Plastics and the Environment

Earth existed long before Humans arrived on the scene and Earth will be here long after we’ve faded away. In the meantime, though, we can certainly make an effort to learn a thing or two about how we can better care for this place.

With that in mind, the Humanist Society of Iowa would like to invite you to join us on Thursday, the 21st of June at 7 PM for a presentation called ‘Reducing Plastic Trash in Our Environment’ to be given by our guest for the evening, Jenni Koska from Waste Management, to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Channing Hall.

Though the subject of plastic waste is deadly serious where it concerns the oceans of our planet and the creatures living in them, we hope to have a bit of fun with the subject so that we can tackle such a serious problem in a memorable fashion.

The Humanist Society of Iowa is very excited to see how this new Thursday schedule will work compared to the previous Monday model, so we hope you will join us to help make it a success. If you have any questions or just want more information, please see our Facebook group, Humanists of Iowa. Or you can contact Gwen Harvey, our President by sending your inquiries to kayakniowa@gmail.com

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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IAF Annual Labor Day Picnic

For our annual Labor Day Picnic, the IAF has reserved the Biddle Rotary Shelter in Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. The shelter is next to the Nature Lodge.

The IAF will provide the charcoal, plates, cups and utensils. Please bring a dish to share and something for yourself to grill. This is a family friendly event and the park offers many amenities including walking trail, playground and beach. Beer is allowed in cans only (no glass allowed).

We had no shortage of food at our Memorial Day Picnic but to help with variety please write in the comments below what you plan to bring for the potluck.

See you all there!

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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Des Moines Farmers’ Market

Please come out and help the IAF set up and run an informational booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market.

We will need volunteers to work from 6:15 a.m. to shortly after noon. Duties will include set up, tear down, and talking to curious members of the public. PLEASE do RSVP, and if possible, indicate what time you’re available.

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Farmers’ Market

Please come out and help the IAF set up and run an informational booth at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers’ Market.

We will need volunteers to work from 6:15 a.m. to shortly after noon. Duties will include set up, tear down, and talking to curious members of the public. PLEASE do RSVP and if possible indicate what time you’re available.

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IAF Sunday Meetup

This is our regular, weekly, Meetup. Please come and join us for an interesting discussion on a variety of issues.

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IAF Annual Member Meeting & Election 2018

The month of June means it is time for our Annual Member Meeting and Election! This is your opportunity for your voice to be heard and your vote counted! We have several openings this year and as always voting privileges may be made by Contributing Members (Lifetime, Sustaining or $25 annual dues paid for 2018). The ballot is as follows:

Vice President: Theresa Becker
Secretary: Ashley B.
At Large: Ashley B.
Social Chair: Theresa Becker
IT Officer: John Fruetel
PR Officer: Jason Benell

If you are unable to attend the Annual Meeting you may vote by proxy. Alert our Election Officer, Jim Wilson, of your intent to vote by proxy and your named proxy voter (another Contributing Member). Contact Jim at election@iowaatheists.org

Agenda:

Call to Order & Procedural Business
Election of Board Members & Officers
Officer & Committee Reports
• Treasurer
• Public Relations
• IT
• Membership
• Library
• Social Chair
• Community Service
Old/New Business
• Zero Tolerance Policy (Sexual Harassment, et al)
• Jerry Carpenter Scholarship 2018-19
• IAF 10th Anniversary Gala 12/1/18 (Decades Event Center)
• ByLaws Meta Amendment
• Gladhouse Studios (Gary DeSomber) Atheist Film Concept
• School Supply Drive (Carl Sagan Day 11/9/18)
• 2018 Iowa Election Cycle (AtheistVoter/SecularValuesVoter)

Schedule Next Quarterly Member Meeting
Adjourn

If you have not yet paid your dues for 2018 and wish to VOTE you may do so up until June 24 via Paypal on our website or cash/check presented to a Board Member at an upcoming Meetup.

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Humanist Book Discussion – Good Without God, Part V

The Humanist Society of Iowa, in conjunction with the UUHumanists, would like to invite you all to join us on Sunday June 17th as we conclude our series of engaging discussions centered on the book Good Without God by Greg Epstein, a provocative text that explores the meaning of living a morally and ethically sound life absent the finger-wagging of a supernatural parent-figure.

With this session, the discussion will run from 11 AM until Noon. And will still take place in room 103.

Tom Harvey will be leading the discussion. The reading assignment for this session is Chapter 6, obviously. Don’t be discouraged from attending if you haven’t finished the reading, as there is still room for you to participate. You will undoubtedly learn a lot about how people focus on what qualities nonbelievers DO share without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being – positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and a sense of goodness.

The book itself is available, both new and used, from Amazon. If you haven’t had time to acquire a copy, you can read more about it here – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6362097-good-without-god.

We hope to see you there. For more information, please contact Gwen Harvey (kayakniowa@gmail.com) or Bob Henderson (rnhende@gmail.com).

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