Lori Smith, Au.D., 2014-15 GAA President
It is with great pleasure and honor that I along with each member, kick off the 2014-2015 year with The Georgia Academy of Audiology serving as President. I feel it a duty to serve our audiology community and wanted to share a quote by Kevin Kruse, “Life is not about getting and having; it is about giving and being.” This year I would like for GAA to make a difference for our state and those persons that we serve in our communities. Each member can be an advocate for Audiology in our state and on a national level with dedication and conviction.
There are several things I would like us to focus on as an organization. The first is membership, including increasing our numbers and better understanding what our members desire from GAA. Next, I would like to raise awareness and membership contributions to our Political Action Fund. This fund is integral to our success as an organization in Georgia. I have served on the AAA-PAC advisory board for two terms and am currently serving my third. The impact of this PAC is far reaching, and I encourage each of you to make an annual donation at the state level as well as at the national level to the PAC fund. Finally, May is Better Speech and Hearing Month. I aspire that GAA will do something to highlight this in 2015. Please feel free to contact me with any ideas for an event.
Upcoming events for GAA include our dinner/ CEU Event at the Atlanta Fish Market on August 14th at 5:30, the Fall Workshop partnering with Med-Acoustics, and our Annual Convention which will be held at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center February 5th and 6th. The convention team is hard at work getting things together. One new change that will be fun for all is the trivia bowl/happy hour/silent auction which will be held off site at a different venue. Our GAA Day at the Capital will be in January.
I am excited to serve you and the Georgia Academy of Audiology this coming year. Together we can continue to grow our profession and its positive impact on society.
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT: The Georgia Academy of Audiology is a professional organization of audiologists and friends of the audiology community that promotes quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.*
The Georgia Academy of Audiology’s vision is to be essential in the professional lives of audiologists by:
• Advancing the science and practice of audiology, and
• Achieving public recognition of audiologists as experts in hearing and balance.
The Georgia Academy of Audiology shall be recognized as the professional organization for audiologists in the State of Georgia.
*We would like to acknowledge and thank the American Academy of Audiology for their inspiration in creating a mission statement that we have adapted for our state association.