Some updates regarding the latest developments in Humanists of Houston!
We have a full slate of prominent speakers coming to the Houston area in the next couple months, including Rebecca Vitsmun, Dan Barker, Mandisa Thomas, Matt Dillahunty, Roy Speckhardt, Maggie Ardiente, and Mark White of the Spin Doctors, plus at least one more big-name speaker that we have yet to finalize, but should be announced soon. See the HOH meetup calendar for further details on these (and all) HOH meetups.
As of today the HOH Meetup has reached 2,020 members, making us the 2nd largest chapter of the American Humanist Association on the entire Meetup network, and only 15 behind #1 (Humanists of Minnesota)!
Since August, HOH has added two new board members! Welcome to the newest members of the HOH Board of Directors:
The HOH Board of Directors has voted to officially endorse the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and join the Houston Unites Coalition. See links to learn more about HERO, and why it is needed to protect equal rights for all Houstonians, as well as what you can do to help ensure that the ordinance is protected this November.
HOH has expanded to the Clear Lake area! The first event was a huge success with almost 60 in attendance, and we will now be having a monthly “First Friday Freethinkers Forum” on every 1st Friday of the month at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist (which has generously provided their facilities to us at no charge).
HOH’s annual Officer Elections are coming up in November. While all HOH events have always been (and will continue to be) free to attend, HOH membership is now required in order to vote in the HOH elections and all votes of our general membership.
To make becoming a member as easy as possible, we now have an online membership form on the HOH website where you can register and pay the $20/year membership via credit card or Paypal (lifetime membership is also available for a one-time $500 donation).
You can also now make donations directly to HOH online via credit card or Paypal via the “Make a Donation” button on the HOH website, or you can donate in person at any HOH monthly gathering or major event. And as always, all donations to HOH are 100% tax deductible and help to support the ongoing efforts of HOH, all of which are 100% volunteer/donor supported.
Another way to support HOH is through our new ShopwithScrip program. You can buy gift cards to many stores, restaurants, etc. through the program at no extra cost, and a percentage of each card (in some cases a significant percentage) is automatically donated to HOH. It’s simple to join and costs nothing, and step-by-step instructions to join can be found on the HOH web site.
Remember that you always can bring donations for the Houston Food Bank or Atheists Helping the Homeless to any HOH Monthly Gathering or major event. In addition, through mid-October we are also conducting a book drive for Books Between Kids (Pre-K through 5th grade) so you can bring your books as well and we will deliver them at our volunteer event on October 10th.
After a period of inactivity, the HOH Twitter has been resurrected: @HumnistsOfHtown
Thanks to everyone for being a part of HOH!