NAACP Luncheon Celebrates and Honors Martin Luther King:January 2013

Billy Lake and his pup Sporkk

Cliff Bryan and Reta Scott

Virginia Kelly and Larry Fisher

Lorena Bangs and Venolla King

Nina McCully and Corrine Robertson

Virginia Robinson and Vivian Cody

Stacey Gibson and Kelly Green

Brent & Stacey Marshall

Roy & Renee Lacey

Paul & Jane Vitale

Virgie Arambari and Christina Cannon

Jim Robinson

Michael Pettaway (past president NAACP, Pocatello Chapter)

Kathy Korba and Ray Laible

Mary & John Williams

Brooke Taylor and Steven Muse

Lynn Leonard and Farhana Hibbert

Catalina Steckbauer and Elmer Martinez

Kathryn Bute and Sue Skinner




Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

            Those title words were the theme of The Pocatello Chapter of the NAACP’s  luncheon honoring Martin Luther King onSaturday, January 19, 2013at the Clarion Hotel. Beyond the tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., the luncheon featured several other components that are pertinent to this organization and to our community.

The Ron Timpson Award was given to Brenda Pollard. You may not have previously heard the name of this outstanding citizen, but she is amazing by way of the organizations, projects and volunteer activities in which she has been involved. It was truly an honor for the NAACP to recognize her contributions to our community.

The new president of the local chapter, Dr. Bonnie Branch was unable to attend, but was nevertheless praised for the benefits she has brought to this organization. In the meantime, much credit was given to Michael Pettaway, the past president for the work he has done to enliven thePocatellochapter.

Evidence of increased membership lies simply in the fact that it has expanded during the last two years from close to twenty five individuals to over one hundred.  This was welcome news to all current members. Further, there were close to one hundred guests at the luncheon.

All in attendance at the Clarion were provided an opportunity to engage in lively conversation along with a delicious luncheon before moving on to the luncheon program.

Honor and a $100 award were given to two high school students, one fromPocatelloHigh Schooland the other from theNewHorizonsSchool. Their prize winning essays were read to the audience by Jim Robinson, education chair of the Chapter.

The guest speaker, Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho, recounted many of the federal successes of the last four years. She concluded by conveying her interest in having all of us communicate with her about issues.

African-American members of thePocatelloand Chubbuck area have contributed so much, both historically and socially to this area. In addition, their leadership in City and educational governance has been high caliber. Their contributions to our community are numerous and for that we owe this group our high regard.

A final note regarding Martin Luther King, Jr. He was so completely articulate about our national struggles to promote and maintain positive attitudes toward all. One of his quotes has a special meaning for us. It refers to the damage that can take place through silence, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” These words in particular are significant if we are to maintain our dedication to sustainingPocatello’s quality of life.

Community progress in embracing diversity and fellowship are truly dependent upon appreciation, communication and a genuine willingness to discuss the future of thePocatelloarea.  That progress can only take place if we are willing to discuss and resolve issues of all kinds

Program sponsors are Wells Fargo Bank and theISUStudentSuccessCenter, with special thanks to the Raven’s Nest for handling tickets for this splendid event. Thank you to all who attended and all who help Teamwork Make the Dream Work!


One Response to “NAACP Luncheon Celebrates and Honors Martin Luther King:January 2013”

  1. Dorthy LeVels says:

    When will MLK/NAACP 2014 event be recognized?

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