Friday, December 18, 2015

This Week in Bethesda


Dear Chapter and State Leaders and Members:

Here's the news for the week. Please spread it however you wish.

It's that time of year when we reflect and say thanks to those who work diligently throughout the year on behalf of people with hearing loss and HLAA. That's YOU if you didn't guess.

Friends, we couldn't accomplish the mission of HLAA -- information, education, support and advocacy -- without all of you working in your communitities. It takes a lot of us to cover expansive ground.

We look forward to working with you in 2016. We will have news on January 4, 2016, about a new chapter development director who can work with you on all-things chapters! Now, that is something to toast to! Happy Holidays!


Barbara Kelley
Deputy Executive Director
Editor, Hearing Loss Magazine 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

There's Still Time to Nominate Your Chapter for an Award!

The Awards Committee is seeking nominations for HLAA Chapter and State Awards.  Below are the awards given to chapters. Recipients will be honored at the HLAA Convention 2016 at the Awards Breakfast & Ceremony sponsored by CapTel. Find the descriptions and nomination forms here. Don’t delay, nominate today! Nominations will be accepted up until December 22, 2015.

Alice Marie Stone Family Involvement

Nancy Wessner Outstanding State Chapter Coordinator

Newsletters – Chapters and States

Outstanding HLAA Chapter on a Mission

Outstanding Young Adult

Parent Involvement

Phoenix

Professional Advisor

Social Media

State Association or State Office

Up and Coming Chapter

Website – Chapters and States

Sunday, December 13, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Read the news from Bethesda!

Have a great weekend and thanks for all you do in HLAA Chapters and States!

Friday, December 4, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Hi Friends and Fans of HLAA Chapters:

Here's the news for the week. Use it in your newsletters, websites and all communications. 

And, Don't Forget...
Tonight is the deadline for HLAA Awards. Nominate someone you admire and see the smile on his or her face at the Awards Breakfast & Ceremony at HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, DC. (And, don't worry...it's the weekend. If you get it to the committee by Monday morning, I bet they will consider it!)

And, One More Thing...
Have a nice weekend. We know you all are busy during this holiday season. Thank you for the work you do on behalf of people with hearing loss.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

What Topics Related to Chapters Do You Want to See at HLAA Convention 2016?

Let Us Know What You Want!
If you are a chapter/state leader or interested chapter member, what topics would you like to see on the program for chapters? Don't delay, send your suggestions to Nancy Macklin, director of events. 

Do You Have Something to Say in the State and Chapter Development Room?
If you would like to present on a chapter-related topic at HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, DC, June 23-26, please submit your proposal. Go here to find instructions.

Don't Forget About Awards
Honor your finest. Read all about the award categories and how to nominate someone. It's easy! Think about that special person and how he or she will be smiling broadly at the Awards Ceremony & Breakfast at HLAA Convention 2016.

One More Thing, Don't Delay
The deadline for all of the above is December 4, 2015.

If you have any questions, email Nancy Macklin.


Friday, November 27, 2015

What Day is This?

Happy Anniversary to HLAA!

It's November 27 and 36 years ago today on November 27, 1979, Rocky Stone founded our organization as Self Help for Hard of Hearing People. Rocky realized there were people who were "between two worlds" like himself -- not fully hearing but not deaf. He founded the organization we now call the Hearing Loss Association of America.

If it weren't for Rocky, we wouldn't know YOU -- our leaders and chapter members who work on behalf of people with hearing loss in local communities. Thank you.

In the Spirit of Rocky, Honor Someone with an Award Nomination

December 4  is the deadline to nominate someone for an award such as:
  • Spirit of HLAA Award
  • Outstanding Young Adult
  • Community Service Award
  • Alice Marie Stone Family Involvement Award
  • Marcia Dugan Advocacy Award
  • Parents Award
  • Outstanding HLAA Chapter on a Mission
  • Chapter/State Newsletter Award
...and many more awards
.
Check out the entire list of awards and nominate someone by December 4.

