Columbus CoR picnic follows three successful Week Of Action benefits.
President Obama has proclaimed that May 1 be a National Day of Reason. Columbus CoR requested proclamations from the Ohio governor's office (with the Secular Coalition for Ohio), the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus mayor's office but did not get a positive response. We intend to ask again next year and hope that we can get more support for our requests.
[5-3-2014 Addendum: City of Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman signed a Certificate of Recognition presented to Columbus Coalition of Reason for "its promotion of the importance of reason and to express respect for the dignity of all residents regardless of religious belief. The application of reason can offer hope, solve problems and cultivate intelligent, moral and ethical interactions." See news story.]
About the National Day of Reason
A consortium of leaders from within the community of reason endorsed the idea of a National Day of Reason. This observance is held in parallel with the National Day of Prayer, on the first Thursday in May each year. The goal of this effort is to celebrate reason—a concept all Americans can support—and to raise public awareness about the persistent threat to religious liberty posed by government intrusion into the private sphere of worship. [nationaldayofreason.org]
About the Week of Action
Week of Action takes place the week before National Day of Prayer and Reason, and is a way to come together regardless of beliefs to benefit our communities. Whether you spend May 1, 2014 praying or reasoning, spend the last week of April acting. [weekofaction.org]
HCCO Blood Drive
The Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO), led by Lyz Liddell, held a blood drive on April 23rd as part of the Week of Action.
We had 4 volunteers coordinating and running the drive that day. 21 people came through the door and we reached our goal of 20 units donated, including two first time donors. Our donors helped save 60 lives. Our next drive will be Friday, July 11th, cosponsored with the Secular Student Alliance conference at Ohio State and donors will get free registration to Friday nights events. Registration should be up by the end of May. [Sharon Moss, HCCO Coordinator]
COUNT with AoC & HCCO Bowling Night Food Donation
125 lbs of food and $25 in cash/gift certificates were collected for the Mid Ohio Foodbank at this April 25th bowling event. Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT), led by Christina McDuffie, organized the benefit with help from Atheists of Columbus (AoC) and HCCO. Thirteen attendees bowled and/or socialized while helping feed hungry Central Ohioans.
COUNT with FLOW Big Spring Tree Planting
Marie Gildow organized COUNT participation in the Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW) Big Spring tree planting. Five COUNT volunteers joined numerous other FLOW volunteers at the Ohio School for the Deaf on April 26th and planted hundreds of native Ohio trees. Participants enjoyed a cookout after the work was done.
Columbus CoR Community National Day of Reason Potluck & Picnic
Join us to celebrate the National Day of Reason while bringing our community together. Make new friends, catch up with old, and have some fun! A $5 donation per person is requested for reimbursement of shelter expense to Christina McDuffie. Please bring your own plates and utensils and something to share based on the first letter of your last name: A-G dessert, H-M side dish or chips, N-S water, juice, or soda, T-Z main dish. Sign up with AoC, Central Ohio Gay Atheists (COGA), COUNT, Divorce Beyond Belief (DBB), Omnipresent Atheists (OA) or HCCO. We will be meeting at the White Oak Shelter on Saturday, May 3rd from 1 – 4 PM at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, 1775 Darby Creek Drive in Galloway.
AoC, COGA, COUNT, DBB, OA and HCCO are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason.