Jim Chastain grew up in Mississippi, son and grandson of Baptist ministers. He was an electric technician in the Pacific in the WWII Navy. He became a Unitarian while an undergraduate at the University of Utah and holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
He spent his working career as a professor of finance, specializing in risk management and insurance. He taught at universities in Mississippi, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska and was Dean of the American Institute for Property and Liability Insurance , in Pennsylvania. In his last 13 years before retirement at Howard University in Washington, D.C. he was Chair of Department of Finance and Director of the Center for Insurance Education.
Since retirement Jim and his wife Ellie worked for an American Indian organization, operated a Kumon math program in Hawaii, were full time RVers, lived in Greece, played golf and tennis in Florida and worked in the Denver headquarters of the Hemlock Society. Since Final Exit Network was formed as an outgrowth of the Hemlock Society in 2004 Jim has been active with it, first as a Board member and now as President of the Final Exit Network affiliate of Florida and as a Senior Exit Guide. Jim coordinates Socrates Café groups in three libraries.
In fun Jim is an Admiral in the Nebraska Navy, a Kentucky Colonel and a Tennessee Squire but says his highest honor so far was being named an Honorary Woman by the National Association of Insurance Women.
HUSBAY board member ROY WYSNEWSKI enjoys his retirement with an activity that represents both a hobby and a public service. Having had a life-long interest in "the weather", Roy purchased his first weather station in 1998 and immediately began recording daily meteorological data.
What began as a hobby became something more serious when he gained certification as a "Skywarn Spotter" for the National Weather Service public service program in Ruskin, Florida.
We live in an area where one must be vigilant about imminent severe weather threats, and, when local weather becomes threatening, Roy notifies the Ruskin facility about key factors like wind speed, hail size and rainfall rate.
This data together with similar data from scores of other Spotters are correlated in Ruskin and emergency weather warnings are issued. Without doubt, his most exciting weather incident occurred while he was living in North Port, and he "weathered" Hurricane Charlie. A peak wind speed of 110 MPH. was recorded at his home mid-way through that storm.
(see attached data for 8/13/04)
NOEL WILSON SMITH received his AB degree from Indiana University, his MA from University of Colorado, and his Ph.D. from Indiana University.
He is Professor Emeritus at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Courtesy Professor at the University of Florida, Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and has held offices in the American Association of University Professors.
He co-authored with J. R. Kantor The Science of Psychology: An Interbehavioral Survey (1975). He authored Greek and Interbehavioral Psychology (1993, Rev. ed.), An Analysis of Ice Age Art: Its Psychology and Belief System (1992), and Current Systems in Psychology: History, Theory, Research, and Applications (2001). He was an editor and contributor to Reassessment in Psychology: The Interbehavioral Alternative (1983) and founded and edited "The Interbehavioral Newsletter."
His professional interests include logic of science and history of psychology as a tool of analysis. He has served on the editorial board of professional journals and has organized professional conferences as well as presenting papers at such conference, published numerous papers in academic journals, and contributed chapters to academic books.
In 1999 he founded the Humanists of Sarasota Bay, served as president from 1999 to 2008, and was designated President Emeritus in 2012. Recently he participated in the National Geographic Society "Genographic Project" using DNA data that traces human migrations back more than 70,000 years from northern Africa to global distribution.
About Bob MagillAfter Rutgers Business School I launched into the business world by starting a fishing camp in Ship Bottom, NJ. So much for higher ed. Later as part of the Cool Jazz era I played stand -up bass with various groups around the country.
I quit life on the road just in time to meet and marry Mary Providence (Magill) who was a dancer with the Charles Weidman Company in New York City. She continued dance and then branched into acting at the Bucks County (Pa.) Playhouse.
We settled into country life nearby, and raised three sons. We became active in the Youth Hostel world and subsequently opened and operated a hostel in Perry, Florida and then another in Key West. Mary was on stage in Key West and we both wrote for the stage and screen. I had several short stories and a novel "Michael's Cut" (Amazon.com)published and we made the first plunge into films with "The Lift", a made for TV short feature.
We discontinued filmmaking after having completed many documentaries and narratives in the past decade. Having attempted an Eco-Village in British Columbia, we are more or less staying put in Sarasota. My first e-book ' 52(count 'em)52 'is due for publication on May 10, 2013.
Bob's latest work is "Faith:The Human O.S."
