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    Purposes of HUSBAY

    We are a nonprofit corporation created
    to foster a community of freethinkers,
    dedicated to improving the human condition
    through rational inquiry, creative
    thinking, and appropriate action.

    HUSBAY Happenings this
    Wednesday at the New Dynasty

    Dec. 24 is the eve of some holiday whose name eludes me. No events are planned, but feel free to join your fellow Humansits for lunch and talk.

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    Our Board of Directors

    (Effective: April 2014)

    President Emeritus: Noel Smith
    President: David Helgager
    Treasurer: Chuck Smith
    VP : Lois Schaper
    Secretary: Sandra Zellick

    At Large

    Lou Altman
    Joanne Grace
    Roy Wysnewski

    Annual Meeting

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    Where: Center for Arts and Humanity (same location as the lectures) 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.

    When: Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7pm. Details will follow.

    For the previous 2014 agenda, please click here.


    The Previous Board Lunches
    with Humanists of Florida Leader

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    HUSBAY Board Luncheon with Teresa MacBain

    Mouse over any face in this picture to identify it.

    HUSBAY and FHA Luncheon

    Teresa MacBain, former Executive Director of Humanists of Florida, recently met with the Board during a luncheon held in late June. Teresa updated the Board on the progress HFA is making in improving its membership and also the status of the annual conference slated for 2014. She also discussed the many issues affecting humanism in Florida.

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    HUSBAY Affiliations

    American Humanist Association
    Center for Inquiry
    Council for Secular Humanism
    Humanists of Florida
    Secular Coalition
    Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason

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    Free Thought Conference

    The Free Thought Conference held annually by the Florida Humanist Association will take place on October 10-12, 2014 in Orlando.

    For event details, go to the Floridahumanists website or type this into your browser:

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    Our Annual Picnic

    Happening on April 19, 2014 (11a.m.) at Turtle Beach Pavilion

    Located at 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL (See Map)

    Turtle Beach Map Location

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    For those who tasted the sumptious Pavlova desert:
    We've got the recipe.



    Scenes From our 2014 Picnic:

    Hope you were able to attend, but if you did not, here are some photos of our members
    enjoying a fine spring day at the Turtle Beach Pavilion. Our thanks to the efforts of Meigs and
    Darwin for their time and energy putting it all together.
    Picnic 2  Picnic 6
    Pictured Above: (Left) Judy & Bud, Penny & Jack, Darwin
    (Right): Susan & Sandie arrive early to set up

    Picnic 1  Picnic 1
    Pictured Above: (Left): Bob and Carmelina
    (Rght): Jack, Judy & Bud, Jack
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    Picnic 4 Picnic 4
    Pictured Above: (Left): Judy & Bud, Meigs (tossing), Jim
    (Right): Richard, Lou

    Picnic 7 Picnic 7
    Pictured Above: (Left):Marilyn, Bob (background), Penny's back to camera
    (Right): Judy and Mary (practicing Meig's lessons)
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    Picnic 3 Picnic 3
    Pictured Above: (Left): Dave&Judy H, Meigs, Judy W
    (Right): Dave (background), Rich & Angela

    Picnic shot Picnic Shot
    Pictured Above: (Left): Roy, Sue T
    (Right): Chuck, Meigs, Judy W, Judy H, Dave
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    Pictured Above: (Left Foreground): Barry, Jim, Rhea, Kathryn, Joanne, Susan
    (Right): Cork, Lois, Paul

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    Pictured Above: (Left): Vienna, Keith, Sue, Karen, Karl
    (Right): (Foreground) Karen, Karl

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    Pictured Above: (Left): The President speaks; the people EAT!
    (Right): Sandie, Bob & Mary, Fred, Ernie

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    Pictured Above: (Left): Clockwise from top left - Marge & Fred, Ernie, Sandie's head, Bob & Mary
    (Right): (Foreground): Daniel (Our youth member, and future Humanist Leader

    If we have misidentified any of these photos, please notify: Webmaster

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    America's First Public Monument to Atheism

    First Atheists Monument
    June 28, 2013, Bradford County Florida: Following a lawsuit and more than a year of controversy, at noon on Saturday a group called the American Atheists will unveil the United States’ first public monument to atheism in a square outside the County courthouse in Starke, Florida, near Jacksonville. The five-foot-long, grey granite bench and connecting pillar, which were built and engraved by local masons using granite quarried in Georgia, will feature secular quotes from the Founding Fathers as well as a statement from the organization’s founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, encapsulating the 50-year-old group’s views: Read more:
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    From HUSBAY Caring Committee:

    As you know, HUSBAY has a weekly Wednesday lunch group at New Dynasty Restaurant in Sarasota.  After almost 10 years of meeting there, we have come to think of staff as friends and sometimes even family.  It is therefore, with sadness, that I must tell you of the death of the manager with the engaging smile, Andrew Tian, usually the first face we see at the entrance.

    On Sunday evening, July 14, he chased three men who fled the restaurant without paying and was attacked and beaten. He was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he lingered in critical condition until he died on Friday, July 19.  New Dynasty staff as well as customers like us and the community have been grieving his loss.  We have sent cards with member messages to the hospital and to New Dynasty staff.  At this time we are unaware of any after life or memorial service.  Many in HUSBAY wanted to memorialize Andrew.  The board has set up a memorial fund, to go towards his son's education. Thanks to those members who have contributed.

    Link to the story as covered by mysuncoast news.

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    HUSBAY Past President Jacqui Kinnie
    Spoke at the Memorial Service

    Held at the UCC, 1 Sunday, July 28

    In Memory of Andrew Tian
    Andrew (Tian)

    Andrew, as we knew him, was a kind, generous and caring man with a ready smile and a warm greeting for all.

    For over ten years, he graciously hosted the lunch bunch at HUSBAY with joy and love. He knew each of us by name ... gave many of us hugs, asked about our lives and our children, and was always willing to change the setting for another meeting. We shall always remember him with a smile in our heart.

    With apologies to John Donne, the English poet of the 16th century:

    No Man is an Island entire of itself;

    Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,

    Any man’s death diminishes us, because we are involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know

    For whom the bell tolls.

    It tolls for thee, Andrew ... we shall miss you.

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