Information for Hearing Chairpersons
Organize Hearing Service Projects
360 million people worldwide have disabling hearing loss. However, current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need.
“Hearing influences nearly every aspect of our daily lives, from our ability to earn a living to the quality of our relationships. Better hearing allows people to succeed in school, find good jobs, and participate in their communities. By addressing hearing loss we can promote better health, greater educational attainment, and higher levels of economic productivity.” – Worldwide Hearing.
Organize hearing service projects in your area by becoming a hearing chairperson in your club or district. Motivate clubs to undertake service projects that:
- Provide programs and assistance to aid children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Promote awareness of healthy hearing to prevent hearing loss in children and adults.
The district hearing chairperson is appointed by the district governor; the multiple district hearing chairperson is appointed by the council chairperson. By working together, multiple district, district and club hearing chairpersons can organize effective service projects in their communities.
Hearing Chairperson Responsibilities
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current club-level and district level vision projects.
- Develop goals and an overall district action plan.
- Submit the plan for the district governor’s or council chairperson’s approval.
Communicate goals and project ideas:
- Inform clubs through the multiple district or district websites, an open letter in the council chairperson’s or district governor’s newsletter, e-mails, letters, phone calls or personal visits.
Incorporate new project ideas contributed by clubs:
- Encourage clubs to share news of their vision projects.
- Avoid duplication of local, regional or national programs.
- Work with local health care professionals to determine community needs and provide the most appropriate services.
Arrange seminars and workshops for club chairpersons:
- Provide educational resources and information on healthy hearing and prevention of hearing loss.
- Invite hearing care professionals as speakers to help motivate clubs to participate.
- Discuss projects that can provide outreach to adults and children in the community who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Find out how the district can further support clubs in planning hearing projects.
Report hearing projects to the district cabinet and to the local media:
- Share news about hearing projects with the multiple district or district public relations chairperson.
- Submit stories and photos via the Lions Clubs International social media.
A variety of resources are available to assist you in your role as hearing chairperson:
LCIF Grant Funding
Learn more about LCIF grants.
District and multiple district chairpersons can receive awards in recognition of their service for Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action:
- On behalf of the Association, the council chairperson and district governor may present an award to the multiple district hearing chair or district hearing chair who has shown outstanding leadership in furthering the Hearing Preservation, Awareness and Action Program by meeting the multiple district or district award criteria, respectively.
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