Saturday, February 3, 2018

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