(Apologies from the Editor, whose proofreading skills failed her again, two months running. And a big Thank You! to Sandy for catching the ambiguous dates for the Freethinkers Meetup May 20th.)


A Human Note...


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

May 15: Annual Tom Paine Family Potluck Picnic at Bayview Park

May 20: Freethinkers Meetup at Bonelli's Italian Cafe

No First Friday FreeUp in May!



3rd Annual Tom Paine Family Pot-luck Picnic

Sunday, May 15 at Bayview Park

Join us for our third annual picnic celebrating the National Day of Reason. Friends, family, and pets are welcome! Bayview Park has picnic tables, barbecue grills, children's playground, dog park and beach, and lovely views of the bayou. Who knows what the weather will be like, but the food and the company are always great!

The Civics and Government Crew will join us to report on their legal battles with the City of Pensacola and Escambia County. David Suhor will provide an update on the status of the Bayview Cross and Christian invocations at public meetings; James Scaminaci will report on the controversy over the Divine Word radio tower; and Michael Kimberl will give us the latest on the City's attempts to stonewall efforts to aid the homeless at the Satoshi Forest camp. 



First Friday FreeUp cancelled for May:

See you at the picnic on the 15th!


Gulf Coast Freethinkers MeetUp

Friday, May 20

6:00-9:00 pm


Bonelli’s Cafe Italia

1217 N 9th Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32501 United States + Google Map
Website: http://www.bonelliscafeitalia.com/

This month’s topic will be Bahá’í religion, and we will have a guest speaker who will explain the history, beliefs and principles of Bahá’í.



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If you want to take a more active role in helping build the humanist community on the Gulf Coast, contact any of the committee and team chairs listed below:

Programs, Projects, and Events (PPE) Committee 

Events and FreeUps Team (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org): 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 (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org): 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 

Learning and Mentoring Team (Suren Shah, Team Leader, vpres@hwfl.org): responsible for identifying strategies to help school children in the area, whether it be academically or with life coaching.

Civics and Government Team (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org): 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 (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org):  responsible for reviewing the chapter’s bylaws.

Fundraising Team (Suren Shah, Team Leader, vpres@hwfl.org): responsible for encouraging donations from individuals and businesses interested in supporting HWF.

Grant Team (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org): responsible for soliciting grants from organizations that support to vision of HWF.

Membership Team (Buz Ryland, Team Leader, president@hwfl.org): responsible for rallying the base and building our membership in HWF.

Communications, Connections, and Promotions (CCP) Committee 

Newsletter Team (Kay Rudolph, Team Leader, secretary@hwfl.org): responsible for keeping our membership informed and active through monthly newsletters.

Publicity Team (Kay Rudolph, Team Leader, secretary@hwfl.org): responsible for developing tools to publicize HWF to build membership and member involvement.

Social Media Team (Amanda Kondrat'yev, Team Leader, amanda@hwfl.org): responsible for cultivating the conversation with the public and keeping our group relevant and fresh.

Website Management Team (Michael Kimball, Team Leader, michael@hwfl.org): responsible for designing and managing the humanistsofwestflorida.org website.

HWF Board of Directors:

President/Treasurer: Buz Ryland, president@hwfl.org

Vice President: Suren Shah, vpres@hwfl.org

Secretary: Kay Rudolph, secretary@hwfl.org


Charles Stauffer, charles@hwfl.org

Sedona Strong, sedona@hwfl.org

Amanda Kondrat'yev, amanda@hwfl.org

Michael Kimball, michael@hwfl.org


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.

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Membership dues and donations make the work of the Humanists of West Florida possible. You can join HWF by clicking the big red Membership button on the right, and then select whether you are a new or renewing member. You can pay online using PayPal, or you can send a check to Humanists of West Florida, P.O.Box 15328, Pensacola FL 32514. 

We're a 501c3 organization so your donations are tax deductible