1:00–1:15 PM: Social
1:15–1:45 PM: Business Meeting, including board appointment confirmation, see below
1:45–2:00 PM: Break
2:00–3:30 PM: Jim G. Helton Presentation
4:00 PM: Join us for Dinner at Hoa Bien, 1105 University Ave W
Jim G. Helton with American Atheists: The Time is Now
What is an “atheist issue”? American Atheists redefines what that is. They challenge the status quo. In doing so, they lay out a plan to fight for equality and the true separation of religion and government. If you are not happy with the way things are, then the time is now to make a change.
Jim G. Helton, the National Field Organizer for American Atheists, will be visiting freethought groups in Minnesota over the course of four days in mid-October to bring us up-to-date on what American Atheists is doing, how they can help us, and how we can help them.
Minnesota Atheists is a Local Partner of American Atheists, due to our high level of activism. In addition, Minnesota Atheists’ past president, August Berkshire, serves on the national board of directors of American Atheists and is their Minnesota State Director.
Helton co-founded the Tri-State Freethinkers and was appointed American Atheists’ Kentucky State Director. Under his leadership, Tri-State Freethinkers adopted the highway in front of the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and led a protest that received international attention.
Helton has been quoted in numerous news outlets, including The New York Times, Miami Herald, and The Washington Post. He is a fixture in local media and has given interviews for international television specials in France, Switzerland, and elsewhere.
As National Field Organizer, Mr. Helton works with affiliates, local partners, and state directors to challenge religious privilege and fight to protect church/state separation at the local level by building coalitions around specific issue campaigns, including medically accurate sex education, LGBT non-discrimination ordinances, and religious exemptions.
Announced in the last newsletter, board member August Berkshire has resigned from the board to pursue a greater role with American Atheists. This created a vacancy on the board. Our bylaws allow the board to appoint members to vacant positions, the appointment needing approval from the dues-paying membership. The board has chosen to appoint member Ben Blanchard. We will be asking for dues-paying members to approve of this appointment during the Business Portion of this meeting starting at 1:15 PM.
Board member positions are up for election annually. At the January Public Meeting we will accept nominations, at the February Public Meeting the election is held, and the new board takes effect on March 1st. Please consider running! Must be a dues paying member for a minimum of 6 months before taking office on March 1st.