Season of Reason: Summer 2014 Events in Ohio (and WV)

Secular sports, socializing, volunteering, activism and education are all available this summer.

Secular Beginners Kayaking Trip

Join Humanist Community of Central Ohio (HCCO) for a beginners kayaking trip on the Big Darby Creek Saturday, June 7th. Sign up and plan to meet at Trapper John’s in Grove City at 10 AM. Freethought Dayton will also be participating. "The plan is for everyone to enjoy an easy paddle down the river together. We are planning to take the sampler trip that ends at a nice recreational area" says Susanne, Event Host. 

Adopt a Highway Spring/Summer Clean Up

Join Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT) and HCCO Sunday, June 8th at 9 AM for the spring/summer clean up of the Humanist Community of Central Ohio's stretch of highway located on the north and south sides of 270 between the 71 and 23/315 exits. Meet in the Aldi parking lot in Westerville to watch a safety video, sign consent forms and be trained prior to cleanup activity. Lunch will follow. Confirm details and signup at COUNT or HCCO meetup event.

Columbus Pride Parade

The annual Columbus Pride Parade is scheduled for Saturday, June 21st, with parade step-off at 11 AM. HCCO and COGA will be post a meeting location and time closer to the event. HCCO has scheduled Pride Parade sign making and ice cream for Wednesday June 18th from 7 – 9 PM.

Comfest

Stop by the Columbus CoR and HCCO booths at the Columbus Community Festival Friday June 27th – Sunday June 29th. HCCO has had a presence there for years but this is the first time for Columbus CoR. Volunteers are being recruited to staff both booths by COUNT, Omnipresent Atheists (OA) and HCCO; no experience is required. Avery Winston, Columbus CoR Coordinator, is organizing volunteers for the Columbus CoR booth and you can sign up for specific shifts directly using a Google Doc.

Summer Mega Blood Drive and SSA Conference

On July 11th from 11 – 3 PM, HCCO will hold their Summer Mega Blood Drive which is being co-hosted with the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) East Conference. Sign up and get free admission to the Friday night conference sessions. COUNT and HCCO have been signing up volunteers to help with this conference which runs through Sunday July 13th. Volunteers will also be able to attend some of the great talks that are planned. Paid registration for non-students is also available.

Special Guest Speaker Leo Igwe

HCCO is hosting Leo Igwe on July 16 as part of his US speaking tour. Leo Igwe is a humanist, skeptic, and human rights advocate from Nigeria who is campaigning against and documenting the impacts of witchcraft accusations in Africa. Up to 55% of that population believes in witchcraft, often with horrifying results. RSVP and see more details at the meetup event.

MOA Regional Picnic

Mid Ohio Atheists (MOA) scheduled their annual regional picnic to take place on July 20th at Mohican State Forest. Attendees will bring food to share, compete to donate the most items for the Harmony House homeless shelter and the Humane Society of Richland County, and participate in various games and activities. The success of last two year’s incorporation of speakers into the picnic has prompted MOA to offer another interesting lineup that includes: Mark & Marni Tiborsky, Northern Ohio Freethought Society and JT Eberhard, writer and public speaker. Signup at www.meetup.com/Mid-Ohio-Atheists.

HCCO Summer Picnic

HCCO is planning their annual summer picnic for Sunday, August 24th from 11 – 3 PM at the Blendon Woods Dogwood Reservable Shelter in Westerville, OH. Check the meetup event for more details to be announced.

ASH-led UU Worship Celebration

The UU Atheists, Skeptics, and Humanists (UU ASH) will be leading a worship celebration at the Unitarian Universalist church at 93 W. Wesheimer road on August 3 at 10 AM. "The Beautiful Wonderful Totally Awesome Universe! will be a great event that shows how secular people can experience awe and wonder about the universe, without any necessity for a deity" according to Gleb Tsipursky, UU ASH contact for Columbus CoR.

2nd Annual WV ASH Bash Picnic

The West Virginia Atheists, Skeptics and Humanists (WV ASH) have invited all secular individuals and groups to attend their 2nd annual ASH Bash Picnic on Saturday September 13 from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Dorsey's Knob Pavilion in Morgantown, WV. This open social event features a speaker and music. "Our goal is to get better acquainted with other secular groups…and share an afternoon of fun, music, ideas, and fellowship" says Neece, Coordinator, Morgantown Atheists. A grill will be available for the potluck lunch. Fred Edwords, National Director United Coalition of Reason will give a 20 minute presentation on ‘Building Our Community For Action: how can we crystallize the mission and goals of our community, deal with classic problems, and organize for more effective activism?’ Fred has served as president of the Humanist Association of San Diego, executive director of the American Humanist Association, and president of Camp Quest.

HCCO, COUNT, COGA, OA, UU ASH and MOA are members of the Columbus Coalition of Reason. The Secular Student Alliance and Freethought Dayton are Friends of Columbus CoR.

[Addendum 6-16-2014: MOA Regional Picnic information added.]

[Addendum 6-18-2014: UU ASH Worship Celebration information added.]