Humanists of West Florida

October, 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue...

• From the President

• Saturday, October 4: One Million Earths: The life-force between creation and evolution

• National Make a Difference Day: Trash Pickup


• Opportunity to make a difference!

• Upcoming Events: Carl Sagan Day of Honor

• Share Your Voice

• Get Involved! HWF Committee Action


From the President...

Hello members and associates,

Your board of directors met on September 26th at Bayview Community Park and have approved some up­coming projects and events. First, we are delighted to be planning a fall picnic similar to our May­­­ Tom Paine National Day of Reason picnic. Six months later we are planning a November­­­ Carl Sagan Cosmic Day of Honor. It is named such as to honor all the lives that have left us. Our loved ones, family, and friends, and all of the billions and billions of life in the cosmos, and of course Carl Sagan. Put the date in your calendars for Saturday, November 8, at Bayview Park Pavilion in Pensacola from 3­-7pm. We'd love to see as many of you as possible, so watch for our promotions and please come out and honor your loved ones.

For this years National Make A Difference Day on Saturday, we will schedule a Hi-way Pickup for our section on Nine Mile Rd, October 25th. We'll start at 10am and pickup until noon, and then lunch together. We need a team of 8 to get it done right so mark your calendars again.

We are also working on plans for another food distribution to those in need before the holidays so watch for that also as it is a great feeling to help others who need food.

Finally, we are talking about ways to help the children in the area by tutoring and food help, and ways to help the homeless with hygiene and supplies backpacks and a possible garden.

Your board is active in planning and working on ways we Humanists can help those who need it while continuing to build community on the Gulf Coast.

See you around our events this fall.

Best Regards,
Buz Ryland, President
Humanists of West Florida


October 4 (replaces our First Friday FreeUp)

Presentation--One Million Earths: The life-force between creation and evolution

Saturday, October 4, 7:00 pm 




Location: Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio

In the WSRE-TV building at the corner of College Blvd. and North 12th Ave. on the Pensacola State College campus, Pensacola, FL

The Topic: Presentation--One Million Earths: The life-force between creation and evolution

"Imagine as you peer into the inky darkness of a moonless night, sitting in the moist grass of nighttime on a world that the human race calls “home.” As recently as 25 years in our past the human race was fascinated with the onslaught of UFO’s, yet content to believe that life on our Earth was, somehow, unique.  The star-filled sky seemed so vast, yet so empty. Were we alone on Earth throughout the cosmos?"

For more details on the speaker and the presentation, check 

A group plans to meet AFTER the presentation at Miller's Ale House, 5906 N Davis Hwy Pensacola (just east of Rooms To Go on Airport Blvd.).


Make a Difference Day


Saturday, OCTOBER 25


Celebrate National Make a Difference Day by making a difference! Come help other humanists pick up trash on our designated section of Nine Mile Road.

We need a team of 8! Please join us! 

Meet at Ballpark on Nine Mile--look for our HWF banner.

Lunch or Brunch afterwards for those that are interested.

Please RSVP so we can make sure we have enough equipment, bags, and safety gear. Please let us know even if you are not certain you will be able to participate. It's easier to have too much than it is to not have enough.

The state provides the tools we need, you should wear comfortable clothing, bring WATER, sunscreen, and gloves.


Thank you to David Suhor for lighting a fire under us! We're working on getting some names on the list for non-religious convocations. Here's a clip of David speaking at an Escambia School Board open forum:

David's latest edition of a non-Christian invocation. Enjoy!

NOTICE: This will continue to run in the newsletter to keep members and friends updated about this opportunity.

Here's your chance to get involved and make a difference, right here in Pensacola!

Old News: The City Council and County Commission still offer invocations (almost exclusively Xtian prayers) before every meeting.

Good News: Anyone can deliver an invocation! You just have to ask. From what I can tell, they need volunteers. I've done it three times, offering non-prayers and mocking pan/non-theist prayers. We need more! PLEASE PARTICIPATE. Here's how.

CITY: Contact Ericka Burnett ( and ask to be included on the list. Don't accept no for an answer. You don't have to be a clergyman, nor should you be put off for months. Currently, they have a list of local churches they ask and they have a hard time finding speakers. Why not fill that list with free thinkers?

COUNTY: Contact a commissioner. They choose who will speak. Yes, they mostly pick Xtians too. Here is the rotation: 

October 9, 2014 District 1 – Commissioner Robertson
October 23, 2014 District 2 – Commissioner Valentino
November 6, 2014 District 3 – Commissioner May
November 20, 2014 District 4 – Commissioner Robinson
December 11, 2014 District 5 – Commissioner Barry
January 8, 2015 District 1 – Commissioner Robertson

PLEASE, let's get some diversity into this archaic, religion-dominated practice. 

Here's some information about giving a secular invocation.

If you'd like to know more about getting involved in offering a humanist/secular invocation at a meeting, or discuss this more, contact David Suhor at 850 512-2220.


Coming Up...

Carl Sagan Day of Honor

Join us to honor our loved ones, family, and friends, and all of the billions and billions of life in the cosmos, and of course Carl Sagan.

Mark your calendars for:

Saturday, November 8

Bayview Park Pavilion




Would you like to guest post in our newsletter or our blog?

We want to keep our newsletter informative, and local. If you are interested in writing about local events and activities, inform readers about local personalities activities in our greater communities, or even have photos or artwork related to humanism you'd like to share, please submit your 500 words or less article by the 20th of each month for consideration. (Not all submissions will be published, depending on the space available.)


HWF Board of Directors

President: Buz Ryland,

Vice President: Suren Shah,

Treasurer: Amanda Kondrat'yev,

Secretary: Kay Rudolf,


• Michael Fulford,

• Charles Stauffer,

• Sedona Strong,


Here's a list of some of the things we've done so far:

• Gave out Personal Care Packets for the Homeless

• Adopted 2 miles of Nine Mile Road for beautification

• Purchased and gave out 500 pounds of food to families in need

• Began monthly FreeUps to build social community and spark discussion

• Received $1500 grant from AHA

• Received several generous donations from local businesses and individuals

• We'd like to do so much more, but we need YOUR help! Come join us!



Get Involved!



Want to get involved in some of our activities and help build our humanist community? Contact the committee chairs and find out how you can help!

You can find a brief outline of our committee structure HERE.


• FFM Chair/Contact Person: Buz Ryland - Email:

• Committee Members: Suren Shah,  Michael Fulford, Sedona Strong


• CCP Chair/Contact Person: Kay Rudolph - Email:

• Committee Members: Michael Fulford, Rose Jansen, Amanda Kondrat'yev


• PPE Chair/Contact Person: Charles Stauffer - Email:

• Committee Members: Suren Shah, Kay Rudolph, Robin Tillman

Committee member emails:

Charles Stauffer:

Michael Fulford:



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The Mission of the Humanists of West Florida... to facilitate the advancement of humanist thought and action in Pensacola and surrounding areas by interconnecting groups of humanists, atheists, agnostics and non-religious. We will strive for equal participation in government and societal life through building strategic partnerships with other humanist and freethought organizations and with our religious neighbors to advance the greater good of humanity.