Monday, May 11, 2009

Chapter News You Can Use May 11, 2009


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

* 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.

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: 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

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