Thursday, October 9, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use October 9, 2008


* 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 Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-913-9413 FAX

  • 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

*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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