The December edition of the Mississippi Humanist Newsletter covers the holidays, events, and upcoming elections. Read the newsletter to find out what’s happening at the MHA and how you can help.
Sweet success! The Mississippi Humanist Association's second Annual Membership Meeting was held last night, February 11, at the Reservoir Community Center in Brandon, MS, and we would like to thank everyone for making the evening a success! The food from Newk's was great, and so was the Darwin Day presentation by Neil Carter! Elections were held and the MHA Board of Directors has two new Directors, with one Director returning for a second term. Vice President Kim Gibson was elected President of the MHA, Neil Carter was elected as the new Vice President, and Tom Dennis was selected as Secretary, joining Treasurer Stephen Frank and Communications Director Patrick Jerome on the MHA Board of Directors. Welcome Neil and Tom, and congratulations to all, we thank you for your commitment to the MHA! And we would like to thank the outgoing Directors, our first President, Matt Canfield, and Secretary, Eric Reisman, for their contributions and commitment to the MHA. Without their dedication, the MHA wouldn't be where it is today, sailing into its third year! Bylaws were updated, remarks were made, and a wonderful time was had by all! As the Mississippi Humanist Association moves into its third year, we invite you to join us in building the secular humanist community here in Mississippi. Fellowship, fun, and doing good for goodness' sake!
MISSISSIPPI HUMANIST ASSOCIATION - WE BELIEVE IN GOOD!
Please click on picture (above) for slide show of the evening!
Please make plans to join us for the Mississippi Humanist Association's (MHA) Annual Membership Meeting on February 11th, 2017, at 6:30 PM at the Reservoir Community Center located at 2230 Spillway Road in Brandon, MS. Come enjoy an evening with your fellow humanists and a presentation from “Godless in Dixie” blogger and MHA member Neil Carter titled “Why Jesus and Darwin Can’t Get Along”! Please be sure to RSVP, either by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or on the Facebook event page (a public page - https://www.facebook.com/events/359662517750687/), so way may plan appropriately.
If you aren’t currently an MHA member, please join us, or renew your membership at www.mshumanists.org, so you can have a voice in Mississippi’s only chapter of the American Humanist Association. The MHA is dedicated to building a strong secular community in Mississippi, as well as developing opportunities for secular charitable giving and education.
Once everyone arrives and has had a chance to socialize, the current Board of Directors will present updates regarding the past year’s activities and potential future plans. MHA Treasurer Stephen Frank will report on expenditures and how your donations are spent.
After remarks and presentations, our first order of business will be the ratification of our new bylaws. We will then have the elections for the three available Officer/Board of Directors positions. The nomination period is still open, with January 28th as a deadline for nominations, so we may finalize the ballot and send it out for e-mail voting. Of course, write-in candidates will be welcome at the membership meeting. We’ll also have physical ballots at the meeting for voting.
Due to the change in the bylaws, everyone who was a member in good standing in 2016 will be eligible to serve on the Board of Directors, as well as vote on bylaws and the available positions. Should you choose to nominate yourself or someone else, please indicate the position for which any candidates are being nominated - President, Vice President or Secretary.
Finally, to cap off the evening, we’ll have Godless in Dixie blogger Neil Carter’s presentation “Why Jesus and Darwin Can’t Get Along” in honor of Darwin Day on February 12! We believe it will be a great start to an active new year of speakers, events and activities! We look forward to seeing you there!
Mississippi Humanist Association - We Believe in Good!
As 2016 is coming to a close, planning has begun for the Mississippi Humanist Association’s second Annual Membership Meeting, tentatively scheduled to be held February 11, 2017. The Board of Directors would like to thank our membership for making this a great year for the Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA). In 2016, a local news outlet called on the MHA for comments regarding prayer, we got out the word about the MHA and humanism at Fondren’s First Thursday, and we held a food drive for the MS Food Network, along with school supply and blood drives. The MHA also hosted many social gatherings for the secular community in the Jackson area.
At the Annual Membership Meeting, elections for three positions on the five-member Board of Directors will be held. The Board of Directors works to plan the events and activities for the MHA. In order for the MHA to continue to grow and thrive, please consider nominating yourself or another interested MHA member for the available positions on MHA Board of Directors. Please e-mail all nominations to email@example.com.
In order to be able to participate in annual elections, you must be a member of the MHA and membership dues must be current at the time of the Annual Membership Meeting. If you aren’t already a member of the MHA, please join us as we work to build a strong secular community in Mississippi. If you are a current member, we thank you for your continued support and hope that you will renew your existing membership prior to the annual meeting date in order to vote in elections, or to be considered as a candidate for one of the available board positions. In order to join or to renew your membership online, please visit our new website at www.mshumanists.org. If you have any questions, if you would like information about the Board of Directors positions, or if you would like to join/renew other than online, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give Kim Gibson a call at (601) 589-0721. Again, we thank for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Annual Membership Meeting on February 11, 2017!
Mississippi Humanist Association – We Believe in Good!