Monday, November 17, 2008

Chapter News You Can Use November 17, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE:

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


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Toni Barrient | Director of Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
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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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