LIMA — Lima NAACP president Ron Fails said that the group’s first major event is not only about the past. It is also about the present and future.
On Feb. 21, the Lima NAACP will host a Founders Day Dinner at the Springbrook Garden Banquet Hall. Fails said while they will honor several people from the past that were instrumental in the forming of the local chapter, that much of the focus will also be on the now.
“We are in the position to have a big impact,” Fails said. “This get together will also be about outlining what we are going to do in the future. We want to make sure everybody is included in in the recovering process for Lima to move forward.”
Fails was recently selected as the president of the local chapter. While the Lima NAACP had never officially disbanded, it had been dormant for several years. Fails said the group is now excited about what it can do.
“We are establishing strong partnerships with many community-based organizations,” Fails said. “Things are going very well.”
Tickets for the event are $30, but Fails said the tickets have went quickly. They can be purchased by calling 419-516-1122 or at Fresh Fade on Kibby Street.
“We will likely have to consider a bigger venue next time,” Fails said. “We planned to take baby steps, and we didn’t anticipate as much interest as we have seen right away. We will still honor our commitment to this venue, but there has been many requests to attend.”
Fails said the local chapter is ready to take on all and any issues in interest of equal treatment.
“We are working with city officials on changes to the civil service exam,” Fails said. “We are working with the school board on closing the achievement gap for minority students and the low number of minority teachers. If it is an issue that needs to be addressed, we are going to work on it.”