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

Nominations for 2015 Announced

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Election for 2015

Nominations for directors and officers for 2015 were taken today at the monthly board meeting of Mid Ohio Atheists Inc.

There are three positions for directors.  These members were nominated:

Ray Greenbank
Marisa Hills
Bradley Boothe

For Officer, these members were nominated-

President – Ron Stephens
Vice-President – Marisa Hills
Secretary – Candice Boothe
Treasurer – Ron Stephens

Voting for these offices will be held at our board meeting in December which will be held at the Ashland Public Library on December 13th at 10:30 AM.  You must be a member in good standing to vote in this election.  Members can vote via email if they can’t attend the meeting.  More information on voting by email will be posted soon.

Halloween Costume Party

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Please join us for a frightfully fun evening this Saturday, October 25th at 6 PM!  We will be meeting at Brad & Candice’s for our Halloween Costume Party again this year.

We are asking everyone for a $5.00 donation per person as well as a covered dish to share. There will food, scary movies, games to play, raffle prizes, and great conversations. We will also have a Halloween Costume Contest for those that would like to dress up, with a prize for the best costume. As always, alcohol is permitted but not provided. Please bring beverages of your choice, and as always if partaking of alcohol please do so responsibly.

As with all of our events, please bring canned goods or non-perishable items to donate to Harmony House, our local homeless shelter or items to donate to the Humane Society of Richland County.

This is a private residence so if you are new to our events, please contact Marisa Hills for directions or any other questions you may have.

We look forward to another fun event and hope to see you all there!

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.

2014 Mid Ohio Atheists Regional Picnic Announced

Our group is proud to announce the Mid Ohio Atheists Regional Picnic 2014, sponsored by Mid Ohio Atheists Inc. We are inviting groups from all over Ohio and surrounding areas to our annual get together at the Mohican State Forest. The general public is also invited to come out and meet us, as long as they are respectful and do not try to proselytize to us.

This year the picnic will be held on Sunday, July 20th, starting at 12:00 pm.  We have met at the Mohican State Forest before and had a great experience each time. This year we will meet at the North Park Shelter once again. Once you are in the forest, follow the signs to the shelter. There will also be a map available soon as well. You will want to use the St. Rt. 97 entrance to access the park for the event. Detailed directions will be available, as GPS is not always accurate in forest locations. The accurate coordinates for the location are (40.614548N 82.312439W), if you put that in GPS you will find it without much issue. The physical address always gives GPS issues due to county numbering of roads.

The picnic will be held rain or shine since we have a nice covered shelter, so please don’t let that stop you from attending.

Contest
This year we are happy to announce 2 charities we are involved with for our donation drive contest. Harmony House(a local homeless shelter) and the Humane Society of Richland County. The items that qualify for the contest for each charity are as follows: Harmony House: Toilet Paper, Trash Bags, Paper Towels, and Laundry Detergent and the Humane Society: Dry/Wet Dog or Cat Food, Clay (non clumping) Cat Litter, Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling), and Paper Towels. These items are what is most needed by these charities or what they run low on the most. Other items outside of these can be donated, but these item only count towards the contest. A full list will be available of items they accept. Whoever donates the most of these items will win the Grand Prize. We will also have a second prize for the runner up. We encourage everyone to bring items to one or both of these great organizations! Please make sure you check in your donations when you arrive (there will be signs). GRAND PRIZE: 2 Tickets to Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio and $20 Gas Card.

Prizes
To say “Thanks!” this year we will have some fun raffle prizes. Please make sure you check in when you get to the event and get your raffle ticket for the random prize drawings. We will also have a kids “prize pack” as well so they will have their own chance at some kid type goodies to take home with them. This is just small way for us to show our appreciation to our friends who support us by coming to visit us each year, volunteer at our events, or support our many different educational and social endeavors we undertake.

Games & Activities
This year we have made an effort to make this event more kid friendly. We hope everyone brings their children so we have plenty of kids for the activities Meri and Tiffany have planned for the event. There are plans for a Scavenger Hunt, Marshmallow Toss (who’s not up for that?) and a Watermelon Eating Contest…(who wouldn’t want to take some photos of that!? We will have goodies and prizes for the kids so its a fun day for them to meet new people and have a fun day as well. :)

Speakers
This year we are happy to invite a few speakers to join us for some entertaining and educational insight on life as an atheist:

Mark & Marni Tiborsky– from Northern Ohio Freethought Society, a chapter of Freedom From Religion Foundation, will speak about their groups recent experience with the billboard campaign in Northern Ohio, pros and cons of media coverage, and being “out” as an atheist in the community.

JT EberhardWriter and public speaker on atheism, gay rights, and other topics, over 2 yrs with Student Secular Alliance as the first high school organizer, and co-founder of Skepticon. JT will give us his insight on “How to beat the most popular arguments for god’s existence in plain English.”

Fantastic Food
What would a picnic be without good food? We estimate we will have about 80 people in attendance this year. We will have a suggested food list posted on the website, but any items are welcome that you would like to share. The list of items will be updated as we receive emails and commitments from people volunteering items. Please send a quick email to picnic2014@midohioatheists.org to let us know what you intend to bring. You don’t have to bring enough to feed the total number we anticipate, just let us know the amount you can bring so we can update our numbers. Visit our website for a list of ideas of what to bring.

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.

We hope to see everyone make it out this year again. We had a great time last year and really look forward to seeing our friends each year and meeting new people every year as well. Please share the event with others and work out car pools if possible to get those to the event that would like to attend. Any questions, please feel free to email Marisa Hills at marisa@midohioatheists.org

We will see everyone soon!

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.

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.