2018 is going to be AWESOME.
We’re starting off 2018 strong with some great events in January – join us & help kick off a GREAT year for Humanist service in Central Florida. BE part of it!
- In 2017 we hosted 72 events and performed 880.5 hours of service;
- Our 2017 blood drives collected 67 units;
- Our 2017 summer book drive raised 97 books and our holiday toy drive raised more than 50 STEM-themed toys;
- Our total 2017 expenses were $7,960.70; and
- We achieved Gold team status with the Foundation beyond belief.
- Detailed summary: http://JustGottaBE.org/service-impact
2018 Member Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPZGQKR
Board of Directors vacancies: There are three openings on our Board. Contact BEOrlando@live.com for more information.
Details & RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/BEOrlando/events
- 6th – join us for Orlando Distaff Day! A day of fiber crafts & philanthropy with the fiber artist community. We’ll host a vendor table collecting hand-made warm items and food for homeless people in Central Florida. Volunteer with us or bring a project & just come enjoy the day. Learn more: http://orlandodistaffday.org
- 10th – prepare & serve dinner at SafeHouse of Seminole. Must RSVP by January 3rd.
- MLK Service Weekend (MLK service pins for volunteers at these events)
- 13th – sort food donations at Second Harvest Food Bank
- 14th – prepare & serve lunch at Ronald McDonald House (Nemours at Lake Nona)
- 15th – sort destroy mattresses! Prepare mattresses at the Mustard Seed for recycling.
- 17th – Humanist Peer support and Discussion Group – This is hosted by Humanist and Secular Services at UCF; however, it is free and open to the public. The location is just off campus and parking is free and adjacent to the building.
- 20th – climb into the woods for the annual Invasive Species Raid with Seminole County SERV.
- Online, anytime – 15 minute online Meal Serve training for those joining us to prepare and serve food at upcoming events. Electronic certificate upon completion.
Announcing our 2018 12x12x12 Challenge!! Each month, make a care pack with 12 items. You can turn them in at any BE. Orlando event. Last year we used these items to support the Coalition for the Homeless as they served an influx of people who needed shelter during and after Hurricane Irma. Whether there is a similar event or not, these care packs make a real difference for people in our community. Item suggestions and agency wish lists are posted on the event description.
JANUARY HUMANIST OBSERVANCES
Humanist Calendar: http://HumanistCalendar.wordpress.com
- Birthdays: Stephen Hawking (8th)
- Founding Dates: ACLU Founded (19th, 1920)
- Half-Pi Day – If the Tau Day enthusiasts can call Pi Day “Half-Tau Day”, then we can have Half-Pi Day as well. Celebrate on January 5th!
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – The third Monday of every January is designated a national day of service by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points of Light Foundation. We celebrate “A day on, not a day off”: investing our day out of the office to make a difference in our communities. BE. Orlando hosts one or more service events on MLK Weekend. Volunteer with us or visit NationalService.gov/MLKday for national projects & information.
- Thomas Paine Day – One of the founding fathers of the United States and author of The Age of Reason, Paine promoted reason and free thought, and argued against institutionalized religion in general and Christian doctrine in particular.
- January is National Mentor Month. Learn more about International Mentor Day, Thank Your Mentor Day, and other mentoring celebrations at Mentoring.org
Members’ favorite positive life quotes
Contributed by Amanda, member since May 2012:
“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Anthony J. D’Angelo
Favorite Photos from Dec 2017:
Elfing Day – toy & blood drive – we collected more than 50 toys for SafeHouse and 11 units of blood. In addition, BE. Orlando beat Oneblood at badminton. Kind of.
Christmas Eve hike on Klondike Beach: seven members & friends did a beautiful (but not easy) 6 hour beach hike starting at 6:30 a.m. Near the end we slowed down to each fill a trash bag.