor of Rocky.

We are asking that chapter leaders and members across the country take time this month to reflect on how your life has been impacted by this man and through the organization he started. Write your thoughts down and share them with our committee. Our hope is to be able to video or audio tape people, and we are searching for someone with the professional ability to do this. If anyone can help us with this we would be glad to hear from you.
To share your memories, here is what you can do...

1. Send written memories - paper or electronic to the committee. If sending memories
electronically, send them to RSMemories@aol.com. Send written memories to RS_Memories,
2325 Heights Ave., Lansing, MI 48912.

2. Send high quality video or cassette recordings to the address above.

3. Include a high quality picture of yourself in high resolution JPG. Hard copy pictures can be
mailed to the address in # 1 above. These will be scanned and returned to the sender.

4. Keep written memories to one page and taped memories to 15-20 minutes in length.

5. Use the following guidelines for writing/recording your memories

a) Include your name and contact information.
b) Give a brief history of your membership and involvement in SHHH/HLAA.
c) Share your relationship with Rocky. Did you know him personally?
d) Share how your life has been touched or made better because of Rocky.
e) Share how you have used what you learned from Rocky, directly or indirectly, to benefit the lives of others or your community.
f) Share any special memories you have of Rocky - sentimental, inspirational, humorous, etc.
If you have pictures of Rocky you would like to share we would be happy to receive them.

Other accomplishments of this committee can be seen in the inclusion of a picture and quote of and by Rocky on the inside cover of the Hearing Loss Magazine and the increased visibility of his name on Walk4Hearing materials.

During the 2008 convention we offered printed stamps with Rocky's picture on them for donations of $100.00 or more to the HLAA Annual Fund or to the Rocky Stone Endowment Fund. Stamps may be made available again at the 2009 convention. We hope you will join us in making the collection of memories about Rocky a success. The final outcome of this project is still undecided but will be an accomplishment that can be shared with members throughout the U.S.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

Rocky Stone Remembrance Committee Members: Deb Charlea-Baker, Jerry Hohnbaum, Joan
Kleinrock, Ann Liming, Vic Matzui and Tommie Wells.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use October 9, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

* HLAA's 30th Birthday
* Founder's Day Reminder
* Save Now



Dear Leaders,

Welcome to the 4th edition of Chapter News you can use.

In the last issue I talked about Founder's Day and what it means. The link to Rocky Stone's
Biography did not work well, so I am repeating the entire article in this issue with a link that
will work. Did you know that Rocky was a CIA Agent? Click the link below to learn more.

HLAA is having its 30th Birthday and I have some exciting news with an offer for Chapter
Leaders that has never been made before.



~Toni

Toni Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-9413 FAX
tbarrient@hearingloss.org


  • HLAA’s 30th Birthday- Nashville Convention


Convention registration is open for the 2009 Nashville convention. It promises to be the best
yet as we join together to celebrate HLAA's 30th Birthday from June 18 to 21, 2009.

To celebrate this special 30th birthday, we are asking chapters to send their Presidents to be
a delegate from the chapter. For those chapters that operate by Committee, we would like
to see your Committee Chairperson attend. To help make this possible we are offering a
special rate for Chapter presidents and Committee chairpersons. Along with this special rate,
we are asking the chapters to consider approving chapter treasury funds to help your
chapter delegate come. Many chapters have funds from the Walk4Hearing and this would
be an appropriate use of some of those funds. For those who do not have money in the
chapter treasury, I recommend and urge that you consider raising the funds by holding bake
sales, garage sales and similar types of fundraising.

We will acknowledge all the chapter delegates at the opening session. Each delegate will
have a special ribbon with their name badge. On Saturday, there will be a two hour meeting
for all the delegates. I will also hold office hours for anybody who would like to meet with
me one on one to discuss their chapter's development.

The staff would love to see a large number of chapter delegates at the 2009 convention.
This will be a wonderful time for leaders who have never been to a convention to come and
see all that there is available and to meet with other leaders.

The Gaylord Hotel is absolutely beautiful and I am sure for each and every leader attending
will go home with new information and be energized and inspired to lead their chapter when
they return.

The special registration rate for Chapter Presidents* or Committee Chairpersons* is $119.
This price includes all convention activities except for the Birthday Celebration and Dinner.
Tickets for this event may be purchased separately at $65 per person.

There is no question that Chapter Presidents and Committee Chairpersons work hard and
sometimes alone, to oversee their chapter, so please consider this offer and begin planning
for their attendance.

Convention 2009
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, June 18-21, 2009

Here is the link to the convention page
http://www.hearingloss.org/convention/index.asp

*Leaders must be members of HLAA in good standing.



  • Founder’s Day Reminder – November 2008


Throughout the month of November, many chapters plan fun events to raise money and have a good time in celebration and recognition of our Founder, Rocky Stone, and the founding of SHHH now known as Hearing Loss Association of America.

Has your chapter made Founder's Day plans yet? Many newer chapters may not know and understand about Founder's day. I have copied below from the chapter manual, Page 114 a description of the celebration and its meaning to chapters.

