Noon Optimists learn about Immigrant Allies

The Marshalltown Noon Optimist Club met at the Y Cultural Center Thursday with Jane Jech presiding. Jane opened with the pledge of allegiance and invocation. Upcoming events include the Pedal Pull Competition in September and the Installation Banquet in October.

The speaker was Joa LaVille who is the head of youth services at the Marshalltown Public Library and a member of Immigrant Allies.

The mission of Immigrant Allies is “to strengthen community by embracing our diversity, united in the belief that what we have in common is greater than our differences.”

The group uses educational and awareness events, such as the community unity potluck each year in September, to provide opportunities for the public to learn about issues affecting immigration and for diversity to be unified.

LaVille invited Karina Mendoza-Alvarez, MHS graduate and current student at MCC, to share her story of her life in a mixed-status family, of when her family was affected by the ICE raids in 2006, and her recent trip to Washington D.C. to draw attention to immigration reform.

The meeting concluded with the Optimist Creed. The Noon Optimist Club meets each Thursday noon at the Y Cultural Center.

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