A MESSAGE FROM DEBRA BUTLER, PRESIDENT OF ARKANSAS HANDS & VOICES:
Hello Arkansas Hands & Voices,
We would like to welcome all families of children who are Deaf/or Hard of Hearing and professionals to the statewide Arkansas Hands & Voices chapter meeting. The meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2015 from 10:00 until 2:00 in the East Campus building at Arkansas Children’s Hospital. This year we have combined the central and northwest Arkansas meetings to host one statewide chapter meeting. We are excited to host two speakers from Hands & Voices Headquarters, Stephanie Olson and Lisa Kovacs. Stipends of $50 will be available to those traveling more than fifty miles to attend the meeting in order to assist with travel expenses. Childcare will be available. Please register by February 13, 2015 by texting/calling 501-932-7700 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to the event flyer for additional information.
We would also like to encourage everyone to register with the Kroger Community Rewards program. After you register/link your Kroger card to Soundstart Arkansas Hands & Voices you will be earning free money for the organization every time you shop. Nothing is deducted from your personal Kroger rewards. We will have a drawing for a $25 Kroger gift card during the statewide meeting. In order to be eligible for the drawing, bring in a Kroger receipt that lists Soundstart Arkansas Hands & Voices as your Community Reward program at the bottom of your receipt or sign up at the meeting. Please refer to enclosed flyer for additional information.
Arkansas Hands & Voices is excited to announce Liana Robbins as the new Chapter Coordinator/Executive Director. Liana brings a strong support of the unbiased philosophy of Hands &Voices that will be beneficial to all Arkansas members. She will help us further our organizational goals (e.g., strategic planning and outreach efforts). Liana lives in Farmington, AR with her husband Trey and two daughters Olivia (8) and Lily (3). Lily was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss after failing her newborn hearing screen, and she now has bilateral cochlear implants. Liana has nine years of experience working with non-profit organizations and various government agencies.
Thank you very much and we look forward to seeing you guys in February!!
President of Arkansas Hands & Voices & the Arkansas Hands & Voices Board
(If anyone from NWA, is interested in Carpooling, please email me so I can share with others who would be willing to carpool together to the event)