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On Thursday, April 6, HearCare Connection Sarasota will host their annual Wine&Stein Fundraiser at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Lakewood Ranch.

The evening includes a wine & beer tasting, live and silent auction, heavy appetizers by Evie’s on Main, Michael’s on East, and Alpine Steakhouse. Free Daps, a Guinness Book world record holder for Hip Hop Free Style, will be performing.

Doors open at 6:00 PM and the event is from 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Tickets are $50.00 each and are on sale now. Purchases can be made by calling HearCare at 941-316-0406 or online at: https://hearcareconnection.ejoinme.org/RegisterNow.

HearCare Connection believes strongly in the idea that better hearing develops better communication. The Wine&Stein event helps bring people together for the cause of hearing and gives us an opportunity to raise funds for the local clinic.

This event continues to provide operational funding for the local hearing clinic, one of the few non-profit audiology centers in the nation.
CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP TO THE HLAA CONVENTION

Scholarship Chair Patricia Lakey has announced the 2017 HLAA-S/M $1,000 scholarship to the HLAA National Convention in June of 2017.

Our Chapter offers this annual scholarship to members in good standing who have not attended a National Convention.

The scholarship will entitle the winner to a registration to the Hearing Loss Association of America convention in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 21-25, 2017. The scholarship will also include a shared room at the convention hotel for three or four nights, and round-trip airfare or automobile travel expense between Florida and Salt Lake City. The maximum value of the scholarship is $1,000. Besides that, it’s a fun experience guaranteed to make you want to return year after year!

The deadline to apply is March 7, 2017.

Scholarship application can be found on our website: http://hlas.org?scholarship-info/.

HLAA-SARASOTA/MANATEE BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPLICATION

It is time again to seek members for the HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee Board of Trustees. The term is for 2 years — 2017-2019. The deadline is Oct 17, 2016. Elections will be at the December general meeting. The job description and the application are posted on the HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee website at http://hlas.org/about-us/hlas-board-application/.

If you have an interest in our Mission, ”Enable people with hearing loss and their families to meet the challenge of hearing loss and to participate in the mainstream of an enlightened society through information, education, advocacy and support”, we want your contribution.

Please contact the Chapter Nominations Committee Chair, Dr. Susan Fulton, at sefulton@usf.edu for additional information if needed. Dr. Fulton states: “We are looking for individuals with a love of the association and who are interested in getting involved and making a difference”.

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Our Professional Partners

The HLAA highlights hearing products and local hearing aid providers —http://www.hearingloss.org/support_resources/search-professionals%20.

The HLAA policy is to not recommend any specific product or any specific ENT, Audiologist or hearing aid dispenser.

The Chapter follows this policy but has identified professionals who endorse our 501 (c) (3)’s mission to help other through education, advocacy and support. They are listed on our webpage at http://hlas.org/joanne-devries/ . Members are encouraged to review this list of professionals when considering professional services.

Below, most of our Professional Partners support many causes including HLAA. Our Chapter has partnered with the Ear Research Foundation and the Hear Care Connection in the “Be The One” Giving Challenge this year.

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Doctors Jack Wazen and Herb Silverstein of the Ear Research Foundation supported the Chapter’s Giving Challenge from a Conference out west.

 

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The HearCare Connection and the Ear Research Foundation joined the HLAA Chapter at “Happy Hour” at Clasico’s to kick off the Giving Challenge.

 

 

Our Chapter’s CART Provider # 1

At the Awards Luncheon at the National Court Reporters Association meeting in Chicago, our CART provider, Dee Boenau came in First Place.

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At the Awards Luncheon at the National Court Reporters Association meeting in Chicago, our CART provider, Dee Boenau came in First Place.

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A FUN FUNDRAISER

On March 2, the Ear Research Foundation and our HLAA Chapter will have a “Celebrity Bartending” event at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch.

Dr. Herb Silverstein and his jazz group, “Doc and the Ear-iginals” will be playing a couple of sets.

Celebrity bartenders will include JoAnne DeVries, Dr. Seth Rosenberg, Sarasota Vice-Mayor Suzanne Atwell, Dr. J.P. Gniady, Bob Tufts, Jennifer Moss and others.

The Polo Grill is on off Lakewood Ranch Blvd on Main St and Boardwalk (10670 Boardwalk) and the event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM. All tips go to the two 501 (c) 3’s. Stop by for a drink, meet a lot of folks they may not hear every word but will enjoy the jazz.

The Ear-iginals are–
Dr. Herbert Silverstein, Piano
Dr. Jack Wazen, Drums
Richard Drexler, Bass
La Rue Nickelson, Guitar
Laura Wazen, Vocals

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QUARTERLY BOARD MEETING

The Hearing Loss Association of America-Sarasota/Manatee Chapter’s next Board Meeting will be January 11 at 5:00 PM.

The primary agenda item was planning for the March 5 Hearing Loss Expo. Discussions and plans were also made for demonstrating assistive devices at Chapter meetings, planning a fundraiser with the Ear Research Foundation, successful membership initiatives and Committee updates.

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The Executive Committee of the Board has the power to make interim appointments to provide for a full Board. If you have considered donating some time to assist the quality of life of the 145,000 hard of hearing people of the two county area, this is the time to step up and join our Board.

Please contact our Board President, JoAnne DeVries so that your service to the community can be considered. E-mail: jdv.devries8@gmail.com

Hearing Loss Association of America Announces Valerie Stafford-Mallis as Director of Chapter Development

 

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Our Chapter is losing a Trustee but all of HLAA is gaining an outstanding advocate. The National Bylaws require that Valerie take leave of her position with our Chapter but the good news is Valerie is staying right here in the community and will continue to lend her expertise to us.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) announced the recent hire of Valerie Stafford-Mallis, as the director of chapter development on January 4, 2016. In this role Valerie will be responsible for providing the leaders of HLAA Chapters with the direction they need to effectively deliver the HLAA mission to their members and respective communities.

