The Fellowship of Freethought, as part of its mission to promote a family-friendly organization that emphasizes education, socialization, and charity, will be encouraging its members to gather together once a month to learn from each other, share in each others' lives, and coordinate outreach to the community. These "Gatherings" will combine music, short presentations, and special announcements all running alongside a fun yet educational youth program. Following presentations and youth activities is a potluck meal to encourage close fellowship among all members.
Monthly Theme: What can FOF do for you? What can you do for FOF?
This month, we'll talk about what FOF can do for its members and what its members can do for FOF. We'll:
celebrate FOF's volunteers who are good without gods, talk about who and where we are as a group, answer your questions about the group, and listen to your thoughts on where we should go as an organization.
Let's make this potluck great for everyone by following some time–tested tips…
Bring a main dish, or hearty side. FoFDallas will supply the desserts, drinks, ice, napkins, plates, cups, and eating utensils. Tip: home–cooked is better and cheaper than pre–made foods at the store, but those are an alternative if you are in a rush.
Bring a sufficient amount. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough to feed yourself, your family, and your guests — as if that were all you had to eat — preferably with some left over.
Food should be "ready to serve". It should be cooked, cut, and ready for someone to quickly put it on their plate as they walk through the line.
Label your item. Use a notecard to indicate what the item is, and perhaps what is in it (if it's not obvious). If it's vegetarian and/or vegan–friendly, you can note that as well. This is especially important if your dish contains one of the most common food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts (groundnuts), nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts), fish, shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps), soy products, and wheat.
If you are able to plan your pot luck dish in advance, or at least know the type of dish you can commit to bringing, please indicate main, side, vegetarian, diabetic, etc in your RSVP comments.
If you have your own suggestions on how to make the potluck better, please let Whitney know.
Applications for Voting Membership will be collected at the Gatherings.
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