Award recipients will be honored at the HLAA Convention 2016 in Washington, D.C. 



Friday, November 20, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Read this week's news.

Of Special Note This Week...

AWARDS
Honor HLAA’s finest by submitting an award nomination by December 4, 2015. Nominate a chapter, state organization or individual. All the information and applications are here on the HLAA website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Academy of Doctors of Audiology Applauds PCAST Report on OTC Hearing Aids

The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) applauds the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for its focus on using technology to remove barriers to care for the millions of Americans with hearing loss. ADA members are audiologists who have spent their professional lives evaluating, managing and treating patients with hearing and balance disorders. ADA is cognizant of the significant health implications of untreated hearing and balance disorders, and ADA wholeheartedly agrees that hearing loss is a public health issue that requires prompt attention.



Saturday, November 14, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

A few things of note this week:

To read the entire This Week in Bethesda, click here.

The HLAA website, hearingloss.org, is experiencing some technical difficulty this weekend. The top menus are wrong and there are some images shifting. If you can't find something that is usually in the top menu, use the Search feature. Thanks for your patience while we work on this.

Historic Changes Coming for Access to Hearing Aid Compatible Wireless Phones
HLAA, in collaboration with the wireless industry and other consumer groups, has submitted a consensus letter to the FCC outlining a plan to make all wireless phones hearing aid compatible (HAC) within eight years. This proposal means greater choice in wireless phone selection for those with hearing aids or cochlear implants than what is currently available. Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Come to a Town Hall Meeting (from the comfort of your home)

Town Hall Meeting for State and Chapter Leaders
Wednesday, November 18, 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST

Presenters:

Margaret Wallhagen, Ph.D.
Chairperson, HLAA Board of Trustees



Anna Gilmore Hall
HLAA Executive Director


Find out more here and how to join the free, captioned webinar.

Friday, November 6, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

Hi Chapter and State Leaders:

Click here for all the news of the week. "This Week in Bethesda' is posted most Fridays so you can keep up to date with the happenings.

Please share the news with your chapter members.

Items to Note this Week

Have We Heard from You Lately?
The national staff is on a search mission looking for HLAA Chapters. On November 5 an email went to chapters we have not heard from asking if they were still active.

Why is this important? We get hundreds of calls here at the national office from people looking for help and support locally. We always refer them to our chapters. If we don’t have updated information from you, we can’t do that with confidence that you still exist and will respond to them. Plus, we want to list you on hearingloss.org so everyone can find you.

Chapters should fill out the Chapter Update form and email it to chapters@hearingloss.org.  If your chapter no longer meets just drop us a note and we will send you a chapter closing form.

If we do not hear back from chapters by December 1, 2015, we will remove them from the hearingloss.org “Find a Chapter” section and mark the chapter or state association as inactive in our database. We are doing our best to ensure that we are able to truly serve people who are looking for peer support at the local level, so we have to know if you exist.

Call for Papers Deadline – December 4, 2015
If you are interested in presenting a workshop, please see the Call for Papers page. For all educational webinars, your proposal needs to be submitted on the Call for Papers site; only proposals for the State/Chapter Development Room are to be submitted using the Call for Papers form.

Awards
Honor HLAA’s finest by submitting an award nomination by December 4, 2015. Nominate a chapter, state organization or individual. All the information and applications are here on the HLAA website.

Friday, October 30, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

This Week in Bethesda (TWIB) is a weekly report from the HLAA National office. It started years ago as an internal bullet point report to the HLAA Board of Trustees and former Board members. Then, TWIB morphed into a more detailed report that was also shared with Chapter leaders to read at their meetings, cut and paste into their newsletters, or post on chapter and state websites.

By popular demand, we are making TWIB more widely available. TWIB will be posted on hearingloss.org on the homepage under “HLAA Updates.” We will also put it on the State and Chapter Development blog, and post it to the Leaders Listserv.  We encourage everyone to share it.

