Humanists of West Florida

April 2015 Newsletter

First Friday FreeUp, April 3! 

In This Issue...

• From the President

• First Friday FreeUp April 3: Sean's Outpost: A different kind of homeless outreach

• Upcoming Events

• Openly Secular: Tell One Person Pledge

• Your Board of Directors

• Partners for Secular Activism: Upcoming Classes Available


From the President...


Hello member and friends. The voting members of the Humanists of West Florida should have received via email on March 22nd the notice for nominations to run
for election to the Board of Directors. We have a staggered system of electing three this year and then four in 2016 to fill the board of seven. The position is for two years and requires participation on our Committees. If you are a paid member you will vote in May. If you are a friend of HWF and you are interested in helping and guiding our local chapter, please join today. Twenty five dollars will take you through June of 2016, and it is ten dollars for students, or low income. Please prepare to exercise your right to vote, and please, if you are interested go to this link and fill in the nomination form and send it by April 17th.

Thanks for your support, 

Buz Ryland, President

Humanists of West Florida


First Friday FreeUp:

TED Talk: 

Sean's Outpost: A different kind of homeless outreach


Friday, April 3

6:00-8:00 pm 

Sluggo's Vegetarian Restaurant

101 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502 (Back room.)

TOPIC: Can a non-theist have a spiritual experience? 

Join the Humanists of West Florida at the First Friday FreeUp on April 3 with our guest speaker Jason King, founder of Sean’s Outpost and driving force behind the establishment of Satoshi Forest, a 9-acre sanctuary for the homeless in Pensacola. In addition to being the largest distributor of meals to the homeless in Escambia County, Sean’s Outpost has “the unique distinction of being the ONLY homeless outreach in the world primarily funded by cryptocurrency.”

Note: Sluggo's is a VEGAN restaurant--Please place your orders as soon as you arrive, and let the servers know you'll be in the back room at the HWF FreeUp. We're informal--we each will eat as our meal arrives, and do our best to chew softly while the presentation is on. Introductions will be from 6-6:30, Jason will begin speaking at 6:30, and we'll have Q&A and discussion afterwards.

Sluggos menu:
(No, your eyes aren't fooling you: Sluggos is vegetarian. It's earned 4.3 stars on google reviews--so try it, you'll like it!)


Upcoming Events:

April 18:

HWF will table at the annual Earth Day Festival. We will need people to sit at the table to greet festival-goers and talk about humanism and what HWF does.

May 8:

Thomas Paine National Day of Reason Picnic. This has been a great way to meet other humanists. Very family friendly event. Put it on your calendar now and come join us!


Join us and celebrate Openly Secular Day by pledging to Tell One Person.

Openly Secular Day is on April 23rd, just under a month away! This year, we are asking people to take part in our Tell One Person campaign to make the world more accepting of secular people.

Take the pledge and be open about your secular identity on April 23rd!

You can still take part in the Tell One Person campaign even if you are already open: try telling someone you haven’t yet, telling a total stranger, or make a video for Openly Secular to help others who are just opening up!

There are other ways you can take part in Openly Secular Day too: check out our website for more information, and to take the pledge.

Thank you!

The Openly Secular Team


HWF Board of Directors

President/Treasurer: Buz Ryland,

Vice President: Suren Shah,

Secretary: Kay Rudolf,


Charles Stauffer,

Sedona Strong,

Amanda Kondrat'yev,

Michael Kimball,

Become an HWF Member!

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 15000 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!


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How are we using Social Media?

We now have a Facebook group!

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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.