Monday, December 14, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use, December 14, 2009

  • Chapter Chat tomorrow night
  • Early Bird Registration Ends 12/31/2009
  • Chapter delegate registration


REMINDER: Chapter Chat tomorrow night
Hours:
5pm Alaska || 6pm Pacific || 7pm Mountain || 8pm Central || 9pm Eastern

Connect with other leaders online. Come share your great ideas and learn something new.

Instructions to participate can be found here: http://hlaaleaderswiki.wikispaces.com/Chapter+Chat+Transcipts

EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS 12/31/2009
Announcing some exciting news about registration for Convention 2010:

* Early Bird Registration Register: Register for the full activity package by December 31st and your name will go into a drawing for 3 FREE nights at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center! (Must be used on the nights of June 17 -19, 2010; taxes are the responsibility of the winner.)

* First-time Attendee Discount: For first-time attendees, we are offering a registration discount! That’s right, if you’ve never been to an HLAA convention before, now’s your chance!

* OIF/OEF Veteran with Hearing Loss: Complimentary Registration: Calling all vets of OIF and OEF with hearing loss. We want to show our support and gratitude for your service by offering a complimentary registration. Email convention@hearingloss.org for more details.

Two easy ways to register:
Register Online Now! Or, print the Registration Form and mail or fax it in with your payment.



Chapter delegate registration

Chapter Delegate program - Milwaukee Convention 2010
Registration instructions below.

We are offering the chapter delegate program again for the 2010 Milwaukee Convention. Please note new conditions apply.

It will be necessary for each chapter to decide that whether or not they will be sending a delegate and they need to make a delegate selection by December 31st 2009. This allows those officers who are not selected as the delegate to take advantage of the early bird registration rates

One reduced fee registration per chapter is offered to send an officer to the convention. The delegate can register at this reduced fee up to May 1, 2010. If a chapter officer/member registers for the convention at the early bird rate or the regular rate and then is chosen to be a delegate, please note we will not be making any adjustments or refunds if somebody has registered and then is chosen as a delegate. This is why each chapter needs to make their selection before an officer registers at the going rates.

Registration does not include the banquet or special events. Those can be added as an extra item. Registration for Chapter Delegates is $119. To get the Chapter Delegate rate you much enter this code: HLACD

Register online here: https://www.regonline.com/hearing_loss_association_convention_2010
Choose the Special Rate selection and proceed.

Download the Q & A about the qualifications for the Chapter Delegate discount.

Download QAChapterDelegateDiscount.doc

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use, November 29, 2009


• Would your chapter pass the nonprofit test?
• Next Chapter chat
• Reminder Chapter delegate registration
• Hearing health care benefits for veterans

Every chapter needs to be able to pass the nonprofit test. Would your chapter pass the nonprofit test?

Every chapter recognized by the National Office is considered to be a nonprofit affiliate of HLAA but if asked to prove it, what do you need? If you were asked for proof, what you need to prove it?

I spoke about this in the Chapter Chat on November 13th and the transcript of that chat session is available on the leaders support Wiki. Download the transcript here:
http://bit.ly/5Oe3p1

The accountant/controller for HLAA has prepared an explanation of the three ways you are covered as a nonprofit. You will see there is no one way and how large or small your chapter can make a difference. His document explains the three ways to be counted as a nonprofit and explains what you need to pass the organizational and operational tests of IRS Section 501(c) (3) in order to be a tax-exempt organization. Find the document here: http://bit.ly/5AXY5Q

As part of his discussion, the accountant/ controller recommends each chapter to apply for group exemption under the HLAA umbrella so there is a public record of the chapter’s nonprofit status.

The one part that is essential for every chapter is the need for bylaws or standing rules. Parts of the operations tests require statements that explain the purpose and mission of the Chapter. If your chapter does not have bylaws or standing rules you can use the samples provided on the leaders support Wiki to put some rules and regulations together.

The application process is outlined in the Financial Information section of the leadership support Wiki. There is help and examples of all the information needed to apply for group exemption. Here is what is needed:

1. Chapter bylaws or rules and regulations. See samples on the leadership support Wiki.

2. If you have a bank account, you need an EIN (Employer ID number) also referred to as a Tax ID number. Send a copy of your EIN assignment or include your EIN with the application. See sample of the EIN assignment letter from the IRS on the leadership support Wiki. Look in the Financial Information section and specifically look for “Group Exemption Status – What it is and how to apply.”

3. A chapter budget. A sample is provided on the leadership support Wiki. Even if you have no bank account as yet, a budget is needed for the application package. Look at the sample. It is not difficult to put together a simple budget. Look in the Financial Information section and specifically look for “Group Exemption Status – What it is and how to apply.”

4. Send a letter to national on chapter letterhead with chapter logo (Word for word letter is provided to use and if you don’t have a chapter logo, email me and I will send it to you. Letter is on the leadership support wiki. Look in the Financial Information section and specifically look for “Group Exemption Status – What it is and how to apply.”


Chapters with group exemption are required to provide a chapter update and chapter budget to renew their group exemption status every year. This update and budget is due by December 15, 2009 this year. Notice has been send to group exemption chapters already. If your chapter is a group exemption chapter and you have not received an email from me, please let me know.

Chapters that have participated in the Walk4 hearing will be asked to make application for group exemption. An email will go out this week, to participating chapters making that request.

All chapters wanting to participate in future walks will be required to make application for group exemption.

Please review the application instructions on the leadership support Wiki and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

The next chapter chat will be December 15, 2009. Mark your calendar.

Who should attend? Those with questions about group exemption status and those with specific questions about chapter operations should attend the next chapter chat.

Please find the times for your region and instructions on how to participate on the leadership support wiki. Transcripts are posted for all chapter chats the next day. http://hlaaleaderswiki.wikispaces.com/Chapter+Chat+Transcipts.

Reminder Chapter delegate registration
Chapter Delegate program - Milwaukee Convention 2010

We are offering the chapter delegate program again for the 2010 Milwaukee Convention. Please note new conditions apply.

It will be necessary for each chapter to decide that whether or not they will be sending a delegate and they need to make a delegate selection by December 31st 2009. This allows those officers who are not selected as the delegate to take advantage of the early bird registration rates

One reduced fee registration per chapter is offered to send an officer to the convention. The delegate can register at this reduced fee up to May 1, 2010. If a chapter officer/member registers for the convention at the early bird rate or the regular rate and then is chosen to be a delegate, please note we will not be making any adjustments or refunds if somebody has registered and then is chosen as a delegate. This is why each chapter needs to make their selection before an officer registers at the going rates.

