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Two NCSHHH Trustee Emeritus Appointments Announced

picture of Dr. Miriam Clifford picture of Dr. Alison Turner At the November, 2003 annual meeting, two long term NCSHHH contributors, Dr. Miriam Clifford and Dr. Alison Turner were recognized with appointments as Trustee Emeriti.

Congratulations, and thank you!




picture of Wayne Giese picture of Dianna AttawayNCSHHH has New Officers for 2003

The new co-Presidents for 2003 are: Dianna Attaway and Wayne Giese


Other officers for the year are:

picture of Hal Van Pelt picture of Beverly Elwell picture of Dr. Anne McIntosh Dr. Anne McIntosh, Vice President
Beverly Elwell, Treasurer
Hal Van Pelt, Secretary.

Congratulations and Best Wishes




In Memoriam: Jim Parker

Jim Parker Jim Parker, a Trustee of NCSHHH, died last Saturday, January 25th, 2003. Jim had served as President of the Asheville Chapter, and was a tireless crusader for SHHH in North Carolina. He be greatly missed at both the State and Local levels.





In Memoriam: Dr. Ed Clifford

Dr. Ed Clifford Dr. Ed Clifford, a founding member and Trustee, Emeritus of NCSHHH, died this morning, May 17th, 2002 after a period of illness. Dr. Clifford, Mimi's husband, had been active in many areas supporting people with hearing loss in North Carolina for many years. Ed will be missed greatly by family and friends.





NC has a New SHHH State Coordinator

picture of Susan Wilson Susan Wilson has accepted the role of SHHH State Coordinator. In that role, she will work with SHHH as a liaison to NCSHHH and to all the North Carolina SHHH chapters.

Congratulations, Susan!






Dr. Miriam Clifford Honored!

Dr. Miriam Clifford NCSHHH's own Mimi Clifford was recognized for her long and fruitful work with NCSHHH, the NC Divisions of Mental Health and Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and her very active sponsoring and maintaining e-mail lists (beyond-hearing, service-dogs, division Councils, and others). Induction into the National Hall of Fame for Persons with Disabilities took place in November in Columbus, Ohio. Congratulations, Mimi ... for the well deserved honor!


In Memoriam: Rosemary Andrews

Rosmary AndrewsRosemary Andrews, a tireless and effective advocate for Hard of Hearing People in North Carolina, died on October 10th, 2000.

Rosemary was one of North Carolina's premier SHHH supporters for many years. She served on many boards and committees, and was selected as the "person of the year" by the Durham Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities. Rosemary served as Durham Chapter's President for several terms. She lived with her Husband, Andy, who has also been active in helping SHHH both at the Durham Chapter level and at the NCSHHH level.


Dr. Frank R. Turk Named Honorary Hard of Hearing Person

Dr. Frank R. Turk At the August 2000, North Carolina Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, NCSHHH announced that it had bestowed upon Dr. Frank R. Turk the title of "Honorary Hard of Hearing Person".

The award is given to people who are not, themselves, hard of hearing, but have contributed in extraordinary ways to meeting the goals of Hard of Hearing People in North Carolina.

Dr. Turk served as Director of the North Carolina Division of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People during the early and mid 1990's. It was during his leadership in North Carolina that NCSHHH was first recognized as a State Association of SHHH. Dr. Turk helped NCSHHH by recognizing it as the voice of hard of hearing people in the state and made sure that hard of hearing representatives were included in all important issues related to the Division. Dr. Turk was also instrumental in helping North Carolina lead the nation in cooperation between Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The Award consists of a framed plaque containing a real hearing aid mounted over the following words:

"This award recognizes the progress you helped achieve as Director of the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on behalf of over 600,000 hard of hearing people in our State.

The primary duties of Honorary Hard of Hearing Person are to fondly remember your friends in North Carolina and to proudly display your own personal hearing aid."

Click here to See the Award


Dr. Craig Greene Named Honorary Hard of Hearing Person

Dr. Craig Greene At the August 2000, North Carolina Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, NCSHHH announced that it had bestowed upon Dr. Craig Greene the title of "Honorary Hard of Hearing Person".

The award is given to people who are not, themselves, hard of hearing, but have contributed in extraordinary ways to the meeting the goals of Hard of Hearing People in North Carolina.

Dr. Greene served as Assistant Director of the North Carolina Division of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People during most of the 1990's. Under his leadership, the Task Force on Quality Assurance for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, a landmark summary of the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, was developed and published. This document was important because it was based on needs identified by the Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, themselves. Dr. Greene was also instrumental in helping North Carolina lead the nation in cooperation between Deaf and Hard of Hearing people.

The Award consists of a framed plaque containing a real hearing aid mounted over the following words:

"This award recognizes the progress you helped achieve as Deputy Director of the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing on behalf of over 600,000 hard of hearing people in our State.

The primary duties of Honorary Hard of Hearing Person are to fondly remember your friends in North Carolina and to proudly display your own personal hearing aid."

Click here to See the Award



NCSHHH has New Officers for 2000

picture of Janet McGettrick picture of Joan Black picture of John Black picture of Jim Parker picture of Beverly Elwell The new officers for 2000 are: Beverly Elwell, President; Jim Parker, Vice President; Joan and John Black, Secretary; and Janet McGettrick, Treasurer.

Congratulations and Best Wishes!



First two NCSHHH Trustee Emeritus Appointments Announced

picture of Dorothy Allenpicture of Ed Clifford At the November 6, 1999 annual meeting a new position, Trustee Emeritus, was created by the Board of Trustees. Dorothy Allen and Ed Clifford were both elected to that position in honor of their long and distinguished support of NCSHHH.

