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  • 23 Nov 2018 8:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Below is a message from Marsha Swetin, President of ALDA Chicago, about the upcoming election for the ALDA Chicago Board of Directors.

    I have been designated by Marsha, to serve as the Nominating Chairperson for the ALDA Chicago Board Election for 2019. I am contacting you as a current ALDA Chicago member to nominate you to serve on the ALDA Chicago Board. 

    If you are willing to accept my nomination, please send a message to me at: flowd23@att.net  with a picture and short bio containing a brief introduction of yourself by December 9, 2018. Your bio can include information about your hearing loss, occupation and/or education, and how you hope to benefit ALDA Chicago by being on the Board.

    If you do not wish to serve on the ALDA Chicago Board of Directors, please send a message to me that you are not interested in running for a position on the ALDA Chicago Board, and we will not contact you further.

    We look forward to hearing from you!

    Sincerely,

    Debra Flowers

    ALDA Chicago

    Nominating Committee Chair

    Dear ALDA Chicago Member:

    The ALDA Chicago Board consists of seven voting members with staggered two-year terms.  The staggered terms allow for continuity as well as keeping knowledgeable and experienced people on the Board to make transitions easier.

    For 2019, ALDA Chicago has four open positions for two-year terms on its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is elected by all ALDA Chicago members.  Candidates must be current paid members of ALDA Chicago and be willing and able to serve for a two-year period.  Following the election, the elected and incumbent directors choose the organization's officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) at the first meeting of the new Board.

    Board members need to be present at our meetings which take place every other month.  We make every attempt to schedule the Board meetings on the first Saturday of the month and vary locations around the area so that no member repeatedly travels extensively to attend a meeting.  We realize that circumstances arise when a Board member is unable to attend so we ask that all Board and Committee reports be submitted online a few days prior to the meeting.

    ALDA Chicago is a vibrant organization of people who work together, play together and enjoy the various social and educational programs we provide.  We cannot continue to do this unless we have a full Board of Directors.  To put it bluntly, we need ALDA members to step up and help us continue the work that we do.  You are never too old or young, and length of membership in ALDA Chicago is not a factor either.  Please consider becoming a Board member.  We’d love to have you!

    I am temporarily serving as the Nominating Committee Chair for this year’s election which will take place during December and January.  If you are interested in participating on the Board, please notify me and prepare a 150-word summary giving us a little background about yourself and why you are interested in serving on the Board.  If you have a picture of yourself to include with your summary, please send that also as it would be very helpful to those members who might not recognize your name.

    You may send the summary and photo to my e-mail address at missmarsh46@gmail.com by December 9 which is the same day as the Holiday Party.  You may also submit your expression of interest at the Holiday Party which is taking place at the William Tell Restaurant in Countryside.  That will allow sufficient time to prepare ballots and send them out to all ALDA Chicago members.

    We expect to announce the results of the election via email.  Results will also be posted on the chapter's website.

    Sincerely,

    Marsha Swetin

    President, ALDA Chicago

  • 23 Nov 2018 8:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALDA Chicago has an AmazonSmile account where we receive 0.5% of eligible purchases made via Amazon.com. Our last quarterly donation from Amazon in October 2018 was $2 higher than usual... all thanks to you taking advantage of Amazon's special donation rate promotions. Now that the holiday shopping season is upon us, and Black Friday/Cyber Monday is just around the corner, there is an even greater opportunity to increase the amount of money we can raise for our organization. So whether you're shopping for regular items or holiday gifts or for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries, we hope you will seriously consider doing it using our AmazonSmile account.  Like Board Secretary Karen Krull points out, "you get what you want and ALDA Chicago benefits, too."  Now that's a WIN-WIN!!!

    To ensure your Amazon.com purchase benefits ALDA Chicago, use the link below then do your shopping. It's a great way to support ALDA Chicago and enhance our fundraising efforts.  Thank you so much.