Registration does not include the banquet or special events. Those can be added as an extra item. Registration for Chapter Delegates is $119. To get the Chapter Delegate rate you much enter this code: HLACD

Register online here: https://www.regonline.com/hearing_loss_association_convention_2010

Download the Q & A about the qualifications for the Chapter Delegate discount.

Download QAChapterDelegateDiscount.doc


Hearing health care benefits for veterans

Special announcement for your chapter members:

On January 20 2009 we will have a special guest speaker in the HLAA Chat room. Dr. Gene Bratt will be online taking questions about the benefits for hearing tests, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and hearing aid implants. Please make this announcement in your newsletters, and email your chapter members. Download the flyer with the bio of Dr. Bratt and details of the scheduled chat here: http://bit.ly/7QYP9t
You can also find the information and links on the home page at www.hearingloss.org.



Toni Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America


Leadership support website (Wiki)
http://www.hlaaleaderswiki.org/

Chapter News Blog
http://hlaachapternews.blogspot.com/
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use - November 12, 2009

In this issue:

• Chapter Chat Scheduled Friday 13, 2009 - URGENT TOPIC


Friday night we have a scheduled Chapter Chat on the Calendar.

The topic is urgent and critical to many chapters.

The issue is one of chapters having nonprofit status. By nonprofit status I am referring to 501 © (3) nonprofit status. There is a lot of confusion about which chapters need to have nonprofit status and which chapters don’t.

Most all chapters that will receive money from a walk4hearing event should be under HLAA’s group exemption. The reason why this is a sudden critical issue is that we may have to withhold money from a chapter until they come in to compliance. This is something we really do not want to do. The desirable thing to do is to get chapters quickly under HLAA’s group exemption so they can receive their money.

There are two ways to obtain nonprofit status. I will discuss both methods and will focus on HLAA’s group exemption status and exactly what is needed to obtain this status. I will discuss step by step the process and it should not be difficult. All the information needed is on the Wiki but I realize many people find tax issues overwhelming.

I will discuss “what is an EIN, why it is needed and how to get it. Also did you know that an EIN is also a Tax ID number? There is much confusion among leaders about this. I hope to clear up this confusion.

Because of the misinformation, confusion and lack of knowledge Chapters have not looked into nonprofit status. It is my intention to demystify and simplify the process for everyone.

This information is important to all chapters even if your chapter did not participate in a walk this year. Every chapter needs to know all the options and the legalities concerning income to the chapter and tax liabilities.

Chapter officers, treasurers and chapter leaders should plan to attend this web chat event.

November 13, 2009

5:00 Alaska Time
6:00 pm Pacific Time
7:00 pm Mountain Time
8:00 pm Central Time
9:00 pm Eastern Time

Here is how to participate (no need to register):
1. Go to http://www.myhearingloss.org (5-10 minutes before web chat is scheduled)
2. Click on the "Log in to our Chat Room" button
3. Enter a username to use for the chat – Please use a real name and location so we know who you are.
4. Click on the "Connect" button
5. Click on “Rooms" button (found at the top of your right column)
6. Then double click on "Meeting room" to join the chat session.

Sincerely,

Toni

Toni Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America

New Leadership support website
http://www.hlaaleaderswiki.org/

Chapter News Blog
http://hlaachapternews.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Letter to State and Chapter Leaders - November 2009

November 11, 2009



Dear Leaders,

Thirty years ago this month the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) was founded to bring attention to hearing loss.

At that time many people were skeptical that people with hearing loss could organize, since we were dispersed among the general population, in all walks of life, different socio-economic situations, and little in common but our hearing loss. What we had in common were communication needs that were not understood or taken into consideration at the policy level or even at home in the family environment. We were alone seeking help in coping with the daily challenges of hearing loss.

Fast Forward to 2009 – HLAA’s 30th Anniversary

Have we proved the skeptics wrong who said that people with hearing loss could not organize to effect change? Yes, we have! HLAA has pushed for laws allowing people with hearing loss to fully participate in society, our successes now require:

* Landline and cell phone to be compatible with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
* Television programs are captioned,
* Theaters and other public places must install assistive listening systems, and
* Courtrooms and classrooms must be made accessible.

Our advocacy work has resulted in two major milestones:

* Establishment of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH), and
* Introduction of assistive listening devices to Americans during the 1981 White House Conference on Aging.

HLAA continues to influence policy for affordable products and services that make our world hearing and communication friendly. And daily, for 30 years, HLAA has helped real people with real problems.

The work of HLAA for 30 years has only been possible because YOU believe in the work we do and support us.

November is an important time for our organization. It is the time that we reflect on our past accomplishments and look forward to the future, and take pride in being the Hearing Loss Association of America. It is also the time when our Chapters from across the country celebrate Founders Day and assist in raising funds for the Chapter Development Office so that is can provide the ongoing support it provides to over 200 Chapters across the country and the new ones that form each month.

With your ongoing support the Chapter Development Office has been successfully able to:

* Launch a Wiki – a comprehensive HLAA website providing leadership support and information materials - http://www.hlaaleaderswiki.org,
* Reintroduce Chapter Development workshops at the HLAA Convention.
* Provided monthly web chats for Chapters.

In 2010 we plan to continue our efforts and:

* Hold a Leadership Training Workshop in Bethesda,
* Expand and improve Chapter/Leadership workshops at the Convention,
* Improve the accessibility of Chapter related monthly web chats.

Together we ask your Chapter to give a gift to HLAA to honor our past, but even more importantly, to ensure our future.

Please give whatever you can so that together we can be a part of a shining future for people with hearing loss. Help keep HLAA vibrant and keep proving the skeptics wrong who said 30 years ago that people with hearing loss can’t organize.

We can and together we are!

Sincerely,



Toni Barrient.......................................Christopher T. Sutton
Director of Chapter Development.........Director of Development & Education
And Member Services

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Chapter News you can use October 15, 2009

  • Update on the National Office renovations and computer crash
  • Chapter Chat Tonight
  • Chapter Delegate for Milwaukee Convention
  • Quick bytes


Update on the National Office renovations and computer crash

Dear Leaders,

The HLAA office is still struggling to get back to normal. The final touches are being made to the remodeling and soon we will be able to unpack our desks, files, pictures, bookcases and work tools.

We have ordered a new server and we have been told it will be 9 days to build then ship. Our website, the walk site, the message boards, chat rooms and Wiki websites are not part of the server outage. Those sites are up and running full steam.

Email has been restored to the entire staff and we have access to our data files. We will not have access to our member database or the accounting until the new server is in place.

We expect that date to be approximately October 30th.

Very truly yours,

Toni Barrient
Chapter Development


Chapter Chat Tonight

Chapter Development Chat in the HLAA Chat room tonight, Thursday 10/15/2009

5:00 pm Alaska Time
6:00 pm Pacific Time
7:00 pm Mountain Time
8:00 pm Central Time
9:00 pm Eastern Time

Our session will be one hour.

