By all accounts the NSHC 17th Annual Session was a resounding success, thanks in large measure to great speakers and presenters, as well as enthusiastic participation by the NSHC members who attended.
Some of the many positive comments made by our members include: "Outstanding", "Marvelous job", "Spectacular event", "Best yet", "Never be able to top this one", "How did you get such great speakers?", and "All the speakers were excellent!"
The NSHC held its 17th Annual Session on September 20 - 23 at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. This was only the third time since 1997 the NSHC met outside the D.C. area.
Attendees received Welcome Letters from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, Senator Harry Reid, Congressman Dr. Joe Heck, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and NSHC Chair Herb Randall.
As you know, the primary work of our Annual Sessions has been to consider resolutions submitted by the members. The resolutions that are approved by both the Silver Senate and Silver House are then ranked and the Top Five are selected. After the session is completed, a Legislative Report is prepared and distributed to members of the U.S. Congress indicating the issues of most importance to seniors across the United States. The NSHC members then follow up on these issues with their congressional representatives in Washington and at the local level.
The 16th Annual Session of the NSHC which was held in the D.C. area in August of 2014 selected the following Top 5 Resolutions: 1. Increase Funding for the Older Americans Act; 2. Raise the Social Security Cap; 3. Strengthen Social Security; 4. Utilize Telemedicine to Improve Geriatric Care; 4. Implement a Silver Alert Notification Network for Missing Elderly Citizens. (Note: Two resolutions tied for 4th)
The NSHC is evolving into having Legislative Sessions in the even-numbered years and Business, Planning, and Training Sessions in the odd-numbered years. Thus, the NSHC meeting that was held here in Las Vegas in September 2015 was a Business, Planning, & Training Session. Next year, 2016, the NSHC plans to hold its next Legislative Session most likely in the Fall in the D.C. area to select their Top 5 Resolutions to present to the new Congress, the 115th, in early 2017.
This Business, Planning, & Training Session was opened on Monday, September 21, with a Welcome and Overview of the Session by the NSHC Chair Herb Randall, NSHC member from Nevada.
Then all members were sworn in by the Honorable Jerome T. Tao, Judge, Court of Appeals of Nevada, using the Legislator=s Pledge. A copy of the pledge signed by Judge Tao was presented to each member as photos were taken.
Congressman Dr. Joe Heck, Republican, representing Nevada Congressional District 3, joined the group for lunch and provided an Update from Washington.
Continuing the first day's activities, Roy Aragon, NSHC member from Nevada, presented a Social Security Update. Then, Keith Hughes, District Director for Congressman Heck, covered three related subjects: How to Get to Know Your Congressman/woman, How to Keep Your Congressional Members Informed, and How to Correspond with Congressional Members. Closing out the day was an Update on Scams Against Seniors presented by Kim Harney-Moore, Director, Nevada Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) & Melissa McDonald, SMP Coordinator of Volunteers.
The second day, Tuesday, September 22, included presentations by Hannah Timmons, NSHC Member from South Carolina, on Parliamentary Procedures and Writing Resolutions.
Changes to the NSHC Bylaws were a large part of the business for this session and the Bylaws Committee Chair, Gladys Britt, NSHC member from North Carolina, and Hannah Timmons led the discussions and voting on the proposed changes.
Congresswoman Dina Titus, Democrat, representing Nevada Congressional District 1, (D) arrived in the afternoon and presented a Washington Update.
To wrap up the second day, Mike Randall, VP & Chief Operating Officer of the Silver State Schools Credit Union, presented an Overview of the Computer, Internet, & Email.
The third day, Wednesday, September 23, began with another Washington Update, this one from the NSHC Senior Advisory Chair, Bob Blancato, Esquire. Bob was the Executive Director of the 1995 White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) and recently attended the 2015 WHCoA. He is also the National Coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition.
The last presentation was on Aging in Place made by Terry Stricker, Social Services Manager, Community Based Care Unit.
The remaining time was spent on more business items, such as Increasing Membership and Planning for Future Meetings.
The 17th Annual Session was concluded at Dinner with a Closing Session Sine Die.