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HUSBAY Celebrates Darwin Day

Charles Darwin Photo

Remembering Charles Darwin

1809 - 1882

Our 2019 Darwin Day celebration happens
on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Marina Jack
for members and their Guests

Speaker : Matthew Bulger
(Legislative Director at the American Humanist Association)

Matthew will discuss the efforts regarding Congressional support for Darwin Day, the separation of church and state and the status of religious freedom in the US.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 and the presentation begins around 1 pm.

A notice to make your reservations will be coming shortly.

Marina Jack Google Map
Our 2018 Darwin Day celebration happened
on Saturday, Feb. 3 at Marina Jack
for members and their Guests

Speaker : Jeff Rodgers
(Author, Collector, Scientist)

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What it Means To Be Human

We, humans, are the result of a remarkable series of atomic, chemical, physical, biological, ecological, and sociological interactions spanning 13.8 billion years. The very fact that we’ve figured out how we came to be is testament to how special we are. But we don’t always live up to our potential. Follow the story of how we came to be, what makes us so noteworthy, and why having humans on the planet is certainly consequential.

Jeff Rodgers is Provost and Chief Operating Officer of the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, Florida. He has been with the museum for thirteen years, and served as the museum’s Director of Education and Director of the Bishop Planetarium prior to taking his current position. He came to Florida from the American Museum of Natural History and Hayden Planetarium in New York City, where he worked for nine years as an educator and lecturer. Despite his current administrative roles, he is at heart a science communicator, spending the bulk of his time trying to de-mystify the universe and our place in it.

More about our speaker, and the South Florida Museum by clicking Here.

Many thanks to Sandie Zellick for orgnanizing this event. Charles Darwin would be proud.

   Scenes from the 2018 Party

   Scenes from the 2017 Party

   Scenes from the 2016 party (Limited)

   Scenes from the 2015 Party

   Scenes from the 2014 Party

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About Our Speaker

Our Darwin Day Speaker

Nancy Howell spent three years living in Botswana, studying the Kung Bushmen, a hunting and gathering people of the Kalahari desert, and a lifetime trying to figure out what all that data means. She is the author of Demography of the Dobe Kung (1979 and 2000) and Life Histories of the Dobe Kung (2010), along with many scholarly articles about the !King speakers.

Lately, she has been thinking about writing a third book, on what life must have been like for our hunting and gathering ancestors in Africa in the period of 50,000 to 10,000 years ago. We know that our ancestors were fully human then. The book would use the questions developed from the study of the Kung and the answers that are emerging from new findings and techniques of analysis from archeology, biological anthropology, genomics, and evolutionary biology. The focus will be on the evidence for critical changes in the bodies, minds, culture and social structure of our evolving species.

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Speaker Bio

Professor Emerita Nancy Howell was born in Detroit, Michigan, where she attended public schools. She graduated from Brandeis University in 1963, and earned a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1968. While at Harvard, she married anthropologist Richard Lee, and they went to the Kalahari together from 1967-69 to do their fieldwork. She taught at the University of Toronto in the Department of Sociology fro 35 years, and has also taught at Wellesley College, Princeton, UC Berkley, and the University of Botswana. She lives in Ft. Myers, where she very much enjoys retirement from teaching and administration, while continuing the reading and writing parts of the professorial job.

The 2015 Event

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Thanks to Member and
Organizer, Susan Shuker

February 7, 2014, was our fish annual celebration of the birth of Charles Darwin. The room was filled to capacity with the presence of HUSBAY members and guests from supporting groups such as the Gulf Coast Humanists. President Dave Helgager presided with Susan Shuker planning and organizing the details.

Pictured below is Jack O'Sullivan during our 2013 Darwin Day event. We mourn the loss of Jack, who passed away early in 2016.

Jack O'Sullivan as Darwin

Click here for scenes from our 2015 celebration

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Some Photos From Our 2017 Event

Welcoming Committee The Pearl Scholarship Winner
Darwin Day Welcoming Committee Trudi & Tania Our Scholarship Winner(L)
Speaker and Board Speaker Noel-Ursula
Dave H, Speaker and Sandie Z Darwin Day Speaker, Joram Piatigorsky Our Founder, Noel and Ursula
Jim-Chuck-Rhea Meigs Miked Attendees-5
Three HUSBAYERs Doing Standup Meigs Introduces Speaker Waiting for the Real Food
Watching Our Speaker Do His Thing Bud, Judy and Karen O' Claudia & Garret
DD-6 DD-7 DD=0
Donna & David Les, Holly and Dave C Helen, Ken and Joanne

Scenes from our 2016 Event (Limited)

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A Few Photos From Our 2016 Event


Clockwise From left to right:

President Helgagger addresses group,
Claudia and Garret appreciating event,
Jim Chastain, Joanne Grace and Barry Zack don't oppose a pose,
Trudi (a pearl, if there ever was one)


Click here for scenes from our 2015 celebration

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2015 Party Scenes

Our thanks to Roy Wysnewski for the wonderful photos.

Preparing the Hall Shmoozing
Preparing the Room
Mary Schmoozing
Meigs to Newbies Deep Conversations
Meigs with HUSBAY Newbies
Karen (back of head), Arlene, Joyce & Joanne

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When do we eat? Donna & David+
So, when do we eat?
Donna & David with other guests
Jack W Introduction Speaker at the Mic
Jack Wayne Introduces Speaker, Nancy Howell
Guest Speaker Delivers Her Message
Karen K and... Lou Altman+
Karen K with Unidentified Gentleman
Lou Altman Holds Court

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Judy W DD Day Introduced
Judy Wynsnewski Surrenders
President Begins the Festivites

Scenes from our 2018 Event

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HUSBAY members and guests were treated to a sensational
presentation by invited speaker, Jeff Rogers
Our thanks to Sandie Zelick for organizing this event. No small task!
Claudia DBH Jeff Rogers View
Claudia Holmes
Soothes With Music
Presdent Gets
the Show Gowing
Jeff Rogers
On the Stage
View From
the Room
Around the tables Sandie and Judy Gail & Jeff Guests
Part of the
Hugest Crowd Ever
Annete & Jim W
Karen, Phil, Jack & Sharon
Gale Midwood &
Jeff Rogers
The Slates and
Mona & Kabir K
Guests Guests Magills Guests
Dave C, Les & Holly D
Eli & Lou A & Rhea W
Holly & Mike G
Jim C & Penny U
Magills Enjoying
the Show
Joanne G, Ingrid C
and Baerbel K
Guests K & D Guests Sandie and Judy
Ursula L, the Kents
Noel S & Joyce S
Kathy & Don S
Dan & Susan D
David C & Donna G
Sandie Z &
Judy H
Photos courtesy of Gale Midwood

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