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Silver-Haired Legislature topic for TRIAD

The annual Milam County TRIAD membership meeting's guest speaker last Thursday, Texas Silver Haired Legislature Speaker-of-the-House Walter Graham, is the epitome of volunteerism.

Sheriff David Greene, Silver Haired Legislature Speaker Walter Graham both spoke at Milam County TRIAD meeting. Sheriff David Greene, Silver Haired Legislature Speaker Walter Graham both spoke at Milam County TRIAD meeting. Many people ask what the Silver Haired Legislature does; what's its purpose and history? How is it supported? How can an interested person get involved? How many Silver Haired Legislators are there?

Refreshments (delicious finger foods) were served, along with coffee, tea and water. It was a time to relax and visit.

James David Walker, Milano Lions Club president and an attorney, called the meeting to order. He graduated from Milano High School. American Legion Edwin Hardy Post 9 of Cameron presented the colors.

Emilie Campbell led the group in the pledge to both the American and Texas flags and Martha Newman, a member of the Milano Lions Club and also an MHS grad, gave the opening prayer. Milano Mayor Billy Barnett, another MHS grad, provided a warm welcome.

Mr. Walker introduced Dr. Wayne Pierce, executive director of the Equity Center in Austin. Dr. Pierce graduated from MHS and was here to serve as master of ceremonies for this event.

(L-R) Silver Haired Legislature members Ted Hubert, Johnie Curtis, Walter Graham, Jane Lanier, Emilie Campbell. (L-R) Silver Haired Legislature members Ted Hubert, Johnie Curtis, Walter Graham, Jane Lanier, Emilie Campbell. Dr. Pierce introduced four Texas Silver Haired Legislators who attended to support the speaker: Emilie Campbell, Johnie Curtis, Jane Lanier and Ted Hubert.

The 7 Milam County TRIAD entities appoint members to the SALT committee and those committee members were recognized: Chair, Ted Hubert; vice-chair, L.C. Richards; secretary, Travis Yoakum; treasurer, Earl Whitmore; historian, DeLane Yager; members Albert Whiteside, Shirley Becker, Laurene Shumaker and Carolyn Hafley.

Claude Lagrone, another MHS grad, serves as the sub-chapter leader for the Milano community.

Our speaker, the Honorable Walter Graham, did not graduate from Milano High. However, he did such a magnificent job one may think he did. He answered all questions about the Silver Haired Legislature listed above and much more. If you were unable to attend the meeting and want to know about this legislature, contact any SALT committee member listed above.

Sheriff David Greene addressed the group with information about the Milam County Jail and the revenue it has generated. He praised his hard-working staff and listed equipment upgrades that allow his department to work more efficiently.

The number of Milam traffic accidents has declined in the last year, he noted. Sheriff Greene said he can be reached by his cell phone which he keeps near his bed and people may call him day or night.

It was definitely a quality program. Milam County TRIAD collected several cell phones and this organization thanks those that prepared food and decorated the Milano Civic Center.

Speaker Graham drove from Cisco to Austin for a meeting on June 2, then drove from Austin to Milano for this meeting. He's the epitome of volunteerism.

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