On Saturday, October 10, 2020, the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie held our annual Members Meeting. This is the time members get a run down of how the group operated in the previous fiscal year and we elect members to our Board of Directors.Continue reading “COVID A Big Drag For Group in 2020”
For the month of August and September 2020, the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie will be holding a Fall Fundraiser. Our goal is to raise $1000 that will be used to support the operation of the group and educating the public about the group and Humanism for the 2021 Fiscal Year.
If you donate at least $40, you will have a choice of one of these great gifts:Continue reading “Donate To Our Fall Fundraiser”
SHoWLE is opening nominations for our Board of Directors.
According to our Bylaws we are allowed to have up to seven (7) Board members who meet between business meetings to operate the group, develop and approve budgets, and elect officers for the group.Continue reading “2020 Board Nominations Now Open”
Thanks to a member, we found out we had a mistake in our treasury reporting. It involved how we reported donations coming from people using PayPal. No donations were lost, only the summaries we created didn’t record the donations as donations. Fiscal Year 2020 has been corrected where the issue occurred and summaries that have been updated are marked with “Corrected”on our Monthly Treasury Summary page. Fiscal Year 2019 will be checked this weekend and summaries will be corrected if needed.Continue reading “We Made A Mistake”
As the state of Ohio battens down the hatches to battle the COVID-19 outbreak, many of our friends and family are being affected by the increasing need to “flatten the curve”.
The Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie (SHoWLE) cares not only about our members, friends, and family, we also care about our community during this difficult time.Continue reading “We will have a virtual meeting”
This holiday season, the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie (SHoWLE) participated in two service projects. One was an outreach to prisoners and the other was adopting a family.Continue reading “Two Holiday Service Projects Completed”
This weekend I am attending Skepticon 11 in St. Louis, MO with Shawn and Peggy. Skepticon is a free convention for seculars and skeptics.
Shawn and I are having a good time, meeting new people, getting new ideas, and communing with people who have similar world views as we do.
I’ve learned how to make an awesome podcast and how to persuade people on issues I think are important. I also learned about the religious right’s effort to have special laws passed in state legislatures through their Project Blitz initiative. Did you know Ohio has a chapter of the Prayer Caucus? It lobbies state legislators in Columbus.
Shawn and I are bringing back meeting and event ideas for the coming year.
The only misstep to this year’s conference is it being scheduled during the 5th Anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. He was shot and killed by a white police officer just 10 miles away in Ferguson. Until one of the talks this evening, Skepticon made no effort to acknowledge the event. I hope they do better next time in making sure there are no conflicts like that or at least dedicate some time to marking those kinds of tragedies.
Shawn walked around the area where our hotel is located and mentioned to me she saw a lot of homeless people. It made me consider that a convention like Skepticon should include a community service project so participants experience life outside the hotel.
I do want to attend another Skepticon in the future. This type of convention is needed by people in our community.
We get asked how can someone support Humanism in Toledo and Northwest Ohio? The Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie programming and operation is funded by membership fees, donations, and grants. There are many ways you can support our work.Continue reading “How Can You Support Humanism In Toledo?”
The Board of Directors held their first meeting on October 16th and the first thing on the agenda was electing officers for the year.
President: Doug Berger
Vice President: Shawn Meagley
Secretary: Margarette Webster
Treasurer: Larry Brach
Minutes of the meeting and other news will be shared soon.
SHoWLE kicked off our programing year with a speaker who gave us ideas on how to be a trans ally. We visited the Adams Street Cafe’ and in October we will be discussing Humanism and Politics. Continue reading “Fall Is A Time For Growth At SHoWLE”