Monday, November 17, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use November 17, 2008


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

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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- 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

*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

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

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:

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


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

  • 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 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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