About HFSD

Our mission is to advance public awareness of Humanism and of its principals of social progress through dialog, acts of compassion, pursuit of justice, and promotion of critical thinking.

Secular humanism embraces human reason, ethics, justice, and philosophical naturalism while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience, and superstition as the bases of morality and decision making.

We unite secular humanists and ethical atheists and skeptics in San Diego County of California.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Future Site Hosting

We are in the process to be approved for a permanent website hosting with special nonprofit privileges under an additional search-engine-friendly domain name humanistfellowshipsandiego.org to establish proper email addresses and event management systems. Articles from this blog will be forwarded there in the future.

Lena Nechet
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, President

Political Involvement Discussion

Today one member left HFSD for political reasons. My response as a president was:
Thank you for your prompt response, ....
I will ask John, the HFSD Treasurer, to return your membership fee for 2018, and we won't feature you on our website.
Personally, I understand your frustration with the political reality, probably as well as many other members of our community would. Our nonprofit is specifically not a political organization though, by law, and has another noble mission.
I hope you will find many great opportunities to take a political stand and to be actively defending what is right.
Wish you the very best,
Lena Nechet 
 (I have refunded $30 on June 27, Transaction ID: 2MY92963TC770142C).

As the President, I am ultimately responsible for all functions of this organization and its lawful status. After accepting this position I carefully read the documentation and educated myself about nonprofits in general. I will operate in accordance with HFSD Bylaws and the State of California laws.

For Your Information: 

From our Secretary of State endorsement.
And these are my principles, in short.

Origins of he Issue

At this point, I can only guess that this strange political issue originated from this public meetup topic, posted by Wilfredo, our Board Director and event organizer:

Below is a copy of it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

My Initial Vision

Three months ago I was elected to be the President of the Humanist Fellowship. This was my first post about it. After the first transitional emergencies were handled, please let me share with you more of my position.

It is my duty as a president to keep this nonprofit functioning, and these are my main current guiding principles, listed below with reasons and explanations.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Supporters' Information Request

Dear HFSD Members and Supporters,

May I ask for a few minutes of your time to answer these 10 questions, or only 7 if you say "No" to the first. Your information will be used for internal planning and optionally online to describe HFSD (e.g. website).

  1. Would you like your name to be publicly associated with HFSD
  2. Your full name as you want it to be presented online or to be known among our members.
  3. Your current email address (not for publishing). 
  4. Would you be willing to support us in the future and how? 
  5. On average, how many hours per month would you be willing to contribute, if any? 
  6. What type of contribution would be the most enjoyable and the easiest for you? 
  7. Suggest other people and groups whose information we should request, or who might have files related to our history, or please forward these questions to them. 
  8. Description of you personally for publication, possibly including your interests, profession, activities, credo, vision, upbringing, philosophy, etc.  
  9. Your past contributions to the secular community of San Diego, all forms, preferably with dates (years). 
  10. Please send your response and attach a photograph of you for publication:

Thank you!

Lena Nechet
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, President

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Board Report #2

Board Meeting 2018 -2 Report

HFSD Board of Directors meeting 2018 2 took place on June 24 in Oceanside California. Five (5) out of six (6) Board Directors attended.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

We Are Humanists

We Are Humanists!

Humanist worldview.  Humanist values.  Humanist community.

Humanists in San Diego
Our Mission

The mission of the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego (HFSD) is to function as an informative, educational, and social resource for its members and to advance public awareness of Humanism and the acceptance of its principals of social progress through democratic dialog, acts of compassion, the pursuit of justice, and promotion of critical thinking.

Former Board Members

HFSD Past Board of Directors

Richard Stravinsky, Nicola Duggan, Astrid Falkenberg, Stephen McNabb, Sean Taylor

Your Help

The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego is guided entirely by passionate volunteers.

What are we passionate about?

We believe that this life is all that we have, and that whatever we do to serve others and care for our planet must be done here and now. And, by us.

What Can You Do?

  • Help us manage our social media on twitter, facebook, etc. and in local online publications. 
  • Join the host teams at meetings, lectures, speaker engagements, etc. We always need friendly people to say hello and point the way.
  • Help up making and spreading informational materials: stickers, flyers, brochures. 
  • We need photos of our programs and participants.
  • If you have a little more time, we need help with outreach, office and accounting chores, and publicizing events in print media.