Agenda:
1. Chapter Delegate Program
2. Bring any questions you have to the chat.

Please invite any and all Chapter Members that you think would have an
interest in talking about chapters and chapter activities. The chat room has
undergone an upgrade since my last email so the instructions to get to the
chat room changed slightly. * Here is How to Participate (no need to
register.)

1. Go to www.myhearingloss.org (5-10 minutes before web chat is scheduled)
2. Click on the "Log in to our Chat Room" button
3. Enter a username to use for the chat
4. Click on the "Connect" button
5. Click on the "Rooms" tab (found on right column)
6. Then double click on "Meeting_room" to join the Chapter chat



Chapter Delegate program for the Milwaukee Convention

We will be offering the chapter delegate program again for the 2010 Milwaukee Convention. Please note new conditions apply.

It will be necessary for each chapter to decide that whether or not they will be sending a delegate and they need to make a delegate selection by December 31st 2009. This allows those officers who are not selected as the delegate to take advantage of the early bird registration rates

We will provide one reduced fee registration per chapter to send an officer to the convention. The delegate can register at this reduced fee up to May 1, 2010. If a chapter officer/member registers for the convention at the early bird rate or the regular rate and then is chosen to be a delegate, please note we will not be making any adjustments or refunds if somebody has registered and then is chosen as a delegate. This is why each chapter needs to make their selection before an officer registers at the going rates. If you have questions about this please join me tonight in the chat room and I will answer your questions. Please visit the leadership support Wiki and download the Q & A for the Chapter Delegate program for full details. Look in the National Convention section.

Quick bytes

Q. How do I order brochures and magazines for our chapter?
A. Go to the leadership support Wiki and go to the Brochures and Magazines section

Q. How do I get to the Leadership support Wiki?
A. Go to: www.hlaaleaderswiki.org

Q. Do I need to sign up?
A. You do not need to sign up to view and download files. You may wish to sign up if you would like to have access to the discussion board or if you would like to be automatically notified if a page gets updated. I.e. Chapter newsletters section. Just click the Notify Me tab and follow
instructions.

Q. How do I get my chapter newsletter added to the State and Chapter
Newsletter section?
A. Send your newsletter to Toni Barrient at tbarrient@hearingloss.org and it will be put up.

Q. I have noticed your photo section. How do I get my photos added to the photo section?
A. Send photos as attachments to Toni Barrient or if your photos are in an online photo album, send the link to Toni Barrient at tbarrient@hearingloss.org

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use September 8, 2009

In this issue:

• Chapter Chat Scheduled Wednesday, September 16, 2009
• Guest Web Chat September 10,2009 9:00 p.m. EST
• New Fact Sheet “Do You Think You Have a Hearing Loss?” replaces the Q & A brochure
• This Month in Bethesda – August 2009 -from Executive Director Brenda Battat
• Share your Chapter Photos and Chapter and State Newsletters
• Newly Recognized Chapters
• Twitter and Facebook Posts


Monthly Chapter Chat Planned for Wednesday, September 16, 2009.
Everyone is welcome to come to the Chapter Chat next week on Wednesday. You can always check the Events Calendar on the Wiki for scheduled date, times and instructions on how to participate. Click the link Chapter Chats on the Wiki for the details. If you have specific topics you would like to address, please email me and let me know and I will be sure to cover that topic.

Guest Web Chat September 10, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. EST
Topic: "Hearing Aid Compatible (HAC) BlackBerry Smartphones: HAC, Messaging, & More!"
Guest Speaker: Dave Dougall is the Accessibility Program Manager at Research In Motion (RIM) Click for more details.

This Month in Bethesda – August 2009 -from Executive Director Brenda Battat
This month in Bethesda is a report for Chapter and State leaders from Brenda Battat, executive director. It highlights a few current news items thought to be of interest to our members, and we hope you will share it in a manner of your choosing. Brenda’s August report is posted. Click here and Bookmark Brenda's Blog

New Fact Sheet “Do You Think You Have a Hearing Loss?” replaces the Q & A brochure
A new Fact Sheet has been created to provide more question and answers to the question “Do You Think You Have a Hearing Loss”. This 4 page fact sheet replaces the Q& A brochure. When ordering the Q & A brochure you will get the new fact sheet. Fact sheets, membership brochures and Hearing Loss Magazines are available for the cost of shipping and handling. Order at the bulk rate for the lowest costs. Bulk rate takes up to 10 days for delivery time. You will find the ordering instructions on the Leader’s Wiki. www.hlaaleaderswiki.org
View the new fact sheet.


Share your Chapter Photos and Chapter and State Newsletters
If you would like to share your Chapter photos or your Chapter or State newsletters, please send them to me and I will include them on the Leader’s Wiki. I have already collected a quite a few newsletters and added the 25th anniversary photos of the Diablo Valley Chapter. They are in slide show format and I hope you will enjoy them. You will find the photos in the Photos section and the newsletters in the newsletters section of the Leader's Wiki.

Newly Recognized Chapters

The Northern Ohio Chapter (Painesville, Ohio) meets on the Second Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to Noon at Morely Library. E-mail Dawn Lyons sleepy36_44004@hotmail.com or call her at 440.344.2860.

The D.C. Chapter- Meets at Gallaudet University contact: Zac La Fratta - zac_lafratta@msn.com


Twitter and Facebook Posts

• Grand Rapids Area Chapter to test drive the newest products for the deaf & hard of hearing. Sept. 9th at 7p.m. http://bit.ly/va4QQ

• Garden State walk4hearing announced online. ( NJ.com) http://bit.ly/o27XL

• HLAA Sun City Chapter has a new website. Check it out. http://bit.ly/96cU9

• President Lois Walker of the HLAA Ocean/Monmouth Counties Chapter Makes the Headlines - http://bit.ly/huZvd

• Wisconsin Walk4Hearing Seeking Volunteers - Meeting Sept. 12 http://bit.ly/1dbN1N

• "HLAA Manhattan Chapter presents a program on Tinnitus, Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7:30 pm. For more info, please contact ellen13@rcn.com."

• Lois Johnson named new State Director, Hearing Loss Association of America - Texas State Office http://bit.ly/MN68J

Send me your notices and I will get the word out for you on Twitter and Facebook.

Please share this email and the two links below with all of your leaders in your chapter.

http://hlaaleaderswiki.org/

http://hlaachapternews.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chapter Chat Report

The Chapter chat was quite lively with about 9 chapter members last Tuesday. We did address some issues of getting chapter sponsorships and volunteers as well as discussing meeting topics and meeting places.