Hearing Loss Association of America was incorporated November 29, 1979. In 1984, Hearing Loss Association of America established Founder's Day, the annual celebration of our birthday anniversary to be observed by chapters during the month of November. It is a time to commemorate our beginnings, look back on our truly extraordinary achievements and celebrate the privilege of being a part of this great organization. Founder's Day is a time of gratitude, a time we remember "all our Novembers."

It is also an opportunity to express appreciation in a practical way. It is the single annual occasion during which chapters are asked to raise funds to send to the Bethesda office to help support the Hearing Loss Association chapter development department. This department, unlike other departments of Hearing Loss Association, does not have an ongoing source of income. It is a major department, yet dependent on Hearing Loss Association for financial support for extensive programs, publications and activity to assist new and existing chapters.

Chapters are asked to celebrate with a project, special event, social celebration, or simply use
accumulated treasury funds. They are also asked to include family, friends, neighbors and others in the community. Early in the fall, the development department of Hearing Loss Association sends Founder's Day information to each chapter. While the amount to give is optional, and some organizations give very generously, a minimum of $10 per each local member would help provide a major portion of the chapter development annual budget. When planning for the year, each chapter will want to plan for time and attention to Founder's Day. Many chapters find having a Founder's Day committee helpful.

Read about our founder, Rocky Stone.


All Chapters with a contribution of $500 or more will be honored and recognized at the awards ceremony at the 2009 convention. For that reason, and to make it easy to credit your chapter, we request that you hold and send in your individual donation checks all at one time in one envelope once. Many chapters collect donation checks from attendees and they are sent in separately. It is near impossible to guess if a chapter gets credit and which chapter. So please hold all checks and submit at one time.

Thank you for your support to the chapter development efforts of the national office.


Save Now Early-Bird Registration Now Open!

Convention 2009 promises to be the best yet as we band together to
celebrate HLAA's 30th Birthday, learn new things related to hearing loss, and
rekindle old friendships. Don't wait another day! Members, register for the Full
Activity Package by December 31, 2008 and your name will go into a drawing
for a Nintendo Wii™. Whether you'll like bowling, tennis, golf or boxing, the
Nintendo Wii™ is the hottest product on the market and sure to bring the
lucky winner hours of fun!

Registration rates are lower than those for Convention 2007, so don't delay.

More information
Offer Expires: December 31, 2008
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Monday, September 29, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use September 29, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

* Report from National
* The national office needs to know
* Founder's Day Reminder
* Share the Chapter News




Dear Leaders,

Some people on the mailing list for chapter news signed up for Chapter Development news when they signed up for the eNews. If you are not a leader or are no longer interested in Chapter news, you can update your newsletter preferences, just use the Update/Email address link below. If you unsubscribe, you will be unsubscribed from all eNews letters and announcements from HLAA.

If you update your preferences, you can pick and choose the content you wish to receive.

Sharing the chapter news is easy. Just use the Forward link below. Do not forward this email directly, as you will be forwarding your email update link.

Until next time, take care,

Toni

Membership and Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
tbarrient@hearingloss.org

  • Report from National


Pete Fackler is the on the HLAA Board of Trustees. He recently summed up the reports he
has been getting from Brenda Battat and it appears in the New York State Association
Newsletter.

I think it is important you have some ideas of what goes on and what we do at the national
level.

Downloads of his column are available in PDF or Rich Text Format Document. Rich text
Format opens in Word or on a Mac Computer.


  • The National Office Needs to Know


When your chapter elects new officers please be sure to email me so that I can update the HLAA
website and get important information to the new leaders.

Please use the chapter update form to communicate the changes in your chapter.
Chapter Update Form


  • Founder’s Day Reminder – November 2008


Throughout the month of November, many chapters plan fun events to raise money and have a good time in celebration and recognition of our Founder, Rocky Stone, and the founding of SHHH now known as Hearing Loss Association of America.

Has your chapter made Founder's Day plans yet? Many newer chapters may not know and understand about Founder's day. I have copied below from the chapter manual, Page 114 a description of the celebration and its meaning to chapters.

Hearing Loss Association of America was incorporated November 29, 1979. In 1984, Hearing Loss Association of America established Founder's Day, the annual celebration of our birthday anniversary to be observed by chapters during the month of November. It is a time to commemorate our beginnings, look back on our truly extraordinary achievements and celebrate the privilege of being a part of this great organization. Founder's Day is a time of gratitude, a time we remember "all our Novembers."

It is also an opportunity to express appreciation in a practical way. It is the single annual occasion during which chapters are asked to raise funds to send to the Bethesda office to help support the Hearing Loss Association chapter development department. This department, unlike other departments of Hearing Loss Association, does not have an ongoing source of income. It is a major department, yet dependent on Hearing Loss Association for financial support for extensive programs, publications and activity to assist new and existing chapters.

Chapters are asked to celebrate with a project, special event, social celebration, or simply use
accumulated treasury funds. They are also asked to include family, friends, neighbors and others in the community. Early in the fall, the development department of Hearing Loss Association sends Founder's Day information to each chapter. While the amount to give is optional, and some organizations give very generously, a minimum of $10 per each local member would help provide a major portion of the chapter development annual budget. When planning for the year, each chapter will want to plan for time and attention to Founder's Day. Many chapters find having a Founder's Day committee helpful.