TWIB is not the only news channel from the national office. Be sure to encourage people to sign up for the free, online HLAA e-News. It is published two times monthly with one issue focusing on HLAA advocacy work (“HLAA in Action”) and one on general news. You will also find invaluable news and information in Hearing Loss Magazine (a benefit of joining HLAA) and on hearingloss.org

Please note: There are some occasions where TWIB is not published; for example, holiday periods, HLAA Convention time, and when the Board of Trustees meet.

In the weeks ahead, we will be looking at all the ways we communicate with our members and what reaches people best. TWIB will certainly be part of the discussion. 

Read the October 30, 2015, issue of This Week in Bethesda here.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

HLAA Strongly Supports the PCAST Report on Hearing Aid Access

HLAA Strongly Supports Recommendations of PCAST Report 
“Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies”

Bethesda, MD (October 28, 2015) – The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss, enthusiastically endorses  a new report issued by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The findings of the report, titled “Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Technologies,” serve to open the market for new innovation in hearing device technologies and also increase choice for consumers of hearing aids, both essential strategies long espoused by HLAA that are necessary to enhance hearing health care.

Read the HLAA media release. This is important news and GREAT progress for people with hearing loss. Please spread the good news.


Friday, October 23, 2015

This Week in Bethesda

This Week in Bethesda (TWIB) is a weekly report from the HLAA National office. It started years ago as an internal bullet point report to the HLAA Board of Trustees and former Board members. Then, TWIB morphed into a more detailed report that was also shared with Chapter leaders to read at their meetings, cut and paste into their newsletters, or post on chapter and state websites.

By popular demand, we are making TWIB more widely available. TWIB will be posted on hearingloss.org on the homepage under “HLAA Updates.” We will also put it on the State and Chapter Development blog, post it to the Leaders Listserv, and send it via email to the leaders we have on record. We encourage everyone to share it.

TWIB is not the only news channel from the national office. Be sure to encourage people to sign up for the free, online HLAA e-News. It is published two times monthly with one issue focusing on HLAA advocacy work (“HLAA in Action”) and one on general news. You will also find invaluable news and information in Hearing Loss Magazine (a benefit of joining HLAA) and on hearingloss.org

Please note: There are some occasions where TWIB is not published; for example, holiday periods, HLAA Convention time, and when the Board of Trustees meet. 

In the months ahead, we will be looking at all the ways we communicate with our members and what reaches people best. TWIB will certainly be part of the discussion. Thanks for reading and have a great week.

Without Further Delay...Here is This Week in Bethesda, click here.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

FAQ's for Chapters and Important News

Thanks for your overwhelming messages of support during this time when we are looking to fill the position of director of chapter development. The employment announcement will be posted on the home page of hearingloss.org in the coming days.

Many of you have had questions. Here are the most frequently asked.

QUESTION: What is the Unified Membership Program and is our chapter supposed to be part of this?

ANSWER: The Unified Membership Program is a joint membership program designed to increase membership at both the national and chapter levels. The new HLAA Unified Membership Program ensures that chapter members understand the benefits and value of both HLAA national and chapter membership so that together we can build our membership and work together as one unified organization. 

This program has been in pilot testing for nearly two years and discussed at HLAA Conventions 2014 and 2015. It is mandatory for new HLAA Chapters and was offered (but not mandatory) to those chapters who were in the old Chapter Rebate Program so that we could work out the logistics and make this as smooth as possible for all chapters to participate. Currently there are 21 chapters participating and several others still completing paperwork. We have encountered a few unexpected challenges, so we are glad that we started small before opening this up to all HLAA Chapters.

For example, how chapters negotiate with each other about zip codes has been more time consuming than we expected. Getting agreements signed by chapter leaders also takes some time, since it is important that everyone understands that this program is about growing our membership, and being clear and transparent on how communication occurs among national, chapters and leaders and, of course, how revenue is shared in the model. 

