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Hello Members and Friends!

Welcome to our August 2021 update. 

I wanted to update you on a few things coming up for the group.

1. We will have a booth at the Maumee Summer Fair on August 14th. Stop by and say hello between 9 AM and 5 PM. Our booth will be on West Wayne St. just west of Connant St. We have some new stickers, bumper stickers, and toy dinosaurs to give away. (scroll down for links and deets)

2. We will be meeting indoors in-person on September 11th for our first real meeting in more than a year. Joins us at the Mott Library Branch. We do have a new in-person meeting policy.

3. We are transitioning to a new membership database program. You may get an email confirmation of a membership. Also all memberships expire on September 30th. Be the first to renew now. If you have any questions let me know.

4. Coming up in October is our members meeting and Board election. If you want to help guide the direction of the group, consider running for the Board of Directors.

-- Doug.


We will continue to share accurate information as often as we can on social media channels and if members and friends need assistance (like you've lost a job or have to deal with family members being ill) check out our Community Outreach Resources and Education page.

Here is some information for those who live in Lucas county and a links to some statewide resources available

COVID-19 in Ohio: Resources & Ways to Help

State of Ohio COVID-19 Information Page

The Lucas County COVID-19 Emotional Support Line

Ohio Heroes 419-841-6781 – offers free counseling and support to front-line medical professionals

Donation Opportunity

One of the things that we would like to do is transition our membership database into our group website. This would allow us to create a member portal you could use to renew your membership, get reminders by email, be invited to members only meetings and events, and be able to update your contact information when you need to it. 

One of the tools we would like to use is Paid Membership Pro. It is a plugin to use with our group website WordPress install. We setup and tested the free version but the items we really need aren't available unless you pay for the "Pro" version. For example, the free version only allows Stripe to be used as a payment gateway and we would like to be able to use PayPal etc.... The free version doesn't allow the admin to add members to the database manually. The Pro version also allows more customizations than the free version. We might also be able to setup a member's directory that is limited to being viewed by members only.

This is where you come in....

If five members or friends donate $60, SHoWLE can purchase a 1 year license for the "Pro" version of the plugin. If you can help us out, donate using the following link and in the note area mention it is for the membership database.
Database Donation
Upcoming Meetings and Events

Maumee Summer Fair Booth
Saturday, August 14, 2021  9 AM to 5 PM
Downtown Maumee, OH  

Come and see us at our first live in-person information booth, for 2021, at the Maumee Summer Fair.

SHoWLE will be dusting off our popup tent and table to inform the visitors to the Summer Fair about Humanism and the group. If you happen to be at the fair, stop by and say hello.

We will also have our new bumper and logo stickers to hand out so get yours before they are gone.

Our booth, #326, will be on W. Wayne St. off Conant St. 

Our booth will be there from 9 AM until 5 PM then the bands and music start.

For more info about the fair check out: Maumee Summer Fair


Event is free and open to the public.

Approximate location of our booth is marked with the red dot

Can Patriotism Be Humanistic?
Saturday, September 11, 2021 1 PM
Mott Branch Library - 1010 Dorr Street Toledo, OH 43607 

September 11th is Patriot Day, a time to remember and reflect on the terrorist attack that brought down the twin towers in New York City, the attack on the Pentagon, and the forced plane crash in Shanksville, PA that led to the deaths of 2,977 victims.

We will be talking about what it means to be a Patriot in this country and if Humanism is compatible with patriotism. Can we observe days like Patriot Day without adding prayers?

We will also look at the good qualities and negative aspects of patriotism and discuss ways we can have more good patriotism and less negative patriotism.

We will be meeting in Community Room A

Unless otherwise noted, all our meetings and events are open to the public and we adhere to the SHoWLE In-person Meeting Policy


More Upcoming Events
News & Notes

Board Minutes and Treasury Updated

SHoWLE Board of Directors meeting minutes and summaries of our Treasury reports have now been updated through July 2021 on our website. Feel free to check them out.

The Board meets every other month with the next meeting sometime in July. If you are a voting member (you paid dues) and would like to observe a Board meeting or have questions or concerns about the Board of Directors, please send us a note using our contact form.

More Options To Give Us Donations
We now can accept donations using two apps you might have on your phone. You can now use Venmo and Cash App to send us donations. Just use the correct tag for the right app. Venmo is @toledohumanists and our Cash App tag is $humanistswle.

If you want to join the group instead of just donating then we would like you to visit our membership page.

Membership Term Changes (Reminder)

At the January meeting of the SHoWLE Board of Directors, it was decided to change our membership terms. Instead of a rolling membership which expires 1 year on the date you joined, all memberships will now start and expire on October 1st of each year. That means if you renew in October of 2020 your membership will now expire on September 30th of 2021. If you join in February of 2021 your membership expires on September 30, 2021.

We will be pro-rating memberships with a cut off of March 1st. If you renew before March 1st you will be charged the full price ($10 for individuals and $20 for Households). If you renew after March 1st then the rate will be $5 for individual memberships and $10 for Households. If you are not able to afford even the pro-rated amount let Doug or another Board member know and we will work something out.

The reason for the change was two fold. One was to create less administrative work with contacting people for renewals during the whole year and the second reason was to align memberships with our fiscal year that runs from October 1st to September 30th.

The benefits of membership still include:
  • A monthly meeting with like minded people (in-person when allowed and online)
  • Ability to guide and vote on the direction of the group
  • Serve in leadership positions and on our Board of Directors
  • Discounts on sponsored events and group merchandise
  • Regular communications about meetings, events, and other topics of interest to the group before the general public
If you have any questions or concerns about the new terms feel free to reach out to Doug or any Board member.

Use Your Phone With Zoom

Did you know you don't have to use video when joining us for meetings and events on Zoom? 

In fact you can use your telephone and call into the meeting without using a computer. When you register for a meeting you will get a link and other information on how to join the meeting. One of those options is to call into the meeting by phone. If seeing the speaker isn't a priority or you just aren't able to use a computer you can join us on the phone. We do ask that when you join the meeting just let us know who you are.

We Have a Wish List Page

We  have an Amazon Smile wish list that people can purchase items from and send to us. Some people, for personal reasons, refuse to shop at Amazon and we respect that. We have copied our list onto a web page on the website.

If you would like to fill our wish list but not from Amazon then just look for our items where you do shop, buy them, and send them to us at SHoWLE PO Box 6433 Toledo, OH 43613 If you would rather drop them off to us, contact us and we can arrange a drop off.

Also note that except for the books, we are not married to a particular product manufacturer on this list. For example we would like four folding chairs with padding but they don’t have to be from Flash Furniture.

Software we use were recently added so you can sponsor a full year of Zoom or Adobe Cloud for the group to use.

Do you have an idea for a meeting or event? 

Do you have an idea for a topic for a meeting or an activity for us to do as a group? Let us know.

If there is a particular topic or speaker you would like to see at a future meeting or have an idea for a group activity then please send us a note by email or fill out our contact form

It would help if you provided as much information as possible about the idea - like who to contact or websites to visit.

There is no guarantee SHoWLE will turn your idea into an actual meeting or event but the odds increase if you are willing to host the event and/or do a lot of the leg work.

Activities and meetings for SHoWLE depend entirely on volunteer effort.


Are you a member?

Joining the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie gets you the following benefits:
  • A monthly meeting with like minded people
  • Ability to guide and vote on the direction of the group
  • Serve in leadership positions and on our Board of Directors
  • Regular communications about meetings, events, and other topics of interest to the group before the general public
We have two membership plans:

$10 for an Individual
$20 for a Household (two or more people at the same address)

Just see a Board member at our next meeting or event or click on the button below to pay online or to get information on mailing it in.
Join Now
Do you have a special skill or hobby? Do you have an idea for a program or event you would like to see hosted by SHoWLE??
Let us know!

Send us your idea for a program or event

You can now donate to the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie

Please help us provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting ethical and reasonable secular world views through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

You can use Paypal or a credit card. Donations are tax deductible. 

Donate Online
You can always donate at one of our meetings or events or send your check or money order to:

Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie
PO Box 6433
Toledo, OH 43612-0433

We are also connected with the Amazon Smile program. If you choose SHoWLE as your charity then a portion of sales you complete will be sent to us. Use this link to choose us:
Amazon Smiles
Our Mission:

The mission of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie is to provide a supportive local community for humanists and other nontheists, while promoting an ethical, reasonable, and secular approach to life through education, community service, outreach, activism, and social events.

We envision a Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan where secular people are respected and integrated in broader society, live values of reason and compassion, and enjoy a friendly humanist community.
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