Thursday, June 12, 2014

URGENT: Update Your Chapter or State Web Listing

Person at Computer
I urge you to check your chapter or state listing by clicking on this link for the Find a Chapter page of the HLAA website right now. You will find it does not contain all the information that was there last week as the section crashed and has been reinstated with the last contact person and email address provided.

We would encourage you to verify the information that is there and to add the following information:

Person on phone
• Contact Information
Feel free to add a second person as a contact.
Note: Most information requests come from a spouse or family member of the hearing loss person who prefer the phone to email. Of course, people with hearing loss favor email contact. You should provide both a phone number and email address to reach the chapter and if you are not comfortable on the phone, we suggest adding a second reliable contact who is.

• Location of monthly meetings.
Building name, street address and city /state/zip.

• When monthly meetings take place . For example:
Every 2nd Wednesday of Month (No meetings June, July, August)

• How to submit changes/ additions
Please send back the entire listing with changes or additions as a finished entry  as it should  appear on the website. Send to Ed Ogiba

For example: If the current listing is as follows:

Sarasota Chapter 
JoAnne DeVries

Then the new additions should read as follows in this order:

Sarasota Chapter                                                                                  
Meets Every 2nd Wednesday @ 1:30 p.m.      
North Sarasota Library,
 2801 Newtown Blvd,  Sarasota FL 34230 
JoAnne DeVries   

Again, to check your state or chapter listing, click on this HLAA Find a Chapter link.

If you have questions, either email Ed Ogiba or phone 301.657.2248

P.S. With the Dear Abby story on HLAA appearing nationally on Monday, requests from newcomers for the nearest chapter are coming in at an unprecedented  rate. Please do not miss out and check your listing asap.

Three Chapter Members are Oticon's Focus on People Finalists

Oticon's Focus on People Award is in its 16th year honoring students, adults and advocacy volunteers who have hearing loss. Several HLAA members have received this honor over the years. 

We are pleased to say that Oticon has announced three HLAA Chapter members among this year's finalists. 

  • Joyce Edmiston, HLAA Lancaster (PA) Chapter
  • Flo Innes, HLAA Sarasota (FL) Chapter
  • Ed Ogiba, HLAA Sarasota (FL) Chapter

Read about Joyce, Flo and Ed and see if something speaks to you about one of them and cast your vote here.

Congratulations ... You are all winners!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Dear Abby Recommends HLAA

Read all about Dear Abby recommending 
the Hearing Loss Association to her readers. 
Share the good news!

How Will Your Chapter Celebrate HLAA’s 35th?

35th Anniversary coming soon logo

HLAA will celebrate its 35th Anniversary with 35 events at the chapter level from November 2014 to November 2015.  We need your "event" ideas and your comments on how to build on others’ suggestions as well.

Check out all the ideas and suggestions to date and add your own with a comment on our 35th idea page by clicking here:  HLAA 35th Anniversary.

You need to add your idea in a comment box on this blog for the 35th Anniversary Committee to see and consider it. If you have additional questions or comments, please contact Ed Ogiba.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Convention Starts on Wednesday, June 25 for Leaders

Photo of Austin with June 26 to 29
Reminder. There are two workshops on Wednesday that kicks-off the convention for both chapter and state leaders.  Please be sure to look over either the planning guide for each session to use as a checklist to help you organize all the needs and questions you would to cover in these meetings.

Wednesday, June 25 2 p.m to 5 p,m.

All Leaders Chapter Building Workshop
Moderator: Ed Ogiba, Director of Chapter Development

This is a session for all delegates, state coordinators, state leaders and particularly chapter leaders looking for proven, new ways to build attendance at meetings plus a stronger volunteer and membership base. A panel of chapter leaders will discuss successful chapter programs in education, advocacy and support plus new approaches to outreach, social networking and fundraising. Attendees are encouraged to review the session planning guide  in advance to help get more out of the workshop. For more information, contact Ed Ogiba.

Wednesday June 25 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.  

State Leaders Workshop                                                                                 Edward F. Ogiba, Director of Chapter Development

This workshop is for all State Coordinators, State Board Members and anyone aspiring to become a State Coordinator or to join or start a new state association. The session will focus at both successful and new pilot programs designed to deliver the HLAA Mission in a state, with a special emphasis on new programs to support existing chapters or open new ones. New and pilot HLAA support programs to support state coordinators and fundraising strategies will also be discussed. Attendees are encouraged to review the session planning guide in advance to help get more out of the workshop. Please note that this is a different guide than the one for the All Leaders Workshop. For more information, contact Ed Ogiba.

All leaders workshops will take place in the Wedgwood Room located on the Atrium Level of the Renaissance Austin. 

A Round of Applause: News You Can Use from HLAA National

HLAA is fortunate in that we not only have volunteers in chapters and states working on behalf of people with hearing loss, we also have people in industry and the medical field working with us to make all of our lives better.

We  recognize these companies and individuals at HLAA Convention 2014 in Austin, June 26-29. Let chapter members know about the notable people who work with HLAA and how we recognize them. 

Dr. Frank Lin, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Medicine, is one who is committed to research on people with hearing loss and healthy aging. He will receive the Snow Award at the Opening Session in Austin. 

Read more about Dr. Lin and the award here and all the other people and companies deserving of our applause.

Speaking of applause....right now we are all clapping at the national office in Bethesda for YOU! Thank you for all you do.

If you will be in Austin, I look forward to seeing you soon.
Barbara Kelley
Deputy Executive Director
Editor-in-Chief, Hearing Loss Magazine

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Do You Want to Be Seen & Heard?

Kathy Borzell, Janet the Hearing Dog, and Rosemary Tuite
Kathy and Rosemary are sisters and are founding members
of the Brevard Chapter in North Carolina.
They were Seen & Heard in September/October 2012 Hearing Loss Magazine.

Friday, June 27, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Exhibit Hall
HLAA Convention in Austin, TX

Come in and have your photo taken. Many have gone before you and been brave enough to be photographed and bear their souls.