The transcript of the Chapter chat that is now available. Go to the Leadership Support Website Called the Leader’s Wiki and from the left menu select Chapter Chat Transcripts. Each month I will put the transcripts on the Wiki. Bookmark this web address: www.hlaaleaderswiki.org

The chats are fun and I hope more of you will join in on our next chat. Next scheduled chat is Wednesday, September 16, 2009. The chat schedule is also listed on the Events Calendar on the Wiki. For future dates you can always check there.


The chat room is working out quite well for private chats. If you or your chapter leadership would like to meet with me in the chat room, this can be arranged. Just let me know and Email me for an appointment.

Some have asked “What is a Wiki”? The short definition is: A wiki is a website that uses wiki software, allowing the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked Web pages.
This definition comes from the online Wikipedia which is basically an online Encyclopedia. You can find the Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki I chose the Wikispaces because it does not require that I be a web designer and I can quickly and easily add and update information.

Hope you find it easy to navigate and find what you are looking for. If you have any trouble with the Wiki let me know.

Please share the two links below with all of your officers and committee members in your chapter. Suggest they sign up for the Chapter News.

Best to all,


Toni

Toni Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
tbarrient@hearingloss.org

Leader's Wiki
http://www.hlaaleaderswiki.org/

Chapter News Blog
http://hlaachapternews.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 17, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use August 17, 2009

In this Issue:

  • Chapter chat Reminder – Tuesday, August 17
  • New leadership support web site (Wiki) for State and Chapter leaders
  • Tweets on Twitter promoting chapters
  • New Chapters Recognized
  • Chapter Advocacy at work


Chapter chat Reminder – Tomorrow Night

Chapter Development Chat in the HLAA Chat room tomorrow night Tuesday, August 18th 2009.

5:00 pm Alaska Time
6:00 pm Pacific Time
7:00 pm Mountain Time
8:00 pm Central Time
9:00 pm Eastern Time

Our session will be one hour.

Agenda

Planning your meetings. Program topic ideas
Getting publicity for your meetings and events
Any state or chapter question on your mind

Please invite any and all Chapter Members that you think would have an interest in talking about chapters and chapter activities. The chat room has undergone an upgrade since my last email so the instructions to get to the chat room changed slightly. * Here is How to Participate (no need to register):

1. Go to www.myhearingloss.org (5-10 minutes before web chat is scheduled)
2. Click on the "Log in to our Chat Room" button
3. Enter a username to use for the chat
4. Click on the "Connect" button
5. Click on the "Rooms" tab (found on right column)
6. Then double click on "Meeting_room" to join the Chapter chat

I suggest that you log into the chat room in advance to be sure you can log in without problems. You can do this anytime. If you do have a problem, I can work with you to resolve any software issues you may have. Check in to the chat room days before the meeting and let me know if you have problems.

A transcript of the chat will be available the following day. I will post it on the Chapter Blog and email you about it.


New leadership support web site (leaders Wiki) for state and chapter leaders

Many of you are preparing for a new meeting season so this is a busy time for you. To help make support more accessible for State and Chapter development leaders, a Wiki site has been created.

This new site called the leaders Wiki, replaces the old leadership support page. This site will be updated and new information added on a regular basis. If you need information that relates to chapter development, please check your new Wiki site first. This site is available 24/7.

Bookmark the new leaders Wiki as a favorite and check it often.

On the new site you will find new content.

  • The last 10 Chapter Development Blog posts
  • Power Point presentations
  • Chapter recognition programs - new ways to promote your chapter
  • Events Calendar
  • Twitter
Tweets on Twitter promoting chapters

Twitter and Facebook are all the rage and it is a great way to get the word out on your chapter. Take a look on the leader’s wiki for the HLAA posts (called tweets):

These Tweets went out on Twitter and Facebook in the last three weeks.

Darl Williams, president of the Southwest Michigan Chapter is in the news. See the news here: http://bit.ly/zOoIo Posted on twitter and Facebook 8/13/2009


Hearing loss support group planned for Nelson County
No vendors, just self-help, fellowship and education http://bit.ly/9QzPg

The Capital Region Chapter in Pennsylvania has a new website. http://bit.ly/1tL8ax

(Send me your notices in 140 characters or less and I will get the word out for you.)

Newly recognized chapters

The HLAA chapter network is growing strong. This week we welcome two new chapters.

Hearing Loss Association Kentucky Home Chapter
First meeting will be at the Nelson County Public Library in Bardstown: September 2 at 6:30 pm See their new website at http://www.hearinglosskyhome.org/ contact Ed Schickel, schickel@bardstown.com

Hearing Loss Association Chicago Lincoln Park Chapter
Will meet 3rd Saturday of each month 6:00 pm Second City Training Center. Contact Ken Clusky kcluskey@hotmail.com

Chapter advocacy at work

After many years of trying to get her local library to subscribe to Hearing Loss Magazine, Lorraine Fanizza of Irvine, California has finally succeeded.

When asked how many years Lorraine is quoted as saying "Way too many! To me, it should have just happened long ago."

Persistence does pay off! Congratulations Lorraine and thank you for your grassroots advocacy.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Chapter Chat Report

Last night we had our first chapter chat. It was quite lively and most enjoyable with the 13 -14 leaders who attended. There was quite a discussion about how chapters get funding to pay for things such as CART, meeting rooms, newsletter publishing and other expenses. There was discussion about the new Chapter/National dues program available presently to new chapters.

Cathy from Ohio asked the question "Why should they join a national organization that they will have little to do with." That is a great question and I am afraid that question was not fully discussed so I will be sure to bring this up first thing during our next chat.

The plan is to rotate the chats to different days of the week. The next chapter chat will be on Tuesday, August 18th. Remember anybody is welcome and the more the merrier. I will be sending out a reminder notice a day or two before the meeting.

The transcript from the chat is available for download HERE.


Very truly yours,

Toni

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

Have Chapter Related Questions? Looking for answers? Start here:
http://www.hearingloss.org/chapters/leadershipdocs.asp

Thursday, July 16, 2009

REMINDER: Chapter Chat tomorrow night!

Reminder: Chapter Development Chat in the HLAA Chat room tomorrow night Friday, July 17th, 2009.

5:00 pm Alaska Time
6:00 pm Pacific Time
7:00 pm Mountain Time

8:00 pm Central Time

9:00 pm Eastern Time


Our session will be one hour. It will be an open chat. Our first session will cover the topics presented at the Delegates meeting with opportunities for questions and answers along the way. I will be using the Delegate meeting power point presentation as an outline for topics to begin. You may wish to print or review the presentation before hand.


