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AAA canceled, ADA canceled, bars closed, schools delayed, colleges trying to decide, in-person church canceled, meetings by Zoom or Microsoft Teams only, TAA canceled. . .
BUT WAIT.... not GOLF!!!!!  NO WAY!

GOLF is a GO!!!!

Join the fun with your Scott Haug Foundation & TAA friends in the beautiful Texas Hill Country in San Marcos (7 minutes from Embassy Suites).

Enjoy gorgeous October weather on a beautiful course

at The Kissing Tree Golf Club ( www.kissingtreegolfclub.com )

Date: 23 October 2020

Time: 1pm

4 Person Scramble

Green Fees w/ cart: $65/person

Contact: [email protected] to sign up

DO NOT PAY AT PRO SHOP – PAYMENT WILL BE TAKEN BY SCOTT HAUG FOUNDATION.

 

Sign up with your friends to play a round & enjoy each other’s

in-person company---outside with appropriate social distancing.

No previous golf experience necessary, you will have a really fun time!

Mark your calendars for our future conferences!!

TAA 2021: Oct 28-Oct 30, 2021

Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport

9100 Gulf Freeway

Houston, TX  77017

 

TAA 2022 – Nov 3 – Nov 5, 2022

Embassy Suites – Frisco

7600 John Q Hammons Drive

Frisco, TX  75034

 

TAA 2023 – Oct 12-Oct 14, 2023 

Embassy Suites San Marcos

1001 E McCarty Ln

San Marcos, TX  78666

Texas Academy of Audiology
2020 Conference Plans

Dear TAA Members and Supporters,

On behalf of the Texas Academy of Audiology Board of Directors, I wanted to reach out to our membership with changes that we will implement in regard to our annual conference. Unfortunately, the 2020 Annual Conference will not be held in person. We have a plan. With your participation, TAA will make the rest of 2020 a unique and rewarding experience.

After 20 years of annual conferences, this was not a quick decision. Multiple factors played into this decision to cancel in-person classes. I wanted to share a few that played heavily into our final decision:

  • There is still a significant question of safety related to large indoor gatherings or events that our organization would be remiss to ignore. Even with proper precautions, safety for our members and the patients we serve is of great concern to TAA.
  • Our May membership survey which was completed by nearly 200 members, indicated the numbers required to host a conference would not be possible. The conference hotel has a minimum attendance guarantee and contracts with TAA in order to allocate hotel staff for the event. If this is not met, TAA is financially responsible for any shortfall which is a significant amount that would be nearly impossible for our organization to absorb. Fortunately for our organization, the hotel would allow us to reschedule this contract for TAA 2023 in San Marcos.
  • Our profession has been hurt in many ways financially due to the restrictions caused by COVID-19. Not only are many members furloughed or on restricted practice budgets, so are our industry sponsors. This financial support allows our annual conference to happen. 
  • Many state universities and large organizations in Texas and across the nation have restricted travel for conferences through January 2021. This affects many of our outstanding speakers and attendees that are important for annual conference success.
Instead this year, TAA will host a series of online educational opportunities throughout the fall for members to participate in at one low conference rate. Please plan to join us for these alternative online educational opportunities. Your registration fees will help TAA stay financially afloat for the next year which is very critical as we approach the 2021 Texas legislative session.

We have worked to find unique and special topics that will provide ample opportunity for professional growth, opportunity to gain needed CEUs, and appropriate accommodations for safety and financial restrictions this year has imposed. So far, we have confirmed speakers in the areas of:

  • Ethics
  • Pharmacology and Oto-protectants
  • Diagnostic research
  • Pediatrics and educational audiology
  • Leadership and community
  • And more!

Now, I think we can all agree that by Fall, we will need a break. With that in mind, the Scott Haug Foundation will still host the Golf Scramble on Friday, October 23rd at 1 pm! Get away for the weekend or just the day with your TAA friends, family/friends, or industry friends and join us outdoors in Hill country at Kissing Tree Golf Club for networking and FUN! No experience is needed (trust me, I have personally confirmed this through my participation in the last 2 years). To make this event work, we need at least 25 participants so please email Kurt Trede with your interest as soon as possible (like now) at [email protected]. The cost is $65 per person payable to the Scott Haug Foundation. We are still deciding final details for after the event so feel free to share your ideas with either a Scott Haug board member or TAA.

This letter is just the start with far more details to come. I can’t wait to see you all in person, October 28-30, 2021 in Houston! Please email me directly with any questions or concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Shawna Jackson, AuD

President, Texas Academy of Audiology

 

 

Join us in Houston in 2021!

Save the date: October 28th-30th