Karen R. Koenig and her husband moved to Sarasota from Boston in 2005 and were delighted to find Husbay members so warm and welcoming. She continues to love her work as a licensed psychotherapist specializing in overeating and binge-eating, writing books (she’s written six) and blogs, and doing talks and workshops on the subject.
Private practice, tele-coaching, and doing volunteer counseling at Women’s Resource Center give her flexibility to do other things she enjoys: dining out with friends, attending musicals at the Van Wezel and the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, taking walks and hikes with her husband, attending a bi-monthly discussion group, reading, trying her hand at screen- and song- writing, and hanging out with her cat.
Although she thinks fondly of Boston—her undergraduate years at Boston University and graduate studies at Simmons College School of Social work—and dearly misses friends and family from there, she knew after spending one day in Sarasota that this was the place for her. An ex-skier who gave it up because of the cold, she loves the weather here and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Find out more about her work and books at her website.
Les Downing has been a member of HUSBAY for over 4 years. He had been a full professor in the SUNY system in the college at Oneonta, New York. As a social psychologist, he taught a variety of courses in social influence, group dynamics, and especially the processes underlying the power of religious cults to induce conversion and commitment of members. He authored numerous published articles and gave scores of presentations of his research to both professional and non-professional groups.
In recent years he has given talks to HUSBAY, Gulf Coast Humanists of Venice, and UU church groups in Venice and in Bradenton, Florida. Dr. Downing has served on the board of HUSBAY, and helped organize the first of its now annual Darwin Day lectures.
In retirement, he has developed a renewed interest in painting, and has been doing mostly large scale acrylic fantasy landscapes, which are posted on his art website at LESDOWNINGART.COM
He and his wife Holly, who is school teacher, spend ten months a year in Sarasota, and two months at their cottage in upstate New York, near Cooperstown. Les loves to cook and they enjoy entertaining.
Les has been a secular humanist throughout his adult life, and greatly appreciates the opportunities made available through HUSBAY for getting to know and to interact with so many like-minded others.
When Barry Zack and his wife Joanne first moved to Sarasota in the spring of 2009, he was concerned that he would be unable to find people like the friends at the Ethical Culture Society in Maplewood, N.J. he lost in his move south. It wasn't long before he discovered the HUSBAY luncheon, which happened to be on the Wednesday of that month's Current Affairs Discussion Group.
Well, that's all it took. One meeting with this group convinced him that he had found a new home. He's never regretted for a minute making that choice, having met some of the most delightful and enlightened people. He now leads this group.
He took over this website, and attempts to maintain it diligently (notice the word "attempts"), and runs our the group that led him to join HUSBAY in the first place, Current Affairs .
During the 2011 Lecture season, with the help of some very dedicated HUSBAY members, he chaired the group selecting speakers and providing logistics.
While Barry is not sitting around, complaining about how our politicians are sending the world to hell in a hand basket, he is very involved in the environmental movement. His non-profit (intentionally) website OurNeighborhoodEarth.org is dedicated to the environment, providing news stories, climate change and endangered species awareness. It covers green buildings, renewable energy, sustainability, recycling, responsible investing - to name a few.
Barry is the author of a new novel, called Jewsih Lightning. It's a ccoming of age story of one who never quite comes of age. The subtitle os "So, what could go wrong?" Answer: EVERYTHING! You can learn more by clicking here. And speaking of writing, Barry is also doing the monthly newsletter for the Sarasota Authors Connection
He occasionally does the monthly newsletter Manatee-Sarasota Sierra Club Group, another effort to help preserve the environment from the assault by for-profit-only corporations.
Barry also does websites and Newsletters for profit (using the word loosely). His design site is located here. The Venice Orchid Society contracts him to produce their newsletter
To help Barry grumble about all of the things wrong in the world, he does a semi-irregularly scheduled blog on Wordpress, which he aptly calls Restless Knights and Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired.
Dr. Jack WayneJack Wayne was born during the Great Depression, just one of the depressions from which his family suffered. He spent his childhood in Windsor, Ontario and, after four years at the University of Toronto and two more at the University of Michigan, plunged into the world of work.
His employment as a rehabilitation worker for a sheltered workshop provided public speaking opportunities at Ontario psychiatric hospitals and he developed an ability to communicate with residents of the back wards.
Jack then completed his Ph.D. in Sociology and began a thirty-year career as a university professor, using his new skills to talk with colleagues and lecture to students.
