About Us

Our Goals


Click here to read the bylaws that were approved by our board in April 2016. Please note: The bylaws are currently being reviewed by the Board and any suggested revisions will be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting of members.

Our Board of Directors

(Effective: Sept. 2019)

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

Other Board Members

Gale Midwood
Robert La Salle
Kathy Schoenhals

2019 Annual Membership Meeting

(The 2020 Meeting Information Wil Appear Soon)

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When: Monday, April 1st - Gathering at 6:30pm. Meeting begins at 7:00pm.

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

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1. Call to order, President's Comments and Thanks to Volunteers

2. Secretary's Report

3. Treasurer's Report & Budget 2019-2020

4. Presentation of revisions to bylaws, discussion and vote
    (Revisions proposed to follow)

5. Election of Board Members

6. Comments and Suggestions from Members

7. Adjournment

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Our 2018 Meeting

Among the many items on the agenda was the award presented to HUSBAY's founder, Noel Smith. This included free life-time membership. It was the least we could do for all the work Noel has done for HUSBAY. The meeting minutes can be read here.

Noel accepting award
Noel Accepting the award from HUSBAY President, Dave Helgagger

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Our 2017 Meeting

Board members elected at the annual meeting: Dave Helgager, President and Don Slate and Gale Midwood, at large members. We had no secretary at the time of the election. Later Sandie Zellick agreed to serve again and was approved by the Board for another term. Your Board for 2017-18 is Dave Helgager, President, Barry Zack, VP, Chuck Smith Treasurer, Sandie Zellick, Secretary, Don Slate and Gale Midwood, at large members. Zack, Smith and Barb Kavanaugh are completing their two year terms and were not up for election.

HUSBAY Board 2017
Missing from the photo is our newest board member,
Gale Midwood. - Someone had to take the picture.

Barb Kavanaugh was unable to attend.

Minutes to be posted.

Our 2016 Meeting

Board members present:

Chuck Smith, Baerbel Kavanaugh, Don Slate, David Callahan,
Sandra Zellick, plus 35 members and one guest.

To read the minutes for the 2016 annual membership meeting, please click on this link.

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The Previous Board Lunches
with Humanists of Florida Leader

Husbay Scholarship Program

Humanists of Sarasota Bay, Inc., a 120 member non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who will be attending college in the fall of 2017.

This scholarship is open to public school students in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We will award one scholarship to the student who subscribes to the tenets of Humanism (definition included on application form), and, who writes the best essay about how Humanism shapes and defines her/his life.

The qualifying student must meet several other qualifications also noted on the enclosed application form. Please inform your senior class of this opportunity. The deadline for receipt of all submissions is May 15, 2017. Additional copies of the application form can be printed from the link below.

We look forward to receiving essays from your students. Sincerely,

The Board, Humanists of Sarasota Bay

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Enrollment Rules

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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Free Thought Cruise

Pictured are Judy and David Helgager (HUSBAY President) and Hemant Mehta who attended the Freethought Cruise.

Free Thought Cruise

Hemant spoke on the subjects of why young people are leaving religion and what we can learn from it. He is the author of the book I Sold My Soul. Find out more about him on Wikipedia

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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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My Word

This entry was submitted by Trudi Pearl

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

"nullifidian" PRONUNCIATION: (nuhl-uh-FID-ee-uhn)

Loud Speaker<-Hear the pronouciation

MEANING: noun: An atheist: a person who has no religious faith or belief in god(s). adjective: Having no faith or belief. ETYMOLOGY: From Latin nullus (no) + fides (faith). Earliest documented use: 1564. USAGE: “Riding a backlash against centuries of Puritanism and uptight strictures, we’ve turned nullifidian.” James Royson; On Casino Question, Let the People Decide; Toronto Star (Canada); Apr 23, 2013. “This [the Internet] is where like-minded folk of a nullifidian bent come together, as demonstrated by the extraordinary success of a campaign to raise money for Britain’s first atheist advertisements.” Jemima Lewis; Thank Heaven for a British Faith in Bet-Hedging; The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 26, 2008.

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Annual Carl Sagan Day Picnic (2019)

Took place on Sunday, April 7, 2019
at Turtle Beach Pavilion

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

Turtle Beach Map Location
The fun began at 4:00pm, and concluded about 7:00pm

Our thanks to Sue Tschesnok and Darwin Soder for their unselfish work in the picnic's preparation. Carl Sagan would be proud.


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Scenes From our 2019 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 Susan and
Darwin for their time and energy putting it all together.

HUSBAY Welcomes annual picnickers

The photos below are mostly from member Karen O'Malia Zauderer
Thanks, Karen!

BZ Reads Start the show Hungry Crowd
Barry reveals how the
Fifth Thrid Bank was named
Pretending to be interested:
Marge B, Ronnie S,
Holly G, Jack B
Clockwise from left:
Joanne G, Judith C, Jack &
Susan W and Noel S
BZ Reads Fun for All
Clockwise from left:
Phil Z, Judy & Bud K,
Karen O, and Marcia M
From left to right:
Mary and Bob M, Holly G,
Barbara K, Noel S
Fun for All Start the show BZ Reads
Clockwise from left:
Marcia and Ralph M
Judy and Bud K
Darwin (front), Marget and
Paul T in the background
Clockwise from left:
Betty C, Claudia H, Garret C, Robert L, and Sandra Z

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The Scene Behind the Scenes (photo by Gale Midwood)
Those who ventured to the back of the Turtle Beach picnic area were treated to this.




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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 many 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 a Sunday evening in July, 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 following Friday.  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.   Many in HUSBAY wanted to memorialize Andrew.  The board had 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 many 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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From HUSBAY Caring Committee:

We are saddened by the passing of member for many years, Jim Chastain. A message from Jim's son, Paul, appears below.

Jim Chastain

To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins –

"Today is my 92nd birthday. Alas, 92 is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable people.

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. But I regret to announce — this is my Final Exit

"I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye."

I have had a full, happy life filled with interesting activities and friendly accomplished people. Thank you for the part you have played in making my life so good. HAVE FUN.

Jim died peacefully at home with his family nearby on his 92nd birthday, March 5, 2018.

A private memorial service will be held in Colorado this June.

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HUSBAY 15th Anniversary Celebration

HUSBAY Brochure


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

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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, Susan and Dan
Group Shot Group Shot Group Shot
Dave, Judy and Sandie
L-R: Susan, 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

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Group Shot Harbor View Bay View
Judy W, Meigs, Ingrid and Judith C
Harbor View from Marina Jacks
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.

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