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Weekly Lunch Every Wednesday (on hold) Noon to about 2:45pm  
Lunch Alternative (Chat & Chew) 1st & 3rd Tuesday (on hold) Noon to ? Sandie Zellick
Lecture Series  Usually on the 1st Monday (Oct - Aug) Npv. 2 (1:30-3pm) David Helgager
Science, Tech & Medicine (SIG) Is varies (Zoom Meeting) Oct. 21 (1:15-3pm) Barry Zack
Roundtable (SIG) It varies (Zoom Meeting) To be announced David Helgager
Non-Fict. Reading Review (SIG) It varies (Zoom Meeting) Nov. 11 (1:15-3pm) Your Name Here?
Film Group  3rd Saturday (on hold) T.B.D. (2:00pm -?) Betty Robinson
   Susan Tschesnok
Current Affairs Dscussion (SIG) 4th Wednesday (Zoom Meeting) Oct. 28 (1:15 - 2:45pm) Barry Zack
Life's Memories and Experiences On the rare fifth Wednesday of the month  Dec. 30, 2020 (1:15 - 2:45pm) Your Name Here?

Less Frequently Occurring Events

Annual Meeting (2021) Once, Annually To be decided David Helgager
New Years Party Once, Annually (Ring in the New Year) Jan. ?, 2021 (6:30 -8:30pm) David Helgager
Darwin Day Once, Annually (Get your menu choicess in) Feb ?, 2021 (starts at 11:30am) David Helgager
Potter Park Cleanup Several times a year T.B.D. (10:30am ->) Darwin Soder
Annual Carl Sagan Day Picnic
Once, Annually T.B.D. 2020 (4:00 - 7:00pm) Susan Tschesnok

HUSBAY Meets For Lunch
Temporarily Replaced by Virtual (Zoom) Neetings

(We hope to return to this venue when the pandemic restrictions are lifted)

New Dynasty Front View

New Dynasty Chinese Buffet, 6131 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Click the photo above for a map to the location.

Every Wednesday from about noon to ?

All are welcome. Enjoy lunch at a very reasonable
price, and engage in intelligent conversation.

Try us. An opportunity to join a terrific group.

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2020 New Years Party

Details: Was a fun evening for all (at lesast we hope so). After all, what could be better than meeting with fellow Humanists?

When: Monday, January 6th (6:30 - 8:30pm)

Where: Center for Arts and Humanity
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota  Roscamp Center Map Icon

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Special Presentation

On January 1, 2020, Dan Dana will recite, and discuss his new Haiku. This one will no-doubt be about New Years.

Presidential Debate

(Not an Offical HUSBAY event)

Details: During the Presidential Election Season, this is a way to discuss politics by making it come to life.

Several people have volunteered to pose as candidates for the 2020 Election. They will act as if they are vying for the votes of audience members by telling them what he or she would do if elected.

The audience (acting like the press) and rival candidates can then comment or challenge the candidate.

If you wish to be a candidtate, notify Barry by Monday, August 19, so you can be added to the list.

Where: New Dynasty Chinese Buffet Map Icon

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Potter Park Spring Cleanup

When: Feb. 20, 2020 (10:30am)

Where: Potter Park Pavilion (8587 Potter Park Drive) next to the South Branch YMCA.Potter Park Map Icon

What to Bring: Your pick-up tongs, picnic Lunch, and drink (non-alcoholic). Darwin has trash bags and a few extra pick-up tools for newcomers.

Contact Darwin if you plan to join us. Note: Schedule is subject to change, so notify Darwin via email if you are planning to join in.

Potter Park Participants
Photo from the March 2015 cleanup

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HUSBAY Meets For Lunch

New Dynasty Front View

5921 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34232
Click the photo above for a map to the location.

1st & 3rd Tuesdays from noon to ?

All are welcome. Enjoy lunch at a very reasonable
price, and engage in intelligent conversation.

Try us. An opportunity to join a terrific group.

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End of Life Choices Discussion Group

Group meets at the Fruitville Library. Fruitville Library Map

Last Meeting: October 23, 2015, from 3 to 5 pm.

Once again HUSBAY is developing a Special Interest Group for those interested in End of Life issues. While many of you joined Compassion and Choices, the local chapter is focusing upon education and legislation. In contrast, some of HUSBAY group have more immediate concerns regarding the practicalities of ending one’s own life, regardless of legalities and official approval or special circumstances, Here’s a list of some topics we hope to cover: dealing with creeping dementia; the need for advanced directives; dealing with family members who do not approve or who have religious objections; practical methodology, legal issues for survivors; lingering ambivalence; utilizing Switzerland/Belgium clinics; getting rid of your “stuff;” obtaining tests of chemical purity; overseas procurement; and much more: We welcome your particular specific interests as well.

