...the Fourth be with you!
What a weekend we just had, everyone! CAA participated for the first time ever in RAIN's AIDS walk on Saturday. Back in January, we set a goal to donate $300 to the cause. Not only did we reach our goal within 24 hours of posting it, by this past Saturday we had raised $1560! Not too shabby for a small group! The walk was a lot of fun, and pictures have been posted on our social media sites. The officers and the team captain for the event are so proud and full of love for our membership for their generosity and efforts to contribute in positive ways to our community. We can't thank you enough!
Drum roll, please!
CAA is pleased to announce that we will be hosting Seth Andrews in the Queen City for the second time! On September 19th, he will be making a presentation regarding his latest book, "Sacred Cows."
Seth's last presentation, "Confessions of a Bible-Belt Atheist," brought people to Charlotte from cities and states away to attend.
A former Christian broadcaster, he now hosts the extremely popular "Thinking Atheist" podcast and helps maintain a very large online community and forum of the same name. His last book, "Deconverted," detailed his journey out of Christianity, as well as discussing the rise of reason and secularism in the United States.
Join CAA in helping out a school in our community!
Harding High is a local Title I school whose student body could use some help. 79% of the students are on lunch assistance and there is an incredibly high teacher turnover rate. Students aren't even allowed to take their school books home to study!
CAA is looking to aid students by providing tools that they will use to create interactive notebooks. These notebooks create a dynamic mixed media catalog of lessons and concepts that have been covered throughout the school year, and allow the students to both participate in class, and take notes home to study from.
Our goal is to raise $1139.66 by mid-September to buy 600 composition notebooks, 300 post it note packs, 900 glue sticks, 40 scissors, 40 packs of 2 highlighters and two cases of printer paper. The students will be given notebooks and glue-sticks for their personal use, and the rest of the supplies will be kept in classrooms to aid in class work.
To provide supplies for an individual student costs only $3 per student! Officers would be happy to take monetary donations at socials or through our donate button on our website, or donations of the physical supplies listed above.
For any questions, please see one of your officers - Shawn Murphy,Rachel Leah Duecaster, Michael Del Guidice, or Joseph Sileo, or membersJess Murphee and Jennifer Wall Highley. Thank you for your support!
Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics now has a mailing list! To sign up to receive our emails, go to http://eepurl.com/bawLD1.
Note that if you've already registered, your email has already been added to the mail list.
2014 was a great year for Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics. With the help of your membership we have enjoyed many community events this year including:
Guest lecturers (including Greta Christina and Seth Andrews)
Annual Darwin Day Brunch
Garden of Eatin’ Annual Picnic
Summer and Winter Soirees
Charlotte Pride sponsorship
Hosting the Carolinas Secular Convention
Student School Supplies Drive
Monthly planning meetings
And many more
We have even more exciting events planned for 2015! Here are our next upcoming events:
January Social: 7pm - 11pm at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille
January Planning Meeting: 7pm - 9pm at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse
Also keep an eye out for new events. Remember that members can create their own events and invite fellow CAA members. If you are interested in organizing such an event, please contact one of the officers (contact emails listed below). In addition, annual elections for officers are coming up quickly. If you are interested in leadership, please plan on attending the February Planning Meeting.
I want to personally thank our voting members for making 2014 so successful. We couldn’t do any of it without your support. With your help we'll make the new year even more exciting. I'm looking forward to it with all of you!
About Charlotte Atheists and Agnostics
Charlotte Atheists & Agnostics is a 10+ year old non-profit organization whose mission is “to create and foster a close-knit community of non-believers and to put a positive face on atheism through education, public outreach, and community service.” We started as a small MeetUp group back in 2003, and over the years we've grown significantly with hundreds of members interacting on our social media sites and at our many events.
There are many places you can find CAA on the internet:
Your current officers are:
Welcome to June! It's hard to believe the calendar year is nearly half over already!
We have a fun-filled month ahead of us, so keep us in mind as school lets out and warm, sunny days stretch ahead of us.
June 7th - NoDa 5k
On June 7th at 6pm, we will be participating in the NoDa 5k. This event is sponsored by the NoDa Brewing Company, who welcomes you at the finish line with a pint of beer! Free swag and live music are included, and food trucks will be available to help with post-race "hangries." You can register online until June 5th, and then after that registration takes place on-site before the race. http://noda5k.racesonline.com/
Registration for the race helps benefit "Beards Because" - a non-profit organization which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to local womens' shelters in their effort to raise awareness and combat domestic violence. http://beardsbecause.com/about
Keep an eye out for your VP, who will be running (sometimes masquerading as a walk) in a "Blerch" shirt - after the race is finished, we can go out to one of the many amazing spots NoDa has to offer for a post-run celebration!
June 12th - Monthly Social
Our traditional and popular monthly event will be held at 7pm at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. Come out for the food, come out for the conversation, come out for the beer, but mostly come out because there's nothing like being in a room full of new and old friends!
June 14th - 5th Street Clean Up
One of the more interesting and easy ways for us to spread a positive message! If you've been wanting to dip your toes into volunteering, this is definitely a fantastic opportunity. People who live and work in the uptown area have been very appreciative of our efforts, sometimes stopping cars to thank us, and sometimes walking from across the street to find out who we are and express their thanks.
We always meet up for lunch afterwards, and we provide trash bags and gloves and grabbers.
Please fill out this form if you plan on coming! (That way we can contact you in case we need to reschedule)
Note that we are starting a little earlier in the morning this quarter, due to the fact that June is a hot month! Your VP will bring some water bottles and misters, but may need another volunteer to carry some of them as well as we usually split into two separate groups.
Parking in uptown is usually free on the street, but in case an event is going on, there are several lots to chose from:
-6th and Davidson is $3.50
-6th and Brevard is $5-10
-There is also a lot on 5th street and McDowell where our Adopt-a-Street sign is located, but I'm unsure of the price.
-Local parking garages range from $5 flat rates on weekends to hourly rates starting at that price.
June 15th - The Thinking Atheist Speaking Tour!
We're excited to have Seth Andrews stopping by! Seth is a former Christian broadcaster and head of the popular Thinking Atheist community. His presentation, titled "Confessions of a Bible Belt Atheist," mixes humor and heart as it examines belief over knowledge, how the church kills curiosity, and how much more satisfying it is to have a personal relationship with reality. Seth will be appearing in the UNCC Cone Center at 6pm - admission is free.
June 22nd - Book Club
This month, the book club is reading, "The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis." This is the story of the courtesan who inspired Alexandre Dumas fils’s novel and play La dame aux camélias, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata, George Cukor’s film Camille, and Frederick Ashton’s ballet Marguerite and Armand.
Join them at Amelie's at 8AM!
June 22nd - Garden of Eatin'
What do secularists do on summer Sundays? We throw fantastic picnics in the park!
Bring your kids, bring your dog, bring your best picnic potluck food, and get ready to grill out in Shelter #3! We'll be arriving at 11AM.
Please note that this event will be alcohol-free, as we do not have a liquor license for the shelter.
As this event is a potluck, we will need volunteers to contribute the following main-liner items:
hamburgers (and buns)
hot dogs (and buns)
paper goods (napkins/paper towels)
grilling supplies (charcoal, lighter fluid, utensils)
Based on previous years, we expect 50-60 people to attend. Please respond to this form so we can ensure that not only will we have enough to eat, but that not any one person is burdened with providing big ticket items for our hungry group! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1hwRl8jvxSSwNU-aZtljI_H5M7s-ox7LzDDbf-gvFz-A/viewform
Lastly, keep checking our social media sites or the website - we will be adding member driven events as they get suggested!
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