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
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, President
Thank you for your prompt response, ....(I have refunded $30 on June 27, Transaction ID: 2MY92963TC770142C).
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,
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 IssueAt 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
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
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).
- Would you like your name to be publicly associated with HFSD?
- Your full name as you want it to be presented online or to be known among our members.
- Your current email address (not for publishing).
- Would you be willing to support us in the future and how?
- On average, how many hours per month would you be willing to contribute, if any?
- What type of contribution would be the most enjoyable and the easiest for you?
- 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.
- Description of you personally for publication, possibly including your interests, profession, activities, credo, vision, upbringing, philosophy, etc.
- Your past contributions to the secular community of San Diego, all forms, preferably with dates (years).
- Please send your response and attach a photograph of you for publication:
The Humanist Fellowship of San Diego, President
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Board Meeting 2018 -2 ReportHFSD 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!Humanist worldview. Humanist values. Humanist community.
|Humanists in San Diego|
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.
|Humanists in San Diego|
Nuestra MisionLa 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
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
HFSD Board of Directors Meeting 2018-2 Agenda
Scheduled for June 24, 10 AM
- Roles and tasks, workflow, principles (simplicity, autonomy, etc.);
- Online presence base (website, google business and maps);
- Social networks (facebook, twitter, etc.) - posting strategy (uniformity, transparency, respectfulness, independence, etc.);
- Meetup groups, account, payments;
- 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).
Monday, June 18, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Humanist Outreach in the Park
with Ask an Atheist Booth
When?Weekly on Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Where?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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:google.com/calendar/event?eid=MTFwdGppODQ0a2h2YjQ3YWY3ZWtsdjZ1M3FfMjAxODA2MjNUMTcwMDAwWiBjMW8xbGo2aTg4ZGYyYWlxamEzZTJpbjUxc0Bn&ctz=America/Los_Angeles
Saturday, May 19, 2018
- Outreach to other non-believers - to let them know there is a large and welcoming community of secular people with whom they can connect.
- Being positive ambassadors for non-theism - to give passersby a positive impression of the atheist community – whether they stop to talk or not.
- Convert believers;
- Win an argument;
- Enjoy and support the friendly atmosphere at the Booth.
- Hang out behind the tables, keep the front open for passing pedestrians.
- Let people come to us – do not invite or urge anyone to engage by any means.
- Greet approaching people, give them the freedom to communicate and to choose materials.
- The presented literature and signs should directly relate to atheism, humanism, or critical thinking.
- Respect conversation flow of others. Ask for a permission to join. Do not interrupt.
- Stay on topic. Move long conversations off to the side.
- Keep conversation volumes low. Do not crowd around a discussion.
- Maintain secular standpoint. Asking a lot of questions is a very positive approach.
- Calm upset guests – do not escalate.
- If this doesn’t work – stop talking. Walk away if you have to.
- Project a respectable image of atheists and humanist values.
- Be accepting of mainstream science, including cosmology and biology.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
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:
- from Nicola to Doug (Secretaries),
- from Astrid to John (Treasurers),
- 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!
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