The HLAA press release stated–

“’As a person who lost my hearing during my working years, I have experienced firsthand the struggles faced by people with hearing loss to maintain employment, independence and full participation in public life,’ said Valerie. ‘HLAA changed my life. I fully support HLAA’s mission to open the world of communication to persons with hearing loss. I believe the local chapters and the state organizations are the foundation of the information, education, support and advocacy that HLAA offers. I pledge to use my knowledge, skills and abilities gained from working in the public and private sectors to provide the leaders of HLAA Chapters with tools and support they can use in delivering this mission. Together we can make it happen.’

In her new role, Valerie will serve as the primary link between HLAA’s resources at the national office and chapter leader needs. Her primary focus will be to help leaders sustain healthy chapters while growing HLAA memberships. She will help those who want to start new chapters and provide leadership training, online resources, and programs geared to chapter members and the local community’s needs.

Prior to joining HLAA, Valerie was the business development manager for Alternative Communication Services (ACS), LLC. She recently served on the HLAA Board of Trustees, is a member of the HLAA Sarasota/Manatee Chapter, and has been a major supporter of the HLAA Walk4Hearing. She is also a member of the Association of Late-Deafened Adults and has served on the ethics committee of the National Court Reporters’ Association (NCRA). She earned her master’s of business administration degree from Webster University and lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband Sam”.

A FUN FUNDRAISER

On March 2, the Ear Research Foundation and our HLAA Chapter will have a “Celebrity Bartending” event at the Polo Grill in Lakewood Ranch. Dr. Herb Silverstein and his jazz group, “Doc and the Ear-iginals” will be playing a couple of sets.

The Polo Grill is on off Lakewood Ranch Blvd on Main St and Boardwalk (10670 Boardwalk) and the event takes place from 6 PM to 9 PM. All tips go to the two 501 (c) 3’s. Stop by for a drink, meet a lot of folks they may not hear every word but will enjoy the jazz. Tip well for a good cause!

The Ear-iginals are–
Dr. Herbert Silverstein, Piano
Dr. Jack Wazen, Drums
Richard Drexler, Bass
La Rue Nickelson, Guitar
Laura Wazen, Vocals

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McCurdy’s Comedy Club Fundraiser

A sellout crowd enjoyed a night out for a fundraiser for HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee and the Ear Research Foundation on September 1.

Monies will be used to support the common missions by conducting outreach and educational programs.

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The headliner was Helen Keaney. Helen is a morning host on the Home Shopping Network Monday – Thursday 6 AM-9 AM.

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The room was LOOPED and CART was provided. The CART services were the hit of the show. Our own Dee Boneau amazed Helen with her flawless real time captioning, even with long difficult words and Spanish phrases!

Hearing attendees enjoyed the CART as words in a loud theater are often difficult to pick up.

Pictures from the fun night follow—

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Join Us! Win a Cruise!!     

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CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED

Last month, Scholarship Committee Chair Joan Haber stated: “It is my pleasure on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Hearing Loss Association of America – Sarasota/Manatee Chapter to award Chapter member, Vinell Lacy, our $1000 Scholarship to the 2015 National Convention in St. Louis from June 25-28. Vinell will be representing all of us as our chapter delegate and will be accompanied by many of our fellow chapter leaders. She will start out the adventure knowing quite a few people’. Joan said to Vinell, “By the time you return, you will know 1,000 others who all share the passion and the commitment to this wonderful organization. I sincerely hope your attendance at this convention changes your life as it did mine and many others”.

The National Convention is an experience that immerses an attendee in education, advocacy and support. The Convention includes: An amazing educational program featuring the symposium, Employment Issues for People with Hearing Loss, and more than 40 workshops and demos presented by top-notch professionals
• Vibrant Exhibit Hall with the latest technology and services for people with hearing loss
• Dynamic keynote address, Advances, Obstacles and Solutions in a Changing World by Charles Laszlo, Ph.D., a biomedical engineer
• Special events including the opening night Get Acquainted Party (GAP); off-site event, Route 66 Rivalry: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium; Rocky Stone: Operation 35 Banquet; and the Awards Breakfast and Ceremony
• Book signings by former New York Times editor and HLAA Board of Trustee Katherine Bouton, and writer, hearing loss advocate and comedienne Gael Hannan
• Word has it that our President, JoAnne DeVries has been selected to receive the 2015 Spirit of HLAA Award at the Convention

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SUCCESSFUL VETERANS HEARING AWARENESS FORUM    vet_banner

The Veteran Hearing Awareness Forum was held at the Sarasota Community Foundation on Saturday, February 7th. Nearly 100 vets filled the room to listen to a great program and discussion forum.

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“The Sarasota County Veterans Commission, in keeping with our mission to assist and serve the communities’ Veterans, Active Duty Military and their families and to ensure that they have access to all available services and support, was pleased to endorse this very important event honoring our community veterans. Committed to helping people live successfully with hearing loss, HLAA-Sarasota/Manatee specifically designed the Hearing Awareness Forum for veterans and their families affected by hearing loss in order to provide information, services and strategies to help them effectively manage their hearing challenges. The Forum featured “Questions & Answers: An Interactive Veteran Hearing Symposium” featuring a panel who discussed their challenges of hearing loss and provided insightful and successful life-style focused solutions. Questions were answered regarding hearing loss and VA filing and appeal issues from the veteran service officers who were in attendance. The latest information on technology, services, and communication strategies was available and well received”