Thank you! 

Somos Humanistas

Vision Humanista del Mundo. Valores Humanistas. Comunidad Humanista.
Humanists in San Diego

Nuestra Mision

La mision de la Humanist Fellowship de San Diego (HFSD en Ingles) es funcionar como un recurso informativo, educacional y social para sus miembors y para avanzar la conciencia publica sobre Humanismo y la aceptacion de sus principios de progreso social por medio del dialogo democratico, actos de compasion, la busqueda de justicia y la promocion del pensamiento critico.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Duties of the President

Traditionally, not-for-profit presidents are responsible for everything: 
Traditional Duties of a Nonprofit President
Although he is accountable to the board of directors, when it comes to the day-to-day running of the nonprofit company, the president bears the ultimate responsibility. The president is responsible to make sure that the other nonprofit officers (the nonprofit secretary, the nonprofit treasurer, and any vice-presidents) are fulfilling their duties. Other common duties of a nonprofit president include:
Signature authority. The president has the authority to sign legal documents on behalf of the corporation. This includes the ability to sign corporate checks, although other officers may also have this power.
Strategic planning. The president may participate in, or lead, short and long term planning for the organization. This includes developing programs to carry out the goals of the organization, and overseeing the implementation of these programs.
Fund raising. In most nonprofit organizations, the president oversees fund raising operations, and is also the organization’s chief fundraiser. This involves acting as the primary spokesperson for the organization, recruiting donors, and attending fundraising functions. - Edward A. Haman, Esq., January 2016

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

We Are on the Map!

Finally, after two months, I managed to put us on the map! 

Before, using Google Maps for local organizations, people in our area had only two options: Unitarian Church (yes, their profile was sometimes directly shown for the keywords like "humanist") and Humanist Association. 

Now, even if you search for "humanist fellowship" on the main serch engine page, we come first under the map - we are locally discoverable. After establishing our Google My Business presence, registering by paper mail with Google, tweaking service areas, adding cards and stuff like that, it started to look acceptable.

Google put me through a lot, but now all can see us, our area (SD County) correctly, links, etc.

If you have a google account, please review HFSD (link on the bottom left, on the panel by the map on desktop, scroll down on mobile).

HFSD on the map:

Agenda #2

HFSD Board of Directors Meeting 2018-2 Agenda

Scheduled for June 24, 10 AM

  1. Roles and tasks, workflow, principles (simplicity, autonomy, etc.);
  2. Online presence base (website, google business and maps);
  3.  Social networks (facebook, twitter, etc.) - posting strategy (uniformity, transparency, respectfulness, independence, etc.);
  4. Meetup groups, account, payments;
  5. USPS PO Box (name change, checking, forwarding).

Financial stuff and taxes we'll finish fixing with John (The Treasurer) sometime - bank monitoring, paypal setup, taxes, and state and federal registration with Doug (The Secretary).

Lena Nechet
HFSD President

Monday, June 18, 2018


Our new test version of stickers for the Secular Outreach.


The previous version:

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Secular Outreach in Balboa Park

Humanist Outreach in the Park 

with Ask an Atheist Booth

Please join us in our effort to reach out to nonbelievers, freethinkers, humanists, atheists, and skeptics in the San Diego community. 


Weekly on Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm


1549 El Prado,
San Diego, CA 92101, USA

We will be located on El Prado (the pedestrian avenue in-between the two large fountains in Balboa Park), near the lily pond.




This is very much a “3 Level Outreach” event. Participate at any level. No pressure.

  1. Share camaraderie with your fellow non-believers. Come hang out with us on the grass behind the table and socialize. It’s a fun day in the park. Bring food/drinks/chairs if you like (certainly not required). Or just come visit. Stay five minutes, stay all day. Bring kids, bring partners. Everyone is welcome.
  2. Staff the tables. Again, there is no commitment to talk to believers. Our mission is outreach to the non-believing community. Passers-by are generally friendly and there will always be others around if non-believers want to engage in deeper conversation.
  3. Ask an Atheist. For those who like to, and are willing (and there’s always a lot of us in this category), be ready to engage believers in discussion. This is a lot of fun for those who enjoy this kind of thing, and it’s good practice for your personal life, too! If you just want to come hang out, we’d love to have you, however long you want to stay. It’s fun to be out in the open as a non-believer, and the camaraderie and number of folks we have there give a very positive impression to all who walk by – even if many are just hanging out on the grass. For those willing to staff the table or talk to believers, we now have a good set of guidelines/suggestions for both. This helps us generate good will, stay positive and keep consistent.

