Hello, fellow Peoria-area secular humanists!
Thanks to all of you who came to our last business meeting on May 22nd. We had good turnout with 17 people there. Here are the results of the meeting:
- We decided to join other Central Illinois secular humanist groups to form IlliniCOR - Illini Coalition of Reason. This would be a local version of United Coalition of Reason - a national organization that funds the posting of billboards friendly to secular humanists/atheists/agnostics/freethinkers, etc. The billboard our coalition has selected would be a sunrise with the words, "Don't believe in God? Join the club." Part of the idea is the billboard would drive traffic to local groups like ours. We have to do some things to get ready for this - have a group description, have a way to receive inquiries from people (an email address, a web site, etc.), and more. Several of us are working on those tasks. If you're interested in helping, please get in touch. The Springfield Area Freethinkers group is leading this effort generally, so many thanks to them for doing that.
- We also discussed several other ideas, such as staffing an "Ask an Atheist" booth at events, holding an End of the World party, celebrating the life of fellow Peorian Robert Ingersoll, helping with area charities, and maybe holding speaking events with Bradley professors. (If I missed something, please be in touch.) We would need people to volunteer to make any of these actually happen.
- We also decided to hold quarterly "business" meetings, with social meetings from time to time. Matt Wolff volunteered to organize the business meetings, and Nick DeTrempe volunteered to organize the social meetings. Look for more information from them. (In fact, Nick has already suggested a social meeting for next week through Meetup.) We did settle on a schedule for the business meetings. Again, they will be quarterly on this schedule: July 17, Oct. 23, and Jan. 15.
That's all for now, I think. Please let me know if I missed anything or got something wrong. Thanks again to everyone for coming out. See you soon,
Bill Poorman, Peoria Secular Humanist Society