Adopt a Highway Cleanup Tomorrow

 

The pickup this Sunday, May, 3rd at 8:00 AM, will be our first highway cleanup for 2015!  This is the year we get our gold star for 5 years of continuous service.

We will meet at the Ohio State Highway Patrol post on Main St. near the I-71 and State Rt 13 interchange.  The post is on the same road as Burger King.  We will park our cars there and one of us will chauffeur the rest of us to the highway.

It is recommended you wear boots, gloves, a hat, and use sun screen on exposed skin.  The temperature is forecast to start out in the 50’s and climb to the mid 70’s. The forecast is for sun and clouds, so make sure you use sun screen.

We will have the mandatory safety briefing just before the cleanup right there in the parking lot at the Highway Patrol post.  I will go over the list of safety rules and then pass out the safety vests and trash bags.   You can read the safety briefing information HERE and HERE.

I’m estimating it will take about 2-3 hours, depending on how many members show up.  If we can get 9 people to participate, it should go quickly.

You need to sign the release form for the State of Ohio in order to participate.  If you haven’t already signed this, I’ll have one the morning of the cleanup and you can sign it then.

Thanks to everyone for participating and helping to show everyone that atheists are good citizens too.

-Ron

Atheists in the Holiday Parade -Cancelled

Edit-  The Parade is cancelled due to the weather.

 

Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. is happy to announce that we are going to be in the Downtown Mansfield Inc’s Holiday Parade again this year!  This parade will be next Saturday, November 22.

We will have two banners that we will be carrying, one saying Happy Solstice, and the other with our name on it.  We will be giving out bags of candy too.

The parade line begins to form at 9:00 AM, at the intersection of 5th and Main St.  The parade will then start at 10:00.

We are encouraging any atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, LGBT, or anyone else, that supports the goals of our organization to come out and participate with us.

We had a terrific time last year.  Everyone of us that participated said we would be sure to do it again.  I’m sure this year’s parade will be even better.

Awesome August Events

MOA ended July on a great note with another successful regional picnic and a great event where we spoke with Dennis Penaluna, president of Nottingham Secular Society, via Skype. Visit Nottingham Secular Society for more information about Dennis and all his group’s hard work on separation of church and state issues in their area. We also received some great news to top off our July. Our letter from the IRS arrived, and we are now officially a 501(c)(3) charity organization. All donations given to Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. are tax deductible as allowed by law.

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August is already shaping up to be a fun and busy month for us and we have some great events planned. We already started off on August 2nd with our Atheists in the Pub event. We tried out a new location, The Phoenix Brewing Company, to change up the venue a bit. Thanks to everyone who attended. Our next one is scheduled for September 6th. Click here for more details.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

 August 9th 8:00AM     Adopt A Highway Cleanup

 

August 9th 6:00PM      Atheists Around the Fire & Celebration

 

August 17th 11:00AM  Monthly Board Meeting & Recycling Drive

 

August 17th 2:00PM      Canoe/Rafting Trip to Mohican

 

August 28th 11:00AM Involvement & Community Fair(NC State/OSU Campus)

 

For other event info join us on Meetup.com and Facebook.

Guest speaker at the Board Meeting this weekend

Join us at our monthly meeting to hear our good friend Barbara Williams, founder of Great Lakes Atheists in Toledo, Ohio, speak about her book, “Welcome to Camp Quest” , which was recently written about in the Toledo Blade. She will also speak about Edwin Kagin, founder of Camp Quest.  Barb always has the best insights and stories and we always enjoy her trips down to visit with us!

We will take care of some other business for the group, have some lunch, and have a few other discussion topics, as time permits.

We will also have a couple of Barbara’s books to give away as door prizes.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

** Please bring canned or non-perishable food item to the meeting. These will be donated to the local homeless shelter.

Highway Cleanup this Saturday

This is Mid Ohio Atheists’ fourth year as a participant in the Ohio Dept. of Transportation’s Adopt a Highway Program.  This is a way for our group to demonstrate to the public that atheists are good citizens too.

This will be our first cleanup of the year.  We will meet at the Ohio State Highway Patrol post on Main St. near the I-71 and State Rt 13 interchange at 8:00 AM.  The post is on the same road as Burger King.  We will park our cars there and we should have 2 drivers to chauffeur the rest of us to the highway.

It is recommended you wear boots, gloves, a hat, and use sun screen.  We will have a mandatory safety meeting just before the cleanup right there in the parking lot at the Highway Patrol post.  We will go over the list of safety rules and then pass out the safety vests and trash bags.

We estimate it will take about 2-3 hours, depending on how many members show up.  If we can get 9 people to participate, it should go quickly.

Go to our meetup.com page and let us know you are going to help.

Christmas Parade

We have exciting news, we are going to be in the Downtown Mansfield Inc’s Christmas Parade. We will have two banners, one saying Happy Solstice, and the other with our name on it.
The parade line begins to form at 9:00 AM, on Saturday November 23rd, at the intersection of 5th and Main St.  The parade will then start at 10:00. 
We need at least 6 people to be in the parade. Four to carry the 2 banners we have and at least 2 more to give out candy.
We need more donations of candy to give out to the kids. Please contact Ron Stephens if you have candy to donate or if you want to donate money to buy candy.
This is a wonderful opportunity to let people know about us and to show Mansfielders that atheists are normal people just like they are.