Please invite any and all Chapter Members that you think would have an interest in talking about chapters and chapter activities. The chat room has undergone an upgrade since my last email so the instructions to get to the chat room changed slightly. * Here is How to Participate (no need to register):

1. Go to www.myhearingloss.org (5-10 minutes before web chat is scheduled)
2. Click on the "Log in to our Chat Room" button
3. Enter a username to use for the chat
4. Click on the "Connect" button
5. Click on the "Rooms" tab (found on right column)
6. Then double click on "Meeting_room" to join the Chapter chat

It is suggested that you log into the chat room to see if you can log in without problems. You can do this anytime. If you do have a problem, I can work with you to resolve any software issues you may have. Check in to the chat room days before the meeting and let me know if you have problems. Please do not wait until the day of the chat.

Monday, July 13, 2009

2009 Chapter Survey Report

In March, the Chapter/National Partnership Committee invited all primary chapter leaders on record to participate in a survey. The committee consists of current and past, chapter and state leaders from around the country. They meet to discuss how chapters are doing and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees. The survey provides a baseline of how chapters operate, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they differ. It helps direct and validate the committee’s deliberations.


129 of 198 chapters completed the 35 question survey. Of those reporting 22% are small chapter with under 20 members. 62% of the chapters said they could reach more than half their members by email and 79% said they can utilize the internet. But interestingly, 59% said they did not know HLAA had a public forum at
www.myhearingloss.org. 66% did not know HLAA has a group on Facebook. The results of most of the questions can be found here. An overview slide show is here. If you have any suggestions for the 2010 survey, contact Ed O’Brien at edmutare@gmail.com

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use July 4, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE:

* Convention come and gone.
* Convention 2009 Attendee Survey
* Summary some of the topics discussed.
* How to participate in a chapter chat

Dear Leaders and Chapter Delegates,

The Convention has now come and is over. Nashville was wonderful. The Gaylord Hotel was certainly expansive and over all it was a great convention. With the last minute registrations there were 66 Chapter Delegates that attended. Thank you to all Chapter Delegates for helping to make the chapter events successful! Hope you had a great time. Each workshop was filled to capacity. Because of your strong response to the Chapter Delegate program, we will continue offer this program.


In the Convention 2009 Attendee Survey many of you responded with comments such as:

* Separate track on Chapter Development and Chapter leadership skill building.
* More help for Chapter leaders.
* Actually doing a newsletter rather than talk about it.
* Chapter development - how to engage younger members. Might be interesting to have 'work
groups' at convention, attended by current chapter members & some of the young adults at
the convention.
* Workshop on ALDs for meetings.

We hear you! We will work to schedule more Chapter development workshops for the 2010 Milwaukee Convention.


For those who did not attend this year’s convention or missed a workshop, here is a summary some of the topics discussed.

The workshop on How to Start A Chapter provided the ABC’s of Chapter start-up from first meetings to choosing a meeting place, speakers, topics and outreach for members. A big thank you to Linda Fowler, Ohio and Barb Burton, Louisiana for leading outstanding workshop. Download their Power Point presentation here.


The Editor’s meeting was packed to a standing room only capacity. Barbra Kelley, the editor of Hearing Loss Magazine, contributed her expertise and offered the support of the National office to help the newsletter editors. Thank you to Steve Frazier, New Mexico for organizing and facilitating this successful meeting.

The Chapter development panel moderated by Julie Olson offered suggestions and ideas and demonstrated publicity, outreach and outreach tools, and how to work with a professional advisory committee. Outstanding presentations from Linda Fowler, Barb Burton, Steve Frazier, Julie Olsen and Sue Miller. Many thanks for the preparation and excellent execution. Feedback from attendees was all very positive. Download Steve’s Publicity presentation here. Download Steve’s Publicity Resources here.


The Delegates meeting covered topics such as the organization of HLAA from the Board Trustees to the National staff, State Chapter Coordinators, State Organizations, Chapters and members. We discussed what each does and how we work together. Also talked about was the evolution of Chapters and how they are changing. The tools available to leaders were shared and where to get help/advise from your peers, your State Chapter Coordinators and the National office. We spent some time discussing "How to Know if your Chapter Needs a Tune-up?" and steps to take to give your Chapter the tune-up. Download the Delegates Meeting presentation here. Download the Chapter Tune-up Support document here.


Attendees were asked if they would like to have monthly Chapter development chats in the HLAA chatroom. The feedback from the majority was "yes, we want that".

If you missed any workshops, you will have a chance to meet online and talk about issues of interest.


It is suggested that you log into the chat room to see if you can log in without problems. You can do this anytime. If you do have a problem, I can work with you to resolve any software issues you may have. Check in to the chat room days before the meeting and let me know if you have problems. Please do not wait until the day of the chat.


* Here is How to Participate (no need to register):

1. Go to www.myhearingloss.org (5-10 minutes before web chat is scheduled)
2. Click on the "Log in to our Chat Room" button
3. Enter a username to use for the chat
4. Click on the "Connect" button
5. Click on "Show Rooms" button (found at the top of your left column)
6. Then double click on "Meeting_room" to join the Chapter chat


The first opportunity to gather together will be Friday, July 17th, 2009.

5:00 pm Alaska Time
6:00 pm Pacific Time
7:00 pm Mountain Time
8:00 pm Central Time
9:00 pm Eastern Time

Our session will be one hour. It will be an open chat. Our first session will cover the topics presented at the Delegates meeting with opportunities for questions and answers along the way. I will be using the Delegate meeting power point presentation as an outline for topics to begin. You may wish to print or review the presentation before hand.


Anyone may attend the monthly chat sessions. Consider inviting all your Chapter members. You would be surprised at who might emerge as a possible leader once they begin to learn more about HLAA and
Chapters.


If anyone has any questions or comments please don’t hesitate to email me. I am looking forward to working with all of you to make the new season of Chapter meetings successful for all.


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

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Monday, May 25, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use May 25, 2009


IN THIS ISSUE:
  • 2009 Chapter and State Organization award recipients
  • Founder’s Day Recognition
  • Recognizing Retiring State Chapter Coordinators and State Organization Leaders
  • Welcome Incoming State Chapter Coordinators and State Organization Leaders
  • Plan ahead for next year’s chapter awards

Dear Leaders,

Each year the awards committee receives nominations from chapters and state organizations. This year’s committee has made the selections and all recipients have been notified.

Congratulations to all the individuals, chapter and state organizations who have been selected to receive awards at the Breakfast Awards Ceremony at the 2009 Nashville Convention. See the listing of chapter recipients below.

