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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.
Time to get those volunteer hats on again, this time we will be helping out in the PREFAB shop which is located at 14135-128 Avenue
We are limited to 10 volunteer spots, so please ensure you are available for the entire day before agreeing to come.
Shift is from 8:00am until 4pm, with a few breaks and lunch.
There is a site specific safety orientation for assigned tasks for each day that you are scheduled. YOU MUST BE PUNCTUAL; due to the safety program anyone who misses the morning safety orientation will not be able to work on site.
Those who are interested will have to complete paperwork and return it to Karen Lumley Kerr before April 15th. The paperwork can be found here: Group Construction Volunteer Package 2015
You can bring it to a SEA event or email it to Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Habitat for Humanity now requires that you BRING your own set of work gloves. They can be purchased for less than $5 at a local hardware store.
The location for our Roundtable meeting on February 3 has been changed. Please help spread the word!
The location is now Corbett Hall on the University of Alberta Campus.
8205-114 street. Rm 326
We will head to Sherlock Holmes on Campus afterwards (around 9:30), 8519-112 Street
We plan to be back at our usual location for March.
Have we got a contest for you! The Imagine No Religion conference is June 5 – 7th this year in Vancouver with a spectacular line up of guest speakers, including Harriet Hall, Lawrence Krauss, Seth Andrews and Richard Dawkins, just to name a few. You can find the entire speakers list on their website: http://imaginenoreligion.ca/
Enter our contest for your chance to win an all inclusive ticket to the conference ! Please ensure you read all rules and regulations carefully, and although most of skeptics don’t believe in ”good luck” we’ll offer you some anyway.
Safe Schools Alberta will be one of the presenters at next week’s Public Consultations on Gay Straight Alliances in Alberta Schools. The public consultations are being held by the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association in both Edmonton (starting at 4:30 PM on January 29th) and Calgary (starting at 5:30 PM on January 27th). Safe Schools Alberta is scheduled to present at the Calgary session.
These important hearings are likely to be watched by both media and politicians, and the public is welcome (RSVP required). We encourage you to consider attending.
RSVPs are required in order to attend. Please RSVP to: email@example.com
You can also encourage your friends to join you by inviting them on Facebook:
Thank you! We hope to see you there.
Safe Schools Alberta