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Purposes of HUSBAY
We are a nonprofit corporation created to foster a
community of freethinkers, dedicated to improving
the human condition through rational inquiry, creative thinking, and appropriate action.
- Provision of a forum for an informed and free exchange of ideas on critical and controversial problems and policies
- Provision for open discussion of the philosophical and moral basis of our society and encouraging ethical practices within our community and our country
- Provision of humanistic education in regard to issues that affect the human condition
- Advocating, defending and practicing the principles of democracy, free speech,civil rights, and the separation of church and state as expressed in the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions
Our Board of Directors
(Effective: May 1, 2013)
President Emeritus: Noel Smith
President: David Helgager
Treasurer: Ernie Kent
VP and Program Chair: Lois Shaper
Secretary: David Callahan
Officer (2nd of 2 year term): Lou Altman
Officer (2nd of 2 year term): Mary Magill
Officer (1 year term):Cork Hassel
Officer (2 year term): Joanne Grace
Officer (2 year term):Roy Wysnewski
Where: Center for Arts and Humanity (same location as the lectures) 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 7pm.
For the evening's agenda, please click here.
The Board Lunches with Humanists of Florida Leader
HUSBAY Board Luncheon with Teresa MacBain
Mouse over any face in this picture to identify it.
Teresa MacBain, former Executive Director of Humanists of Florida, recently met with the Board during a luncheon held in late June. Teresa updated the Board on the progress HFA is making in improving its membership and also the status of the annual conference slated for 2014. She also discussed the many issues affecting humanism in Florida.
Free Thought Conference
The Free Thought Conference held annually by the Florida Humanist Association will take place on October 10-12, 2014 in Orlando.
The venue will be announced soon along with the program and costs.
Our Annual Picnic
Happened on April 20, 2014 (11a.m.) at Turtle Beach Pavilion
Located at 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key, FL (See Map)
For those who tasted the sumptious Pavlova desert:
We've got the recipe.
Scenes From our 2014 Picnic:
Hope you were able to attend, but if you did not, here are some photos of our members
enjoying a fine spring day at the Turtle Beach Pavilion. Our thanks to the efforts of Meigs and
Darwin for their time and energy putting it all together.
Pictured Above: (Left) Judy & Bud, Penny & Jack, Darwin
(Right): Susan & Sandie arrive early to set up
Pictured Above: (Left): Bob and Carmelina
(Rght): Jack, Judy & Bud, Jack
Pictured Above: (Left): Judy & Bud, Meigs (tossing), Jim
(Right): Richard, Lou
Pictured Above: (Left):Marilyn, Bob (background), Penny's back to camera
(Right): Judy and Mary (practicing Meig's lessons)
Pictured Above: (Left): Dave&Judy H, Meigs, Judy W
(Right): Dave (background), Rich & Angela
Pictured Above: (Left): Roy, Sue T
(Right): Chuck, Meigs, Judy W, Judy H, Dave
Pictured Above: (Left Foreground): Barry, Jim, Rhea, Kathryn, Joanne, Susan
(Right): Cork, Lois, Paul
Pictured Above: (Left): Vienna, Keith, Sue, Karen, Karl
(Right): (Foreground) Karen, Karl
Pictured Above: (Left): The President speaks; the people EAT!
(Right): Sandie, Bob & Mary, Fred, Ernie
Pictured Above: (Left): Clockwise from top left - Marge & Fred, Ernie, Sandie's head, Bob & Mary
(Right): (Foreground): Daniel (Our youth member, and future Humanist Leader
If we have misidentified any of these photos, please notify: Webmaster
America's First Public Monument to Atheism
June 28, 2013, Bradford County Florida: Following a lawsuit and more than a year of controversy, at noon on Saturday a group called the American Atheists will unveil the United States’ first public monument to atheism in a square outside the County courthouse in Starke, Florida, near Jacksonville. The five-foot-long, grey granite bench and connecting pillar, which were built and engraved by local masons using granite quarried in Georgia, will feature secular quotes from the Founding Fathers as well as a statement from the organization’s founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, encapsulating the 50-year-old group’s views:
From HUSBAY Caring Committee:
As you know, HUSBAY has a weekly Wednesday lunch group at New Dynasty Restaurant in Sarasota. After almost 10 years of meeting there, we have come to think of staff as friends and sometimes even family. It is therefore, with sadness, that I must tell you of the death of the manager with the engaging smile, Andrew Tian, usually the first face we see at the entrance.
On Sunday evening, July 14, he chased three men who fled the restaurant without paying and was attacked and beaten. He was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he lingered in critical condition until he died on Friday, July 19. New Dynasty staff as well as customers
like us and the community have been grieving his loss. We have sent cards with member messages to the hospital and to New Dynasty staff. At this time we are unaware of any after life or memorial service. Many in HUSBAY wanted to memorialize Andrew. The board has set up a memorial fund, to go towards his son's education. Thanks to those members who have contributed.
Link to the story as covered by mysuncoast news.
HUSBAY Past President Jacqui Kinnie
Spoke at the Memorial Service
Held at the UCC, 1 Sunday, July 28
In Memory of Andrew Tian
Andrew, as we knew him, was a kind, generous and caring man with a ready smile and a warm greeting for all.
For over ten years, he graciously hosted the lunch bunch at HUSBAY with joy and love. He knew each of us by name ... gave many of us hugs, asked about our lives and our children, and was always willing to change the setting for another meeting. We shall always remember him with a smile in our heart.
With apologies to John Donne, the English poet of the 16th century:
No Man is an Island entire of itself;
Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,
Any man’s death diminishes us, because we are involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know
For whom the bell tolls.
It tolls for thee, Andrew ... we shall miss you.