About Us

Our Goals


Click here to read the bylaws that were approved by our board in April 2016. Please note: The bylaws are currently being reviewed by the Board and any suggested revisions will be presented to the membership at the Annual Meeting of members.

Our Board of Directors

(Effective: Sept. 2019)

President Emeritus: Noel Smith
President: David Helgager
Treasurer: Chuck Smith
VP : Barry Zack
Secretary: Sandra Zellick

Other Board Members

Gale Midwood
Robert La Salle
Holly Downing

福建体彩11选5走势图 Annual Membership Meeting

(This will be a Zoom virtual meeting,
the details of which will follow shortly.)

When: Monday, April 18th (1:30pm.)

Where: In front of your computer or your smart device.

2019 Annual Membership Meeting

When: Monday, April 1st - Gathering at 6:30pm. Meeting began at 7:00pm.

Where: Center for Arts and Humanity (same location as the lectures) 1226 N. Tamiami Trail.

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1. Call to order, President's Comments and Thanks to Volunteers

2. Secretary's Report

3. Treasurer's Report & Budget 2019-福建体彩11选5走势图

4. Presentation of revisions to bylaws, discussion and vote
    (Revisions proposed to follow)

5. Election of Board Members

6. Comments and Suggestions from Members

7. Adjournment

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Our 2018 Meeting

Among the many items on the agenda was the award presented to HUSBAY's founder, Noel Smith. This included free life-time membership. It was the least we could do for all the work Noel has done for HUSBAY. The meeting minutes can be read here.

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Noel Accepting the award from HUSBAY President, Dave Helgagger

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Our 2017 Meeting

Board members elected at the annual meeting: Dave Helgager, President and Don Slate and Gale Midwood, at large members. We had no secretary at the time of the election. Later Sandie Zellick agreed to serve again and was approved by the Board for another term. Your Board for 2017-18 is Dave Helgager, President, Barry Zack, VP, Chuck Smith Treasurer, Sandie Zellick, Secretary, Don Slate and Gale Midwood, at large members. Zack, Smith and Barb Kavanaugh are completing their two year terms and were not up for election.

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Missing from the photo is our newest board member,
Gale Midwood. - Someone had to take the picture.

Barb Kavanaugh was unable to attend.

Minutes to be posted.

Our 2016 Meeting

Board members present:

Chuck Smith, Baerbel Kavanaugh, Don Slate, David Callahan,
Sandra Zellick, plus 35 members and one guest.

To read the minutes for the 2016 annual membership meeting, please click on this link.

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The Previous Board Lunches
with Humanists of Florida Leader

Husbay Scholarship Program

HUSBAY annually awards the Klein Foundation Scholarship, for $2000, to a deserving student, who follows the tenets of secular Humanism and is enrolled in an institution of higher learning. The initial selections are made by the Secular Student Alliance who then sends them to the HUSBAY Board for selection. The scholarship program and its process has been approved by the membership at an annual meeting.

Our most recent award went to Emily Cutler, whose bio appears below:

Below is a photo, of board members and the recipient, taken at the award luncheon:

Pictured (L-R): Bob La Salle, Barry Zack, Gale Midwood, Emily Cutler,
Bud and Judy Klein, Dave Helgager and Sandra Zellick.

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HUSBAY Board Luncheon with Teresa MacBain

Mouse over any face in this picture to identify it.

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Teresa MacBain, former Executive Director of Humanists of Florida, recently met with the Board during a luncheon held in late June. Teresa updated the Board on the progress HFA is making in improving its membership and also the status of the annual conference slated for 2014. She also discussed the many issues affecting humanism in Florida.

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Free Thought Cruise

Pictured are Judy and David Helgager (HUSBAY President) and Hemant Mehta who attended the Freethought Cruise.

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Hemant spoke on the subjects of why young people are leaving religion and what we can learn from it. He is the author of the book I Sold My Soul. Find out more about him on

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HUSBAY Affiliations

American Atheist Association
American Humanist Association
Center for Inquiry
Council for Secular Humanism
Humanists of Florida
Secular Coalition
Tampa Bay Coalition of Reason

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My Word

This entry was submitted by Trudi Pearl

A.Word.A.Day with Anu Garg

"nullifidian" PRONUNCIATION: (nuhl-uh-FID-ee-uhn)

<-Hear the pronouciation

MEANING: noun: An atheist: a person who has no religious faith or belief in god(s). adjective: Having no faith or belief. ETYMOLOGY: From Latin nullus (no) + fides (faith). Earliest documented use: 1564. USAGE: “Riding a backlash against centuries of Puritanism and uptight strictures, we’ve turned nullifidian.” James Royson; On Casino Question, Let the People Decide; Toronto Star (Canada); Apr 23, 2013. “This [the Internet] is where like-minded folk of a nullifidian bent come together, as demonstrated by the extraordinary success of a campaign to raise money for Britain’s first atheist advertisements.” Jemima Lewis; Thank Heaven for a British Faith in Bet-Hedging; The Sunday Telegraph (London, UK); Oct 26, 2008.

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Annual Carl Sagan Day Picnic (福建体彩11选5走势图)

Takes place on Sunday, April 5th
at Turtle Beach Pavilion

Located at 8918 Midnite Pass Rd, Siesta Key, FL (See Map)

The fun begins at 4:00pm, and concludes about 7:00pm

Our thanks to Sue Tschesnok and Darwin Soder for their unselfish work in the picnic's preparation. Carl Sagan would be proud.


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Scenes From our 2019 Picnic:

Hope you were able to attend, but if you did not, here are some photos of our members
enjoying a fine spring day at the Turtle Beach Pavilion. Our thanks to the efforts of Susan and
Darwin for their time and energy putting it all together.

