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Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Eastern)

How to Start a Hearing Loop Initiative in Your Community

JSterkens photoPresenter: Juliëtte Sterkens, Au.D.
Juliëtte Sterkens took a leave from her audiology practice to take on the position of Hearing Loop Advocate for HLAA, traveling across the country to meet with HLAA Chapters and audiologists about the importance of telecoils and how to get a hearing loop project started in their community.

Hearing loops, wireless systems that broadcast audio wirelessly to hearing instruments and cochlear implants equipped with telecoils, are becoming more prevalent at theatres, churches and across the U.S. thanks to the support of consumers, audiologists and audio engineers. Hearing loop installations are most successful when the persons who use hearing aids, audiologists and hearing instrument specialists, as well as the audio-acoustics companies/hearing loop installation companies all team together. The presenter will provide practical suggestions about how to forge the support in your area, and will share her advocacy materials (PowerPoint slides, handouts and PDF files of articles written for and by audiologists on looping) via Dropbox with each attendee, to help you be an educated hearing loop consumer and get your community in the loop!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Eastern)

HLAA’s History and Why It Matters Now

Presenter: Julie Olson, HLAA Board of Trustees Past President, Fox Valley, Wisconsin Chapter Founder
Having been involved with HLAA for more than 25 years, Ms. Olson brings a strong passion for people with hearing loss and the organization that she feels saved her life when she lost her hearing. She has also served as the newsletter editor for the HLAA Wisconsin State Association and the Fox Valley Chapter.

How and why did HLAA become an organization for people with hearing loss? Why does it matter to me, 34 years after it started? Learn the answers and more in a careful review of the organization’s proud history. Ms. Olson makes the information interesting to learn with highly visual and humorous talk.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Attracting and Keeping Volunteers

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Presenter: Kate Scherr-Adams, KS Solutions

Kate Scherr-Adams’s company KS Solutions has provided event management support, professional development workshops, outreach and marketing, and project management for non-profit organizations, government agencies and businesses working for the improvement of our communities. Ms. Scherr-Adams has worked in the nonprofit sector for 19 years. For more information visit www.kssolution.com.

We all want volunteers to help with the mission of our organization. How do we recruit the right volunteers and keep them engaged? Learn recruitment methods and retention strategies in this volunteer management overview. Walk away with practical tips and techniques that you can implement at your organization. Learn about available resources that can support your efforts in engaging volunteers in your mission.

This webinar is recommended for current and future HLAA State organization and Chapter Leaders and Chapter Coordinators.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. (Eastern)

Getting and Keeping Tax Exempt Status: Why It Matters

Presenter: Sean Smith, HLAA Controller, Registered IRS Agent
With his background working with HLAA as the controller, Mr. Smith brings professional experience as the owner of an accounting firm as well as more than a decade of experience working with HLAA volunteer leaders.

Does the state organization or chapter charge membership dues/subscription fees, collect contributions or raise Walk4Hearing funds? If the answer is “yes,” the organization must apply for and maintain exemption from federal income tax under IRS tax code 501(c) (3). Learn more about the reasons for tax exemption and the steps to get and keep recognition as a tax-exempt entity.

This webinar is recommended for current and future HLAA State organization and Chapter Leaders and Chapter Coordinators.