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,

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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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