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:

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: 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 Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America

Leader's Wiki

Chapter News Blog

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.


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 (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: Posted on twitter and Facebook 8/13/2009

Hearing loss support group planned for Nelson County
No vendors, just self-help, fellowship and education

The Capital Region Chapter in Pennsylvania has a new website.

(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 contact Ed Schickel,

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

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.