Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Call for Papers – Speakers Wanted for Convention's Leaders Track

HLAA is now open to receive proposals to present at the State and Chapter Leader Workshops at the 2015 HLAA National Convention. You can find the instructions and an application for the State and Chapter Leader track online. The deadline for submissions is December 5, 2014.  More details are below.
Save the date Convention Flyer

There are two general areas where one can submit a proposal to present: Educational Workshops and the State/Chapter Leader WorkshopsThe primary interest of those who attend the State and Chapter Leaders track is to learn how to improve their leadership and management skills or to learn about specific programs, relevant tools and success models that they can apply to improve their chapter or state’s delivery of HLAA’s education, support and advocacy mission. Some areas of interest where we would welcome applications include:
• How to attract more visitors to meetings and keep them coming back
HLAA Wrokshop Photo
There are 10 State and Chapter Leader
Workshops, plus 33 Educational ones.
• How to better support /mentor people with hearing loss
• Maintaining an effective and balanced education program
• Building awareness and relevancy in the community
• Attracting and developing volunteers 
• Nurturing and developing new leaders
• Social programs
• Outreach
• Fundraising
• Advocating
• Newsletters
• Creating an effective website
• Social Media
• plus any topic that helps improve the overall effectiveness of a chapter or its leaders to better deliver the HLAA mission.  

We invite any chapter or state leader with a helpful message to submit an application, following the direction on the instructions and application. We also encourage you to ask leaders who have given effective presentations at your chapter or in the community to consider sharing it at the convention. If you have any questions about the workshops, contact Ed Ogiba or Nancy Macklin.

Planning for the HLAA Convention 2015

1. Schedule of Events - A schedule of events will be posted on the Convention page soon, but get ready for a spectacular Convention at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel (a link to the hotel reservation system will be posted soon as well). The traditional Get Acquainted Party will be held on
Thursday evening, a banquet commemorating HLAA’s 35th anniversary and special group outing on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday’s Awards Breakfast and Ceremony is always a special event. If your chapter has done something special in one of the many categories where HLAA recognizes excellence in performance, be sure to submit a nomination early. Watch for the news on the chapter awards coming very soon.
Photo- Lobby of Union Station Hotel
All the workshops, parties and keynotes
will be under one roof.
2. Registration –Each chapter is entitled to one chapter delegate who is usually a leader or prospective leader (two for chapters that have co-presidents). Delegates along with Chapter and State Leaders receive the discounted rate of $125 until January 31; the rate is $150 between February 1 and March 31 – all delegate and leader registrations must be received by March 31; after March 31 the discount is no longer available. Note that the discounted registration offered to delegates and leaders does not include the banquet or off-site event. If you have not picked your chapter delegate as yet,  we encourage you to do so at the next meeting. No refunds will be made for those who register and are subsequently chosen to be a delegate – no exceptions. Online registration is not available for leaders and delegates – the form will be distributed in October.  
3. Leader Workshops - The official dates for general attendance to the Convention program are Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28. However, the Chapter Leaders and State Leaders Workshops start on Wednesday, June 24 with an afternoon all-leaders workshop (2 pm) and state leaders evening workshop. These workshops are the more comprehensive sessions for leaders.
4. Stay up to date on Convention activities by subscribing to the eNews and visiting the Convention page; and don’t forget to Like our Facebook page where we have the Event set up – join the conversation! If you are a Twitter user, Follow @HLAA and @nmacklin and use #HLAA2015 i

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