Please note that this group is intended for those members who are secularly oriented and may not be appropriate for those who have lingering religious beliefs. If you are still interested in this Special Interest Group there will be an informational gathering meeting on October 23rd at Fruitville Library Meeting Room from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The group will be facilitated by Dan Dana, Bob Nagel and Jacqui Kinnie.

If you are still interested in such a Special Interest group, there will be an information gathering meeting for our Special Interest Group on October 23rd at Fruitville Library from 3:00 to 5:00 PM.

The group will be facilitated by Dan Dana, Bob Nagel and Jacqui Kinnie, and we invite any and all HUSBAY members who are interested, to come to this first meeting.

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Life's Memories and Experiences

Future Eventa

The next time there is a fifth Wednesday of the month will be Sept. 30, 2020.

So far, we have not scheduled any speaker dor this date. We'll update this page if and when we know who the presenters will be, and what they will be discussing.

Our Recent Event

On July 29, Betty Comora took the virtual stage. Betty told us about her life as an entertainer and how she got there. It was great respite from all the newss in the time of COVID-19.







Previous Events

When: Wednesday, July 31, 2020
Where: New Dynasty Chinese Restaurant.
Presenters: Members Betty Robinson and Barry Zack talked about some of their memorable experiences.

Betty discussed "Fate steps in and sees you through." Meaning, how the unplanned, uncharted events of life have changed who I am, what I believe in and how I live my life. How I began life as a Southern Baptist preacher's daughter and have ended up a devoted humanist.

Barry revealed the fun that some teenage boys (especially him) have with pyrotechnic experientation. It did "ignight" some interest.

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Previous Events

Ruth Brand Leebron, and Diane Trembly, will discuss some of the memorable experiences and events that occurred during their lives, and their presentations will be 30 minutes each, with 15 minutes Q&A to follow.

Ruth Brad Leebron was born in 1923, in Carnegie, Oklahoma, population 2,000. Born to immigrants from Poland, they were the only Jewish family in town.

She graduated from high school, went to the University of Oklahoma, graduated with a bachelors degree, and a masters degree in accounting.

After graduation, she married a fellow student at the University of Oklahoma, who became an officer in the US Army. She followed him throughout his military career, around the world, for 24 years, living in Germany, Japan, and elsewhere.

After retirement, they lived in Oklahoma City, with their two daughters, and Ruth taught at Oklahoma City University. In her last 15 years of teaching, Ruth was Director of an MBA Program, taught in the Pacific Rim Region, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lumpur.

Diane Trembly had two wonderful careers. The first was in medicine, into which she went specifically so that she could travel all over the world working in third world countries - and see the world. This is the career that she will talk about. It includes: week-end trips with a flying club to Baja California; 6 months volunteering in Guatemala; then real employment in Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, and South Africa.

Her second career, not expected to be included in this presentation, was in osteoarchaology. "Osteo" means bones. She was a physical anthropologist/archaeologist, specializing in human skeletal remains. Diane says that it may sound exciting, but it is very boring to anyone who is not in that field; very academic. (In fact, people think archaeology is about finding exciting things; it is really a lot of surveying and mapping; and the value of things found is rarely in the thing itself, but in what it can tell you).

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Noel Smith, and Len Gumley, discussed some of the memorable experiences and events that occurred during their lives, and their presentations will be 30 minutes each, with 15 minutes Q&A to follow.

Noel SmithNoel 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.

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In 1999 he founded the Humanists of Sarasota Bay (HUSBAY), 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.

Gumley and the Air ForceLen Gumley: A brief description of Len Gumley's exciting life's experiences and accomplishments is provided in a detailed article that appeared in the June 20, 2010 edition of the Herald-Tribune. Here is a link to this article., which can only be read by those who subscribe to the Herald-Tribune:

Those who do not subscribe, and who are blocked from reading the actual Herald-Tribune article, we have provided the two attachments, which are scans of the article. One attachment is a photocopy of the article, the print of which may be a little difficult to read, while the second attachment is the clearly printed text of the article.

Event Dates

Date Speaker(s)
Bud Klein and Alex Sasvary
Noel Smith and Len Gumley
Ruth Brad Leebron and Diane Trembly
Betty Robinson and Barry Zack

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