When the director of chapter development position has been filled, we will provide all details about how the program works and how you can participate. The Unified Membership Program was born out of the idea and proposal from the Sarasota/Manatee Chapter (FL) and the New York City Chapter.

QUESTION: How do I receive TWIB (This Week in Bethesda)?

ANSWER: TWIB is a brief, weekly update of activities. It was originally meant for the Board of Trustees and past Board members although we now freely encourage them to pass it along to leaders as it has information you can share at meetings or cut and paste into your newsletters. We post the document on the HLAA Official Leaders Listserve. However, not everyone belongs to the Listserve (Yahoo Group) so we will put it on this State and Chapter Development Blog

QUESTION: How can I be sure I get all the messages from the national office?

ANSWER: The email list we are using is not perfect. It depends on you returning your chapter updates and keeping us up to date. There are ways to ensure you receive important news:

Please subscribe to this State and Chapter Development Blog for all the latest news. No login required -- news will be delivered directly to your inbox. It’s easy!

If you have any email address changes, please send them to Gaelin Bryant.

Please send in your chapter updates any time there is a change in leadership or meetings. If there are no changes at least send the form once a year by October 1 and indicate no change. Download the update form on the Leader Support page (scroll down to "Updates Due October 1 Annually"). 

QUESTION: What deadlines pertaining to chapters are coming up for the HLAA Convention?

ANSWER: HLAA Awards, Call for Papers and Delegate Registration deadlines are fast approaching.

See the posting on this blog about HLAA Awards, HLAA Convention registration for delegates, and speaker presentations. 

On behalf of the HLAA Board of Trustees, the national office staff and members everywhere, thank you for your work on behalf of people with hearing loss. 

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

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

HLAA Director of Chapter Development Resigns

Dear HLAA State and Chapter Leaders and Members:

We want to let you know that Ed Ogiba has resigned his position as director of chapter development at the HLAA national office. We are moving immediately to fill this critical position. During this transition, Barbara Kelley, deputy executive director, will handle all requests from chapters until the position is filled. 

HLAA is committed to providing high-quality and responsive service to our chapters, so if there are any pending issues you have with joining the Unified Membership Program, commitments for training or education that have been made, starting new chapters, or other issues, please let us know immediately so that we can work with you to meet your needs. 

While we are in this transition, please be assured that all of the HLAA staff will do everything possible to support chapters and help you to meet the needs of our members. 

Please use the email chapters@hearingloss.org for all your chapter correspondence. Barbara Kelley will receive the emails and make sure that she or another staff member responds according to the request.

Best regards,

Anna Gilmore Hall
Executive Director

Friday, October 2, 2015

News, Deadlines and Deals about HLAA Convention 2016

Would You Like to Be a Presenter in the State/Chapter Workshops at HLAA Convention 2016?
Do you have something of value to share with chapter and state leaders and/or those involved in local chapters? Chapter leaders who have found a new and better way to deliver or expand their mission to their membership and communities are encouraged to submit proposals. December 4, 2015, is the deadline to submit. 

Use the Call for Papers form found here on hearingloss.org. Scroll down to State/Chapter Workshops, download the form and email it to Nancy Macklin. Note: the Chapter/State workshops use a separate submission form than for all the other workshops.)

Registration for Convention – Early-Bird Registration is Open!
State and Chapter Leaders, again this year, can receive 4 discounted registrations per chapter for leaders PLUS one delegate registration which you might consider using for someone whom you are grooming for a leadership position. Registrations cannot be processed unless we have received a current State/Chapter Update Form on the Leader Support Section of hearingloss.org.

Honor HLAA’s Finest with an Award – 2016 Award Nominations Ope
Deadline for awards submission is December 4, 2015
HLAA honors individuals, chapters and state organizations that have an impact with their membership and in their communities. Nomination applications are available now. The awards are presented during the Awards Breakfast & Ceremony at HLAA Convention 2016, on Sunday, June 26, 2016.

