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Hello Members and Friends!

Happy New Year!

Hope you all are ready to attend some excellent programs we have scheduled this month. 

You could win the coveted Steinem Cup

Upcoming Meetings and Events

The Ten Commitments And Other Confusing Secular Concepts

Saturday, January 11, 2020  1 PM

Heatherdowns Branch Library 3265 Glanzman Rd, Toledo, OH 43614

In the fall, the American Humanist Association (AHA) formally introduced "The Ten Commitments" has a means to teach some valuable humanist values.

Kristin Wintermute, from the AHA Center for Education, wrote:

"Whereas the Ten Commandments of the Hebrew Bible are a set of strict rules dictated by God, the Ten Commitments stand on their own as humanist values to maintain and strive to practice daily. They propose we put our values into action to work towards positively impacting our communities and society. In their simplicity, the Ten Commitments ultimately define what we are about and what we stand for. I also see the Ten Commitments as an avenue for collaboration—a gathering point for all humanists to work together."

SHoWLE President Douglas Berger will moderate a group discussion about the Ten Commitments and other concepts that seem to borrow from the religious. We will try to find out if these concepts work in getting the Humanist message out or just muddies the water.

For more information about the Ten Commitments check out the September/October issue of The Humanist magazine or the following link:

Living Humanist Values: The Ten Commitments

We will have light refreshments. 

We will be in Meeting Room A

This event is open to the public

Humanist Nooner – Golden Lily

Wednesday, January 15, 2019  12 PM

Golden Lily Chinese Restaurant 2223 S Reynolds Rd, Toledo, OH 43614

Join host Doug Berger each month as he explores some of the fine eating establishments in the Toledo metro area for lunch.

Looking for a fun time without a boring meeting, then Humanist Nooners is the place to be.

Although the food isn’t free, the conversation will be and it is open to the public. You can even ask Doug about Humanism and freethought. It might also be nice to bring a can good to donate to a local food bank and some ideas for our next food adventure.

This event is open to the public

Family Fun Time - Southwyck Bowling Lanes

Monday January 20, 2020 3 PM - 6 PM

Southwyck Bowling Lanes 5255 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH 43614

Are the schools closed for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday? Do you have a day off and want to get out of the house after the holiday season?

Join us for our Family Fun Time at the Southwyck Bowling Lanes for an afternoon of social time and intense competition.

If you like to Bowl, compete for the coveted Steinem Cup, named for Toledo's most famous Humanist Gloria Steinem. One or two other prizes will be available. Competition will be split between adults and kids so all have an opportunity to win.

Cost of bowling is $4 for adults and $3 for kids and shoe rental is $3.25

Southwyck Bowling Lanes also has alternative options for the non-bowler such as arcade games and pool.

*This event is open to the public and to anyone who wants to attend - family not required*

More Upcoming Events
News & Notes

Board News

At the SHoWLE Board of Directors meeting in November, it was decided to meet in person quarterly and to communicate at other times virtually using an internet application.

SHoWLE President Douglas Berger suggested the change since the Board doesn't need to hold as many formal votes that would justify meeting in person.

"Since most or our meetings have just been me explaining what has been done as part of my duties as President and with a budget being set, it will be easier and less time consuming to meet in person on a quarterly basis. Besides we see each other at least at one event or general meeting and I can always pull an in-person meeting together should something come up needing a vote," Berger said.

The Board will still work to be as transparent as possible by posting treasury summaries each month and minutes to prior Board meetings. Members can always ask a Board member a question and they will be happy to answer it as soon as possible.

"Voting members can call the group phone number and speak to me directly," Berger said. "Or you can leave a message and I will get back to you inside 24 hours."

The quarterly meetings will be reviewed later this year to see if the change helped or hurt the operation of the group.

Winter Weather Reminder

As the temperature drops and we start to have snow storms this winter, here is a reminder:

SHoWLE is subject to the rules and regulations of the venues where we have events and meetings. For example the Toledo Public Library closes their branches during a Level 3 weather alert. If a venue closes due to the weather (or other non-scheduled issue) then consider any SHoWLE meeting or event scheduled at that venue on that date to be cancelled. Most likely the cancelled event or meeting won't be rescheduled. 

We will try to send out notices as we know of any closings. You can find updated information on our website and our social media profiles.

Add Us To Your Kroger Plus Card

SHoWLE is now part of the Kroger Community Rewards program. Add us on your Kroger Plus card, using our group number XC299, and we get a small percentage of your total purchases donated.

Are you a member?

Joining the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie gets you the following benefits:
  • A nifty membership card to show off to friends and family
  • 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
  • Discounts on sponsored events and group merchandise
  • 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.
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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??
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If you are looking for meaning and solemnity to life celebrations, gatherings, and communities from a secular perspective, please contact Shawn Meagley at Secular Occasions. She is committed to helping humanists through the most important times in life including birth, love, loss, morality, and mortality. Each celebration or ceremony is personalized to be meaningful and professional with a humanist approach.

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. 

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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:
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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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