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A Supreme Court Ruling this week has stopped prayer in municipal courts in the Quebec town of Saguenay. You can hear Luke (one of the Society of Edmonton Atheists directors) discuss this ruling on Ryan Jesperson’s 630 ched talk show this morning.
Our Vice President Allan Bassil was also interviewed yesterday by CBC Francais, a seven minute interview cut down to a seven second soundbite, and the SEA being represented as ”militant secularists”. You can watch the video here (it would help if you can speak french!) http://ici.radio-canada.ca/widgets/mediaconsole/medianet/7273764
What are your views on this? Join our discussion on our facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdmontonAtheists/
Our Annual General Meeting was last night and we had a fantastic turn out. General meetings are a requirement for us to remain a non-profit group and aren’t always the most exciting of meetings to sit through, but we did manage to squeeze in a few laughs anyway. Meh!
Our financial statements were reviewed and we had our biggest year yet with campaigns, donations and event takings. We voted and agreed to donate a sponsorship amount for the upcoming AB Secular Conference, which will have us listed as founding sponsors for the life of the conference. It’s great to see our group investing in the secular movement in the province and helping to affect change. I look forward to continually adding value to our memberships and keeping this momentum going. Our paid membership is the largest it’s ever been in SEA’s history, so we’re doing something right! Let’s keep it going!
We voted on a few new lifetime members, had discussions about what kind of things we want to do for the upcoming year and talked about regular events such as Pride Parade, solstice parties and volunteer work. Some new ideas are on the table, such as starting up an atheist parent meet up, and we will also be having regular monthly events that are family friendly over the summer/fall months. At the end of the evening we had a prize draw giveaway for up to date members. Congratulations to Brad F, the winner of the signed copy of The Thinking Atheists (Seth Andrews) book, Deconverted.
I appreciate the hard work and dedication the 2014-2015 board gave, it was a fabulous year and we had a great team of people working behind the scenes. Thank you to each of you for your committment to the SEA.
Here is your newly elected board for the 2015-2016 year:
|President||Karen Lumley Kerr|
|Recording Secretary||Kathy Dawson|
Congratulations to our new board, and thank you all for putting your trust in me again to be your fearless leader. Looking forward to another stellar year!
Karen Lumley Kerr
President, Society of Edmonton Atheists
Just a reminder that the 2015 Annual General Meeting is tonight (April 7)!
When: 7:00 pm
Parking around the University can be pricey, and public transit is probably your best bet. Less expensive parking can usually be found at the Faculty Club parking lot (the surface lot north of Windsor Car Park, 116 St), although it’s a bit of a walk to CAB. We will be headed to Sherlock Holmes just off campus afterwards, and they do have a $5 flat rate, but again, you’ll have to walk to CAB.
Just in case you were wondering, we’ve had multiple sightings of the bus ads, mostly downtown. There has been some media attention over the last week.
Bus ads promote atheist group, St. Albert Gazette
In case you missed it this morning, one of our Directors, Luke Fevin, was on the radio with Ryan Jespersen of 630 CHED at 9am. You can still listen to their great conversation! Luke is the first guest, and there are more listener comments at the 27 min mark after Luke is gone.
Tuesday April 7th will be this year’s SEA Annual General Meeting (AGM), formally starting at 7:00 pm, and will be held at the University of Alberta, Central Academic Building (CAB) room 239 (the campus map has interior maps).
It is important that as many of you as possible attend as we are looking to brainstorm and discuss what direction SEA will be taking in the upcoming year. Please note only paying members will be permitted to vote in the general election or on any other business, however you are able to purchase a membership on the night.
Parking around the University can be pricey, and public transit is probably your best bet. Less expensive parking can usually be found at the Faculty Club parking lot (the surface lot north of Windsor Car Park, 116 St), although it’s a bit of a walk to CAB.
We are giving away a signed copy of the book ”Deconverted” by Seth Andrews (aka The Thinking Atheist) along with a coffee mug that matches, by prize draw on the night.
This draw is for current members (those who have purchased a membership in the last 4 months, have a 3 year renewing membership or lifetime membership). You may purchase your membership on the evening or prior to the AGM via our membership tab to also be entered into this draw.
What you need to know:
Agenda for the evening: Society of Edmonton Atheist AGM AGENDA 2015
Last year’s AGM minutes: AGM meeting minutes April 2014
We are changing a few things in the by-laws this year so please ensure you read through our proposed changes. The changes can be seen in red on page 6: 2015 02 14 SEA bylaws proposed
If you are at all interested in running for the Board, please take a look at our explanation of the roles and responsibilities for each position, as well as some FAQs about joining the Board. There are current Board members who will not be running again for election. You can email us to let us know that you’d like to run for a Board position (even if you will not be present at the meeting), ask another member to nominate you at the appropriate point during the meeting, or you may also self-nominate at the meeting.
Deadlines related to the AGM:
23 March – Receipt of proposed bylaw changes. If you would like to propose changes for consideration at the AGM, they must be sent to the Board for distribution to the rest of the membership.
We’re looking forward to another great year with SEA! See you at the AGM!
– Karen Kerr, President
Alexander will be headed to Vancouver in June to attend the conference, with airfare and hotel included. We would like to give a huge thank you to Bill Ligertwood from the Kamloops Center for Rational Thought and founder of the Imagine No Religion conference for supplying SEA with this amazing prize!
Alexander’s entry can be found here: http://eedition.meridianbooster.com/doc/Lloydminster-Meridian-Booster/lloydminster_meridian_booster-0213/2015021201/#6
We should have seen it coming: tax season. Along with tax season comes tax courses that are offered at the library and just like last year the group booked up the rental space.
This means we’re on our own for the next two months. The gang over at UAAA have helped us out by booking a room for us for our March roundtable, and will advise regarding April closer to the time.
For now though here’s what you need to know for our Skype call with Hemant Mehta ”The Friendly Atheist” on March 3rd.
We will be holding the meeting at the CAB building (Central Academic Building) at the University of Alberta, in room 369 (Circled in Red). I would suggest that you use a park and ride service if at all possible as parking at the University is difficult to find and also quite expensive. There is an LRT and bus service directly into the UofA. If you need detailed directions you can use the University Campus Map, click on North Campus and then look for the CAB building in the listings.