Friday, February 26, 2010

Chapter Webinar Reminder- Finances and IRS Tax Returns for Chapter and State Offices

  • Webinar reminder - Monday, March 1, 2010
  • Group Exemption Letters

Webinar reminder

Topic: Finances and IRS Tax Returns for your Chapter or State Organization

All chapter Treasurers and Officers should plan to attend this webinar. Please send a copy of this email to your treasurer today.

When: March 1, 2010

5pm Alaska || 6pm Pacific || 7pm Mountain || 8pm Central || 9pm Eastern

A high speed Internet connection is needed to view and participate in the Webinar.

To join the meeting:

http://hearinglossassociation.acrobat.com/leadership/

The doors to the training will open at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Plan to listen through your computer speakers and read the captions.

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Group Exemption Letters

New group exemption letters have been mailed to all chapters who have successfully completed the group exemption renewal process. They were mailed yesterday to Presidents or chapter contacts of the chapters. Please be sure to read the documents sent and every treasurer should have a copy and understand about group exemption. The webinar on group exemption is still available to playback or you can read the transcripts.

February 1, 2010 Webinar Playback http://bitly.net/cGyfY0
Download the transcript 2-1-2010_Group_ExemptionWebinar.pdf

This information is also on the Leadership support Wiki in the Chapter Webinar section.

Toni

Toni Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20895
www.hearingloss.org

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

COME TO MILWAUKEE AND BE INSPIRED!

  • Rocky Stone Endowment Scholarships available. Deadline for application is March 1.
  • Convention registration for Chapter Delegates.
  • Changes to the 2010 Awards - Nominations deadline April 5, 2010.
Rocky Stone Endowment Scholarships available. Deadline for application is March 1.

We are excited to offer two scholarships from the Rocky Stone Endowment Fund to help fund an HLAA member who has never been to an HLAA Convention in the past. In addition, we are actively seeking private funds in order to offer additional scholarships.

Please see the guidelines for more details about the scholarship and nomination deadline. Kindly direct any questions to Nancy Macklin, Director of Events at convention@hearingloss.org.

Submit nomination form by March 1st of each year. E-mail to convention@hearingloss.org

Mail:
Hearing Loss Association of America
ATTN: Nancy Macklin, Director of Events
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814


Convention registration for Chapter Delegates

Has your chapter selected a “Chapter Delegate” for the Milwaukee Convention?
Registration is open until May 1st for Chapter Delegates. Take advantage of this special low rate to send one Chapter Delegate to the Convention. Certain rules apply. See the frequently asked questions document that addresses the rules and questions that have arisen for the Chapter Delegate registration. See the FAQ and registrations instructions here. http://hlaaleaderswiki.wikispaces.com/National+Conventions

Activities are planned for Chapter Delegates and Chapter Members.

Delegates will be recognized and welcomed at the Convention Opening Session on Thursday. Each delegate will have a special ribbon/sticker for their badge identifying them as a Chapter Delegate. There will be a special meeting of the Chapter Delegates on Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapter Development Room.


Chapter Development Room Schedule and Activities

Friday – June 18, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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.

2:00 p.m. Starting an HLAA Chapter
Starting a chapter – New start-up requirements.

3:30 p.m. Publicity for Chapters
The “How To” and tips to get publicity for your Chapter.


Saturday – June 19, 2010

8:30 a.m. Delegates come for coffee

9:00 a.m. Chapter Delegates Meeting
Special Guest speaker –

10:30 a.m. Advantages of Shared Leadership
Chapters operating by Steering Committee instead of by elected officers.

1:00 p.m. Grassroots advocacy for Chapters
Ideas and ”How To” for advocacy projects.

2:30 p.m. Keeping a chapter going

Chapter attendance is dropping and volunteer help is needed - What to do, steps you can take to get back on track.

4:00 p.m. The Peer Connection
Chapter Development Panel: Bring your questions to successful/experienced Chapter Leaders.

5:00 p.m. Chapter Development Room is closed.
Pick up any chapter displays from the Chapter Development Room at this time.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

9:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony (breakfast is served)
Celebrate Excellence in Chapters and Leadership

Changes to the 2010 Awards - Nominations deadline April 5, 2010
Summary of Changes

The presentation of annual HLAA Awards at National Conventions has become an increasingly popular event. If you were in Nashville, you know the Convention Awards Breakfast was so packed that there was standing room only! This is truly a testimony of a thriving organization of active members who are making a difference and the recognition they well deserve from their peers.