When Should Your Chapter or State Organization Submit an Update Form?

  • When there is a change of address, leader, meeting place or other changes.
  • When you are requesting the discounted registrations for HLAA Conventions.
  • Always by October 1 each year even if you have no changes. 


Please use the most current Update form. We can serve you better if we have all the information about you.


Thank you to everyone who works their hearts out in HLAA Chapters and States on behalf of people with hearing loss. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Strategic Partnership enhances chapter outreach program

Strategic partnerships enhance chapter outreach programs


Cheryl Nolte, the president of the HLAA Treasure Coast Chapter (Florida) announced the chapter is teaming up with their local Lions Club to field a lip reading program for the fall. The six week, twelve class program limited to 10 students, is $35 for nonmembers and $25 for either HLAA or Lions members. 

This program is another great example of how chapters can add to the appeal and overall value of HLAA membership by providing members with new benefits or perks. Every chapter should be promoting the Top 10 Reasons to join their chapter and if you do not have HLAA's suggested chapter flyer, contact me for a copy.


Partnering with a strong community organization is a very effective way to introduce their members

to HLAA, as well as to increase the promotion and awareness for outreach events. The Lions Club, an organization which supports hearing loss causes, has collaborated with and financially supported many HLAA chapters across the country.  If your chapter has not collaborated with the Lions, I would encourage you to check out what clubs are near you.  For openers, you should suggest meeting to update their officers and members on what the chapter offers the community, as they are usually looking for speakers for their frequent meetings.

To generate added awareness for the initiative, the Treasure Coast Chapter deftly posted the announcement on a local newspaper’s blog, a smart way to leverage any chapter news. See the full story.   


Public Relations Tip:  Google Alert is the easiest way to track any media reported HLAA or chapter news as well as developments in local hearing access. To set up a free tracking, click here.

Friday, August 7, 2015

We are Outraged! People with Hearing Loss Ignored in Study

According to a new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every five adults has a disability. The study, Prevalence of Disability and Disability Type Among Adults, US, 2013, examined vision loss, cognition, mobility, self-care and independent living, but failed to study hearing loss. 

The CDC ignored 48 million Americans with hearing loss! HLAA is taking action with the White House and the CDC to see that swift and meaningful steps are taken to correct this gross error.

Read HLAA's media release here.
Read HLAA's letter to the White House here.

Today, a Call to Action is going to all HLAA members to write to the White House about this issue. If you have opted into our messages you will soon receive the message in your email inbox. If you haven't here is the Call to Action

HLAA fights for your rights, but your voice matters.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Book Club . . . a wonderful 35th Anniversary Activity

Dear Leaders-

A great chapter activity for the 35th Anniversary is to host a book club session with your membership and that is our recommended event for Chapters in November. Many chapters, like the Kentuckiana Chapter (shown below) have had successful discussions and social events built on a book that delves a little deeper into the experiences of others with hearing loss have had brought to life by a talented and insightful writer. Our list of suggested books is below. Confucius said “You cannot open a book without learning something” and Groucho Marx added “Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.” Why not plan ahead right now by selecting a book from the list below to create a fun session around it? Happy reading, Ed

Living Better With Hearing Loss Katherine Bouton  

Shouting Won't Help  Katherine Bouton          

Rebuilt Michael Chorost 

The Way I Hear It Gael Hannan

Listening with the Heart – Relationship and Hearing Loss  Michael A Harvey

If A Tree Falls  Jennifer Rosner

Hear Again Arlene's Romoff

Listening Closely Arlene's Romoff

Not Fade Away Rebecca Alexander






Thursday, July 23, 2015

Help HLAA get Top-Rated for 2015


Dear Chapter Leader,

GreatNonprofits – a review site like TripAdvisor – assigns highly reviewed nonprofits to their 2015 Top-Rated List. HLAA was a Top-Rated Nonprofit in 2014. You can help us be top-rated for 2015 as well.


