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Hello Members and Friends!

Welcome to our February 2022 update. 

Our Virtual Blood Drive has less than 50 days remaining

Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie is celebrating Charles Darwin's birthday with an urgent call for blood donations. There is a critical need in our area.

Darwin used science to change how we understand biology and evolution. With modern science and technology, you can impact lives today by donating blood.

Go to the link below and pledge to give blood, then go to your nearest blood collection center and give the blood. Help make a positive impact to someone in need.

SHoWLE Act Of Humanity Challenge

Take a photo of yourself donating blood and share it! Just use #SHoWLEActofHumanityChallenge

T-Shirt Sale

We've partnered with Bonfire to sell official SHoWLE T-shirts just like the ones we ordered back in 2019. This time you order it online and Bonfire fills the order and ships it direct to you. All funds except for processing will go to SHoWLE. They make the perfect gift. Help us out if you can

We will attempt an in-person meeting in March

Because it appears the omicron surge is receding, SHoWLE will try to have an in-person meeting in March. Tentatively it will be Tuesday March 22nd at 7 PM and right now it will be at the Sanger Library Branch. Topic and details to come later. We are also open to moving it to a restaurant who might have the willingness and staff to accept a group for a party room. Give us your suggestions for us to check out.

We are still looking for ideas for an outdoor venue, to maybe use to meet in the spring, that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars to rent. We've had some great suggestions but we are open for more. Let us know


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.


Upcoming Meetings and Events


Maybe We Need To Feel Uncomfortable
Tuesday, February 22, 2022     7 PM
Online via Zoom (link will be found HERE a few days before)

Across the country, extreme conservative groups and individuals are protesting and demanding that public schools stop teaching about racism because it makes white children feel bad. Some conservative controlled states have passed laws outlawing the teaching of "Critical Race Theory" also called "divisive topics". Ohio is considering one now.

Do conservatives have a valid concern? If we stop teaching about racism and other so-called divisive topics in public schools what could be the consequences if any.

How can Humanists address this issue?

During this Zoom meeting join in our discussion about this important topic and how it is ironic that this is an issue during Black History Month.

Link to the discussion room will be found here a day or two before the event and sent to all members via our members only email list. Might be a good time to join or renew your membership.

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

Our Podcast: Glass City Humanist

In this episode we find out that even Humanists have concerns about people we honor as Humanists of the Year and that is a good thing. Douglas then talks about the recent report released by the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty and the Freedom From Religion Foundation about the connection of Christian nationalism to the January 6th Insurrection.

00:51 AHA Humanists of the Year Hindsight
19:08 Christian nationalism & the January 6th Insurrection

You can get early access to the video version of this episode and other bonus content available on our donation page. If you are a voting member of SHoWLE and would like to see the bonus content for any episode let us know and we will give you access. We also won't turn down a donation for the podcast if you want to make one.

Check out our Podcast
For more information and to check out our past episodes visit the Glass City Humanist website.
As of the end of 2021, Glass City Humanist produced 34 episode with 1,734 downloads. We also interviewed some of the big names in Humanism like Kevin Bolling, PZ Myers , Emily Newman, and Megan Rahm.
More News & Notes

Help with our joining page

For those concerned about how to join our group or renew your membership using our new integrated membership check out form on the website, we have created a help page that takes you step-by-step through the process.

Member Check Out Help

Board Meetings

The Board of Directors meets every other month with the next meeting sometime in January. 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.

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

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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