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Merger of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego with San Diego Secular Humanist Outreach

From: Debbie
Sent on: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 10:06 AM

Dear HFSD Members,

It is with great pleasure that I announce the merger of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego with our sister group, San Diego Secular Humanist Outreach (SDSHOut). 

We will continue to operate as the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego. This merger, which is technically a dissolution of SDSHOut and a transfer of all operations, assets and liabilities to HFSD, Inc., offers SDSHOut members the benefits of affiliation with the American Humanist Association as a Chartered Chapter, 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, and the protections/benefits of incorporation.

The merger, initiated by Gary Linscott (founder and Immediate Past President of SDSHOut) and Wilfredo Perez (President of SDSHOut), received unanimous approval by the HFSD Board of Directors at the HFSD board meeting on October 16, 2011. During that meeting, Wilfredo Perez was elected to the office of HFSD Vice President and Gary Linscott was elected to the office of HFSD Treasurer.

The decision to fold SDSHOut into the HFSD resulted from a long-standing harmonious relationship between the two groups, a shared philosophy well articulated by the Humanist Manifesto III, and a common mission to provide educational and social opportunities for our members and the San Diego community in general.  During the past few years we have shared board members, lecture leaders, and event hosts, and we have numerous dues-paying members and Meetup participants in common. We have routinely advertised and attended each others' programs.  HFSD and SDSHOut have increasingly co-hosted events while retaining two governing bodies, two websites, two Meetup groups, two treasuries, etc. 

The merger allows us to better pursue our mission and deliver services more efficiently by:

  • combining our strengths and talents allowing for a wider array of programming
  • eliminating the duplication of services and utilizing scarce resources more effectively
  • consolidating volunteer leadership obligations
  • increasing our geographic reach
  • strengthening our impact on the San Diego community by eliminating the confusion of identities
  • eliminating the need to pay annual dues to two separate organizations


We are grateful for your past support of both organizations, and hope that you will continue to help us fulfill our mission by continuing your membership with the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego.  All dues paying members of SDSHOut are considered dues paying members of HFSD through December 2011. Members who renew their membership with the HFSD in January of 2012 are eligible to vote for board officers and board members at the HFSD annual meeting in February of 2012. 

SDSHOut members are encouraged to join the HFSD Meetup Group

  Note!  The SDSHOut website and Meetup page will be taken down December 31, 2011 

If you have any questions about this exciting news and what it will mean for you, please contact any of us at any time. My contact information is included, and the other board members can be emailed through Meetup. 


Best regards,

Debbie Allen

President, Humanist Fellowship of San Diego

[address removed]


Wilfredo Perez, Vice President (President of SDSHOut)

James Zimmerman, Secretary

Gary Linscott, Treasurer (founder of SDSHOut and former board member of HFSD)

Madeline Cohen, Board Member

Susi Reed, Board Member

Michael Summers, Board Member


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