~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


  • 2009 chapter and state organization award recipients

The “Nancy Wessner” Outstanding
State Chapter Coordinator Award
Joe Gordon, Manhattan Chapter, NY

Spirit of HLAA
Steve Barber, Wake Chapter, NC
Linda Fowler, Southwest Ohio Chapter, OH
Myrna Kain, Snohomish County Chapter, WA
Margaret Latta, Wayne & Holmes County Chapter, OH
Vernice Meade, Oklahoma City Chapter, OK
Ellen Semel, Manhattan Chapter, NY
Juanita Wikman, Michigan State Office, MI


Advocacy
Carolyn Meyer, Philadelphia Chapter, PA
Judy Oliver, Twinsburg, OH
Lynn Rousseau, Gainesville Chapter, FL

Family Involvement
Eleanor Gibbons, Augusta Chapter, GA

Professional Advisor
Brian McKinnon, M.D. MBA, Augusta Chapter, GA

Chapter Website
Jonathan Brown, Webmaster
Southwest Connecticut Chapter, CT

Chapter Newsletter
Kathy Niemeyer, Editor
Pittsburgh Chapter, PA

Elizabeth Stump, Editor
Manhattan Chapter, NY

Ann Thomas and Debbie Sharp, Editors
Diablo Valley Chapter, CA

Honorable Mention
Elizabeth “Liz” Furber, Editor
Peninsula Chapter, CA

State Newsletter
Karen Keil, and Debbie Mohney, Editors
Colorado Newsletter, CO

Outreach Award
Diablo Valley Chapter, CA
Oklahoma Chapter

Education Award
Debbie Schaaf
Wayne & Holmes County Chapter, OH

Community Service Award
Kevin Chaba and Boy Scout Troop 31
Rochester Chapter, NY


  • Founder’s Day Recognition
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.

This year we thank and recognize the following chapters for their contributions.

Rochester Chapter, NY $1,000
Diablo Valley Chapter, CA $ 600
San Antonio Chapter, $500
Shasta County Chapter, CA $ 500
Peninsula Chapter, CA $ 500
New Jersey State Assoc. $ 500
Oklahoma City Chapter, OK $ 500
Los Angeles Chapter, CA $ 500
Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter, CA $ 500
Lane County Chapter, OR $ 500
Central Ohio Chapter, OH $ 500
East Bay Chapter, CA $ 500

  • Recognizing Retiring State Chapter Coordinators and State Organization Leaders
This year we honor and recognize our retiring state leaders for their years of service to states, chapters and the community of people with hearing loss.

Retiring State Organizations Leaders

Co-president: Steve Barber, NC 2006 -2008
Co-president: Joan Black, NC 2006 -2008
President: Lona Jennings, WA 2007 -2008
President: Julie Olson, WI 2005 -2008
President: Karen Ratner, NY 2007–2009
President: Lynn Rousseau, FL 2006 – 2008
President: Cathy Sanders, OR 2006-2009

Retiring State Chapter Coordinators

Barbara Beard, PA 2005 – 2008
Cindy Campbell, OR 2006-2009
Joe Gordon, NY 1997-2009
Jeff Keyser, OK 2007 - 2008
Hermine Willey, OH 2000 – 2009

  • Welcome Incoming State Chapter Coordinators and State Organization Leaders
We will welcome these incoming state leaders and applaud their volunteer service.

Incoming State Organization Leaders

President: Penny Allen, WA 2008
President: Brenda Arndt, WI 2008
President, Mike Eury, NC 2008
President, Pam Foody, NY2009
President, Judy Martin, Florida 2008
President, Bob Russell, OR 2009


Incoming State Chapter Coordinators

Dale Long, PA 2008
Vernice Meade, OK 2009
Cathy Sanders, OR 2009
Debbie Schaaf, OH 2009
Bev Ziarko, WA 2009


  • Plan ahead for next year’s chapter awards
Next year your chapter or state organization can receive well deserved recognition. Plan now for next year’s awards. What projects is your chapter planning that will deserve recognition? Does your chapter or state have new website or newsletter editor to nominate? Remember somebody must nominate their chapter to be chosen. This year’s nomination instructions are still on the leadership support page. See the criteria needed for an award for each category.

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use May 11, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

* Montgomery County Chapter in Maryland challenges all chapters.
* Opportunities for leaders at the Nashville Convention
* Founder’s Day Recognition at the Awards Breakfast.



Dear Leaders,


The excitement is now is really heating up in preparation for the Nashville Convention. I am hearing about the many, many chapters sending either their leaders or a proxy. I am looking forward to seeing each and every delegate and chapter leader.

Thanks to the Rocky Stone Endowment fund scholarships and sponsorships, we will have a nice core group of young adults and look forward to seeing them all have a great time and hope they will become involved in chapters.

Congratulations to those Chapters and States who will receive special recognition for their contributions to the Founder’s Day Appeal. See the list of those recipients below.

~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


* The Montgomery County Chapter wanted to help send more young adults to the HLAA
Nashville Convention. They gave $500 earned from their local Walk4Hearing and challenged
chapters to meet or exceed their contribution. Read the complete challenge on the leaders list.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/HLAA-LeadersList/message/8365

National has received commitments to meeting the challenge from:

Greater St. Louis Chapter
Pennsylvania State Office
Northern Virginia Chapter
Boulder Chapter
Denver Chapter

We are appreciative to the Montgomery County Chapter for the challenge and the responding chapters for investing in the future young adults who may not otherwise have become involved with HLAA. These young adults are the future of HLAA and potential chapter leaders.
We applaud your efforts and if your chapter is still considering accepting the challenge please submit your pledge by May 24th at the latest.

* Opportunities for leaders at the Nashville Convention
Download the document here: http://www.hearingloss.org/chapters/Word/Chapter_ Development_Opportunities.doc

Chapter Development Opportunities
Nashville Convention 2009
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, June 18-21, 2009


For Early Arrivals

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Registration opens
Noon – 6:00 p.m.

This is where you pick up your name badge with your chapter delegate ribbon.
Chapter leaders other than Delegates will receive a chapter leader ribbon. You can pick it up any time the registration desk is open.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Newcomers Orientation
11:00 a.m. – Noon

If you have never been to an HLAA Convention, this is the first event you will want to attend.

Opening Session
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

All Chapter Delegates will be recognized during the opening session. Be sure to wear your
Delegate/Leadership badges.

Friday June 19, 2009

How to Start a Chapter Workshop
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Facilitators: Linda Fowler, Ohio and Barbara Burton, Louisiana

It is suggested that all leaders take part in this workshop to refresh your procedures and to share in your experiences.

Saturday June 20, 2009

Chapter and State Newsletter Editors Meeting
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

All editors of Chapter or State newsletters are invited to attend this get together meeting.

Chapter Development Panel
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Topics: Leadership, new membership, outreach using newsletters, flyers and email as well as the importance of a Professional Advisory Committee and more.

There will be a lot of opportunities to ask questions and share your experiences.

Chapter Delegates Meeting
2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a meeting for Chapter Delegates. Other Leaders are welcome as seating permits.

