STHL holds mid-term meeting

Jun 17, 2014
Photo by: Donated STHL MEETING — Suzanne Merrill, center, interim director for the Division of Aging and Adult Services, addresses the delegates.

The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) met June 12-13 in Raleigh for its mid-term meeting and was attended by delegates from Haywood County.

The STHL promotes citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the General Assembly and assesses the legislative needs of older adults by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.

During the meeting, the primary focus was on the process of culling submitted resolutions that will be presented to the main STHL body at the October meeting. When the resolutions are reduced to a significant few and voted on, they then become the priorities for the STHL for the next two years.

After committee work was complete, those in attendance participated in workshops and lectures.

Suzanne Merrill, interim director for the Division of Aging and Adult Services, discussed Pres. Obama’s proclamation declaring June 15 at World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

“The division sponsored its first Elder Abuse summit on May 30 in North Carolina and they had a great turn out,” said Merrill. “About 50 people showed up.”

One of the highlights of the summit was the establishment of a coalition around elder abuse to address prevention, detection and prosecution.

The Piedmont Cheering Hearts, a group of seniors ranging in age from 53 to 85 from the Winston-Salem area, gave a demonstration of the cheering that won them gold medals at the regional Senior Games earlier in the year. They had modified their chants to include the Senior Tar Heel Legislature.

For more information about the STHL meeting, call Haywood County delegate Bruce Johnson at 926-7478 or visit