A successful meeting on Monday February 25, left all those who attended motivated to keep moving forward with establishing a new organisation too represent the atheist, agnostic and non-religious community of South Australia.
Every member of Adelaide Atheists, who is interested in creating a viable, transparent, inclusive and truly representative atheist organisation, is welcome to attend and take part in these meetings. The views of all members of the atheist community of Adelaide and South Australia is important to those already involved.
- Election of a Chair and minute taker
- Approval of previous meeting's minutes
- Business arising
- Objectives of the organisation - Gareth, David, Cat, Bernard, Scott
- Name of the Organisation - all
- New Business
- Constitution and organisation operating guidlines
- Date of next meeting
- Meeting Close
Below is a summary of the decisions made at the meeting on the 25th (full and detailed minutes will be posted once they have been approved as an accurate record of the meeting):
Scott S (organiser of AdelaideAtheists) was elected to Chair the meetings
Janette was elected to take detailed minutes of the meeting
A set of guidelines for the future objects of the organisation were agreed upon:
1.Freedom from religion. Choose terms and explain.
2.Rationalist and sceptical.
3.Education and educating the public. Individuals phrased broadly to both run education events and challenge education events.
4.Peak body of Atheist representatives in South Australia.
5.Fostering sense of community between atheists. It is important to provide assistance to religious “drop outs”. (Adrian raised concerns about providing counselling. Scott suggested that where counselling is required people will be referred on.)
Gareth, David, Bernard, Cat and Scott volunteered to shape the objects for the organisation based upon these guidelines and attempting to limit them to approximately 4 or 5 objectives. The volunteers were endorsed by those present at the meeting, requiring them to report back at the following meeting.
People who attended the meeting were requested to come to the following meeting with ideas for a name to incorporate this new organisation under.
The date for the next meeting was set for 6:30 (7pm start) on Thursday 14th March. This was done to allow those who are interested but unable to attend on a Monday evening.
Gareth was nominated to explore finding alternate venues suitable for the type of meetings that we will be having.