Please help us maintain this high visibility rating for our work by posting a review of your experience with HLAA. All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes! Click here or go to: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/hearing-loss-association-of-america-1  to complete a 50 word or less review.

We have until September 15 to collect 10 new, high rated (4 or 5 star) reviews. The most useful reviews are candid and personal. Points you may wish to consider in your review:
1.     How long have you been associated with HLAA?
2.     What is most important to you in HLAA’s work?
3.     Has HLAA provided assistance or resources that are especially important or meaningful for you?
4.     Are the many community aspects important to you? (e.g., membership, chapter activities, convention)
5.     Do you have a special memory of HLAA’s work to share?

Benefits to HLAA for a Top-Rated designation include:
·       A Badge, Certificate, Press Kit, and Marketing materials to include in donor letters and on the website
·       Promotion throughout the year and during the fundraising season in conjunction with #GivingTuesday
·       Promotion via social media, public relations, and on thought leader publications via the Huffington Post and other mediums
·       Mention from sponsors and partners, and special designation on the GreatNonprofits site

Thanks for taking the time to submit a review and encouraging your members to do the same.

Loretto



Loretto McNally
Director of Development
Hearing Loss Association of America

Thursday, July 16, 2015

All Chapters: Please Tell Us That You Filed

For various reasons, leadership changes, etc., you often ask about your IRS status or about your EIN.


If all chapters could send us something from the IRS that looks like the paper below, we could help you keep track and know that you are in compliance. Also, on the chapter update form we now ask for your EIN. The IRS continues to scrutinize nonprofit organizations and our files have to be as up to date as yours. Please send us updates to Ed Ogiba by October 1, 2015.


Here is a sample of the confirmation from the IRS when a chapter has filed their 990-N. Please forward the email to Ed Ogiba once you have received it from the IRS.  We would appreciate you sending your 2014 filing to us even if you have already filed. Thank you for your cooperation.







Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Celebrate ADA's 25th Anniversary


There are a whole series of events being held this month to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ADA.

Below you can find all the links to all the activities to share with your members who might be visiting Washington DC or to use as model for a future local event.  

July 27, ADA25 Celebration (Requires a Ticket.), http://www.aapd.com/take-action/dc-area-ada25-events.html


31, Chamber, http://disabilityrightsonwheels.org/

Please share any ways that your chapter celebrates the ADA's 25th, HLAA's 35th or any other special event with a story and/or photos as these are the kind of initiatives we like to feature on this blog, the Leaders List, This Week in Bethesda, Hearing Loss Magazine and social media.


President Bush signing ADA
President George W. H. Bush signs ADA into law on July 26, 1990.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Come to the Party! Tickets Still Available

Chapter Leaders, Delegates and Members:

This is the grande finale of your organization's 35th anniversary. You've been celebrating all year with local events, so come to the party of all parties at the HLAA Convention 2015.

Rocky Stone: Operation 35 Banquet
Saturday evening, June 27



Kathy Buckley (above), comedienne with hearing loss, will entertain us.

Michael Stone, emcee, and member of the founding family will delight us with a little Rocky folklore.



Where Can You Get Tickets?
At this point, get Banquet tickets in St. Louis on Wednesday at the HLAA Registration desk located in the Depot Registration Office at the hotel. Cost is $65. Don't assume a ticket is included with your registration. Only those who registered for the full-price, Full Activity Package, have a ticket included. Delegates must purchase tickets separately.

Don't Stay Home...Come to the Party!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Leader Opportunities at the Convention

Dear Chapter & State Leaders:

Here are some opportunities to consider at the convention in St. Louis:

ALL Leaders Workshop on Wednesday from 2 to 5 pm.
This session will cover a great deal including the following:
• Welcome Executive Director Anna Gilmore Hall will highlight some of the opportunities ahead for HLAA.
• Fundraising for Chapters Loretto McNally, the HLAA Director of Development will provide a presentation on fundraising opportunities for chapters. 
• New Technology Website to be Unveiled The HLAA Consumer Technology Initiative (CTI) team lead by Cynthia Compton-Conley will give leaders a preview of a new website designed to educate the public on all their hearing technology options in hearing aids, implants, assistive listening devices and more. 
HLAA Public Policy Agenda Lise Hamlin, the Director of Public Policy will review HLAA’s advocacy priorities and how chapters may best participate. All current and prospective chapter leaders, state coordinators and other state leaders are encouraged to attend.

