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Semi-Weekly Lunch 1st and 3rd Wednesdays Mar. 6, 2024 (Noon to about 3pm) Barry Zack
Lunch Alternative (Chat & Chew) 1st & 3rd Tuesdays (with some exceptions) Feb. 27, 2024 (Noon to about 3pm) Sandie Zellick
Thoughts of the Day (SIG) 1st Wednesdays (following lunch) Temproarily Suspened Mike Gruenfeld
Creativity It varies (Zoom Meeting) To be decided Barry Zack
Lecture Series  Usually on the 1st Monday (Oct - Aug) Mar.. 4, 2024 (Via Zoom) David Helgager
Science, Tech & Medicine (SIG) It varies (Zoom Meeting) To be decided Barry Zack
Non-Fict. Reading Review (SIG) It varies (Zoom Meeting) To be announced Barry Zack
Film Group It varies Mar. 29, 2024 Betty Robinson
Current Affairs Discussion (SIG) 3rd Wednesdays (following lunch) Mar.. 20, 2024 (Noon to about 3pm) Barry Zack
Life's Memories and Experiences *It varies (Zoom Meeting) To be decided Barry Zack

Less Frequently Occurring Events

Annual Carl Sagan Day Picnic
Once, Annually Apr. 7, 2024 Susan Tschesnok
Annual Meeting (2024) Once, Annually To be decided David Helgager
Noel Smith - Darwin Day Luncheon Once, Annually To be decided David Helgager
New Years Party Once, Annually (Ring in the New Year) To be decided David Helgager

HUSBAY Meets For Lunch

Where (note venue change):
Super Buffet, 5471 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232

Click the photo above for the restaurant menu.

First and Third Wednesdays from about noon to abot 3pm.

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

Non-Members are allowed to attend two meetings.
To return for a third time, you must be a paid-up member.
Try us. An opportunity to join a terrific group.

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2024 New Years Party

Details: Our annual New Year's party will be Saturday, January 6th.

Snacks, drinks, music and fun provided.

Join the fun and bring in the New Year with your HUSBAY friends! Give 2023 the old heave ho. It's time to put 2023 behind us and take on 2024!

When:  5:00pm

Where: The Glen Oaks Ridge Club House (1215 Glen Oaks Dr E, Sarasota, FL 34232)

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HUSBAY Meets For a Chat 'N Chew

New Dynasty Front View

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

2nd & 4th 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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Life Memories and Experiences

Last Event: Wed. December 16th, 2020

Speaker: Dennis Blanchard

Experience: Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Synopsis: Dennis presented a photo essay of life on the Appalachian Trail and what it takes to tackle such a feat. His story is both informative and humorous. If you paid close attention, you might even have learned how to take a shower with a black bear.

Brief Bio: Dennis was born in Bristol, Connecticut. After serving with the U.S. Air Force he and his wife, Jane, moved to New Hampshire. 

Never living very far from the Appalachian Trail, Dennis was always lured by that seductive siren's call to hike it. In 2007 he set off to do so. That soon became much more of an adventure than anticipated and eventually led to the book. 

Additionally, Dennis is a serious mountain bike racer, having won the 2002 Masters Division New England Championship racing series with the Eastern Fat Tire Association (EFTA).

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To support his hiking and biking addiction he's spent most of his life working as an electronics engineer. Engineering was a natural outgrowth of his amateur radio interests as a youngster. He is still an avid ham radio enthusiast, (call letters K1YPP), and has authored many pieces for magazines such as the amateur radio journal, QST and other technical magazines.

He is also a lifelong motorcycle enthusiast. Over the years he's penned a number of motorcycle magazine adventure articles. One journey was to the Arctic Circle by motorcycle in 1987. All told it was a 10,028-mile (16,139 km) trip that took 28 days. He and a friend and rode from New Hampshire to British Columbia, then up to the Yukon and Northwest Territories and then over to Alaska. That trip also included bringing along a radio amateur station.

Dennis is a member of a number of organizations, including The American Bicyclist Assoc., Adventure Cycling, American Radio Relay League (ARRL), AARP, Appalachian Trail Club (ATC), ATC Florida, National Org. for Women (NOW), Humanists of Sarasota Bay and a host of local groups.

When not off wandering in the woods he stays under a roof in Sarasota, Florida.

He has a new book coming out soon: "Where Dad Dropped In:"" An 82nd Airborne Paratroopers Story

He is also the author of: "Three Hundred Zeroes, "A humorous hike on the Appalachian Trail.

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Life's Memories and Experiences

Future Eventa

The next time there is a fifth Wednesday of the month will be Dec. 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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