December Potluck Social

Our annual December social will be December 12th at 6:30 at our chapter president’s house in North Salt Lake.  If you are interested in attending, email and we will send directions out.  If you’re coming for the first time, the main dish will provided but attendees generally bring a side dish to share.

We also have  white elephant gift exchange.  What’s a white elephant?  Do you have something laying around the house you’d like to give away?  This is your chance.  Wrap it up pretty and we will take turns choosing presents, wrapped or unwrapped depending on what you want when your turns comes up.

Here’s some scenes from last year’s social….





Your HLAA-SLC Chapter

Who is on our chapter steering committee? Karen Faddis is the president, Chelley Wyatt is the treasurer and we have Kathy Evans, Helen Droitsch, Charla and Kevin Dolan on the committee.  We meet every 3 months or so to decide on meeting topics, speakers and other chapter issues.
We have monthly meetings, one month will be a regular chapter meeting with a topic and presentation.  The next month is for social purposes which have decided to be a book club.  Both meetings have CART and the the hearing loop.  If you’d like to see another kind of social gathering, let us know.  We are open to new ideas.
 Our next regular meeting is Nov. 21, 2015 and the topic is “The Importance of Staying Social.”  With holiday celebrations ahead we know how hard it is to be social.  Let’s talk about why we shouldn’t withdraw and what we can do make these situations better.  Refreshments and coffee will be available.
Our last book club featured “Smilla’s Sense of Snow” by Peter Hoeg.  We enjoyed it thoroughly. The next book will The Giver by Lois Lowry which was made into a movie with the winter scenes being filmed in Utah at Solitude ski resort. It’s a quick read and if you haven’t tried the book club yet this is your chance.  I will set up a date for early December and announce it soon.
Also in December we will have our annual potluck social at our president’s house.  Our November theme fits right in with this except you are among your tribe so communication will be a lot easier.  We are shooting for December 12th. An announcement will be coming soon.
In 2016 we are changing our meeting times from 10am-Noon.  We wanted to make it an hour later in the mornings to give the ones who live further away a little more time to get to the meeting.  The meetings will still be at the Sanderson Center and every third Saturday of the month.  We are going to swap out the book club and regular meetings so it will be book club in January and our regular meetings in February and so on.
The national chapter leader resigned from his position so the national office is looking for someone to replace him. We look at this as a good thing and look forward to someone more active stepping into the role.
Kathy has forwarded some information from the national office, thank you Kathy for helping out. The latest one generated some discussion which is good. Here’s the website related to the discussion:  It’s report on Aging America & Hearing Loss: Imperative of Improved Hearing Technologies.

Sept. 19th Meeting with Detective Aaron Rosen


The HLAA Salt Lake City chapter is having their meeting September 19th at 9 in the morning to 11:00. It will be in classroom B/C at the Sanderson Center with the hearing loop and CART available.
The topic this month: How We Can Improve our Relationship with Law Enforcement as Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Aaron Rosen will be speaking and taking questions from our audience. He currently works for the Bluffdale City Police Precinct. He is in his 16th year of Law Enforcement. He serves as a Training Coordinator, and School Resource Officer; in addition to his normal patrol and investigative duties. He is the agency’s Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator and SWAT Team Negotiator. He has worked with the Utah Deaf community since he began his career, and has even worked as the Law Enforcement Liaison for the World Deaflympic Games in SLC (2007). He is developing an ASL curriculum for police training, and is preparing to travel to teach this program, in order to raise awareness regarding police/deaf interaction. He lives in South Jordan, with his son, Jordan. His girlfriend, Julie McCleave is also a staff member of the RGSCSDHH.

This is Detective Aaron Rosen.

This is Detective Aaron Rosen.

Detective Rosen will be our first presenter starting at 9:00.  When he is done, Kevin and Charla will share what they learned at the national HLAA convention in Missouri.  Here are some photos they shared with us.

HLAA get aquainted

The Get Acquainted Party

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

Vendor Hall

HLAA's Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

HLAA’s Keynote Speaker: Senator Tom Harkin

Don’t miss our great meeting!

