May Updates

Some updates regarding the latest developments in Humanists of Houston!

At 2,579 meetup members as of today, HOH is now the largest humanist meetup in the world! Thanks to everyone who helped us reach this incredible goal.

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Our May Monthly Gathering this Saturday May 21st features Rita Lucido, Planned Parenthood of Gulf Coast Member and former Chair of the Board of Directors as well as an Incorporator and Member of Jane’s Due Process, who will speak about abortion laws and sexual and reproductive health in Texas. Also, preceding the main speaker will be a presentation about Camp Quest, the secular summer camp for children of atheist families, by Camp Quest volunteers Kelly Rhodes and Khytt Rose Lawrey.

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Also on Saturday at the May Monthly Gathering will be Operation Impact, a Meals on Wheels program to provide a week’s supply of food to homebound senior citizens for hurricane/emergency preparedness. It’s not too late to join the HOH team and help deliver the supplies to senior citizens in need. Please see the HOH meetup event HERE for further details and to join.

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HOH will be hosting members of the Foundation Beyond Belief Humanist Service Corps during their visit to Houston in July! If you can help provide a place to stay for one or more of the three volunteers, please RSVP to the meetup event HERE or send us a message at humanistsofhouston@yahoo.com

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After the success of the HOH float and booth at last year’s Pride Houston Festival, we’re doing it again this year! All HOH members are invited to walk in the parade as part of our float, and there is no limit to the number of members who can walk. If interested, just send an email to humanistsofhouston@yahoo.com

Our HOH Pride Fundraiser Dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse raised $341 towards our participation in Pride! Thanks to everyone who attended and helped make it happen.

Thanks to HOH member Jimmy McLaughlin for funding an ad in OutSmart Magazine to promote our June Monthly Gathering, which will feature a panel of LGBT atheists! Look for the ad in next month’s issue, which you can pick up for free at many locations around town.

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Big news: HOH Board Member Benita Malone is now a registered Humanist Celebrant and certified through the American Humanist Association to perform humanist ceremonies!

“Humanist Celebrants conduct Humanist, nonreligious, and interreligious weddings, same-sex weddings, memorials, baby namings, transgender namings, anniversaries, marriage dissolutions, and other life cycle ceremonies. Humanist Celebrants are legally recognized in all states and many countries, being accorded the same rights and privileges granted by law to priests, ministers, and rabbis of traditional theistic religions.”

Per Benita: “I have a master’s degree in psychology, and am on the board of the Humanists of Houston. I believe that we strengthen ourselves and give meaning to our lives when we take the time to celebrate our life cycle events with family and friends, which is why I chose to become a celebrant. I can help you celebrate joyous occasions and mark sad ones with an understanding that this life is the only one we have.”

If you are in need of a celebrant for an upcoming event, please contact Benita at secularcelebrations@outlook.com and for more info see website HERE.

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Videos of previous HOH guest speakers have begun airing on Houston MediaSource public access television, with more to come soon! HERE is a link to the full broadcast schedule.

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The HOH Board would like all of our members and donors to have full confidence that HOH funds are handled responsibly and ethically. To that end, the HOH Board is in the process of formalizing rules and procedures for how all HOH funds are to be handled and managed by the HOH leadership. Expect us to have these completed and published to the HOH website soon.

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Does the company you work for have a charitable contribution matching program? If so, you might be able to have them match any donations you’ve made to HOH, in part or in full. While some company programs have restrictions on the types of organizations that can be matched, we know that at least some will match employee donations to HOH (AT&T has been confirmed to be one of them).

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