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 : Barry Zack
Secretary: Sandra Zellick
When: Monday, April 3, 7pm
Where: Center for Arts and Humanity (same location as the lectures) 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.
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.
Minutes to be posted.
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.
Humanists of Sarasota Bay, Inc., a 120 member non-profit 501c(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
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.
Pictured are Judy and David Helgager (HUSBAY President) and Hemant Mehta who attended the Freethought 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
This entry was submitted by Trudi Pearl
A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg
"nullifidian" PRONUNCIATION: (nuhl-uh-FID-ee-uhn)
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.
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.