NIA’s 2020 history was marred by the limitation in gathering due to Covid 19. However, before the
lockdown., NIS held the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday committee service which was held at the
McKinley arts and Cultural Center. As is tradition, the event encompassed music, multifaith prayers and
reflections and the presentation of the Onie Cooper Humanitarian award which went this year to
Bernice Matthews, a long time resident of Reno and Nevada. Mrs. Mathews was recognized for her
many, many contributions including former state senator and administrator of higher education.
The beginning of a new year is always a great time to reflect on what an organization has accomplished over the past year and then to project ways to make improvements and to enhance our purpose as an organization. A new beginning, a clean slate, is exciting to contemplate and to begin planning for new opportunities to be of service to the interfaith community here in Reno and Northern Nevada.