FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 6, 2014
Director of Marketing and Events
Hearing Loss Association of America
Wayne L. Roorda of Voorhees, New Jersey, will receive the Howard E. "Rocky" Stone Humanitarian Award at the HLAA Convention 2014 in Austin, Texas, during the Fiesta Banquet, on Saturday, June 28. The banquet is always a highlight of the convention with this award being presented by Founding Family Member Ahme Stone.
The Howard E. "Rocky" Stone Humanitarian Award was established in 1990. The recipient of this prestigious award is elected by the Board of Trustees to honor an outgoing or past trustee for his or her extraordinary contributions toward the furtherance of the objectives and personal exemplification of the philosophy envisioned by Howard E. Stone, founder of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH). Stone founded SHHH in 1979, now known as the Hearing Loss Association of America.
The Board selected Roorda as the 2014 recipient at their February 28, 2014, Board meeting in Bethesda, Maryland.
Wayne Roorda has been a member of the organization since 1983 and has served two terms on the Board of Trustees (1986 - 1990 and 2005 - 2008). In his first term he served as treasurer and since 1986, has given continuous service on the Finance Committee on the Board. He had the pleasure of working with Founder Rocky Stone for many years. He started the first chapter in New Jersey and is a founding member of the New Jersey State Association and currently serves as secretary. Roorda has also been a two-time chair of the New Jersey Walk4Hearing.
Selected by his peers, Roorda is described as:
“…self-effacing, not one to write his own press releases. Few know the extent of time he has given to HLAA and to people with hearing loss. He serves as a peer mentor for those interested in receiving cochlear implants. He is a staunch advocate and has made more than one trip to Capitol Hill to advocate for such issues as the hearing aid tax credit bill. At home he is frequently asked to conduct training sessions in places such as the Department of Defense, libraries, and community places. As a federal employee, he promotes workplace giving to HLAA through the Combined Federal Campaign. Few can rival his integrity, devotion or loyalty to HLAA and its mission.
"The word 'humanitarian' (one who seeks to promote human welfare) can readily be used to describe Wayne Roorda. Spend a little time with him, and you will soon know that his only agenda is for the good of HLAA and those who have hearing loss. He doesn’t just talk about it, his 31-year membership, along with his unbroken service to the HLAA Board since 1986 is proof of his actions backing up his beliefs."