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3919300

    PS:  You can also search for ALDA Chicago on Amazon Smile.  A one-entry list will appear showing us as Assoc. of Late Deafened Adults, Inc. in Bedford Park, IL.  That is the one you want (smile).

  • 26 Aug 2018 8:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Lauren from South Carolina was trying to help her father who began experiencing a hearing loss. "Dad" wanted to try a hearing amplifier versus taking the plunge and using a hearing aid. Lauren conducted a lot of research on available amplifiers and thought we might like to offer her findings to others via our Helpful Links page on the website. "Dad" is certainly happy with the result of Lauren's work. To learn more about hearing amplifiers and what Lauren describes as the two of the best products on the market, click here then scroll down to the heading marked Product Reviews, Hearing Amplifiers.

  • 20 Mar 2018 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As we move forward in anticipation of Spring 2018, ALDA Chicago is putting the proverbial CART before the horse. Please consider donating at least $18 to help us offset our CART captioning expenses this year--$18 to tie in with the numerical year 2018. Larger or smaller donations are always welcome and appreciated, too. You can make your tax-deductible donation to this cause in one of two ways:

    1-Donate online by clicking here.

    2-Make your check/money order payable to ALDA Chicago and mail to ALDA Chicago, PO Box 785, Bedford Park, IL 60499. Be sure to specify CART captioning in the memo field.

    Thank you in advance for your ongoing support.

  • 20 Mar 2018 10:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Most of you know that ALDA Chicago has an AmazonSmile account where we receive 0.5% of eligible purchases made via Amazon.com.  For a limited time, Amazon is TRIPLING the donation rate to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible purchase from March 12th through March 31st, 2018.

    While it's always a good time to shop Amazon.com and help us raise some funds, your purchases will now go 3 times further.  So whether it's shopping for regular items or special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or holidays like Easter, buying now through March 31st is the best time!  

    To ensure your Amazon.com purchase benefits ALDA Chicago, use the link below then do your shopping.  It's a great way to support ALDA Chicago and enhance our fundraising efforts.

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3919300

    You can also search for ALDA Chicago on Amazon Smile.  A one-entry list will appear showing us as Assoc. of Late Deafened Adults, Inc. in Bedford Park, IL.


  • 05 Feb 2018 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As you know, ALDA Chicago recently held its annual election to fill three open seats on the organization's Board of Directors.  Linda Belice, Michelle Donnelly and Marsha Swetin were elected to serve a two-year term (2018-2019).  Today, we are pleased to announce the results of the 2018 election of Board officers which was conducted at the first Board meeting of the year this past Saturday, February 3rd.  Your new Board of Directors for 2018 is:

    Marsha Swetin, President

    Joe Linder, Vice President

    Linda Belice, Treasurer

    Karen Krull, Secretary

    Michelle Donnelly, Trustee

    Debra Flowers, Trustee

    Tom Garvey, Trustee

    We want to thank each of you for taking time to vote and participate in the election process.  We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you.

    Congratulations to the members of our new Board!  Each of us is excited to start in our new roles and do our very best on behalf of those with hearing loss.  A big round of applause and thank yous go to Joe Linder and Tom Garvey who have moved to other positions on the Board as well as to our outgoing Secretary Sarah Wegley.  Each of these individuals contributed a lot of personal time and effort that allowed us to keep moving forward in fulfilling our mission.

    You’ve all met Joe Linder who has graciously served as President on the Board for the past 5 years.  Joe sets the agenda and leads all of our Board meetings and email discussions, writes the cover page for our quarterly newsletter, emcees the birthday and holiday parties, and frequently shares a story or two about some of his more harrowing experiences.  He actively searches out social events for our group to attend, too.  As a manager at a bank, he is very familiar with financial matters and often offers his insight into potential solutions being considered by the Board.  We imagine he will continue doing so as VP, too (smile).