State Chapter Coordinators Workshop This interactive workshop will cover all the HLAA chapter support programs as well as the new health monitoring system for chapters. The session is on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 PM and all current and prospective coordinators are strongly encouraged to attend.

State Leaders Workshop This interactive session will focus on best practices for state organizations in delivering advocacy, awareness, education and information to their state members and constituents. All current and prospective state leaders except coordinators are strongly encouraged to attend.The session is on Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 8 PM.

Sharpening Your Chapter Leadership Skill Set The Leaders Track offers the aforementioned All Leaders Workshop on Wednesday, plus seven individual workshops on getting the most out of Rap Sessions, Communication Strategies, Facebook, Attracting Young Adults, Loop Fundraising, Hosting a Local Expo or Convention, Starting or Revitalizing a Chapter and some leadership tips from the HLAA Executive Director. Check the details of the compete leaders track schedule below my signature.

Interested in doing more for HLAA in your community? If you have been considering the start of a new chapter in your city, taking on a new leadership role in your current chapter or have a need at your current chapter, the convention offers an opportunity for a face to face chat with the director of chapter development to discuss the possibilities. To schedule something contact me at eogiba@hearingloss.org or 301.657.2248.

Chapter Chats The convention also offers the opportunity for an individual chapter leader or group of leaders from a chapter to discuss a specific chapter opportunity or issue with me. Slots are filling up, so I strongly recommend scheduling something in advance by contacting me at eogiba@hearingloss.org or 301.657.2248.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes,
Ed

Leaders Track - Workshop Schedule
Wednesday, June 24                  
2 p.m.  – 5 p.m.         
All-Leaders Workshop
This interactive session will feature a panel of successful chapter leaders focused at the solutions for the most common issues and opportunities facing chapters. All current and prospective chapter and state leaders are encouraged to attend.
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
State Chapter Coordinators Workshop
This interactive session will focus on the new support programs which HLAA offers for coordinators and chapter leaders,  as well as to introduce a new approach for coordinators to monitor the overall health of their chapters to ensure faster and more comprehensive HLAA support. The workshop’s primary goal is to have an open discussion on how HLAA plans to better support both the coordinators and chapters and invites coordinators to share their ideas and concerns. This session will be moderated by Ed Ogiba, director of chapter development and all new, established and prospective state chapter coordinators are encouraged to attend.

6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
State Leaders Workshop
This interactive session will focus on best practices for state organizations in delivering advocacy, awareness, education and information to their state members and constituents. This session will be led by HLAA's director of public policy, Lise Hamlin. All current and prospective state state directors, officers and board members are encouraged to attend. 
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Thursday, June 25
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Getting the Most Out of Facebook –The Ultimate Community Awareness Builder
JoAnne DeVries President, HLAA Sarasota-Manatee 
Ed Ogiba, HLAA Director of Chapter Development
Facebook can greatly broaden a chapter’s presence in the community as 71% of Americans are on Facebook with 50% visiting every day. This session will provide the tools for a new or existing chapter or state Facebook to increase awareness, appreciation and interest in its mission in the community.
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.     
Communication Strategies- How to Engage Your Audience
Presenter:  Joan Haber, Certified Peer Mentor, Certified Hearing Loss Support Specialist, Board Member, HLAA Sarasota-Manatee
Developing programs around the topic of communication strategies can move beyond the typical PowerPoint presentation about the dos and don’ts of communication, such as facing a person when speaking to that person, speaking clearly without shouting, etc.  While these lists are endless and helpful to people, there are more innovative ways to present communication strategies such as skits, programs conducted by behavioral therapists, and panels comprised of couples who experience the challenges of hearing loss in their relationships.  This workshop will present helpful ways to create entertaining and thought-provoking programs about communication strategies.
The workshop will also touch on presenting communication strategies to the greater community as an outreach tool. And, finally, the workshop will touch on effective ways to advocate for better communication in the general population, so that all people are exposed to constructive and productive ways of communicating successfully with one another.  
Friday, June 26
1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
How to Plan a Major Community Event to Expand Your Mission, Awareness and Source of Funds
Panel: 

