Message from the President
Undoubtably, each of us has at one time or another set goals or resolutions. Personal or professional, they have probably risen from reflecting on past experiences and short comings. Historically, most choose the beginning of the calendar year for this activity. I am no different in this regard. Last year, PAA met some goals and failed to meet others. Our conference was well attended and surpassed previous conventions records. Through our members' generosity, we were able to raise a significant amount of funds to support our lobbying efforts, and help our general fund. Where we fell short, unfortunately, was increasing our membership numbers. And while we moved, and passed, our Senate Bill to update audiology licensure requirements, the House ran out of time to pass it through on their side.
For those who know me, I am a realistic optimist. It is nice to set goals, but it takes effort to complete anything worthwhile. When an elected leader of a volunteer organization sets goals and direction, the achievement of these goals relies heavily on the members.
I would like to propose three obtainable goals for our organization to achieve this year:
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." ~Winston Churchill
Here is to continued success in 2013!
Bre Myers, AuD
Save the Date!
20th Annual PAA Convention
"What PAA Means to Me" by Suzanne Yoder
I believe Pennsylvania needs an audiology home. In order to best serve audiologists, an organization must first represent audiologists. The Pennsylvania Academy of Audiology (PAA) strives to be this home by addressing issues that we care about. PAA is the driving force behind improving the state licensure to represent our current level of expertise and to allow us to practice our full scope of practice as we have been trained to do. PAA is also working with OVR, medical assistance and other state agencies to improve on our claims processes and reimbursement scales. PAA is lobbying in Harrisburg for the issues our membership cares about. These are just a few reasons I choose to support PAA, but more membership is needed to make a difference. We need to represent the current audiology workforce in PA in order to make the biggest impact. WE NEED YOU! Go to www.paaudiology.org to learn more and to find online membership applications.
If you are already of member and would like to share what PAA means to you please email Suzanne Yoder at DrYoder@hearwellcenter.com.
"Showing Up" by Kris English, AAA President
In the last three months, I’ve been privileged to visit state academies in Florida, California, Colorado, New
Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas. Although each state has its unique challenges, they also share this common
concern: only about 20 percent of the audiologists in each state belong to the state chapter. In other times
What would help the other 80 percent show up? If there is a fear of being tapped for volunteerism, don’t worry, that’s not what I’m suggesting. Not everyone can show up “in person,” as it were, but there’s always a way to show up “in spirit:” simply by becoming a dues-paying member.
These are challenging economic times, and it’s certainly reasonable to ask, “What do I get for these dues?”
That’s a fair question, and the answer often includes tangibles such as valuable CE opportunities. But the
core value of professionalism takes us further, to ask an additional question: “What does my profession
need from me?” It’s not the usual way we operate in this world, but it does demonstrate the difference
Right now, what state organizations need is numbers. They need every audiologist to be counted as a
member. They cannot speak for you if you are not on their roster. They may not be able to protect your
scope of practice if you don’t show up for them. We’ve all heard the Woody Allen line that 90 percent of
work involves showing up—and it makes us laugh because showing up is the least one can do. What if 90
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