The guest speaker for the Cleveland County GOP Monday April 8th meeting will
The Cleveland County Democratic Party is holding its annual precinct meetings in early
be Dr. Rit Varriale, the author of Reformation in Responsibility - A New
Ethic for a New Era. Dr. Varriale is originally from Schenectady, New York
and has served as Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church for the past 8 years.
He is a Citadel graduate, as well as, receiving degrees from Campbell
University Divinity School, Duke University Divinity School and a D.Min from
Princeton Theological Seminary. He will be speaking on the topic of
"changing the way we think" focusing mainly on majority rights and the
courts. This will be a discussion you will not want to miss. The meeting
will be at 7pm at the Cleveland County Administrative Offices at 311 East
Marion Street in uptown Shelby.
At these gatherings held across the county, interested registered Democrats are
starting a new two-year organizational cycle looking toward 2014 elections. They will
elect new officers and choose their delegates to the upcoming Democratic county
convention set for April 13.
Most but not all of the precinct meetings will be held the evening of Tuesday, March 5, at
times and locations arranged by precinct chairs. A listing of those scheduled to date is
published at www.clevelanddems.com, and meeting information may also be obtained by
contacting precinct chairs or party secretary Pat Poston at telephone 704.457.9840.
All interested Dems are welcome and encouraged to attend the meeting in the precinct
where they live and are registered.
“Taking part in a precinct meeting is a great way to get involved at the grassroots in
political change for the better,” says county party chair Nick Carpenter. “In our party, the
precincts are where the process starts that ultimately shapes our platform and gets good
candidates on the ballot. And now’s a great time to get involved as the party starts
gearing up for 2014 mid-term elections."
AHHC of NC reaches out: NC Governor Pat McCrory Signs Proclamation to Recognize Healthcare Decisions Day
In March, at the request of the Association for Home and Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC), North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed a proclamation recognizing April 16, 2013 as Healthcare Decisions Day. This coincides with the National Healthcare Decisions Day – a time when individuals are encouraged to express their wishes regarding their health care through conversations and the completion of advance directives.
The Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina (AHHC) reached out to the Governor for the statewide proclamation. “We felt it was important to share this information to further educate the public on the issue of advanced health care planning and decision making. Each of us wants to be prepared to the greatest extent possible for critical times in life. If families feel they understand the wishes of their loved ones, then they can better concentrate on sharing quality time together”, said Tim Rogers, CEO of AHHC.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in a recent study, less than 50 percent of the severely or terminally ill patients had an advance directive in their medical record. A clearly written directive can alleviate some of the burdens of decision making that are often endured by family members, friends and health care providers.
“When individuals have the opportunity to express and document their own wishes, family caregivers can feel assured, when faced with critical health care decisions, that they are treating their loved ones with dignity and respect”, said Cindy R. Morgan, RN, MSN, CHC, CHPN Associate Vice President of Hospice, Palliative Care and Clinical Innovations, AHHC.
Established in 1972, the Association for Home & Hospice Care of North Carolina is a nonprofit trade association made up of professionals from a wide variety of disciplines, all with an active interest or involvement in North Carolina's home care, home health, hospice, and palliative care industry (including 96% of NC’s hospices). With a membership of 825 agencies, AHHC is the voice for home and hospice care. Its mission is to provide Resources, Education, Advocacy and Leadership to home care, home health, and hospice providers in 100 counties in N.C. who serve over 500,000 recipients and employ over 100,000 N.C. residents.
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