A Human Note...


A quick update on what's coming up in March 2016


Dear Humanists of West Florida members,

It's election time again! Elections to the HWF Board of Directors are staggered to have 3 members elected one year, and 4 the next. This year four(4) positions are up for election.

Now is the time for YOU to consider helping to facilitate the advancement of human thought and action on the Gulf Coast by being a Board member with the Humanists of West Florida!

Please read the following review of what membership on the Board entails, and when you are ready to add your name to our list of nominees, please complete the application at: http://humanistsofwestflorida.org/bod/bod­-application/ and submit by April 1.

Term of Office: Two years.

The Board meets regularly and Board members may also choose to serve on committees or as team leaders (see the list of HWF committees and teams at the bottom of this newsletter). In addition, Board members volunteer their time at events, projects, and HWF Programs. How much time depends on how deeply you choose to get involved in developing, organizing, and implementing projects. We leave it to you to negotiate a level of engagement that keeps you involved and informed yet doesn’t take away from your personal life.

Board and Committee Meetings: 8 meetings per year

Full preparation and participation is expected of each member serving on the Board. The full Board currently meets at least 4 times per year, once each quarter. The three committees also meet 4 times per year, each meeting held the month before the full Board meets. We try to keep our Board and committee meetings under 2 hours each meeting. Meetings are frequently held online via Google Hangouts, but we may also meet at a restaurant or a Board member's home. Board members are expected to attend at least 6 meetings, including at a minimum 3 full Board meetings. 

HWF Committees (see detailed descriptions of each committee at the bottom of this Newsletter)

Attending and actively participating in committee meetings is essential for HWF to achieve its goals. Until our active membership increases, we need each Board Member to commit to participating on at least one committee. 

For more information:

• HWF By-laws: http://humanistsofwestflorida.org/about/bylaws/

• Board Member Job Description: http://humanistsofwestflorida.org/bod/bod-­job­-description

• Application for Board membership (due April 1): http://humanistsofwestflorida.org/bod/bod-­application/

Again, thank you for considering becoming a director and leader of humanism on the Gulf Coast!

Your Nominating Committee of the Humanists of West Florida


First Friday FreeUp

Open Discussion: What's on your mind?

Friday, March 4

6:00-9:00 pm

Xiscali Mexican Restaurant

920 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502

Open discussion, with a twist: 
After our initial meet and greet, we'll pass around index cards for people to write out a question or comment,. Then Buz will read off each card one at a time and we'll have a round-the-table discussion about its topic -- limiting each speaker to 90 seconds at a shot -- until we wear out the topic, and then we'll go on to the next card. 

(We planned to try this at our January meetup, but the venue was too noisy -- though we did have a great night chatting together. At Xiscali we'll have the back room to ourselves, so we'll finally get to try this new round-table discussion starter!)


Gulf Coast Freethinkers MeetUp

Saturday, March 19

6:00-9:00 pm


101 S Jefferson St, Pensacola, FL 32502
Excellent selection of beers and cider on tap, as well as some great vegan snacks and dinners.


Programs, Projects, and Events (PPE) Committee 

Events and FreeUps Team: responsible for making awesome, interesting and informative social gatherings, special events and picnics to further fellowship within the community. Current projects include:

• Monthly FreeUps and Meetups

• Annual ­Charlie Darwin Chili Cook-­Off & Fundraiser in ­Feb.

• Annual Day of Reason Picnic­ in May

• Annual Come-Fly-a-Kite Beach Party & Fundraiser­ in Aug.

• Annual HWF Carl Sagan Picnic in ­Nov.

Homeless and Hungry Team: responsible for the homeless outreach programs and coordinating the mass distribution of food to low income families in the Gulf Coast area. Current projects include:

• Food Bank Distribution­/MLK Day of Service in ­January, and a second distribution in the autumn.

• Homeless Help 

Young and Youth Team: responsible for identifying strategies to help school children in the area, whether it be academically or with life coaching.

Civics and Government Team: responsible for making sure our voice is heard in the public community, and promoting a positive image for non-theists in the area.

Finance, Fundraising, and Membership (FFM) Committee 

Bylaw Team:  responsible for reviewing the chapter’s bylaws.

Fundraising Team: responsible for encouraging donations from individuals and businesses interested in supporting HWF.

Bylaw Team:  responsible for reviewing the chapter’s bylaws.

Fundraising Team: responsible for encouraging donations from individuals and businesses interested in supporting HWF.

Grant Team: responsible for soliciting grants from organizations that support to vision of HWF.

Membership Team: responsible for rallying the base and building our membership in HWF.

Communications, Connections, and Promotions (CCP) Committee 

Newsletter Team: responsible for keeping our membership informed and active through monthly newsletters.

Publicity Team: responsible for developing tools to publicize HWF to build membership and member involvement.

Social Media Team: responsible for cultivating the conversation with the public and keeping our group relevant and fresh.

Website Management Team: responsible for designing and managing the humanistsofwestflorida.org website.


The Mission of the Humanists of West Florida

... is 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.

Our Purpose: to provide education, service opportunities, and to create a sense of community for humanists, atheists, agnostics and other non­-religious persons.