HLAA-Florida Exciting News and November Chapter Updates


  • HLAA-Florida State Association Outreach
  • Joan Andrews Convention Scholarship
  • Jacksonville Walk4Hearing – November 12, 2016
  • HLAA Florida Chapter November Updates (alphabetically)
  • Florida State Association Board Meeting – November 5th
  • Communication Access and Technology Expo – November 12th


The Florida State Association Board Updates:

  • The new website is Live! Visit hlaa-fl.org
  • Jacksonville Walk4Hearing is November 12th! See you there. Thank you to the Jacksonville team and Tom Logue for his leadership!
  • Our new State Chapter Coordinator, Tanya Williams, continues to reach ou to Chapters and Support Groups statewide. Questions or want to start a Chapter? Email: FL2016scc@gmail.com

Thank you on behalf of the Florida State Association team.


HLAA National Convention Scholarship: The Joan Andrews Scholarship remains in effect thanks to Joan Andrew’s daughters.


All Chapters are welcome and encouraged to participate in the Walk4Hearing Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Participating Chapters should confirm your Chapter 990 is current and officers are current HLAA members. This will be a fun time for everyone to connect – the hearing and hearing loss alike to make hearing loss visible. You can participate whether you physically attend the walk or not. Do not have a team? Join your local Chapter and/or the State Association team and as we work to make hearing loss visible – Click here to view the team page for HLAA-FL State Association

Have additional questions or plan to be present at the Walk4Hearing and need additional information? Contact Tom Logue:

Email: Hlaa.jax@gmail.com
Phone: 904-631-6357


The new State Chapter Coordinator, Tanya Williams, can be reached at FL2016scc@gmail. com


Meetings held the second Tuesday of each month at 3:00 p.m. See you there!


Meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at the Churchill Street Recreation Center, 2375 Churchhill Downs.

Next Meeting: November 1st
Guest Speaker: Jim Scott, President of Complete Hearing Solutions, installs loop throughout Florida.

Jim Scott will discuss improving the lives of those living with hearing loss and the options to loop facilities around the Villages and statewide. The meeting room is looped for your hearing assistance.

Any questions, please contact Jan Sharp at 352-751-4532 or Muriel Raine at murhlaacntrfl@aol.com.

NOTE: Dottie England, an instructor for Lip and Speech Reading Techniques will have classes available after the Christmas holiday. For more information, visit: www.Loopthevillages.com


Meets the first Wednesday at the Safety Harbor Library in Safety Harbor Florida at 12:30. Social follows meeting for those who can join in the fun!

Next Meeting: November 2nd

Guest Speaker: Ed Ogiba, HLAA Clearwater Outreach Chair

Topic: The Smartest and Easiest Ways to Improve Your Hearing. Discussions on the basics with how to improve understanding of speech in noisy situations by as much as 40%. How the brain defines the ability to hear and training that can help restore lost hearing. The latest technologies make it easier to hear at theaters, movies, on the phone and at home and how HLAA can make a difference with the education and support tools you have overlooked.

Bring a friend and join in the fun! Social after meeting.


Meetings held the 4th Monday of each month from 3:00-4:30 pm at the Senior Recreation Center in Gainesville.


Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. September through June.

The 2016 Jacksonville Walk4Hearing is scheduled for November 12, 2016. To all HLAA members and Chapter members alike, the importance in supporting HLAA National and hearing loss advocacy has allowed HLAA to expand and grow and assist individuals like yourself in dealing with hearing loss since 1979! Thank you in advance for your support in the Walk4Hearing.


A special shout out to Tom Logue – thank you for all you have and continue to do for HLAA!


Meetings held at 6:00 pm the 2nd Thursday of each month at the First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland in Multipurpose Room A.