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The photos below are mostly from member Karen O'Malia Zauderer
Thanks, Karen!

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Barry reveals how the
Fifth Thrid Bank was named
Pretending to be interested:
Marge B, Ronnie S,
Holly G, Jack B
Clockwise from left:
Joanne G, Judith C, Jack &
Susan W and Noel S
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Clockwise from left:
Phil Z, Judy & Bud K,
Karen O, and Marcia M
From left to right:
Mary and Bob M, Holly G,
Barbara K, Noel S
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Clockwise from left:
Marcia and Ralph M
Judy and Bud K
Darwin (front), Marget and
Paul T in the background
Clockwise from left:
Betty C, Claudia H, Garret C, Robert L, and Sandra Z

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The Scene Behind the Scenes (photo by Gale Midwood)
Those who ventured to the back of the Turtle Beach picnic area were treated to this.




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America's First Public Monument to Atheism

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June 28, 2013, Bradford County Florida: Following a lawsuit and more than a year of controversy, at noon on Saturday a group called the American Atheists will unveil the United States’ first public monument to atheism in a square outside the County courthouse in Starke, Florida, near Jacksonville. The five-foot-long, grey granite bench and connecting pillar, which were built and engraved by local masons using granite quarried in Georgia, will feature secular quotes from the Founding Fathers as well as a statement from the organization’s founder, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, encapsulating the 50-year-old group’s views:
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From HUSBAY Caring Committee:

As you know, HUSBAY has a weekly Wednesday lunch group at New Dynasty Restaurant in Sarasota. After many years of meeting there, we have come to think of staff as friends and sometimes even family. It is therefore, with sadness, that I must tell you of the death of the manager with the engaging smile, Andrew Tian, usually the first face we see at the entrance.

On a Sunday evening in July, he chased three men who fled the restaurant without paying and was attacked and beaten. He was taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he lingered in critical condition until he died on following Friday. New Dynasty staff as well as customers like us and the community have been grieving his loss. We have sent cards with member messages to the hospital and to New Dynasty staff. Many in HUSBAY wanted to memorialize Andrew. The board had set up a memorial fund, to go towards his son's education. Thanks to those members who have contributed.


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HUSBAY Past President Jacqui Kinnie
Spoke at the Memorial Service

Held at the UCC, 1 Sunday, July 28

In Memory of Andrew Tian
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Andrew, as we knew him, was a kind, generous and caring man with a ready smile and a warm greeting for all.

For many years, he graciously hosted the lunch bunch at HUSBAY with joy and love. He knew each of us by name ... gave many of us hugs, asked about our lives and our children, and was always willing to change the setting for another meeting. We shall always remember him with a smile in our heart.

With apologies to John Donne, the English poet of the 16th century:

No Man is an Island entire of itself;

Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main,

Any man’s death diminishes us, because we are involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know

For whom the bell tolls.

It tolls for thee, Andrew ... we shall miss you.

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From HUSBAY Caring Committee:

We are saddened by the passing of member for many years, Jim Chastain. A message from Jim's son, Paul, appears below.

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To paraphrase Bilbo Baggins –

"Today is my 92nd birthday. Alas, 92 is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable people.

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. But I regret to announce — this is my Final Exit

"I am going now. I bid you all a very fond farewell. Goodbye."

I have had a full, happy life filled with interesting activities and friendly accomplished people. Thank you for the part you have played in making my life so good. HAVE FUN.

Jim died peacefully at 福建体彩11选5走势图 with his family nearby on his 92nd birthday, March 5, 2018.

A private memorial service will be held in Colorado this June.

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HUSBAY 15th Anniversary Celebration

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President Addresses the Crowd
Musical Entertainment
Meigs G. and Dave H.
Original Member, Bob Phillipoff
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New Member Dan Dana speaks
Dave H. and Judith Collier
Trudy, Ursula & Noel listen intently
Karin G, Rhea, Jay and Mary C

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Jack O, Penny, Ernie (hiding), Jack K
Joanne, Barry, Meigs, Chuck and Joyce
Mary, Bob and Barbara
A HUSBAY Just Dessert
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L-R: Penny, Jack O, Ernie, Jack K, Lois and Trudy
Donna, David and Bob P
Barbara, Susan and Dan
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Dave, Judy and Sandie
L-R: Susan, Dan, Chuck, Rhea, Mary, Bob & Barbara
Ellie, Karen & Kieth
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L-R: Rhea, Mary M, Bob M & Barbara
Sandie, Roy & Judy W
Len, Francis, Lou and Ellie

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Judy W, Meigs, Ingrid and Judith C
Harbor View from Marina Jacks
Sittin' on the dock of the bay

Smaller Photos

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Introducing our
Joyce P
Ingrid & Judy H
Trudy's dog asks,
"We paid $25 for this?"
View of the Bay

Click here for a brief history of HUSBAY as read by founder Noel Smith at the event.

Replacement Meeting (Dec. 11, 2019)

Due to a last-minute cancellation, our normally held Philosophy Group meeting has been substituted with this:

With the historic struggle taking place between President Trump and Congress (i.e., impeachment, etc.), it's a good time to discuss these issues in a thoughtful and balanced way. We will try to accomplish this through a round-table approach where each member has the opportunity to present their personal views for about 5 minutes, followed by discussion to be facilitated by me, or by another member. A last round of discussion might occur, where each member spends a few minutes to summarize their thoughts about what has been accomplished in our meeting.

Another idea under consideration is holding, on the second Wednesday of each month, a meeting to discuss progress and issues associated with the Presidential and Congressional campaigns, as they proceed toward the November 福建体彩11选5走势图 election. The format of these monthly meetings could resemble the one developed at this Wednesday's meeting.

Please attend and participate in this Wednesday's important meeting.

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