Last Update: October 1, 2015
  Navigation Title
  • About Us
  • Activities
  • Affiliations
  • Board Bylaws
  • Calendar
  • Contacts
  • Human Trafficking
  • Lecture Series
  • Library
  • Links
  • Membership
  • Newsletter
  • Site Map
  • Who's Who

  • NDR Image

    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 Happening this
    Wednesday at the New Dynasty

    On October 7th (1st Wednesday of the month), join us for our Philosophy Group discussion session. Topic: Money in Politics (as if that were even possible)

    Facebook Logo
      Annual Title
  • Darwin Day
  • Meeting
  • Picnic
  • Anniversary Party
  • World Humanist Day
  •   News Title
  • Free Thought News
  • 19th Century Adoption Bill
  • AA for Atheists
  • Complete the Survey
  • Len Gumley in the News
  • HUSBAY Heralded
  • Our Tribune Ad
  • Atheist TV
  • AHA Action Alert

  • About Us

    Our Goals


    Click on here to read the bylaws that were approved by our board in April 2015.

    Our Board of Directors

    (Effective: May 2015)

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

    At Large

    Sharon Robinson
    Donald Slate
    Roy Wysnewski

    Annual Meeting

    Roscamp Center Map Icon

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



    Annual Membership Meeting
    April 27, 2015

    Board members present:

    Lois, Schaper, Louis Altman, Joanne Grace, Chuck Smith, Roy
    Wysnewski, Sandra Zellick, Emeritus Noel Smith, plus thirty members.

    President Dave Helgager called the meeting to order at 7 pm.

    Copies of the Minutes of the April 28, 2014, Annual Membership Meeting were distributed to members. Darwin Soder moved that the minutes be accepted as printed. Judy Wysnewski seconded. Motion passed.

    Up Arrow

    Chuck Smith distributed the treasurer's report. Darwin Day celebration was increased from $286.00 to $750.00 to cover the possible cost of a speaker who is of high caliber and might not be a local resident.

    David Callahan moved that the budget for refreshments be increased to $600.00 since a donation was made to cover the increase. Bud Klein seconded. Motion passed.

    Paul Temmer questioned the $400.00 item for the IRS. It was to cover the penalty for lapsing the 501(c)3 designation. This has now been reinstated.

    Don Slate moved to accept the budget as printed. David Callahan seconded. Motion passed.

    Dave Helgager announced that Darwin Day celebration will be on February 13, 2016. The committee members are Susan Shucker, Chair, Sandie Zellick, and Dave Helgager.

    Dave Helgager thanked all the SIG leaders and others who contribute time and effort. Barry Zack, Jacqui Kinney, Noel Smith lead SIGs. Barry Zack runs the website. Vienna Taylor writes the newsletter. Judy Helgager runs the Facebook page. Darwin Soder organizes the Potter Park clean-ups. Susan Shucker chairs the Darwin Day committee.

    Up Arrow

    OLD BUSINESS: Scholarships: Three suggested programs:

    1. 1. Student Secular Alliance
    2. 2. An essay by a Humanist high school student
    3. 3. Scholarship to the Humanist Institute.

    The Board recommended the first two. $2000.00 is the suggested amount.

    Paul Firestone questioned the ability of a high school student to be a Humanist unless the parents were Humanists. He also feared that applicants would present fraudulent material and opinions in order to receive the scholarship. Duly noted.


    The Board recommended a change to the By-Laws in Article IV, Section 3. The change would separate the program chair position from the Vice-President's responsibility. The Board will assume the program responsibility.

    Motion to accept by John Buecheler, seconded by David Coe. Motion passed.

    Up Arrow

    Roy Wysnewski gave the report from the nominating committee. The two year term is over for five Board members. Roy Wysnewski and Dave Helgager agreed to remain for another term. The three retiring Board members are Louis Altman, Lois Schaper, and Joanne Grace.

    Nominee for Vice-President is David Callahan. At Large nominees are Don Slate and Sharon Robinson. Barry Zack moved to accept these nominees; John Buecheler seconded. Motion passed.

    Thanks to Roy Wysnewski, Chair, Donna Gannon Coe, Rhea Ward, and Chuck Smith for their efforts in assembling this new Board.

    The newly forming Lunch-Only group will begin for a trial on May 5th at the Super Buffet on Fruitville. Dave Helgager will send an email to those who expressed interest.