    You don't often hear about Tom Garvey because his work with managing our finances these past two years is primarily done behind the scenes.  But we took his advice after studying his research last year and moved some of our savings to an account bearing a much higher rate of interest and it is paying off big-time!  He also offers a lot of good suggestions and food for thought in a variety of other areas.  Thanks, Tom.  You are a valuable asset to the team!  We hope you’ll stay with us for a long time!

    Special thanks to Sarah Wegley who resigned from the Board due to a new job but who made significant contributions of time and energy both on and off the Board for many years.  Her most recent was as manager of ALDA Chicago's website.  Prior to that, Sarah served as our Social Committee Chair and planned a lot of interesting and fun socials.  She even helped raise a nice share of money for the ALDAcon Scholarship fund last year and was a key partner in developing the electronic voting mechanisms for our annual Board elections.  We’ve learned a lot from her and will certainly miss her (and her smiling face)!  We hope to continue seeing her at socials.

    Last but not least, we are always looking for people who are willing and able to help out even in a small way.  We have a lot of committees where you can put forth your talents and shine!  If you’d like to join our team, we’d certainly love to have you.  Just let us know.  Contact any one of us.  Our email addresses are on the ALDA Chicago website (see the Volunteer menu item).

  • 22 Nov 2017 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear ALDA Chicago Member: 

    The ALDA Chicago Board consists of seven voting members with staggered two-year terms. The staggered terms allow for continuity, keeping knowledgeable and experienced people on the Board to make transitions easier. 

    For 2018, ALDA Chicago has three open positions for two-year terms on its Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is elected by all ALDA Chicago members. Candidates must be current paid members of ALDA Chicago and be willing and able to serve for a two-year period. Following the election in December/January, the elected and incumbent directors will choose the organization's officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) at the first meeting of the new Board. 

    I have been requested to serve as the Nominating Committee Chair for this year’s elections which will take place during December and January.  If you are interested in participating on the Board, please notify me and prepare a 150 word summary of why you are interested in being on the Board and a little background about yourself. 

    You may send the summary to my e-mail address at linder-j@sbcglobal.net by December 10 which is the same day as the holiday party. You may also submit your expression of interest at the holiday party which is taking place at Via Bella in Countryside. That will allow sufficient time to prepare ballots and send them out to all ALDA Chicago members. 

    It is expected that results of the election will be announced on the chapter's website at www.aldachicago.org by Jan. 23, 2018 and in the next issue of the newsletter. 

    Sincerely,

    Joe Linder

    Nominating Committee Chair

    ALDA Chicago

  • 22 Nov 2017 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know that you can now shop on Amazon.com and raise money for ALDA Chicago at the same time? Yes, it's true! Awhile back, we set up an AmazonSmile account where ALDA Chicago receives 0.5% of purchases made via Amazon.com. With the holiday shopping season upon us, and Cyber Monday happening next week, it's the perfect time to shop Amazon. Like Board member Karen Krull pointed out, you get what you want and ALDA Chicago benefits, too.  Now that's a WIN-WIN!

    To ensure your Amazon.com purchase benefits ALDA Chicago, use the link below then do your shopping. It's a great way to support ALDA Chicago and enhance our fundraising efforts.  Thank you so much.            

    http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3919300

    PS:  You can also search for ALDA Chicago on Amazon Smile.  A one-entry list will appear showing us as Assoc. of Late Deafened Adults, Inc. in Bedford Park, IL.  That is the one you want (smile).

  • 22 Nov 2017 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ALDA Chicago is participating in the Holiday Gift Wrapping program at Barnes & Noble in Oakbrook this year as a means to raise some additional funds.  The program starts with Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend and continues through Christmas Eve, December 24th.  There will be a tip jar and all proceeds from the tip jar go to ALDA Chicago.  Volunteers can sign up for as many hours as they want, from 2 hours and up.  We hope to fill each 2-hour time slot of a shift with a minimum of 2 individuals so that at least one person is at the gift wrapping table at all times.

    So far, and with many thanks to everyone who volunteered, we have successfully filled most shifts on three separate dates as outlined below.  Some time slots could still use additional help as well as potential alternates.  If you have questions or concerns or are interested in volunteering, please email Marsha Kopp at mskopp@gmail.com.

