What we're about
The Missoula Area Secular Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization fostering a community of atheists, secular humanists, agnostics, skeptics, and other non-theists in and around Missoula, Montana.
Be sure to also join our other group for unofficial member organized events (https://www.meetup.com/Missoula-Area-Secular-Society-Member-Organized-Events).
Upcoming events (4+)
It's time for the semiannual cleanup of our Adopt-a-Highway section on MT 200. We will bag trash along a two-mile stretch of the highway east of Bonner.
Saturday, June 3 at 10 am
Meet east of Bonner on Highway 200 at the “Weigh Station Fishing Access Site.” This parking area is just past mile marker #1 on the left side of the road. We will go through paperwork, arrange carpooling, and depart by 10:15 for the cleanup area, which lies between mile markers 4 and 6. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring work gloves, appropriate attire for the weather, and long-handled grabbers or picks, if you have them.
After the cleanup, we will provide lunch at Kettlehouse’s Bonner Taproom.
We could use 8 people for this task. If you sign up, be sure to indicate the number of people in your party so we can obtain enough safety vests, etc., for participants.
Please inquire if you have questions.
- Julie D.
- Brad M.
- dan j.
- 7 attendees
We are heading back to Panera for long-standing Sunday brunch event. Panera Bread is located on North Reserve in the same lot as Target. They have both breakfast and lunch dining options. We (Holtom) have eaten there several times and been very pleased with the food and cost. They do not have wait staff, so place your order at the counter as you enter. You may then take your drinks to the dining room, which should be reserved for us. Panera staff will bring you anything prepared in the kitchen. The room has a number of 4-top tables, so we won't be all sitting at a large table, but feel free to play "musical chairs" with fellow MASS members! I'm not really sure exactly how many we can seat comfortably, so capping at 24 until we get a feel for how well that number works. If we go back, that number may be adjusted as necessary.
Note the time difference from our recent trips to the Montana Club!
You must be fully vaccinated to attend.
- Roger & Linda H.
- Theron G.
- Brad M.
- 8 attendees
The Charlie Russell Chew Choo is Montana's only dinner train (unless you ride Amtrak's Empire Builder!). The train departs near Lewistown and travels 28 miles to Denton. You may recall Denton was essentially destroyed in a wildfire last year. The route travels through the Judith Basin, crossing 3 trestles and a tunnel. Speaking from personal experience, the scenery is spectacular, the food decent, and the trip is unforgettable! Please note that the date and time are approximate. The 2023 schedule will not be posted until early in January. After they post the schedule, I'll update the date. So this early posting on Meetup is to gauge interest, with specifics to follow later. This is a two day trip. You will need about 4 1/2 hours to drive from Missoula to Lewistown. Then check into your hotel room, and travel to the loading platform for the train, about 10 miles and 25 minutes from downtown Lewistown. The train return around 8:30 or 9:00, so traveling back to western MT is pretty much out of the question. There are several motels, lodges, B&Bs and RV parks in and around Lewistown. We stayed at the Super 8. Nothing fancy, your basic chain motel, but fine for the limited time you'll be there.
If you'd like to extend your stay, the area has several items of interest. The Bear Gulch Pictographs (see their website for details) is about 30 miles from Lewistown. The Central Montana Historical Museum is right in town. The Big Springs Trout Hatchery & Park is only about 15 minutes from town and is quite impressive. Nice place for a picnic lunch!
One warning when an actual date is posted and tickets go on sale: Jump on it immediately! The tickets go pretty fast, and every trip will be sold out! So no time to waste! We'll try to keep you updated via Meetup and the MASS newsletter. Please post your comments if you are interested so I can tell if any interest in this event!
UPDATE: The schedule has been posted. Good possible dates are June 10, July 15, or August 5. If you are interested, please post on Meetup what your preferred date would be. As soon as I tally the results, I'll post the final date. You may purchase either regular or VIP tickets. Please go to montanadinnertrain.com to see the differences in tickets. If you like, you can also post which ticket you'll probably opt for. Whether we have members desiring both ticket classes or not, be sure to indicate on your purchase that you are a MASS member and would like to sit at a table with other members, to the extent possible. It should be an interesting and gorgeous trip!
UPDATE #2: Okay, the final date is June 10! Go ahead and make your reservations! The VIP package includes a T-shirt, a free drink, and priority boarding, otherwise the same. Please make sure and mention you want to be seated with the MASS group, and you might also mention Nancy and Rob Karas, since they have already purchased tickets. We have stayed at the Super 8 in Lewistown, which is your basic motel. Clean, breakfast included. Make sure you arrive in time to board up to 1 hour before departure at 5:30. It is about 30 minutes from the motel to the boarding area. We can certainly car-pool to the train from whatever motels you choose in town. And if anyone wants to carpool from Missoula you might mention that in the comments. All aboard!
UPDATE #3: Big snag! I had checked Lewistown Chamber of Commerce and eliminated dates with big events, so we could find rooms easily. Well, never considered large weddings! Our first choice for lodging, the Super 8 is completely books, as are several other hotels. The B & B motel only has 3 rooms left and they are going fast! Not much close by to stay, trying to get to Great Falls or Big Timber is close to 2 hours from Lewistown, not a fun trip at 10:00! So tossing out the idea of changing dates to one of the other alternatives listed above. Those (including me) who have already made reservations can get them changed. What do you think? Please share your thoughts! Sorry about the confusion!
- Roger & Linda H.
- Maureen S.
- Janice W.
- 5 attendees
The Readers enMASS book club meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month, at 7 pm at the Western Montana's LGBTQ+ Community Center, at 127 N Higgins Ave, Suite 202.
Anyone who would like to join the Readers en MASS book club or anyone just interested in a specific discussion is more than welcome to attend.
The discussion leader will provide treats, so please RSVP if you plan to attend, so that we know how many treats and how many chairs to set up.
All participants must be fully vaccinated to attend.
- April 20, The Book Your Church Doesn't Want You to Read, Tim C. Leedom, Editor
- May 18, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcom Gladwell
- June 15, How the Mind Works, Steven Pinker
- July 20, The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin
- Brad M.
- 1 attendee