Read about our founder, Rocky Stone.


All Chapters with a contribution of $500 or more will be honored and recognized at the awards ceremony at the 2009 convention. For that reason, and to make it easy to credit your chapter, we request that you hold and send in your individual donation checks all at one time in one envelope once. Many chapters collect donation checks from attendees and they are sent in separately. It is near impossible to guess if a chapter gets credit and which chapter. So please hold all checks and submit at one time.

Thank you for your support to the chapter development efforts of the national office.



  • Share the Chapter News


Please share this chapter news with all of your officers and committee members.

Forward this issue to other chapter leaders.



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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use September 21, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

• New Calendar on HLAA website
• Help for Chapter Newsletters
• The national office needs to know
• Share the Chapter News



Dear Leaders,

By now, many of you have had your first meeting for the new season. Do you know how new people find your chapter? I hear all the time; I found the chapter on the Internet. Our website has your chapter listing. Is it up to-date? Is your own chapter website up to date with contact information that is accurate?

Does your listing include a phone number as well as an email address? Some people are very comfortable picking up the phone and calling while other prefer email. Consider having both on the HLAA website chapter listing as well as your own chapter website.

Additionally, look at your newsletters to be sure there is ample contact information for someone to reach a chapter contact before coming to their first meeting.

A proper and up-to-date chapter listing is #1 for good promotion. More about promoting your chapter in future issues.

Many have reported that attendance is up already. Wishing you great attendance, throughout the entire year.

Toni

Membership and Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
tbarrient@hearingloss.org


New Calendar on the HLAA Website

Take a look at the new calendar on Hearingloss.org. Do you have a special occasion that you would like to see promoted on the calendar? Send me the particulars of your special event and I will put it up for you.

Happy 25th Anniversary to the Northshore Chapter, Chicago,IL, Albany Chapter, Albany, NY and Rochester Chapter in Rochester, New York.
HLAA Event Calendar

Help for Chapter Newsletters


Chapter newsletter editors get help with articles, ideas, design, formatting, and even distribution. Join the HLAA news editors yahoogroup. Don't keep this a secret. Tell your newsletter editor today. Steve Frazier, New Mexico and Judy Martin, Florida, are your dedicated moderators on this very helpful list serv. Sign up at the website. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HLAA_Newsletter_Editors/


The National Office Needs to Know


When your chapter elects new officers please be sure to email me so that I can update the HLAA website and get important information to the new leaders.

Please use the chapter update form to communicate the changes in your chapter.
Chapter Update Form

Share the Chapter News


Please share this chapter news with all of your officers and committee members.

Use the Forward email link below to share this issue with other chapter leaders.

They just need to sign up for the eNews and also check to receive the Chapter Development News.

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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use August 30, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

• Liability Insurance for Chapters.
• Opportunities for Leaders

Dear Leaders,

Welcome to the first issue of chapter news. As a leader of HLAA, you will receive regular newsletters from chapter development. I look forward to providing you with
news and information essential for chapter leaders. I welcome your comments and
contributions to this newsletter. If you would like to submit a news item or story relevant to chapters and chapter development, please email me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.

~Toni

Toni Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-9413 FAX
tbarrient@hearingloss.org


Liability Insurance for Chapters

I receive frequent requests for and about liability insurance. Many chapters hold meetings in places where liability insurance is required. If you have not been asked to provide evidence of liability coverage, then you do not need to be concerned about liability coverage.

If the landlord or property manager has said that the chapter needs to provide evidence of liability coverage, HLAA can provide evidence of coverage.

We are insured through the Hartford Casualty Insurance Group and the Hartford Insurance Group. Under the business liability portion of our insurance policy, the limits of coverage are as follows:


Each Occurrence $2,000,000
Fire Damage (Any one fire) $ 300,000
Medical Exp (Any one person) $ 10,000
Personal & Adv Injury $2,000,000
General Aggregate $4,000,000
Products-Comp/OP AGG $4,000,000


The chapter needs to complete an application and submit this application to the national office. The application is available online on the leadership support page. Once you download and open the application you can fill in the form then email it to me or you can print and fax or snail mail the application to me at the national office. Total cost for this coverage is $50.00.

If you will include all your meeting dates on this application, then all dates are covered for the same fee. You may indicate that meetings are held, as an example, every third Thursday of each month beginning Sept 4, 2008 to June 4, 2009.

If you have a special activity like a party or picnic at the same location, include that event and date in your application and that can be included as well and no added fee is necessary.
If your special activity or party is at a different address, you will need to complete the application for that event, and pay an additional fee of $50.

It is important to understand that the chapter is not being insured. It is the property and property manager that is being insured so they are the ones to receive a certificate of coverage.
You can find the application online here: Liability Insurance Application


Opportunities For Leaders

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Renew your HLAA membership
Order membership brochures
Update the national office of new leadership
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