HLAA Book Club, Up Next: Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Last Saturday a group of us met to discuss our last book Fablehaven by Brandon Mull. Fablehaven is a preserve for magical creatures.  Two young children stay with their grandparents, who are the preserve’s caretakers, for the first time.  The oldest, Kendra is a rule follower and her brother Seth is a natural rule breaker.  The kids get in plenty of mischief and then end up saving the preserve.  This is book one in a series.

While it may not have been a favorite among us, the discussion was great between the book club members.  Sharing our thoughts on the book helps us see the book in a different light.  Anyone is welcome to join us, we have CART (real-time captions) and the hearing loop.  Our meetings are at the Sanderson Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in classroom B/C.

Our next book is Smilla’s Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg and Tiina Nunnely. This is Amazon’s blurb: Smilla’s Sense of Snow presents one of the toughest heroines in modern fiction. Smilla Qaavigaaq Jaspersen is part Eskimo but she lives in Copenhagen and keeps to herself. When her six-year old neighbor is killed, Smilla doesn’t believe it was an accident and begins her own investigation of a case that even the police don’t want to get involved in.  The book was turned into a movie in 1997 with Julia Ormond.smila

Read the book and join us October 17th from 9-10:30 at the Sanderson Center for a discussion on this book.

August’s Bookclub Selection: Fablehaven

The HLAA chapter is having meeting for it’s bi-monthly book club on August 15 at 9 am until 10:30 at the Sanderson Center in classroom B/C.  The room is looped for those with t-coils in their hearing aids and we also have CART (real time captioning) available.  We cover a wide variety of genres and the book chosen for this month is Fablehaven by Brandon Mull.


Fablehaven is a series of books a member has enjoyed and compared it to Harry Potter.  A couple of kids visit their grandparents for the first time on magical refuge and trouble is brewing.  It doesn’t help that one of the kids is a rule breaker.

Anyone is welcome to join us in our book discussions.

Some past selected books include:
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson
King Peggy by Peggielene Bartels

Contact Chelle Wyatt for more information.

Summer Social Friends

Last night HLAA-SLC had their summer social.  We had a great group of people with fairly easy to understand conversation.  We talked a little louder, slowed our speech some and repeated as necessary.  We started out sitting in a circle so we could easily face one another.  Sometimes there were two conversations at once (we can’t help that in a group larger than 6) but we could choose which conversation to follow.  Most of the time we had one conversation to follow.


Dinner was prepared as appreciation for the chapter members.  Dinner was served around 3 tables put together which could have made it a little harder for people to follow conversation except we were conscious of the fact and people shifted to allow everyone to see.  Anyone could have made a communication request and it would have been seen to, that’s the great part of socializing with others who also have hearing loss.   FullSizeRender (4)  Two of our members attended the HLAA convention in St. Louis and they told us about Tom Harkin (the keynote speaker) and how wonderful his presentation on getting accommodations for the Deaf and hard of hearing.  They talked about several workshops they attended and also about the banquet where they got to know other HLAA people.  Here a couple of pictures they shared with us:


Charla and Kevin attended the 2015 HLAA convention in St. Louis.

Tom Harkin was an impressive keynote speaker.

Tom Harkin was an impressive keynote speaker.

Our next gathering is our bi-monthly book club which is August 15th at 9am.  A post about the book will follow soon.

Our next chapter meeting is September 19th.  More information will follow soon.

Summer Social July 2015

  It’s time for our annual summer social which will be July 18th at 6:00 at my house near the Canyon Rim area. Don’t let the word ‘social’ scare you because you can’t get a better group of people for socializing with hearing loss as we know how to accommodate each other.  Don’t be shy bringing that ALD that helps you along, in fact bring it to show it off!
  We will have dinner for you, barbecue pork sandwiches with a few sides.  We’ll have water and some punch for you but you can bring your favorite drinks too.
  RSVPs are needed!  You can email us at   Please let me know if you are coming and I’ll give you the instructions to get here.
Karen was crowned our chapter president at last year's summer social.

Karen was crowned our chapter president at last year’s summer social.

More scenes from last year…

Fred, Kathy and Karen


Robin and Helen