Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Last Chapter News from Toni and Important Reminders

Last Chapter News from Toni

It was bound to happen. Things needed to change and indeed they have. Because of the layoffs in 2002, the national office staff has been kept very, very lean. While many of you have been aware that I wear many hats at the national office I also know many of you have not been aware of the situation. In addition to chapters, my job has been to oversee membership, the computer network, database management, and to supervise volunteers and variety of other projects and tasks. Many of you got replies to your emails at night and on weekends because I was trying to cover all the bases. So you can see that my work with chapters was only part of what I did. This really needed to change. Then Elizabeth came to us to fill a temporary assignment and when we discovered that she has experience in many areas that were valuable to HLAA, we put on our thinking caps and started thinking of restructuring the workloads in the National office. We were able to restructure the workload so that we could bring Elizabeth in to work with States and Chapters full time without increasing the number of staff members. Last week you should have received the News Release about Elizabeth LeBarron, who is now the new National Chapter and State Coordinator.

The timing could not have been more perfect. I am thrilled and personally feel that these changes are a win-win situation for all of us. You get a full-time, dedicated States and Chapter Coordinator and I get my nights and weekends back. I have loved working with all of you through the ups and downs, ins and outs and of course most of you all remember the name change. :) While I will miss working with you on a day to day basis, I will still be in the national office and look forward to seeing you in Milwaukee in June and future conventions.

Don’t hesitate to contact me regarding any issues or questions you may have about membership(s). Please contact Elizabeth for anything related to States or Chapters. Elizabeth’s email is

Important Reminders:

Deadline for Award Nominations is April 5
Find the Awards nomination information on the Wiki home page

Chapter Delegate Registration – Deadline May 1
Find the information you need about qualifications and how to register on the Wiki in the National Convention Section

Chapter taxes Webinar
The chapter Webinar by Sean Smith is available for playback.

March 1, 2010 Webinar Playback:

Download the transcript 3-1-2010-GroupExemption- Taxes.rtf

Warmest regards to each and every one you.


Toni Barrient | Director of Member Services
Hearing Loss Association of America
7910 Woodmont Ave Ste 1200
Bethesda, MD 20814

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