That said – the nominations for 2010 Awards are now open! The application may be accessed either via the HLAA website Leaders Support page or directly using this address – http://www.hlaaleaderswiki.org/ – and clicking National Convention. Please note that the deadline to receive nominations is April 5, 2010. In keeping with organizational development, there are exciting new award categories and some changes to previous awards. They are a reflection of activities Chapters and States have been involved with.

A Summary of New Awards

Community Service Award: This will be presented to HLAA organizations that have undertaken projects that serve the community by teaching others about hearing loss and the communication obstacles that it can create followed by instruction in sensitivity training.

HLAA Service Award:
This will be awarded to individual members, State or Chapter organizations that have completed a service that directly benefits Hearing Loss Association of America®, its members and its National presence as well as HLAA State and Chapter affiliates.

State Organization Award: This will be awarded either to an HLAA State Office or State Association in recognition of their progress and activities beneficial to people with hearing loss.

HLAA Walk4Hearing™ Award: This will be presented to the local organization that has used their proceeds from the Walk in a way that is of greatest benefit to the most people with hearing loss within the last two years.

Finally, please note that there have been revisions to the popular Spirit of HLAA Award.

See and download the nominations application here: http://hlaaleaderswiki.wikispaces.com/Chapter+Awards

Hotel and Airline Information as well as a listing of all the other exciting workshops and events at the Milwaukee Convention are listed on the HLAA website: www.hearingloss.org/convention. Watch for Convention updates and find extra tid bits on the HLAA Convention Blog http://hlaaconvention.blogspot.com/ .


Looking forward to seeing you all in Milwaukee!

Toni

Toni Barrient
Director of Membership and Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Suite 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814
tbarrient@hearingloss.org

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chapter News You Can Use - February 13, 2010

A Look Behind the Scenes

There are some Chapter members who are National members and stay abreast of news from and about what HLAA National is doing. There are other National members who do not really keep up with National activity. Unfortunately, there are far too many people who are local members only - and they don’t know or understand what HLAA is all about.

Please consider the unfairness of this situation. It leaves people with hearing loss in the dark! If these people were informed it’s fair to say they would be reaching out by sharing new information with their families, professionals, and other people they associate with.

Also, as you all know, a large part of National activity is advocacy related. Before we were founded, hard of hearing people were not recognized because we were not united. Over the years as we grew in numbers and joined special issue coalitions we became a force to be reckoned with.

And, over the years all hard of hearing people – members or not – are benefitting from amazing advances in hearing technology and telecommunications compatibility, and in laws that both protect us and enable us to stay in the mainstream of live. The list is long and impressive and it advances fast.

What is the point of all this? We urge all leaders to make National information and news a priority – first by taking at least five minutes at the beginning of meetings to share exciting news from the National front, and second to include National news and information in newsletters and on websites. This is only being fair to your members, to potential members and to HLAA National. Let’s let everyone have a look behind the scenes.

PS In addition to Hearing Loss Magazine, the HLAA Website is a prime source of current information that makes it easy to stay up to date. And now the e-News of January 26 announced a new resource in the form of staff blogs; the executive director’s news, a convention blog and a public policy and advocacy blog. And don’t overlook the Chapter and State development blog.

Consider too, livening up meetings and/or newsletters by sharing excerpts from the Collection of Memories about our Founder Rocky Stone or his book The Invisible Condition. These jewels are easy to find by clicking the blue box on the right side of the HLAA home page.

Toni

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


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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Group Exemption Webinar Playback and Transcript

A big thank you to everyone who emailed me and provided feedback on our first webinar held last Monday. This is an exciting new method to offer trainings and the overall response was very positive.

If you missed the webinar (Seminar on the web) or if you were there and want to view it again, you may playback the entire event. This webinar was all about Group Exemption and how to apply.

Click this link to playback: http://bitly.net/cGyfY0
If you prefer a transcript, you can download the transcript from the home page on the Leadership support Wiki.

Mark your calendars and tell your treasurers about the next Chapter Development webinar scheduled for March 1, 2010. Our guest presenter will be Sean Smith, the HLAA accountant who will do a little presentation and answer your questions about filing tax returns or any other financial issues you may have concerning Chapters, State Associations or State Offices.

Meeting Name: Finances and IRS Tax filings
Summary: this room is used for leadership trainings
Invited By: Toni Barrient (tbarrient@hearingloss.org)
When: March 1, 2010
5pm Alaska || 6pm Pacific || 7pm Mountain || 8pm Central || 9pm Eastern

To join the meeting:
http://hearinglossassociation.acrobat.com/leadership/
The doors to the training will open at 9:00 p.m. EST.
Plan to listen through your computer speakers .
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Toni

Toni Barrient |Chapter Development
Hearing Loss Association of America
Toll free Fax: (888) 566-8219

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