Everyone that does participate is encouraged to bring a chair, drinks and snacks (depending on how long they plan on joining in the fun). There are however great restaurants and cheap food, all within a rocks throw. A few of us often bring snacks, desserts and beverages for all to share and everyone is welcome to be so generous. Consider wearing your favorite anti-theistic or Humanist t-shirts and don't forget your Scarlet A lapel pins if you have them.

We have received a very positive response from a surprising number of visitors. Other booths in the park include the Mormons, Hari Krishna, Christians, Muslims, evolution deniers and Jehovah's Witnesses. So the public is encouragingly receptive to our presence there among the others. However, please do not feel as though you must converse with the believers or even the non-believers in the public as many of us simply sit in the shaded grass behind the banner and enjoy good conversation with each other all day. Finally, no one is expected to be there all day. If you can only swing by and say hi, please do.

Rob, Jim, Sean



HFSD Official Calendar

Google calendar event description:


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Outreach Rules

The Outreach Booth has two main objectives:

  1. Outreach to other non-believers - to let them know there is a large and welcoming community of secular people with whom they can connect.  
  2. Being positive ambassadors for non-theism - to give passersby a positive impression of the atheist community – whether they stop to talk or not. 
The goal is a positive experience for the guest.

Founders: Sean, Jim. Organizer: Robert. Treasurer: Pat

The Outreach Booth does not exist to:
  • Convert believers;
  • Win an argument;
  • Proselytize.
Discuss - and do not argue;
Stay constructive - and do not get offended;
  1. Enjoy and support the friendly atmosphere at the Booth. 
  2. Hang out behind the tables, keep the front open for passing pedestrians.
  3. Let people come to us  –  do not invite or urge anyone to engage by any means.
  4. Greet approaching people, give them the freedom to communicate and to choose materials.
  5. The presented literature and signs should directly relate to atheism, humanism, or critical thinking.
  6. Respect conversation flow of others. Ask for a permission to join. Do not interrupt. 
  7. Stay on topic. Move long conversations off to the side.
  8. Keep conversation volumes low. Do not crowd around a discussion.
  9. Maintain secular standpoint. Asking a lot of questions is a very positive approach. 
  10. Calm upset guests – do not escalate. 
  11. If this doesn’t work – stop talking.  Walk away if you have to.
  12. Project a respectable image of atheists and humanist values.
  13. Be accepting of mainstream science, including cosmology and biology.
If there are any issues, please contact Robert immediately.

This booth is self-policing.  We want everyone to feel empowered to help others in maintaining our guidelines.  We are a small minority with a very negative stigma and a huge tide of negative emotion pressing against us.  The responsibility is ours to keep to the high road. 

Have fun!

This public document in one page on Google Docs:

See you there!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Board Meeting #1

Summary of the transitional HFSD Board of Directors meeting:

Former and present key board members - Presidents, Treasurers, and Secretaries - met in person this Saturday, March 31, at 11 am (till 1 pm), at a private location, as was agreed on a conference call on March 18.

All paper documentation with in-depth instructions was transferred:

  1. from Nicola to Doug (Secretaries), 
  2. from Astrid to John (Treasurers), 
  3. and from Rick to Lena (Presidents). 

John, Doug and I, each of us received a case of paper documents, corresponding to our new roles, and hours of specialized training. Debbie was present for a part of the meeting via Skype.

All former board members had offered their future support.

John will be responsible for our finances and membership.
Doug will be responsible for our documentation and inventory.

Thanks to all participants of the transition board meeting, especially to Nicola, Astrid, and Rick - your warm enthusiasm, knowledge, and the enormous amount of work done are highly appreciated!

Lena Nechet

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