This extract from the resolution shows the importance of this new position:

Resolve that NCSHHH create a position of Trustee Emeritus and, from time to time, appoint qualified members of NCSHHH to this position to advise the Board on all activities relating to hard of hearing issues in North Carolina. Appointments to the position of Trustee Emeritus are for life. Trustee emeriti shall have every privilege accorded to other NCSHHH trustees, except the right to vote.

Resolved that NCSHHH recognize as qualification for this position of Trustee Emeritus those NCSHHH members who have made significant contributions in North Carolina to promote the purposes of NCSHHH

Congratulations and a heartfelt thanks to both Dorothy and Ed.



Beverly Elwell Receives National Spirit of SHHH Award

picture of Beverly Elwell At the 14th International SHHH National Convention in New Orleans, Beverly Elwell was presented with on of the Spirit of SHHH awards.

The award recognizes "continuous selfless dedication to others reflecting the self help concept and philosophy of SHHH". In addition to the recognition at the convention, the award will include a writeup next Fall in the SHHH Hearing Journal.



Steve Barber Receives National Spirit of SHHH Award

picture of Steve Barber At the 14th International SHHH National Convention in New Orleans, Steve Barber was presented with on of the Spirit of SHHH awards.

The award recognizes "continuous selfless dedication to others reflecting the self help concept and philosophy of SHHH". In addition to the recognition at the convention, the award will include a writeup next Fall in the SHHH Hearing Journal.



Steve Barber Receives SERID Distinguished Service Award

picture of Steve Barber The South East Regional Institute on Deafness recognized Steve Barber with their Distinguished Service Award at the 28th SERID Conference held in Asheville, NC, in November, 1998. Since 1991, when he learned that his progressive hearing loss would lead to total deafness, Steve has volunteered in several capacities related to hearing loss and deafness including, three years as President of NCSHHH, and four years as Chair of North Carolina Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. He also has done volunteer work with the Athens Drive High School Deaf and Hard of Hearing program for several years.



North Carolina has a New SHHH State Coordinator

picture of Dr. Alison Turnerpicture of Frank Abernathy Frank Abernathy has accepted the role of SHHH State Coordinator. Dr. Alison Turner had served North Carolina well in that position for many years. Alison has turned over the reins of State Coordinator to Frank, but continues to be active in many roles including NCSHHH Trustee, Wake Chapter Program Chair, Wake Chapter Newsletter Coordinator and as a member of the North Carolina Council for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing. Frank has served as President of the Charlotte Chapter and is now Treasurer of NCSHHH. The SHHH State Coordinator acts as a liaison between SHHH National and the chapters, groups and members in the state. "Congratulations!" to Frank, and "Thanks for a job well done!" to Alison.



Dr. Ron Venezia Recognized by NCSHHH

picture of Dr. Ron Venezia At the February NCSHHH meeting, Dr. Ron Venezia was presented with a plaque recognizing his long service to NCSHHH. Ron had been a founding member of NCSHHH and a Trustee of NCSHHH since the beginning. He had served as its treasurer for over 5 years. Ron had also served as treasurer of the Wake Chapter for many years. Thanks, Ron, NCSHHH appreciates your long support!





John and Joan Black Recognized by NCSHHH

picture of Joan and John Black receiving Award from Steve Barber Also at the February NCSHHH meeting, John and Joan Black were presented with a plaque recognizing their long commitment to improving things for Hard of Hearing people in North Carolina. John and Joan were founding members of NCSHHH and have been Trustees of NCSHHH since the beginning. During 1997, Joan served as President and John served as Treasurer. The picture at the right shows John and Joan receiving their plaque from the prior President, Steve Barber. Congratulations, John and Joan.




Dr. Alison Turner Appointed to DSDHH Council

picture of Dr. Alison Turner Governor Hunt has appointed Dr. Alison Turner to the DSDHH Council to fill a Hard of Hearing Consumer position. Alison brings with her a vast amount of experience in several current or past rolls supporting people in North Carolina with hearing loss. She is SHHH State Coordinator and a Trustee of NCSHHH. She had been employed with the Cued Speech Center and was one of the Founding Members of the Wake Chapter. Congratulations, Alison!



Dr. Miriam Clifford Appointed to DSDHH Council

picture of Dr. Miriam Clifford Governor Hunt has appointed Dr. Miriam Clifford to the DSDHH Council to fill a Hard of Hearing Consumer position. Mimi brings her significant professional and volunteer experience working to improve the lot of people with hearing loss. Mimi is founder and sole proprietor of the world wide "Beyond Hearing" e-mail list, an NCSHHH Trustee and a member of the Relay Advisory Board. Congratulations, Mimi!



Dorothy Allen Receives National Award

picture of Dorothy Allen At the 1997 SHHH National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, Dorothy Allen received the prestigious Howard E. "Rocky" Stone Humanitarian Award for her contributions to SHHH. Dorothy has been actively supporting SHHH at the national level and here in North Carolina almost from the beginning of SHHH. Dorothy has served on the National Board of Trustees, as State Coordinator for North Carolina and as a Trustee for NCSHHH. Congratulations, Dorothy ... you make us proud.



Pat Conley Receives National Award

picture of Pat Conley At the 1997 SHHH National Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, Pat Conley received a National Program Support Award for her success in implementing the Library Liftoff program in Western North Carolina. The program was a great success with several libraries becoming involved, ordering material and ALS's for their facilities. Material about hearing loss was displayed by some of the libraries and programs about hearing loss for the public were presented. Pat, a Hard of Hearing Specialist with the Asheville Regional Resource Center of the DSDHH, also helped found the new Asheville Group. Thanks to Pat for the National SHHH recognition and for helping the new Asheville Group get started.





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