Looking back over 5 years of NIRMV



Tuesday, February 20, 2018

NIRMV Supports OES-PHA Black History Event


NIRMV President Darlene House served as the MC for second time for Order of the Eastern Star - Prince Hall Affiliation Black History Program. NIRMV partnered with talented team by providing copies of Black Inventors and Inventions Handout in keeping with "We Built This" event theme.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A True Hero Imprint Experience Fundraiser

This event was held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Detroit Public Library Chaney Branch at 2 p.m. It marked the first successful fund raiser for NIRMV.




A total of $350 was raised from sale of Darlene’s most recent book, The City Shining: Visions of the New Cosmopolitan Metropolis. Copies were generously donated by Stellar Scholars Principal Frank Dattilo (left), who also presented and hosted the event as tribute day for Darlene House.
Author Darlene House with her book, The City Shining
NIRMV Vice President Maureen McGerty gave remarks about NIRMM and NIRMV. NIRMV Treasurer Cynthia Hines and Director James Hines were also in attendance along with many other NIRMM and NIRMV volunteers and supporters.

NIRMV Vice President Maureen McGerty 
All photos by Jackie Butts

NIRMM Salute Kick-Off

The event was held on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Detroit Public Library Redford Branch at 3:30 p.m. with long-term NIRMM Media Specialist/Publicity Raye Russell as scheduled featured speaker. Pictured below: NIRMV Treasurer Cynthia Hines, NIRMV President Darlene House and Director James Hines with the NIRMM sign.


Cynthia brought the official NIRMM sign created by NIRMM Volunteer Ulonda Davis Campbell of Creative Concepts, for celebration and enhanced awareness. The aforementioned featured speaker had family emergency, involving caregiving for her aunt, which substantially delayed arrival possibilities. Thus, the decision was made to just discuss NIRMM 2017 celebration plans and serve refreshments. Darlene and Director Nancie Coley served as presenter and moderator and refreshment hostess respectively.

NIRMM Coordinator Director Nancie Coley is pinned with
official celebration button to acknowledge status
Event highlights:

  • Revelations about NIRMM origin/traditional celebration components
  • Official acknowledgement of Nancie Coley as new NIRMM Coordinator
  • Reflections on NIRMM 2017 Theme: “Gaining Inspiration from Lessons Learned and Unforgettable Experiences”
  • Spotlighting NIRMM 2017 Historic Role Model Edward S. Curtis, Photographer/Writer who studied and shared legacy of North American Indians
  • Distribution of NIRMM/NIRMV handouts including “It’s Wonderous What a Hug Can Do” calligraphy flyer from Calligraphy by Coley plus NIRMV Recommended Reading Lists
  • Discussion of national directory listings and supporter efforts
  • Acknowledgement of increased number of online postings for NIRMM information
  • Information sharing about NIRMM Facebook Challenge created and posted by NIRMV Director David Watkins
  • Invitation to view NIRMM 2017 Showcase at Redford Township District Library throughout November
  • Invitation to attend Detroit Public Library Chaney Monthly Book Club Meeting on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. featuring NIRMM celebration and NIRMV Recommended Reading List Adults Edition selection The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn
NIRMV President Darlene House reads from book selected for
 partner event with Detroit Public Library Chaney Book Club
NIRMV Director David Watkins receives set of official
2017 NIRMM handouts from NIRMV President Darlene House
All photos by Jackie Butts