SAUK VILLAGE | Nearly 100 residents shared a potluck dinner and serious conversation at Sauk Village's first diversity dinner on Jan. 24.
The event was put together by the village's Human Relations Commission, chaired by Trustee Lynda Washington-House. It's been in the works for more than a year.
"It was very informative," Washington-House said. "People had the liberty to share their own personal stories, some from 20 years ago to today, and they were very vocal."
Residents gathered at four tables at the Sauk Village Municipal Center to discuss four general topics: communication, education, religion and the family/support system. Resident Steve Blom, a member of the Human Relations Commission, moderated the evening and often had to interrupt folks deep in conversation when their time was up at a given table.
"It was more than what we hoped it would be," Washington-House said. "It fit right with (the Human Relations Commission's) mission statement to bring unity and diversity to our community."
Washington-House said the group was as diverse as the commission had hoped, from elected officials like Village President David Hanks to the unemployed. Almost all were Sauk Village residents or friends and family of residents.
"We were very happy with the turnout. People came out in those low temperatures," Washington-House said. "People stayed over. No one was in a hurry to leave."
The commission also unveiled its new banner at the event. It hopes to make the diversity dinner a yearly event.
A workshop also is being planned as a followup to the diversity dinner, Washington-House said, where similar topics will be explored in different ways.