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
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.
Several of our HUSBAY members attended the HFA 2012
conference, held in Lakeland, Florida Sept. 28 -30th.
Although the conference is now over, here is a link to the
Florida Humanists website, featuring a description of the event.
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.
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.