Thursday, April 30, 2015

If You Don't Get It...Then, You Don't Get It

The May/June issue of Hearing Loss Magazine is in the mail. Encourage others to join HLAA and receive the magazine as part of membership. 

In this issue...

10 Years of the Walk4Hearing
See how much fun, funds and awareness about hearing loss this event has generated across the country. You have walked to make hearing loss an issue of national concern.

HLAA Convention 2015 in St. Louis 
Complete information and registration forms. 

Read both of these articles NOW in the digital preview. Click "View as digital magazine." People who are not HLAA members can preview these two articles. HLAA members can login and see the entire issue before it arrives in the mail.

Remember the slogan courtesy of The Washington Post --
"If you don't get don't get it!" (Same with Hearing Loss Magazine, so join today or tell a friend.)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Clever Chapter Fundraiser -- Cruise with Communication Access

HLAA Chapters are always looking for ways 
to raise money. 
Here's a clever fun-raiser raffle with a communication 
accessible cruise as the prize.

A chance to "Win a Cruise 4 Two" will be given soon to some lucky raffle winner! A donation of $10 per raffle ticket (6 for $50) is all it takes for someone to win. Whether you win or not, all are invited to join others on an Eastern Caribbean cruise on the Royal Caribbean Ship, Allure of the Seas

This is a Florida Fun Fundraiser to help HLAA Chapters in Florida and the HLAA Florida State Association. It allows them to reach out through convention scholarships, hold one-day educational expos, and support whatever chapters decide to do to make a difference for people with hearing loss in their communities.

Get your raffle tickets from Lynn Rousseau by emailing her. This is your opportunity to “Win a Cruise 4 Two,” but even more important, to provide financial support for HLAA in Florida.

Cruise the Seas
If taking a fully communication accessible cruise interests you, you can get on board with a refundable deposit of $250 per person, with full payment due in August. The Allure sails out of Ft. Lauderdale on November 8, 2015, for a week-long cruise of the Eastern Caribbean. It’s a great way to get out of the cold and bask in the sunshine for a week. You can even do your holiday shopping and come home with a tan!

Lynn Rousseau says, "Last year’s travelers had a great time. The ship’s entertainment director had fun testing the CART provider each time he spoke and commented enjoying seeing his words in print. It was a powerful way to show what CART can do for thousands aboard the ship who had never heard of it. We were delighted that he also spoke about HLAA and our efforts to provide communication access on the ship. Many people asked us about both CART and HLAA, and, we held our first meeting at sea. Please think about joining us in 2015."

For more information on the cruise, contact Barbara Maher by email or call her at 800.800.7703, extension 112. Be sure to mention HLAA-Florida for the group rate, and choose a cabin that suits your needs.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Need fundraising help?

HLAA has a new director of development, Loretto McNally, who will be guiding interested chapters and state organizations on fundraising. She needs your feedback to tailor her programs to your needs. 

Take the short online survey which can also be accessed on the attached link if you wish to cut and paste it to forward it to another leader: 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Convention Starts Wednesday, June 24 for Leaders

Last Call to Recognize Incoming and Outgoing State Leaders
Friday, April 17 is the last day to submit the names of incoming or outgoing StateOrganization Presidents/Directors or State Chapter Coordinators. Send names, titles and state organization name to Ed Ogiba at

Chapter Leaders Start Wednesday @ Convention
The 2015 HLAA Convention in St. Louis has an ALL LEADERS WORKSHOP on Wednesday June 24 from 2 to 5 pm. The forum will address some of the major issues and opportunities facing all chapters. All current and prospective chapter leaders, state chapter coordinators and state organization leaders are encouraged to attend.
The 2014 All Leaders Workshop drew 75 chapter and state leaders. Hope to see you all in St. Louis.