On the agenda includes “How chapters are changing; new opportunities for chapters and where do we go from here.”

There will be some fun and surprises! Be sure to make this meeting.

There will be a lot of opportunity for your questions and ideas. Be sure to wear your
Delegate/Leadership badges.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. Awards Breakfast

Come applaud your fellow chapter leaders from across the USA and share in the recognition of their achievements. Be sure to wear your Delegate/Leadership badges to attend the Breakfast Awards.

* Founder’s Day Recognition at the Awards Breakfast.

Special recognition is given to those chapters or state organizations that have donated $500 or more in honor of our founder, Rocky Stone and in celebration of Founder’s Day in November each year.

Thank you and congratulations to the following chapters for their contributions:

Rochester Chapter, NY $1,000
Diablo Valley Chapter, CA $ 600
San Antonio Chapter, $500
Shasta County Chapter, CA $ 500
Peninsula Chapter, CA $ 500
New Jersey State Assoc. $ 500
Oklahoma City Chapter, OK $ 500
Los Angeles Chapter, CA $ 500
Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter, CA $ 500
Lane County Chapter, OR $ 500
Central Ohio Chapter, OH $ 500
East Bay Chapter, CA $ 500


This listing only includes the opportunities for leaders. There are many other workshops and events scheduled. See the workshop and events schedule: workshop schedule

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use April 6, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

  • * Prescott Chapter in Formation Stages: Makes local News
  • * What Chapter Members Really Want


Dear Leaders,

This newsletter is to share some ideas and happenings from other chapters. Thank you Ginny Clark-Wright, Arizona State Chapter Coordinator, and Ruth Bernstein, member of the Manhattan Chapter, for your inspiring contributions.

~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



  • Prescott Chapter in Formation Stages: Makes Local News

Arizona State Chapter Coordinator Ginny Clark-Wright reports that a new chapter she is helping to form has made the local newspaper. Janice Woodson of the HLAA Prescott forming chapter emailed Ginny this article. Click here for the article. Publicity like this will draw new people to the chapter and it cost the chapter nothing. What is happening in your chapter? Does your local newspaper know? If you are holding a special event, or presenting a special topic/speaker, let your local newspaper know. The news media just might send a news reporter and a photographer. Way to go Prescott!


  • What Chapter Members Really Want

By Ruth Bernstein

Structuring chapter meetings can be difficult because they are often a “one-room school house”
situation: attendees are at many different learning levels.

People with hearing loss want to hear solutions to the coping problems they have 24/7/365. Many chapter members have a lot of practical knowledge to share.

My experience as a listener and speaker at HLAA meetings locally and at state and national meetings has taught me that “less is more.”

Dr. Sam Trychin says “that people with hearing loss experience difficulty sustaining focused listening over extended periods and a great deal of physical fatigue.” Keeping presentations short and as focused as possible will be appreciated by meeting participants.

Here are some suggestions for successful meetings:

  • Arrange for an assistive listening system and CART
  • Use visual backup; e.g. flip charts, black or white boards or power point presentations
  • Pick a single topic: health care, movies, TV, travel
  • Have one speaker at each meeting. Ask the speaker to learn and abide by the chapter’s speaker guide lines
  • Try to keep presentations short: a limit of 15 to 20 minutes can be effective to allow time for questions
  • Talk about hearing problems that may occur and how to solve them.
  • As much as possible, avoid technical explanations.
  • Provide a written “Coping Tip Sheet” that focuses on solutions and includes a list of resources including web sites and companies that sell assistive devices
  • Consider having planning committee members “plant” leading questions
  • If appropriate, suggest one advocacy action for the situation discussed and provide a postcard to be filled in and returned at the meeting.

Ruth D. Bernstein, M.A. , is a member of HLAA National and Manhattan Chapter. She is co-
coordinator of the Advocates for Better Communication/a.b.c., the advocacy group allied with the League for the Hard of Hearing and contributes to the “Sound Advice” column in The Buzz, the League’s electronic newsletter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use March 17, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

* April 3 deadline approaches for nominations for the 2009 Hearing Loss
Association of
America Awards
* Events planned for chapter delegates at the Nashville Convention


Dear Leaders,

The nominations have started coming in to the Bethesda office for the 2009 Hearing Loss
Association Awards. If you have considered nomination yourself, your chapter or another person now is the time to get that nomination sent in. Get them here anyway you can by midnight April 3, 2009. You can email, snail mail or fax your nominations.

  • Awards will be given in these categories:

Spirit of HLAA
Outreach
Employment (2)
a. Employee
b. Employer
Education
Advocacy
Family Involvement
Professional Advisory Support
Newsletter (chapter and state)
Website (chapter and state)


You will find the nomination instructions on the leadership support page. Awards will be presented at the Awards Breakfast on Sunday morning, June 21 at 8:30 a.m.to 10:30
a.m.


Plans are still in the works to make your visit to the Nashville Convention an exciting time. The
schedule of events is posted on the website at www.hearingloss.org/convention. What is not yet posted is the events planned for the chapter delegates and chapter leaders. I will be sending you a schedule of events as soon as the schedule is finalized. Here are some of the events that are being planned:

1. VIP welcome at the opening ceremonies
2. Workshop on how to start a chapter – (should also be helpful to existing chapters too.)
3. Workshop for newsletter editors
4. Chapter Delegates Meeting
5. Chapter development Panel. Panel topics to include: How to attract new members to your
chapter, leadership styles (putting your best foot forward), publicity (newsletters, website,
flyers) and the value of professional advisory committees. Bring your questions to the panel.
6. Time is also being set aside for you to meet one on one with the Bethesda staff.

Just a reminder that if you are a qualified chapter delegate you still have time to register for the convention at a special low discount price. There is a Q & A document available that explains who qualifies as the chapter delegate, what the special rate is and how to register.
Download the Q & A document here:
http://www.hearingloss.org/chapters/pdf/QAChapterDelegateDiscount.pdf

If you have any questions regarding the chapter awards or the chapter delegate program, please don’t hesitate to email me.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Nashville Convention.

~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

Send your Chapter President to the 2009 Convention!
Download the Q& A for the Chapter delegate registration



Leadership support available 24/7
http://www.hearingloss.org/chapters/leadershipdocs.asp

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use January 28, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

* Convention Graphics available for newsletters and local flyers
* Convention registration for chapter delegates
* Newsletter Editors Yahoo group growing
* Reminder- Tax Chat for chapter treasurers


Dear Leaders,

Please be sure that your treasurers are know about the Tax Chat coming up next week. If for any reason they are not able to attend they can submit their questions to me directly before chat time, and I will be sure they are answered. I will distribute a transcript of the evening’s chat within a day or two.