Ron and Jean Haynes, Kentucky State Leaders 
Art Matlock, Board Member, Lakeland Chapter 

JoAnne DeVries, Sarasota Manatee Chapter
Focusing at educating the hearing loss in their state, the California State Association has hosted a state convention, while the Kentucky leaders have hosted a regional convention in partnership with the state’s CCDHOH. Chapters like Lakeland and Sarasota have held expos to educate their community. Learn how these different formats can be designed to draw crowds in the hundreds, greatly increase your area’s understanding of hearing loss, attract new members, build alliances and needed funding.
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.          
How to Run a Rap Session to Fully Support Your Members
Presenters:
Joan Haber, Certified Peer Mentor, Board Member, HLAA Sarasota-Manatee 

Ed Ogiba, HLAA Director of Chapter Development
The rap session was developed by Rocky Stone as a self-help tool for members to help other members address their most important issues and needs. Many members rate the forum as the most effective educational and support medium as it can speak to their needs head-on and in-depth. Properly designed, it can also be a productive way for members to get connected to others, as well as become a fertile training ground for developing chapter mentors and volunteers. The session will provide the planning steps, moderating techniques and a checklist for getting the most out of this foundational tool for any chapter.  Learn why HLAA recommends that every chapter should be using the format at least once or more times a year.
Saturday, June 27
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.   
FUNdamentals of Loop Fundraising
Presenters:
Juliette Sterkens, Au.D., HLAA National Loop Advocate                      
JoAnne DeVries President, HLAA Sarasota-Manatee 
Cheri Perazzoli  Washington State Loop Advocate
While some loops are quickly paid for once houses of worship and venues know the reasons why they are needed, finding the funds for many others can be challenging. The presenters have fostered hundreds of hearing loops amongst them in different geographic areas of the country and with very different approaches. Focus in Wisconsin has been on loop installations in houses of worship and libraries, in the Sarasota area of Florida the focus has been on theaters and the arts while in Washington the civic community and social justice through the arts has been rallied to learn more about loops. The speakers will share their experiences and pitfalls of their efforts.  Handouts and practical materials will be provided.
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
How to Start, Revitalize or Energize a Chapter
Panel of new and established chapter leaders moderated by Ed Ogiba, HLAA Director of Chapter Development
This session will focus at the tactics and techniques that chapter leaders have successfully employed to create excitement and enthusiasm among their members and community to drive greater attendance, participation and volunteerism for the chapter. All leaders from new chapters formed in the past year as well as those seeking to revive or refresh an established chapter are encouraged to attend.
1:30 p.m. 2:45 p.m.  
Young Adults Roundtable
Terry and Jim Bedard, Hartford Chapter 
Zina Jawardi, California State Association 
Viral Tejani. Au.D., past D.C. Chapter V.P.
Ari Shell, Hartford Chapter
HLAA will host a working discussion of how selective chapters are effectively addressing the needs of young adults. All young members and leaders, as well as chapter leaders seeking more young adult members, are encouraged to join the discussion. 
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Vision for State and Chapter Leadership
Anna Gilmore Hall, HLAA Executive Director
This brainstorming session will focus on developing leadership skills for State and Chapter Leaders, a halftime assessment of the 35th Anniversary with plans for the anniversary’s second half and how leaders can get the most out of the Consumer Technology Initia