1. HLAA Partnering to Support the Hearing Aid Project

    For the second year in a row, HLAA has again chosen to partner with Sertoma and the Hearing Charities of America® (HCOA) to raise money for Sertoma’s scholarships or HCOAs Hearing Aid Project. Donations raised by a Walk4Hearing team are then shared with their selected National Alliance Partner, and HLAA donates 40% of the money to that Partner!

    So how does this work for you? When you sign up for a walk team, you can select Sertoma’s Scholarship Fund or HCOA’s Hearing Aid Project from the list of National Alliance Partners. HLAA will donate 40% of the money your team raises to your selected project.

    The great news is that you do not have to have a Walk4Hearing in your local area. You or your club can walk virtually and raise money to help HLAA, our scholarships, and our hearing aid assistance program. You can sign up as a virtual team for any Walk4Hearing event across the nation, or you can make a day of it and walk in person at any Walk4Hearing events. A list of locations and dates are below.

    Questions? Contact Brian Riegel at 816-608-1065.

    To register for a Walk4Hearing event go to: https://www.walk4hearing.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=locations

    Spring 2022 Walks

    May 15 — Westchester/Rockland

    May 21 — Michigan and Milwaukee

    June 4 — Bay Area and Nashville

    June 5 — Long Beach

    June 11 — Connecticut

    June 25 — Florida

    Fall 2022 Walks

    September 18 — NYC

    September 24 — Buffalo and Chicago

    October 2 — New England

    October 8 — Kentucky

    October 15 — Washington DC

    October 16 — Pennsylvania

    November 5 – Arizona and San Diego

    To be Determined – Houston

    October 9 – North Carolina and New Jersey

  2. New Executive Director

    We are excited to announce that Jason Camis will be the new Executive Director of Sertoma, Inc. and Hearing Charities of America® (HCOA). Jason is a long-time resident within the Kansas City area and its surrounding communities who will begin his new role on Monday, May 2, 2022.

    Jason is originally from the Detroit area. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI and a master’s degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. He holds a certification from the Institute for Organization Management (IOM) from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

    He comes to us from the Gardner Chamber of Commerce where he served for more than seven years as the President and CEO. While there, he was responsible for a broad range of successful initiatives, including relationship building within the business community, increasing membership and attendance at annual events, and reviewing internal operations to provide long-term stability to the chamber. Jason has a strong background in board/staff development and management, budgeting, volunteer recruitment and engagement, partnership management and cultivation, marketing, program development and oversight, and strategic planning. In addition to his role at the Chamber, he has served as the Board Chair for United Way of Miami County, held numerous leadership roles within Rotary and other community organizations, and currently serves as a Vice President for the Kindertransport Association (KTA).

    “I’m excited about the opportunity to lead Sertoma, working with the board and members across the U.S. and Canada to continue serving our communities. I have a passion for service to community and have seen first-hand the impact that high-functioning service clubs can have. I’m looking forward to learning more about Sertoma and Hearing Charities of America and how we can advance the mission of both organizations in the future.”

    In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife Molly, daughters Gabriella (15) and Luciana (9), and the eleven chickens that roam his yard in rural Kansas. He co-owns a brewery and loves travel, food (particularly all things bacon), and playing basketball.