I spoke with Sean Smith the HLAA Controller, and he is looking forward to working with the chapters and assisting with tax questions.

~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


  • Convention Graphics available for newsletter and local flyers

We have had many requests for graphics for the Nashville Convention. Several are available for
download on the leadership support page. If you need help with inserting or resizing the graphics to fit your newsletter or flyer, there are instructions on the leadership support page under “computer tips for leaders”. (From the main page of the HLAA website click Locate Chapters then click Leadership Support.)

  • Convention registration for chapter delegates

We are having a wonderful response to the “chapter delegate” registration for the Nashville Convention. Many have registered already. If you have not registered or need more information, the Q & A document about Chapter Delegate registration is posted and available for download on the leadership support page.

Activities are planned for the chapter delegates. Delegates will be recognized and welcomed at the convention opening session. Each delegate will have a special ribbon/sticker for their badges identifying them as a chapter delegate. There will be a special meeting of the chapter delegates on Saturday in the chapter development room. National staff will be available for consultations in the chapter development room throughout the day. Then, of course, delegates will not want to miss the Awards Ceremony (breakfast is served) on Sunday morning.

Bring copies of your newsletters, brochures, flyers and displays to show off in the chapter development room. We will have tables for the items you wish to share.

  • Newsletter Editors Yahoo group growing

Stephen Frazier, NM and Judy Martin, FL, moderate this very helpful list serve for newsletter editors. The list is growing and many are benefiting from the great advice and suggestions they glean from other chapter newsletter editors.

HLAA newsletter editors will want to be on this list serve so please pass this information on to then so they may join. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HLAA_Newsletter_Editors/

There will be a meeting for newsletter editors and publicists at the Convention.


  • Reminder -Online Tax Chat planned

I do not have the names or contact information for your treasurers so please pass this email on to him or her as soon as possible.

All chapters with a Federal Tax ID number (see definition below*) will need to file some type of tax return. Some will need to complete the 990EZ or the 990 forms. These forms have changed for the tax year 2008. The IRS has offered online mini courses to explain the new forms. The website regarding the new forms and mini online courses is: http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=201398,00.html

The online mini courses may be helpful but they may also be confusing. HLAA national is happy to provide some professional help that will be specific to chapters and state offices.

Save this date: February, 3, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM EST 7:00 PM CST 6:00 PM MST 5:00 PM PST
Where: HLAA chat room located www.myhearingloss.org

** see notes about the HLAA chat room at the end of this email

Sean Smith, the HLAA national controller, will be online in the HLAA chat room to answer all your questions and concerns. Here are some topics he will be addressing:

1. Exactly who has to file a return
2. What form does my chapter use?
3. When does a chapter have to file?
4. What if the chapter is not prepared to file. Extension?


You may have other questions to ask. If you are not able to access the chat room or not able to attend this event, you may submit your questions in advance using the “ask the expert form” online at: http://www.hearingloss.org/Community/askExpert.asp. A transcript will be available and will be posted on the leadership support page.

Mark your calendars now and I will also send a reminder the day before the chat.
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*From the IRS website:

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, and now you may apply online. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service. You must check with your state to make sure you need a state number or charter.

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**HLAA Chat room
To get to the HLAA chat room, from the main page of the HLAA website click the green chat room box on the right hand side.

• There is no speech in the chat room. All communications are typed by those participating. Both the speaker and the guests will type their questions and answers.
• You do not need to register for the chat room. You do need to log in and provide a name or
nickname.
• There are computer system requirements so I recommend that you try to access the chat room
before chat night to see if you are able to enter. You may have to update your browser or java
software. It is best to check beforehand to allow plenty of time to make any needed updates.
• If you are not able to attend the chat on Feb 3, 2009 you may submit your questions in advance
here: http://www.hearingloss.org/Community/askExpert.asp.
• There will be a transcript available (usually within 24 hours) it will be posted on the leadership support page.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use January 18, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE:

* New Format for Chapter News You Can Use
* Online Tax Chat Planned



Dear Leaders,

I have been using Constant Contact for the Chapter News You Can Use e-newsletter. There have been some problems associated using Constant Contact:
  1. Not everybody is on the list.
  2. We can reach more people with regular email.
  3. The news did not post to the leaders list.
  4. i was not able to archive the newsletter for you.

I will be using regular email from now on. I plan to go back and prepare archive versions of the previous issues in this format. There will be a link on the leadership support page when they are available. I will let you know when that is ready.

~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


  • Online Tax Chat Planned

Because we do not have the names and contact information for your treasurers, please pass this
message to your treasurer as soon as possible.

All chapters with a Federal Tax ID number (see definition below*) will need to file some type of tax return. Some will need to complete the 990EZ or the 990 form. These forms have changed for the tax year 2008. The IRS has offered Online mini courses to explain the new forms. Here is the website regarding the new forms and mini online courses:
http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0,,id=201398,00.html

The online mini courses may be helpful but they may also be confusing. HLAA national is happy to provide some professional help specific to chapters and state offices.

Save this date: February, 3, 2009
Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time 7:00 PM Central Time
6:00 PM Mountain Time 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Where: HLAA chat room located at www.myhearingloss.org

** see notes about the HLAA chat room at the end of this email

Sean Smith, the HLAA national controller, will be online in the HLAA chat room to answer all your questions and concerns. Here are some questions he will be addressing:

1. Exactly who has to file a return
2. What form does my chapter use?
3. When does a chapter have to file?
4. What if the chapter is not prepared to file. Can we file an extension?

You will have other questions. Bring your questions to the chat room. If you are not able to access the chat room or not able to attend this event, you may submit your questions in advance using the “ask the expert form” online at: http://www.hearingloss.org/Community/askExpert.asp A transcript will be available and will be posted on the leadership support page. See link below for the leadership support page.

Mark your calendars now and I will also send a reminder the day before the chat.

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*From the IRS Website:

An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. You may apply for an EIN in various ways, and now you may apply online. This is a free service offered by the Internal Revenue Service. You must check with your state to make sure you need a state number and/or chapter.


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**HLAA Chat Room

For those who are not familiar with the HLAA chat room:

* The chat room is not actual chatting. All communications are typed by those participating. Both the speaker and the guests will type their questions and answers.
* There are instructions on how to enter the guest chat room online near the log in area.
* You do not need to register for the chat room. You do need to log in and provide a name or
nickname.
* There are computer system requirements so I recommend that you try to access the chat room
before chat night to see if you are able to access the chat room. You may have to update your
browser or java software. Best to check now to see if you can access to allow for plenty of
time to make updates.
* If you are not able to attend the chat on Feb 3, 2009 you may submit your questions in advance
here: http://www.hearingloss.org/Community/askExpert.asp .
* There will be a transcript posted (usually within 24 hours) leadership support page.

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