Thursday, January 28, 2016

Attention all Chapter Leaders! 
It is not too late to be a State/Chapter Workshop presenter!
The State/Chapter Workshop  track needs your expertise.  I need you to submit a presentation proposal ASAP on any of the following topics:
  • Chapter Programs and Social Ideas That Work
  • Chapter Website Design 101 – it’s okay to brag on your chapter’s website and tell how you made it fabulous
  • Chapter Newsletter 101 – it’s okay to brag on your chapter or state association’s newsletter and tell how you put it together
  • Chapter Administration 101 – how you manage deadlines, forms, files, records, rosters for your chapter or state association
  • Anything else that strikes your fancy and fits your area of expertise
Please go to the Call for Papers section of the website
Scroll down to the State/Chapter Workshops section
Download the Call for Papers form by clicking on the hotlink
Complete the Word document
Email it to Nancy Macklin
Don't it TODAY!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Welcome blog from Valerie Stafford-Mallis 1.20.2016

I am writing to you this afternoon to explain how I plan to communicate with you.  I would like to use the State and Chapter Development Blog as my primary vehicle for pushing information out to you.  Then, if you wish to respond, please email me at

Please allow me to encourage you to subscribe to the State and Chapter Development blog if you are not already subscribed.  It is REALLY easy to sign up for. 

Simply click here to go to my State and Chapter Development Blog:

This link will take you to the signup screen for the State and Chapter Development News blog.  To subscribe simply type in your email address and respond to a couple of commands that follow.  And that’s it!  No username or password to remember. Easy peasy.

The HLAA Official Leaders List Yahoo Group is a great way for current and future presidents/leaders and coordinators to chat with one another about topics that interest them.  Thanks to Judy Martin, HLAA Jacksonville Chapter for sharing her tireless moderator’s talents.  You will sometimes see the same message I post on the State and Chapter Development blog posted on the HLAA Official Leaders List Yahoo Group. Click here to go to that Yahoo Group.

My State and Chapter Development Blog is the primary thing you really want to be subscribed to in order to stay current on what I post regarding State and Chapter Development News. 

And from time to time I will send out e-blasts to HLAA’s past-present-and-future chapter leaders, coordinators, and state association leaders. These email addresses come from the Chapter Update forms we ask for every year. 

Keeping current email addresses for everyone is VERY important.  Thank you to all of you who have already sent in your Chapter Update forms.  If you misplaced your form and would like another to fill out and send in, please click on this link:  Chapter State Update Form

This form can also be accessed under the Annual Requirements section of the Leader Support page.

Thank you for reading this far.  I look forward to achieving amazing things together.  PS: I promise future blogs will not be as long.  Have a great day!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

This Week in Bethesda

Happy New Year Everyone!

Here is this week's news from the HLAA National office. The big news is that your new chapter development director, Valerie Stafford-Mallis is on board. Hooray!

Read the news here.

Valerie posts the Word doc of this news on the HLAA Leaders Listserv so you can cut and paste it into your newsletters. Judy Martin, volunteer extraordinaire from Florida, posts it to the newsletter editors Listserv as well. 

Valerie is also is sending it to a leader email list; however, Heather and Gaelin at the national office have been busy updating all your new information from the updates you sent in, so bear with us while we get a current list put together.

All in all, it's all good news. The year 2016 is going to be a great one for HLAA and its members. Thanks for all you do (and plan to do)!

Barbara Kelley

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Great News for the New Year!

Happy New Year Leaders and Chapter Members:

I am pleased to announce the new HLAA director of chapter development who officially starts on Monday, January 4. 

Join me in giving a big welcome to Valerie Stafford-Mallis. Valerie will be handling all-things chapters and brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to her role. 

HLAA Chapters are the heart and soul of HLAA -- that's you! Valerie's professionalism and experience mixed with a lot of heart and soul will help HLAA Chapters thrive and continue to be meaningful in communities across the country. 

Read more about Valerie on the HLAA website

It's been a pleasure filling in for chapters while we were doing the search for a new director of chapter development. Thank you for sending in your chapter updates and all the work you are doing. I also want to thank the stalwarts in the HLAA national office -- Heather Callin and Gaelin Byrant -- who have been doing the bulk of the chapter work with your updates, Unified Membership Program paperwork, list use agreements and anything that involves the HLAA membership database. 

Please introduce yourselves to Valerie. Among many things, she will be working on the program for leaders at the HLAA Convention this June. 

Happy 2016! I am glad I could bring you this great news!
Barbara Kelley