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 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 or 301.657.2248.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Best wishes,

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. 
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

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
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
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

Friday, June 5, 2015

2015 HLAA Award Recipients

The HLAA Board of Trustees and national staff congratulate all the award recipients and send our heartfelt thanks. If it weren’t for outstanding volunteers across the country who devote their time to HLAA and on behalf of people with hearing loss, we couldn’t accomplish the formidable work we do.

Congratulations to all those selected this year. Some highlights include:

Advocacy Hall of Fame Award 
given to Senator Tom Harkin at the Opening Session 

Howard E. “Rocky” Stone Humanitarian Award 
given to Jolie Stone Frank (left) and Melanie Stone Hogan at the Banquet

National Access Award 
given to Regal Entertainment Group at the Opening Session

Outstanding Employer Award 
given to Microsoft at the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony

For a complete list of all the 2015 award recipients, click here