November 10th Pot Luck Dinner and Veteran Services!
Guest Speaker: Sherman Roberts, Veteran Service Officer in Polk County.
Sherman Roberts, Florida native, joined the US Army at the age of 18, completing Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft Benning GA as an Infantryman. Sherman spent the next 24 years serving overseas in Germany and Korea, and here in the US. He was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Desert Storm/Shield as well as Bosnia and served in every position from team member to the highest enlisted Army rank of Sergeant Major, performing in leadership position from Team Leader to First Sergeant. Upon retirement in 2011, he began a BBQ Catering company, donating all profits to Veteran Organizations and founded a Not-for-Profit Organization named “All Gave Some, Inc.”, which is focused on helping Veterans and first responders improve and/or maintain their standard of living. Sherman currently works as a Veteran Service Officer in Polk County. He is married with with two children and three grand kids. The son currently serves in the Air Force and has completed three tours in Afghanistan.


Meets first Friday of each month from 10:30 to noon at the Southwest Florida Deaf Service Center, Inc. See you there!


Meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m at O’Charlies Restaurant at 8081 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando. Come join in the fun!


Meets the second Wednesday of each month from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. at the North Sarasota Library, 2801 Newton Blvd.

NOTE OF VENUE CHANGE For November only: Due to the election board use of the Newtown Library, November meeting will commence at: Jacaranda Public Library Meeting Room, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice

Next meeting: November 9th
Guest Speaker: Kris Adams, ENP

Kris Adams, ENP, Emergency Number Professional, will speak about “Text-2-911″and your options to contact 911 in the event of an emergency by call or text. She has worked with the Sarasota Sheriff’s Office in the Emergency Operations Bureau (911 Dispatch Center) for 18 ½ years. She is presently the current Operations Manager in charge of the Professional Development section (911 Training) in charge of supervising and coordinating new recruit training, cross training, continuing education, public education and quality assurance for the 911 center.

See you in Venice!

Sarasota continues to expand looping in Sarasota/Manatee counties. Present loop project: Various Starbuck locations. Join in advocating about looping projects for your local Community today!


Meets the third Friday of each month from 10 am- noon September through May. Arrive at 9:45 for coffee & donuts!


New meeting day and time – same location! Sun City Chapter meets the third Tuesday of the month at 9:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West.

Next meeting: November 15th


Meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm September through May. The Tampa Chapter now meets at the TGI Friday’s 2501 East Fowler Avenue:

Next Meeting: November 1st
Guest Speaker: Lyndon Smith will speak about the “The New Dimensions of Residential Fire Safety.”

Our award-winning speaker is a 33-year professional in residential fire safety. He provides valuable new information with humor. This is not just another fire safety talk. Prepare to be surprised and entertained. A great door prize is included!

Our meetings are held in the back room at TGIF! Join us for dinner and/or see you at the meeting at 6:30.


Meets the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. September through May.

Next meeting: November 20th meeting will be held at the IRSC Mueller Campus in Vero Beach (room number to be announced).

Fort Pierce Intro to Lip Reading:

Adult (18 and over) introductory one hour lesson on how learning lip reading can be beneficial to your life. $25.00 fee payable by check or cash will be collected at door.

Attendees will be invited to attend additional four weeks of Lip Reading 101 classes every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in the same location, for $20 for all four weeks.

Sponsored by: Fort Pierce Lions Club and the Treasure Coast Chapter. Email speechreader1@gmail.com for additional info.


Monthly meetings are held at the DeLand Public Library, 10-12 pm.

Next Meeting: November 16th from 10-12 pm at the DeLand Public Library

Working hard to form a chapter in Volusia County! A summer social brought more than 11 folks of all ages together to share hearing stories and support one another. November features information about CART demonstrations.

Contact volusiahearingloss@gmail.com

Exciting news to share is that the Volusia County Public Library System has installed hearing loops in August at six regional libraries: Daytona City Island, DeLand, Deltona, New Smyrna Beach, Ormond Beach, Port Orange.


NOVEMBER 5, 2016
10 AM – 3 PM AT THE

Florida State Association Meeting will take place at the Lakeland Speech and Hearing Center November 5th from 10 until 3. Guests are welcome and encouraged to join from 1:30-3:00. Have something you would like to share or discuss or wish to join our team on November 5th? Email hearinglossadvocate@gmail.com


7th Annual Communication Access and Technology Expo

Saturday, November 12th

10am to 3pm

Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore

Florida Hearing Loss State Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) status organization comprised of volunteers. 100% of donations received go directly to this project. Receipt(s) available for possible tax deductible donation.