A reminder that we will be having our monthly meeting this Sunday at Barnes and Noble. Hope to see you there!
Well, July 18th has come and gone and what a day it was. The weather cooperated very well, it was a little warm but there was a nice breeze and no rain at all. I was concerned a few days ago about the thunderstorms that were forecast for Sunday but it seems heaven looked down on us atheists and gave us a great day for our picnic. 😉
MOA Atheists in the Park 2010
In order to track what people are bringing to the picnic on July 18th, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with what you plan to bring.
I think we will have about 20-25 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. Thanks!
Edit- The picnic will be at the Mohican State Park at the picnic area next to the covered bridge on July 18th at Noon.
Things people have already volunteered to bring:
- Diabetic friendly drinks or water
- Plastic ware
- Potato salad
- Macaroni salad
- Chips / dip
- Hamburgers & buns
- Hotdogs & buns
- Deviled Eggs
- Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Relish, Barbecue Sauce, Mayo, Pickles, etc…..)
- Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
- Pop / drinks
Things still needed:
- Anything else you want to share.
The votes are in and the overwhelming decision is choice #3.
This means we will be meeting at the Mohican State Park at the picnic area next to the covered bridge on July 18th at noon.
We will also organize a picnic/rally in Central Park in Mansfield at a later date.
Thanks to all that participated in the vote.
We need to make a final decision on where we’re meeting for next month’s MOA annual picnic. The choices that have been submitted at the meeting last Sunday are-
1. Mohican State Park by the covered bridge.
2. Central Park in Mansfield. We may be able to reserve the gazebo in Central Park if we make a decision soon. If they refuse us on the gazebo, it sure would make an interesting subject for a news release.
There is an issue with choice #2. Some members have stated that they think Central Park would be fun, but they couldn’t attend if it is held there for business reasons. They don’t want it publicized that they are an atheist for fear it would drive customers away from their business. With the expected uproar that #2 could generate, and with media possibly covering the event, there is a real possibility peoples’ faces could appear in the paper or on TV.
Another choice is to have choice #1 on July 18th and do Choice #2 on another day. That way everyone could attend the Mohican event and those who want to can also do Central Park. Let’s call this choice #3.
What I need from everyone is to send an email to email@example.com with your choice- 1, 2, or 3, ASAP so we can publish the results and for planning purposes. If your name is not in your email address, make sure to include it so I can keep track of votes.
The group met at Bob Evan’s Restaurant in Ontario this morning. I was glad to see many new faces. We had quite a wait for a table since we had such a large group. I suppose that’s a good thing though.
A light moment was had when someone asked for a volunteer to say grace . I offered a simple and grateful thank you to farmers for growing the food and the cooks who prepared it for us.
We decided the next time we do this we’ll need a place that can more easily accommodate us. For the August meeting, we will meet at Barnes & Nobles in Ontario.
We talked about the annual picnic next month but never made a final decision where it will be. We’ll settle that through email or our page on facebook.com before too long.
There was much lively discussion about atheism and some of the experiences we have had as atheists in a Christian dominated society. I think the best summary of the discussions is we were all glad we have a local group where we can find support and share our views among like minded people. We also talked of ways to get out the message that an atheist group exists in the Mansfield area so we can grow our group.
Things are looking up!
We met at Bob Evans in Ontario for our monthly meeting on May 16th. There was good food and good conversation to be had and enjoyed. Those who didn’t make it really missed out.
We talked a little about current events and such. I told the story of passing an old pickup truck that was pulling a flatbed farm wagon which had an 8′ cross and a 5′ black box with the words ‘King James Bible’ on the side. What a hoot! The funniest part was I was on my way to the MOA meeting when I saw the spectacle.
As for business, we agreed to have the meetings on the third Sunday of the month, it seems to have worked out well so far. We also decided to have the annual Atheists in the Park picnic in July, location yet to be determined.
We also talked about advertising to get more membership. I’m sure we could get many more members if more people knew about us.
The next meeting is June 20th, I hope to see you there!