    A big thank you to David Callahan for buying and setting up our refreshments for each of the lecture meetings. David Callahan has passed the baton to David Coe who has accepted this job. Also, a big thank you to Judy Wysnewski for covering the welcoming table each lecture.

    Up Arrow

    Dave Helgager presented gift books to retiring Board members with an extra gift certificate to Lou Altman for his many years of service. Lou has agreed to remain as parliamentarian.

    Bud Klein moved to adjourn, seconded by Judy Wysnwski.

    Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.

    Respectfully submitted, Sandra Z. Zellick, Secretary


    The Previous Board Lunches
    with Humanists of Florida Leader

    Up Arrow

    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.

    Up Arrow

    HUSBAY Affiliations

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

    Up Arrow

    Free Thought Conference

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

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

    Up Arrow

    Our Annual Picnic

    Happened on April 19, 2015 (11a.m.) at Turtle Beach Pavilion

    Located at 8918 Midnite Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL (See Map)

    Turtle Beach Map Location

    Up Arrow

    Scenes From our 2015 Picnic:

    Our thanks to Roy Wysnewski for the fine photography

    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 Susan and
    Darwin for their time and energy putting it all together.
     Picnic Shot 
    Pictured Above: (Left) Bob M, Jack O, Rhea W, Karl H, Unidentified
    (Right): Joanne G, Karen O, Bud K and Penny U

    Pictured Above: (Left): President Dave H, Judy h, Cork H, Chuck S, Darwin S, Rhea W
    (Rght): Less M, Dave C, Susan T, Vienna T, Unidentified, Holly D
    Up Arrow
    Pictured Above: (Left): Food Prep
    (Right): Hungry Picnicers
    Pictured Above: (Left):Phil Z and Karen O
    (Right): Gulfcoast Humanists and Joannne G
    Up Arrow
    Pictured Above: (Left):Vienna T, Karen K, Keith L, Lou & Eleanor A,
    HUSBAY Founder, Noel S, Ursula L and Unidentified
    (Right): Penny U, Judy W, Mary and Bob M and Jack O
    Pictured Above: (Left): Meigs G, Phil Z and Unidentified
    (Right Foreground): Judy W, Dave C and Bob M
    Up Arrow

    Pictured Above: (Left Foreground): Penny U, Jack & Ernie K,
    Fred & Marge B, Judy W (partially hidden), Mary and Bob M
    (Right): Obscured and Unidentified, Cork, Unidentified, Susan T, Darwin S, Rhea W

    Up Arrow

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

    Up Arrow





    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:
    Up Arrow

    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.

    Up Arrow

    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.

    Up Arrow

    HUSBAY 15th Anniversary Celebration

    HUSBAY Brochure


    President at Podium Noel Introduced Dave & Meigs Bob Phillipoff
    President Addresses the Crowd Musical Entertainment Meigs and Dave Hilgager Original Member, Bob Phillipoff
    Dan Speaks to HUSBAY Dave Schmoozing Listening Intently Group Picture
    New Member Dan Dana speaks Dave and Judith Collier Trudy, Ursula & Noel listen intently Karin G, Rhea, Jay and Mary C

    Up Arrow

    Group Shot Group Shot Group Shot Party Cake
    Jack O, Penny, Ernie (hiding), Jack K Joanne, Barry, Meigs, Chuck and Joyce Mary, Bob and Barbara A HUSBAY Just Dessert
    Group Photo The Coes and Bob P Group Shot
    L-R: Penny, Jack O, Ernie, Jack K, Lois and Trudy Donna, David and Bob P Barbara, Marilyn and Dan
    Group Shot Group Shot Group Shot
    Dave, Judy and Sandie L-R: Marilyn, Dan, Chuck, Rhea, Mary, Bob & Barbara Ellie, Karen & Kieth
    Group Shot Group Shot Group Shot
    L-R: Rhea, Mary M, Bob M & Barbara Sandie, Roy & Judy W Len, Francis, Lou and Ellie

    Up Arrow

    Group Shot Harbor View Bay View
    Judy W, Meigs, Ingrid and Judith C Harbor View from Marina Jack Sittin' on the dock of the bay

    Smaller Photos

    Dave & Noel Joyce P Ingrid & Judy H Trudy's Pup Bay View
    Introducing our
    Joyce P Ingrid & Judy H Trudy's dog asks,
    "We paid $25 for this?"
    View of the Bay

    Click here for a brief history of HUSBAY as read by founder Noel Smith at the event.

    hit counters