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Seeking Chatham Alternate to the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature

Post Date:01/04/2019 9:33 AM

The Chatham County Council on Aging seeks someone to serve as an alternate representative to the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL), which provides a united voice for older residents on important state policy and funding issues. The deadline to express interest is January 28, 2019.

After serving as Chatham County’s delegate to the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) for many years, Dr. Anne Kissel resigned effective January 1, 2019. In reflecting on her service, Kissel shared that “the NC STHL is a valuable organization which serves as a consistent voice for the needs, rights and interests of our state’s older population, particularly its most vulnerable elders.”

Ed Regan, who had been serving as alternate to the STHL, has been appointed asdelegate. Regan brings to this volunteer position extensive experience in human services and intergovernmental relations. Among his many volunteer roles, he is a counselor for the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP).

With Regan’s appointment as STHL delegate, there is now an opportunity for appointment of an alternate. The alternate will also serve as one of Chatham’s representatives to the Regional Aging Advisory Council of the Triangle J Council of Governments.

What is the NC Senior Tar Heel Legislature? 

The North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislaturewas created by the North Carolina General Assembly in July 1993 to:

  • Provide information to seniors on the legislative process and matters being considered by the North Carolina General Assembly;
  • Promote citizen involvement and advocacy concerning aging issues before the North Carolina General Assembly; and
  • Assess the legislative needs of older citizens by convening a forum modeled after the North Carolina General Assembly.

Each of North Carolina’s 100 North Carolina counties is entitled to one delegate, and most counties also have an alternate delegate. Delegates and alternates must be age 60 or older. The North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services provides staff support for the Senior Tar Heel Legislature in cooperation with the 16 Area Agencies on Aging, which are responsible for conducting the selection of delegates and alternates. In the case of Chatham, the Area Agency on Aging at the Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) appoints the STHL delegate and alternate.

The Senior Tar Heel Legislature, which celebrated its 25th year of advocacy in October, meets three times a year, usually in Raleigh. To get a sense of the issues they consider, see http://www.ncseniortarheellegislature.org/.

The Regional Aging Advisory Council holds a luncheon meeting everyothermonth at the TJCOG office in the Research Triangle Park (near the Sheraton Imperial).

Who to Contact?

By January 28, persons who would like to be considered for the STHL alternate position may contact Mary Warren, the Area Agency on Aging Director, at 919-558-9398,mwarren@tjcog.org, or Dennis Streets, director of the Chatham County Council on Aging, at 919-542-4512, dennis.streets@chathamcoa.org.

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