Click on here to read the bylaws that were approved by our board in April 2015.
President Emeritus: Noel Smith
President: David Helgager
Treasurer: Chuck Smith
VP : David Callahan
Secretary: Sandra Zellick
Where: Center for Arts and Humanity (same location as the lectures) 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.
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.
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.
OLD BUSINESS: Scholarships: Three suggested programs:
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.
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.
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
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.
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: http://www.floridahumanist.org/
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.
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.
|President Addresses the Crowd||Musical Entertainment||Meigs and Dave Hilgager||Original Member, Bob Phillipoff|
|New Member Dan Dana speaks||Dave and Judith Collier||Trudy, Ursula & Noel listen intently||Karin G, Rhea, Jay and Mary C|
|Jack O, Penny, Ernie (hiding), Jack K||Joanne, Barry, Meigs, Chuck and Joyce||Mary, Bob and Barbara||A HUSBAY Just Dessert|
|L-R: Penny, Jack O, Ernie, Jack K, Lois and Trudy||Donna, David and Bob P||Barbara, Marilyn and Dan|
|Dave, Judy and Sandie||L-R: Marilyn, Dan, Chuck, Rhea, Mary, Bob & Barbara||Ellie, Karen & Kieth|
|L-R: Rhea, Mary M, Bob M & Barbara||Sandie, Roy & Judy W||Len, Francis, Lou and Ellie|
|Judy W, Meigs, Ingrid and Judith C||Harbor View from Marina Jack||Sittin' on the dock of the bay|
|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.