Volunteers needed for activist group serving senior citizens

— Local senior citizen activist Ernie Bach plans to reintroduce an organization, the Florida Silver Haired Legislature, which once monitored state laws that affected senior citizens.

Bach, a Largo resident, announced last week that he has renewed the registration for the group, originally chartered in 1978, with the state and is planning a statewide campaign to solicit membership of citizens, age 55 and older.

The statewide senior citizen organization is currently undergoing a reorganization of its chapters throughout the state, Bach said. Volunteers will represent the interests of older Floridians.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit group met one week each year in Tallahassee for nearly 30 years before the charter.

While its actions had no binding effect, recommendations were sent to the state Legislature and Florida’s congressional delegation for their consideration. Some of the bills that were introduced included extending daylight-saving time, prohibiting irradiated food and banning the importation of exotic wildlife.

The first formal meeting of the chapter will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at the Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., in Clearwater.

Bach also plans to address the mission of the group at 7 and 7:30 p.m. Monday on the radio program “Health, Wisdom and Wealth” on WHNZ-AM radio 1250, which also can be heard online at by clicking the listen live button.

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