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HUSBAY Celebrates Darwin Day

 
Charles Darwin Photo

Remembering Charles Darwin

1809 - 1882
 
 

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

Thanks to Sandie Zellick (Board Secretary) for oranizing this event - not an easy task.

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

Following lunch, member David Coe delivered a brief message about HUSBAY's twentieth anniversary.

This was followed with talks from our President, Dave Helgager, President Emiritus, Noel Smith, abd past President Meigs Glidewell.

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

Many photos were taken, some of which are shown below.

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Program

2019 Party Scenes


Cake
Let 'em Eat Cake
Our Darwin
Our Own Darwin Welcomes Guests
(Thank you, Dennis Blanchard)
Dominic Guitar
Guitar & Tech-
Savvy Dominck

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AHA Poster Speaker
Our Guest Speaker, Mathew Bulger
Familar Faces 
Awaiting the President's Intro:
Clocklwise (left to right) Marge Bennet,
Donna Gannon, Noel Smith, Dave Helgager,
Penny Upton, David Coe, Rhea Ward, Chuck Smith, The McGills, (Bob & Mary)
 Dave Speaks
President Dave Helgager begins the introduction before a large, enthusiastic crowd.

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Peeny Speaks
Original Member Speaks Elequently
- a Penny for your thoughts!
Noell Speaks
Noel Smith recalls
HUSBAY's Rough Start
Coe on our history
David Coe Reminds Us of Our History -
(talking about our 20th anniversary)

Smiling & Waiting S&W  W4Food
HB Waiting W4F W4F
HUSBAY Members and guests, patiently(?) waiting for the show to begin

D&G D&C D&JH Darwin&Mary
Darwin for All (I'd Vote for That!)
From left to right: Gail Midwood, David Coe and Donna Gannon, Judy Helgager, Mary McGill

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View
The Magnicent View From Our Darwin Day Venue
 
 

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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Theme

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

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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.

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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
DD-7 BJK DD-6
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

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Scenes from our 2018 Event

hand out
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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