Saturday, February 20, 2010


  • 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

Submit nomination form by March 1st of each year. E-mail to

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.

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 – – 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:

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: Watch for Convention updates and find extra tid bits on the HLAA Convention Blog .

Looking forward to seeing you all in Milwaukee!


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

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