Laurinburg’s Scotia Village served as host to the Eastern Regional meeting of the Continuing Care Community Residents of NC on Wednesday.
More than 140 people attended the meeting for the statewide organization of residents living in continuing care retirement communities.
The event, which rotates yearly to one of the 14 regional member institutions, began Wednesday morning with attendees being serenaded by the St. Andrews Pipers.
“It went absolutely wonderful and everybody just seemed to enjoy themselves,” said Clint Willis, president of the CCCR of North Carolina.
Willis said that he expects attendees to take some of what they saw and learned at Scotia Village back to their communities to make things better. The non-profit is comprised of volunteers.
“(Attendees) were really impressed with how bright and colorful Scotia Village is, and I’m sure they will be taking some of what they have seen here and try to apply it to their community,” said Willis.
Formed in 1988, there are more than 4,000 members of the CCCR spread across three regions in North Carolina.
Officials said the group was formed to promote the interest of residents of continuing care communities. According to the organization’s literature, the group works on aging and continuing care issues and advocates for legislation.
The organization also collaborates with the North Carolina Coalition on Aging, the North Carolina Department of Insurance and other groups.
The Scotia Village group meets quarterly to determine what issues are of concern to its residents, and acts on the recommendation of its eight constituent committees.
“We are a community, and the residents association’s job is to make things better for all of us,” said Willis.
While the concerns of each community are different, Scotia Village Residents’ Association President Dr. Mac Doubles noted that there are also a number of common concerns as well.
“We have a lot in common, and today was a great opportunity for us to get together and enjoy a fascinating program,” said Doubles.
In a presentation to the assembly described by Doubles as “really meaty,” Dr. William (B. J.) Lawson talked about how the nations’s economic and agricultural policies are fueling the American health care crisis.
Lawson is the founder of Physician Care Direct and challenged 4th district Democrat David Price in both 2008 and 2010 for his seat in the US House as the Republican nominee.
Dr. Roy Carroll, president of the Residents Association at Carolina Meadows gave a humorous talk called “Death Is No Laughing Matter, Or Is It?”
Carroll is a retired Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The business meeting included the approval of last year’s minutes, a treasurer’s report, and election of officers for the 2012–2013 year.
The day concluded with a tour of the Scotia Village campus.