    If you are unable to volunteer, we hope you will at least take some time to visit our wrapping station on these scheduled dates.

    Volunteers for Sunday, November 26th, 10 am to 3 pm

    10 am to 3 pm:   Kim Mettache, Debra Flowers, Tracy Lee

      1 pm to 3 pm:   Dawn and Joe Linder

    Volunteers for Tuesday, December 12th, 4 pm to 10 pm

      4 pm to 7 pm:    Marsha Swetin, Marsha Kopp

      4 pm to 10 pm:  Dawn Linder

      7 pm to 10 pm:  Joe Linder

    Volunteers for Friday, December 22nd, 9 am to 4 pm

      9 am to Noon:   Jean Richards, LeAnn Hibler, Marsha Kopp

    10 am to Noon:   Margaret Bertucco

      Noon to 2 pm:   Donna Punzio

      Noon to 4 pm:   Carol Ban, Linda Belice

      NOTE: We expect the noon to 4 PM slot to be especially busy.

    Again, thank you SO much for being a part of our Volunteer Team! Marsha K.

  • 22 Feb 2017 8:10 PM | Sarah Wegley (Administrator)

    Young hearing and Deaf actors will perform on stage together in a signed and voice presentation of Pinocchio, only the second production in the new Chicago Children's Theatre, The Station.

    Presented in association with Chicago's Neverbird Project, this all-new production of Pinocchio promises to spring to life as an inclusive and inventive take on the classic fairy tale.

    "This production is an example of ground floor inclusion and accessibility," said Levi Holloway, co-founder of Neverbird Project, which first presented Pinocchio in 2016 at Bell Elementary School, a CPS school with a focus on integrating Deaf and hearing students.

    "We are teaching all of our hearing actors ASL to tell the story, to enrich relationships between our Deaf and hearing artists onstage and off. We at Neverbird believe that total accessibility and inclusion is a necessity in American theater."

    To that end, ASL is a native part of the world of the play, and every actor will sign. Through light, sound, spectacle and ASL, this Pinocchio will speak to every age and ability for an unforgettable family theater experience about love, loss, family and hard choices that aren't so hard in the moment.

    Neverbird Project's adaptation of Pinocchio is co-written and co-directed by Levi Holloway and Katy Boza. The principal cast features Julissa Contreras, who is Deaf, as Pinocchio, with Haley Bolithon as Blu, Sarah Cartwright as Cricket, Chris Chmelik as Geppetto, Skyler Schremp as Cypress/Hannah and Mary Williamson as Redd the Puppet Master.

    Claudia Tani plays Corktopp, Steven Huetteman is Blowpopp and Elijah Jackson plays Lampwick. The Afters/Redd's Troupe of Vaudevillian Puppets are played by Makeda Duncan, Leah Healy, Paige Healy, Delilah Lane, Sofia Richter Nia Sarfo, Isabelle Teruel and Tali Vittum.

    The Pinocchio production team includes Matt Anderson (ASL director), Frank Maugeri (scenic design), Nicole Lambert (music director/choreographer), Jeffrey Levin (sound design/composer), Claire Chrzan (light design), Charlotte Mae Ellison (costume design), Yvette Alvardo (costume production), Larry Heutteman (prop design), Cole Von Glahn (production manager), Corinne Bass (production assistant) and JC Widman (stage manager.)

    Performances are April 20-May 7, 2017 in Chicago Children's Theatre's new 149-seat Pritzker Family Studio Theatre at The Station, 100 S. Racine Avenue, in Chicago's West Loop community. 

    Performance times are Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. 

    Single tickets are $25. Save money with a Family 4-Pack, only $80. Run time is 60 minutes. Pinocchio is intended for ages 7 and up. For tickets and information, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555. Email groupsales@chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (773) 227-0180 x 321 for discounted group rates for schools, playgroups and scouting groups.

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