Prof. Wayne taught at the University of Toronto with a two-year secondment to the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and a year as Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge. His research and publications were on diverse subjects: Urban Networks, colonialism and social transformation in Africa, Imperialism, Social Welfare, and the Family. His contributions to the university community included ten years as Director of the Transitional Year Programme, an access program that brought minority and working class students to U of T and supported their learning. Jack also served as Advisor to the university President on anti-racist initiatives and as Vice-President, Salary and Benefits, of the Faculty Association, bringing economic justice to poor, underpaid professors.
After retirement he turned his attention to Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., a publishing company that developed textbooks for the post-secondary market. CSPI was founded by Jack in 1985 and sold in 2008. In 2010 he established Three O’Clock Press, a company that focuses on literary works, and its subsidiary Memoirs Publications, a self-publishing company. Jack served as President of the Association of Canadian Publishers and continues to be involved in the Canadian publishing community.
Jack and his wife Susan are seasonal and intermittent residents of Sarasota. They developed Humanist values in utero and live most of the year in a country where Humanism is the default perspective for many. HUSBAY is a very welcome extension of these experiences. It provides a warm and continuing connection in a non-snowy environment with fine people who share many of their perspectives. Jack leads the Philosophy Special Interest Group at HUSBAY.
Dr. Emanuel (bud) Klein
MY METAMORPHOSIS FROM GOD FEARING
JEW TO A GODLESS SECULAR HUMANIST.
I was born on March 8, 1929 in Far Rockaway, N.Y..
During my eleventh year of life I got my first real for pay job working in a cigar factory & retail cigar store.
My Bar Mitzvah activities became a personal disaster for me. I discarded my gift prayer book and tallis ( a prayer shawl).
At age 17, with the G.I Bill to soon go out of use for WWII vets, I quit High School and enlisted in The US Navy, serving as a Hospital Corpsman.
Since it was my intention to gain admission to a New York College after discharge, I had to make up some High School course credits. I served on night duty for most of a summer to allow me to attend a private school for the missed High School classes.
I attended Hofstra College in Hempstead N.Y. and took a job the nearby, to the college (Nassau County Hospital) as a Hospital Orderly.
I graduated from college Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology and Biology and was accepted as a Freshman Student at the University of Louisville Medical School in Kentucky.
I was elected President of my Medical School Fraternity and was a Med School designated “Student Research Scholar.”
In addition to my GI Bill supplement I earned cash or living accommodations by working in the Emergency Room on Saturday night shifts and employment as a “ Sub Intern” at the Jewish Hospital.
I did my Internship year at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
My Residency training encompassed General Surgery, Urologic Surgery and Dermatology at The Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, In.J. Darwin Soder was born in Wichita, KS and moved to Sarasota in 1979. He earned two M.A. degrees and taught Economics and Business at Southwestern College and at Wichita State University in Kansas. During 1962-63, “Jdar” served as a Ranger at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico instructing young men in wilderness camping skills.
In 1971 Jdar joined 200,000 fellow citizens in a powerful demonstration against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C.
He was careful not to be included among the 10,000 protestors arrested by police that week because he had already decided to seek government employment. In 1972 he was hired as a Labor Economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While working for the U.S. Maritime Administration in 1976, he earned a rare civilian assignment to attend the Naval War College in Newport, R.I. To report for duty in Newport, Darwin and three friends motored his live-aboard 36’ diesel-powered Gibson houseboat 600 miles up the Intercostal Waterway (including 60 miles of open Atlantic Ocean, which few house boaters dared to enter) and survived a near miss from hurricane Belle while anchored in a small harbor on Delaware Bay.
One year after his resignation from Federal service in 1978, Jdar sailed a 29’ sailboat from Washington accompanied by his brother David, landing in Naples, FL. In 1980 he accepted an assignment teaching personal finance to sailors aboard a US Navy warship while it cruised the Mediterranean. A year later he moved his live-aboard home to Sarasota. The next three years were filled with cruises to the Dry Tortugas, a island paradise 70 miles West of Key West, FL and a 1500 mile three month tour of the Abacos in the Northern Bahamas in 1983. In 1984 Darwin started a money management business from which he retired in 2003. He may be best remembered as the Founder of the Mutual Fund Investors Association in Sarasota, which educated more than one thousand local investors in the art of mutual fund investing with monthly lectures at Selby Library from 1985-1990. Soder took pride in exposing three local investment scams he had uncovered by pretending to be a client of the unscrupulous firms.
