Sunday, December 22, 2013

Question of the month: meeting formats

Has the chapter or state organization you help lead ever used a game format for their meeting, like bingo or some other game?

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

We Want Your Opinion!

Dear HLAA State organization and Chapter Leaders,
In our renewed commitment to strengthening our organization, we want to know what subjects you, our state and chapter leaders, would like to know more about to help you in that role. Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to lead confidently and with as little a time commitment as possible.
Please take five minutes to answer a few questions at the link below.
We want to hear from you!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hot Off the Press: HLAA Is Changing Our Logo!

HLAA is changing our logo! In our name, Hearing Loss Association of America, the “of America” part of the logo is now in bold type face like the other three words. And the words are now right aligned. (Special thanks to our chapter leader that noticed this and proposed that HLAA make the entire name appear in bold type.) The “new and improved” HLAA logo will be available in December.

HLAA is also designing brand-new logos for our state organizations and chapters and we will send them by the end of December. The logos will show state organization and chapter names like this: Hearing Loss Association of America ____________ [State Association, State Office or Chapter). We ask that you adopt the new name format and the "new and improved" logo by June 1, 2014 and use them on printed materials, your website and all other media. As you may know from the HLAA Statement of Strategic Intent posted on, HLAA is working hard on branding our organization to make it more recognizable to consumers. We are all in this process together.

We know that this change means extra work for everyone. We are creating close to 200 new logos and must also update all of our in-house materials, the website, etc. and so we are sharing the growing pains of becoming a more unified entity.

If you have additional questions about the new name format or logos or if the HLAA State organization or Chapter already has a banner or display with the one of the old(er) logos, please contact me, Elizabeth LeBarron, National State and Chapter Coordinator, at or 301.657.2248, ext. 101.

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 15 Deadline Reminder - 501c3 Orgs

Hi, Chapter and State Office leaders!

Just a reminder to send to me by next Friday, November 15 the organization's Chapter/State Update form and a proposed budget for 2014, if the organization is included in the HLAA group exemption from federal income tax. Getting the forms to me on time insures that the organization will be included in that group exemption. You can find the forms on HLAA's website here. If you have sent the forms in already and have received an acknowledgement from me, thank you!

--Elizabeth LeBarron, HLAA State and Chapter Coordinator

Friday, October 4, 2013

Question of the Month: Does the chapter or state organization you help lead have a scholarship program?

Many chapters and perhaps some state associations have scholarship programs for students with hearing loss. We already know that the Rochester and Manhattan Chapters in New York have such programs. Is the organization you help offering scholarships? If so, please leave an overview and application information here. We will share it with others in and outside of the organization.

Thank you!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Free Books

Hello, HLAA State and Chapter leaders and Coordinators!

We have a copy of the following books that are free to the first, three people that contact me.

Hearing Loss and Winning Solutions
Lip Reader
To Hear the Birds Sing

Please tell me your preference when you write back here or to

Get them before they are gone!

--Elizabeth LeBarron, HLAA State and Chapter Coordinator

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Twitter and FB

Does your HLAA Chapter or State organization use Twitter or Facebook (FB)? If so, please follow @HLAAElizabeth and @HLAA (Twitter) and “Like’ HearingLossAssociation on FB.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Challenge Is On!

HLA-Montgomery County MD Chapter Issues a Challenge…for the 5th Year!

The Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter of HLAA issues a challenge to all Chapters and State associations to help bring more people to HLAA’s Convention 2013 in Portland Oregon, June 27 – 30.

If you have been to an HLAA Convention, you know it is an event not to be missed. However, there are people who really want to go, but need financial support to get there.

For the fifth consecutive year, HLA-Montgomery County MD Chapter (HLA-MC) is again issuing a challenge to Chapters and State associations to send donations (in increments of $500) to the HLAA Chapter Challenge fund to help send as many people to Convention 2013 as possible. HLAA National has received 20 applications but has only eight scholarships to award. We need more scholarships! Let’s see what we can do to bring all of them to Convention 2013!

HLA-MC originated the Challenge by giving $500 of their proceeds from the Washington DC Walk4Hearing™ to the HLAA Convention scholarship fund. Everyone who applied for a scholarship received one. The idea caught on! We hope Chapters and State associations with funds from the Walk4Hearing™ or other fundraisers will consider financing a scholarship.

Members remembering their first convention experience know this a life-changing experience. It is an opportunity to absorb information and education to live better with hearing loss, to grow personally and professionally, to socialize with other hard of hearing people, to experience cutting-edge technology, and to attend workshops accessible with CART and assistive listening systems. 

Each scholarship recipient will receive a full-activity registration package. Please take the challenge and let us know you accept by April 30, 2013. Checks should be sent to HLAA, Attn: Nancy Macklin, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 1200, Bethesda, MD 20814.

SYIP (See you in Portland)!

The Steering Committee
HLA-Montgomery County Chapter
Rockville, Maryland

990 due by May 15th - revised ($50K or less income)

Please note the following, revised instructions, taken from the IRS Website.

Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Thanks very much.


Thursday, January 10, 2013

What's in a Name?


At HLAA Chapter and State organization meetings, participants share their experiences and information about a wide range of topics regarding hearing loss. That is the beauty of meeting other people with hearing loss face-to-face: getting the benefit of others' feedback. (And we don't bash any person or product, right??)

A word of caution if you want to promote a particular professional or product through email or in a newsletter: don't or at least write a disclaimer like the one in Hearing Loss Magazine, such as "The opinions are those of the author and not of HLAA. Inclusion of a product does not mean HLAA endorsement nor does exclusion of a product mean disapproval."

Thank you for spreading the word!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Chapter Leader vs. Coordinator

Hi, everyone! I have noticed that many HLAA Chapters call their leader a coordinator. If the chapter you help lead does this (and many in Pennsylvania in particular do this) please use the term "leader" or "president" instead, starting immediately. Making the switch will help reduce confusion with HLAA State Chapter Coordinators, those people appointed by HLAA National to be the main communicators between the chapters under their purview and HLAA (me). If you have any questions about this, please post a message on this blog or contact me via email ( or phone (301-657-2248, ext. 101).

May the new year bring you good health and joy.

Elizabeth LeBarron
HLAA National State and Chapter Coordinator