Picnic Sign-Up list 2013

Our annual picnic is coming up soon. The picnic will be at the Mohican State Forest, at the North Park Picnic Shelter on Sunday July 21st at Noon.

In order to track what people are bringing to the picnic, please send an email to picnic2013@midohioatheists.org with what you plan to bring.

I think we will have about 75 people show up.  Keep checking back here as I will update the number of people as more people respond.  I will keep the list of items updated as I receive emails also.  Feel free to bring anything you like even if it isn’t on the list or someone else already volunteered that item.

Thanks, Ron.

Things people have already volunteered to bring:

  • Hamburgers & buns
  • Hotdogs & buns
  • Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Barbecue Sauce, Mayo, Pickles, etc…..)
  • Potato Salad
  • Fruit Platter
  • Veggie Platter
  • Sweet tea
  • Bowl of Mixed Fruit
  • Chips and dip
  • Pop
  • Pasta Salad
  • Pie
  • Cookies
  • Bottled Water
  • organic Blue Corn tortilla chips and bean dip
  • Watermelon

Things still needed:

  • Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Macaroni salad
  • Brats
  • More Desserts (you can never have too many!)
  • Anything else you want to share.

Mid-Ohio Regional Atheist Picnic 2013

Our group is proud to announce the Mid-Ohio Regional Atheist Picnic 2013, sponsored by Mid Ohio Atheists Inc.  Again this year we are inviting groups from all over Ohio to our annual get together at the Mohican State Forest. The general public is also invited to come out and meet some atheists, as long as they are respectful and not trying to proselytize to us.  The picnic will be held on Sunday, July 21st, at noon at the Mohican State Forest.  (MAP)

We have met at the Mohican State Forest four times before and had a great experience each time.  This year though we will meet at the North Park Shelter.  Once you are in the forest, follow the signs to the shelter.  Come rain or shine, we will still have the picnic as the shelter will protect us from the rain.

Contest

Again this year we will have a contest that will benefit Harmony House, a homeless shelter in Mansfield. A representative of Harmony House said what they need the most, and what most people don’t think to donate, is toilet paper, trash bags, and paper towels. So, the contest winner will be the one that brings the most of those three items.  You can donate other things as well, but the contest will be decided on only the amount of toilet paper, trash bags, and paper towels that you bring.  Prizes will be admission to the Great Lakes Atheists Convention in August, tee shirts, buttons, and pens.

This is for a good cause and I hope we can collect lots of these items for Harmony House like we did last year.

Games & Activities

We will have several activities for children and adults, including a corn hole tournament, Frisbee toss, and ladder ball.

Good Conversation

The main reason to go to the picnic is for the company.  We hope to see all of our members there and people from all around the state and beyond.  It’s great to talk with like minded people and so refreshing to have conversations that aren’t stuck at the ‘does god exist’ level.

Public Invited

We also invite the members of the general public who wish to meet atheists.  This is not an invitation to have people come out and proselytize to us but rather a chance to meet with atheists and learn more about our beliefs and see that we are normal people too.

Speakers

This year we will have five speakers.  It is unusual to have speakers at a picnic but we tried this for the first time last year and it worked out well.  MOA greatly appreciates the following people for volunteering to come to our picnic and sharing some of their wisdom and experiences with us:

  • Frank  Zindler, Director of American Atheists Press will speak on  “Why only atheists can save the world”
  • Rachel  Johnson, student and podcaster will talk on  “Atheist Activism”
  • Dan DeMurra,  Atheist activist and organizer will share his views on “Life Beyond Faith”
  • Douglas  Whaley, OSU professor emeritus, lawyer, LGBT activist, and author will speak about  “What atheism can learn from the LGBT movement”
  • Shauna Strand  Sowga, humanist, will share her experiences in  “How secularism has affected my life”

Good Food

What would a picnic be without good food?  We have already started the list of what foods people have volunteered to bring. Go to our picnic sign-up post and see what others are bringing and send an e-mail to picnic2013@midohioatheists.org with the food(s) you will bring.  Feel free to bring anything you like even if it isn’t on the list or someone else already volunteered that item.

We estimate we will have about 75 people show up.  Keep checking back here as the number of people will be updated as more people respond.  The list of items will be updated as we receive emails also.

Big Plans for the Picnic this Summer

I just came back from the initial planning meeting for the annual picnic this July 21st.  We have many MOA members who are enthusiastic about making this the best picnic yet.

We already have a confirmed speaker and also 2 probable speakers.  There will be games, a charity event with prizes and of course great food.  We plan to advertise the event and make this the place to be in July if you are an atheist in Ohio.

More details to follow so keep checking back.

Season of Reason Party and helping the needy

For our December monthly meetup, we will meet at noon on the 18th for a celebration of the season, family, and friendship at my home in Plymouth for a pot-luck lunch.

Please bring a covered dish and whatever you wish to drink.   Turkey and ham will be provided.

We are also collecting food and blankets to give to secular organizations that help the needy. Please be generous in your donation.

If you need directions, send a request to- ron@midohioatheists.org

Edit- the location was changed to Plymouth.