Darwin was a member of the Sarasota County Archers from 1985-1995 and served as its Treasurer in 1992-93. He achieved a 1st place ranking in Olympic style archery competition in the Florida Sunshine Games held in Sarasota in 1992. From 2002 to 2011 he served as Treasurer with HUSBAY. Jdar attended the Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy sponsored by the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office in 2009. He was an avid sailor, motorcyclist, and a student pilot. In retirement, Darwin has enjoyed many summers touring North America in a small motor home. He is a dedicated financial supporter of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Americans United for the Separation of Church and State and The American Humanist Association. He ardently believes in Science rather than superstition.Clarence Austin (Chuck) Barrett was born in Athol, MA, in 1926. His fatherʼs occupation required us to move frequently, mostly within the New England states, and they finally settled in Maine. In 1943 He joined the Army Air Corps for pilot training and was discharged in 1945.
He graduated from the University of Maine and soon after went to work for the Boeing Aircraft Company as a systems engineer. Chuck worked on the 707, 727, and SST and later transferred to the helicopter division as an administrator to the VP of Product Support and New Programs. He became a field service manager for the upgrade of the model, CH-47C to a D in 1980 and travelled in the states, Europe and the Far East as Boeing's liaison to the customer, the US Army, until retirement in 1991 as the Far East Director of Logistics.
Also in that capacity, Chuck was liaison for Boeing International to the Korean Department of Defense. He moved to Florida in 2000 to spend the rest of his life in paradise. Most of his time is spent in volunteer work with the Masons, e.g., driving patients to the Shriners Hospital in Tampa. He's also active in the local chapter Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) as their Sgt. at Arms and Commander of the Color Guard. At one time he did a great deal of photography work but has slowed down in the last few years. Chuck is divorced and has 3 children and Grand children.
Richard Kessler joined our group in 2013. He has much to say, and is willing to share it on his blog, Don't Dumb Down. He's a resident of Turtle Rock and an attorney who has been a member of the D.C. Bar since 1968.
He was awarded an Ll.B. from Yale Law School and is a graduate of The City College of New York, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa and with Social Science Research HonorHiss. My other endeavors also include more than 12 years designing and building custom homes and held a General Contractor’s License, a real estate license and became a Certified Soil Disturber.
Based upon his experience and professional qualifications, he could have delivered seminars on administrative law, real property law, mortgage foreclosure defense, securitization of mortgage backed securities, land acquisition, land use controls and development, energy conservation or civilian nuclear reactors. That is not what this Seminar is about. It is also not about what to think. There is no political, religious or financial agenda. His only message is: Don’t Dumb Down!This Seminar examines perpetual change and its impacts. Most people never think about how the big picture of daily events directly impacts the little picture of the life each of us is leading. This Seminar is about how to connect and thereby make sense of seemingly unrelated current events and past events through independent critical thought. Critical thought provides structure and context. It is not about what to think. Instead, it is about how to think and why it is necessary, if each of us hopes to survive the continuing changes that surround us which, if ignored, will overwhelm us.”
For more information on what promises to be a very interesting seminar, click the link above.
Bruce Butterfield has decades of strategic management and public relations experience working primarily in the association sector in the U.S., European Union, and Asia. He has served in executive capacities with seven national organizations in the food, housing and insurance industries and the legal profession.
He founded or cofounded four national organizations and created the capacity to incubate others. He has developed advocacy campaigns at the national and local level in areas of public health, product safety, industry promotion, transportation, standards development, and professional certification and licensure. In addition, Mr. Butterfield has created and managed numerous national public awareness campaigns on behalf of industry clients. Thanks to his association experience, Mr. Butterfield possesses the uncommon capacity to identify and implement strategies that promote entire industries and not just the narrow interests of specific enterprises.
As president of The Forbes Group, he guides organizations through strategic thinking, planning, implementation and organizational design and conducts leadership research. He is particularly interested in how the emerging Millennial generation, born after 1982, will change society, the workplace and organizational design.
In addition, Mr. Butterfield has developed national and global strategies to assist several industries and professions adapt to the structural demands and market pressures of new technology adoption including those in the healthcare, transportation, hospitality and tourism, manufacturing, and construction sectors.
