Humanists of West Florida

February 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue...

  • From the President
  • February Community Service Project
  • February First Friday FreeUp
  • Help the UWF Secular Student Alliance with a project (SSA)
  • HWF Committee Structure
  • What's happening at HWF
  • Adopt-a-Highway Pickup
  • Member Survey

From the HWF President...

reader, we had a great turnout for our first event of the year with 72 people attending our Tom Neilson performance. What a wonderful way to start off the new year!

The HWF Board of Directors has been busy brainstorming and we're ready to get our membership involved this year. Committees are being formed and we'll be sending out a survey to find out how our members and friends want to be involved in creating community and doing good in NW Florida.

Our next community service project is coming up very soon (see more info below!) so don't miss an opportunity to join with other humanists in doing good!

We're going to need 30+ volunteers to help set up the distribution areas and help families fill their boxes. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves and do something worthwhile by helping 110 families in need. 

There are lots of ways to help so give Suren or Barry a call or email and let them know that they can count on you. 

This project was made possible by a generous donation from WTEC and by YOU! Our members are our supporters and doers. Find out how you can help!

This is a jam-packed newsletter, look below to also find out about our next First Friday FreeUp, learn about our committee structure, and take a survey about how YOU would like to become involved in HWF!

Thank you!

Rose Jansen, HWF President

We Need Your Help!

Please join us on Feb. 9 for this community service project. We are getting an outpouring of volunteers but we need YOU, the HWF membership, to participate so we can show the young adults that are volunteering their time (from UWF) how humanists pull together when they're needed! See you soon! (Click HERE to go to a printable version.)

First Friday FreeUp:

Alain de Botton "Atheist 2.0" CHURCH?

Join us for our next First Friday FreeUp on February 7, 5:45-7:00 pm at Open Books Bookstore1040 N Guillemard St, Pensacola, FL 32501. Join us after the FreeUp at a local restaurant to continue the discussion.

The Topic: Alain de Botton "Atheist 2.0" CHURCH? (TEDTalk video)

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" -- call it Atheism 2.0 -- that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Support our local SSA!

Bring your Jeans to our next First Friday FreeUp on February 7, 5:45 pm at Open Books Bookstore!

 The UWF SSA is collecting jeans to benefit homeless youth. Please bring your jeans, of any size, any brand, from childrens to adults. If you have any questions, please contact Brittany at! Also, To learn more, visit:


Here's a brief outline of our recently established committee structure.

We have created three committees to facilitate the mission of this organization. We believe that the structure of these committees will enable leaders and members to accomplish our goals with intention and satisfaction.

The committees are as follows:

  • Finance/Fundraising/Membership
  • Communications/Connections/Promotions
  • Projects/Programs/Events

A board member will chair each committee, and until membership is built to a greater number, a board member will also serve as a team leader for each teams of each committee.

Each committee has written/will write a purpose and policy to guide the actions of that committee.

Committee chairs and team leaders will be responsible for surveying and contacting membership to be involved in serving on teams and participating in activities. All regular (voting) members may be qualified to serve on a team, all regular and associate members are eligible to participate on any team activities/projects/programs/events.

More information and a detailed description of each committee will soon be available online for members to view.

Join us for our next trash pickup day!

We have a tentative date for Saturday, February 22, 2014 at either 10am or 1pm. Let us know you're interested in helping pick up our stretch of highway on 9 Mile Road, and which time of day would work best for you HERE.

Don't forget though, you'll need to watch the safety training videos and sign the sheet in order to participate. You can watch the video HERE, and sign the sheet at any of our upcoming events (First Friday FreeUp or the Mobile (Portable) Pantry). If you are unable to attend one of the meetups, we can send you the sheet to sign and you can email it in pdf form back to us.

HWF Survey

HWF Member & Friends SURVEY:

What's happening with HWF now? What do YOU want to see HWF get involved in?

Have you wondered what the HWF Board of Directors is planning for 2014? Have you wondered how you can get involved? We began several projects in 2013 and the HWF BOD is working on a new plan for this year. The board will be making a proposal and we'd like our members input! If you're not a regular (voting) member yet, be sure to become one and let us know how your interested in participating!

Help us to help YOU become involved by completing this survey about proposed projects and programs with HWF. 

Click HERE to complete the HWF Members & Friends Interest Survey!

We now have a Facebook group!

If you hang out on Facebook, please come join us for conversation!

Also, please "like" our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn, circle us on Google+ (follow links below)!

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.