Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Honor Our Veterans with a Free HLAA Membership

Today is Veterans Day and HLAA would like to thank all veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who have served our country with dignity, loyalty and bravery.

The portrayal of the Purple Heart is on the wall at the entrance to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, right up the road from the HLAA national office.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Premier Issue...HLAA in Action

What is advocacy? Legislative lobbying? Promoting an agenda? Educating others about your issue or cause?

Advocacy can be any of the above. Whenever you are speaking or acting on behalf of yourself or others, or in support of a particular issue, you are being an advocate.

Advocacy is so important to us that HLAA is showcasing our efforts in this online HLAA in Action edition. We’ll also bring you advocacy news from other sources: federal regulators, other non-profit organizations, even industry news when it fits.

HLAA publishes two e-News a month, one with general news on hot topics and one titled HLAA in Action. Sign up today. It's free!

And, for chapter and state newsletter editors, these online newsletters are a great source of news you can share.

Honor HLAA's Finest!

Honor HLAA Finest with an Award -- Nominations Due December 5, 2014

Don't miss the chance to nominate an individual, chapter or state organization for an award. Check out the award descriptions and details and get the nominations forms. 

Zina Jawadi receives the 2014 HLAA Young Adult Award from Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall at the HLAA Convention 2014 this past June in Austin. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Special Rates: Act Now to Send Delegates to HLAA Convention 2015

Good news! HLAA Convention 2015 registration is now OPEN! We would love to have you attend this year’s Convention and help us celebrate our 35th anniversary in St. Louis, June 25-28.

More good news! State associations/offices and chapters can register up to 4 officers (president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer) PLUS 1 Delegate (encourage a member who is being groomed for a leadership role to use the Delegate registration).

Early-bird registration
Deadline: January 31, 2015
                Rate: $125 + banquet + off-site event

After January 31
                Deadline: March 31, 2015
                Rate: $150 + banquet + off-site event

After March 31, 2015, this pricing is no longer available; use the regular registration form found in Hearing Loss Magazine or the Convention page on hearingloss.org.

How to Qualify for the Special Delegate Rate

Officers must be current members of HLAA and we must a have current Chapter Update form on file. If you have not submitted the form this year, please see the form here.

Your registration cannot be processed if we do not have a current form on file. Updating your chapter information is important so our records and website reflect the correct data. 

We are excited about the plans being made for Convention 2015 and we hope to see you in St. Louis! Be sure to check for updates on the Convention page, in the online HLAA e-News. (If you are not receiving the HLAA e-News, sign up here), and see our Facebook page.

Contact Nancy Macklin for questions regarding registration. 
Contact Ed Ogiba for questions regarding Chapter Update forms.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Have You Had Your TWIB Today?

TWIB, as it is fondly called here at the HLAA national office, is officially a little Friday publication called This Week iBethesda. 

TWIB gives you a weekly snapshot of the happenings here at your national office. Caveat: some Fridays it is not published; for example, when the HLAA Board of Trustees meets or on holidays.

It is in Word doc so you can cut and paste news into your newsletters or websites. It is also in PDF format for passing along. Please go to the HLAA Official Leaders List to get your TWIB or contact Ed Ogiba or Barbara Kelley for a copy. There is no way to attach it here to this blog, otherwise we would. There is also no subscription mechanism (but you can subscribe to this blog).

Happy TWIB-ing!

Barbara Kelley
Deputy Executive Director
Editor-in-Chief, Hearing Loss Magazine