Butterfield is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) member and Fellow of the American Society of Association Executives and an Accredited member and Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America. He served on the Futures Task Force and 2010 Conference Planning Committee of the American Association of Medical Society Executives. He is a member of the Professional Practices Committee of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and created their Key 25 program to design the association of the future. He is a member of the ASAE Healthcare Community Committee and the Association of the Future Committee.
He is past president of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, past chairman of the national Association Section and a former member of the Chicago and National Capital Chapter boards of directors. He was inducted into the National Capital Chapter Hall of Fame in 1999.
Butterfield has won the Gold Quill Award for excellence in public affairs programs from the International Association of Business Communicators; the Thoth Award and Thoth Certificate of Excellence for public affairs programs from the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America; the Gold Leaf Award from "Family Circle" Magazine; and the Monument Award for communications of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives. He was named one of the top association public relations executives in the country by "Public Relations Quarterly" magazine.
His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and postgraduate institutes at Yale, Syracuse and New York University. He is a certified scuba diver and plays folk guitar.
Thanks to a formative incident in fourth grade that Ava Whaley affectionately calls "Ava vs the In-Crowd", she learned early in life that "group think" was not to be trusted, the majority was not always right, and that consensus can lead to agreement at the expense of innovation. Taking that healthy degree of skepticism with her into life, she experiences both the pain and pleasure of "sticking her neck out". "You can't have an opinion, take a stand, challenge the status quo and live your values without someone, somewhere taking a figurative shot at you." It's the price of being heard," she says.
Ava holds an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and an M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Temple University, until very recently known for it's famous Board Member, Bill Cosby. (If this was a resume, she'd leave that ditty out.) She received her teaching certificate from St. Joseph's College where she was both amused and intimidated by the crucified Jesus hanging in every room. Nevertheless, she did her student teaching at The Parkway Program, School Without Walls, modeled after the famed school in England, and went on to four years of public school employment.
She first became aware of the power of words when she convinced the Aurora Public Schools, outside Denver, to grant her a reprieve from a re-organization that would have forced her to change schools at the expense of a program she was developing. It didn't take long until she decided to leave the safety of tenure and venture out into the world of Big Business.
Ava was hired as a writer by Bill Daniels, the Father of Cable. Her career in entertainment lasted 20 years where she worked in corporate marketing positions for various telecommunications companies and was VP Operations for a division of TCI, the world's largest cable television operator. In 2000, she said good-bye to corporate America and started her own company, innovation ink, where, together with graphic designers and programmers, she developed print and electronic sales and marketing materials for businesses like AT&T and Comcast.
After a two-year on-line search for great places to retire, Ava moved to Sarasota in 2011. She chose Sarasota because it had the largest Unitarian Universalist Church in the state - large enough to offer the variety of activities she enjoys. She is Chair of their PR Committee and Stewardship Committee, responsible for raising all of the operating funds the church needs to function. Ava is active in the Lifelong Learning Academy where she takes 2-3 courses a semester, manages and promotes the art exhibits for The Women's Resource Center, does PR for the Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC), and is on the Advisory Board of Selah Freedom. In between "the doing" she practices "the being" by doing Pilates and yoga at the Y and assuming a vegetative state of bliss on the lanai.
Ava is owned and managed by a very handsome but demanding Maine Coon cat named Chester. She and her husband are usually happy to share their home with the furry beast, except when he decides to wake them up at 5am to eat.
Dan Dana is retired from a career that encompassed psychology, teaching, mediation, corporate training, and business entrepreneurship. He is the author of three books on workplace mediation and several conflict resolution curricula. Born in 1945 to a Protestant family in rural Missouri, his life experiences include:
- Serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam (noncombat) and Panama Canal Zone (1966-1968);
- Earning a PhD in counseling psychology (University of Missouri, 1977);
- Teaching at a New England university for 28 years, and guest-lecturing at educational institutions on six continents;
- Founding in 1985 and growing a successful Internet-based educational enterprise (endowed to a Florida college in 2013);
- Being a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (1998);
- Living, working, or traveling in over 75 countries on seven continents.
Dan and his wife Susan live in Sarasota, Florida. He is the father of one and grandfather of two. He has been an atheist for over 50 years.
Dan is the author of a free ebook, The Reason Revolution: Atheism, Secular Humanism, and the Collapse of Religion, and thanks many HUSBAY members for their contributions during its preparation.