Coordinators Meeting Wednesday @ Convention.
There will be a meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, June 24 at the HLAA Convention for all State Chapter Coordinators. The session will cover the new support programs for chapters and the new evaluation and reporting system for monitoring chapters. All current and prospective State Coordinators are encouraged to attend.

State Leaders Meeting Wednesday @ Convention 
There will be a separate meeting at the HLAA Convention on Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 pm for all other State Leaders, besides State Chapter Coordinators, to review the new HLAA State Strategy. All current and prospective State Leaders are encouraged to attend.

Young Adult Forum added to Convention 
A Young Adult Roundtable has been added to the convention workshop schedule to discuss the needs of young adults and how selective chapters are addressing this opportunity. It will take place Saturday, June 27 at 1:30 pm. For a convention workshop schedule, visit

Friday, April 10, 2015

The 990 --- It's So Easy, Even a Kid Can Do It!

We don't mean to minimize the process, but hopefully we got your attention with the headline.

If you haven’t yet, don’t forget to file the chapter’s or state organization’s Year 2014 990-N (online only) by May 15, 2015. Failure to do so could result in removal from the 501(c)(3) eligibility. 

It is really very simple, easy and will take just a few minutes of your time. Here is the link:  Read the instructions which are very clear; you can also peruse the FAQs if you have questions.

It is strongly advised that a second person in the group has the ID and Password as a backup in the event of any unforeseen circumstance.

Here is some background information on why we have to file the 990.

Thank You! Bless You! YOU ROCK!

This week is National Volunteer Week, a special time to celebrate the service our volunteers provide. It is a good practice to thank volunteers at every meeting and given the occasion, let's consider doing something a little extra to recognize their contributions at the next chapter meeting, newsletter edition or with a special message or group volunteer photo on Facebook.

Volunteers give their time freely without the expectation of a reward.  However if they feel their efforts are truly appreciated, that can go a very long way in motivating them to do more or to continue longer in the job.

Thank them personally. Nothing beats a simple thank you for a job well done from a chapter leader.  It demonstrates you understand all they are doing. You cannot say it often enough to a contributing volunteer.

Thank them publicly. Every chapter meeting should have a moment to thank all the volunteers, as well as anyone else who has contributed to the meeting such as the CART provider or speaker.  The simple gesture of having the volunteers stand while you mention their name and contribution if you received a special thank you about one of your volunteers from someone, share it with all the attendees.

Acknowledge their contributions in-group discussions.When meeting attendees bring up something they like about the chapter, from consistently great speakers to tasty refreshments, make sure the person knows who is responsible and be sure to pass the comment on to the volunteer.  Better yet, bring the volunteer over to hear it first hand.

Recognize long-term contributions. Any long term volunteer deserves special recognition. Track how long volunteers have been doing a job, and every anniversary should be recognized and major ones celebrated. Anyone who retires after making a difference for any meaningful period of time should be paid tribute.

How an organization treats its current volunteers is one of the biggest factors in motivating new volunteers to step forward. John F. Kennedy said it best, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them".

We close with a very special thank you to all the chapter leaders for taking the extra effort to support others. Bless you for all you do for your membership and community. YOU ROCK!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Attention Chapters: IRS Filing Due May 15

Chapter Filings Due: May 15, 2015

The IRS requires a chapter to file 2014 information return before May 15. Every HLAA is considered a separate entity by the IRS, even if your chapter is under the HLAA National Group Exemption. This means your chapter must file a return with your chapter’s own EIN. There are three ways to file, with either a 990, 990-E-Z or 990N. For many chapters, the 990N postcard process makes it very simple process to comply.  However, it is very important to file on time as failure to do can result in your chapter’s tax exempt status being revoked, which would negate the chapter’s ability to accept donations or WALK funds.

All the details are on the HLAA website by clicking on this link.

If you want to forward the link to your chapter treasurer to follow up on, you can cut and paste this link:

This requirement must be done annually on May 15, so make sure this important step in factor into your 2016 plans and calendar.