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Blood Drive, STEM Toys, &…Wolves??

Blood Drive & STEM Toy Drive Drop-off
Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m – 3 p.m.
Target in Oviedo – 820 Oviedo Mall Boulevard
look for our tents in the parking lot by the Bloodmobile

We’re looking forward to a GREAT day on Saturday!  The weather will be perfect and we will be investing our day to help fill that Big Red Bus and save lives this holiday season as well as collecting STEM-themed toys for at-risk youth in our community.  Come say hello & meet leaders and members from BE. Orlando and the Central Florida Freethought Community.

Blood Donors will receive a Humanist Blood Donor canvas bag, a book donated by In Harmony With Nature, and a Fandango movie ticket from OneBlood!

Picture8We’re excited that one of the charities we have supported over the years will be joining us – In Harmony With Nature wolf and wolfdog refuge!  Come by and learn about this great organization and meet volunteers, leaders, and maybe a wolf ambassador! There will be some great wolfy items there that would make unique holiday gifts.




Rock n’ Brews Benefit for IHWN

RNBOV 1025- In Harmony with Nature share#This Thursday, December 3rd, pop by Rock n’ Brews in Oviedo for lunch, dinner, snacks, or just to knock back a pint after work.  They will donate 15% of your check to our friends at In Harmony With Nature (make sure to have the flyer with you!)

You can join some folks from our group and some volunteers from the refuge there for dinner at 5:30 – we’d love to meet you!

Rock n’ Brews Oviedo: Rock it for IHWN!

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015, 5:30 PM

4 Happy Humans Attending

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And if you’d like to know more about the sanctuary, join us for the Picnic With Wolves event this Saturday, December 5th!  (picnic portion canceled, but join us for the tour!).



Central Florida Veg Fest in two days!


We’re looking forward to Central Florida Veg Fest on Saturday!


Stop by the Secular and Humanist Community tents (vendor spots 83-87) along the fence at Livingston street.  Meet leaders and members from BE. Orlando, Black Nonbelievers of Metro Orlando, Central Florida Freethought Community, Florida Atheists Critical Thinkers and Skeptics (F.A.C.T.S), Florida Humanist Association Conference (FreeFlo), Generation Atheist, Hispanic American Freethinkers, and the UCF Secular Student Alliance.

Picture2At the Artist Heroes project tent we’ll have wolf pup ambassadors from In Harmony With Nature sanctuary and volunteers from the sanctuary to help with the project!  Stop by and meet a wolf!

Join us on the Big Red Bus for a blood drive!

Secular & Humanist Community Flyer

Last call to be part of saving the sanctuary!


Gavin, Volunteer with the Artist Heroes project

Gavin, Volunteer with the Artist Heroes project

Together we’ve been watching the challenges faced by local wolf and wolfdog sanctuary, In Harmony With Nature, as they faced the potential for losing their property over the past year following an illness of a benefactor and other difficulties.  You helped us share the story, raise funds, and work to make a paw-sitive difference for these amazing animals and local educational resource.  THANK YOU for your support!!

This refuge has been in a veritable Schrodinger’s Box for quite a while – and we will soon get to peek inside.  Your continued support over the next couple of weeks could mean the difference between a bright future for these animals – or an uncertain and potentially devastating one.

The property was lost at action to the bank – they outbid the individual who entered the auction to save the property.  Now, the property is with a company that will be selling it – and the sanctuary has the option to work with them.  There are many potential positive outcomes, but in a likely scenario In Harmony will need to have the cash to purchase the property.

If you haven’t pledged yet, or would consider making an additional pledge, please log in today.  Your contribution could make all the difference.


How does this benefit you and our greater community?  Come join our Picnic With Wolves on December 5th for a tour, or simply think about the potential for local youth to have a wolf and wolfdog tour or service project to learn about a unique aspect of responsible pet ownership and breeding; a group tour or service event for your social group, work group, or team; and most importantly the service to these animals that is unique, specialized, and in great demand.   There are scores of wolfdogs on waiting lists for rescues – and only a few specialized agencies able to care for them.  Let’s not lose this one, that is located in our local community and has the potential not only to impact the animals, but to provide a wonderful engagement opportunity for us all.

You can learn more about the refuge at IHWN.org.

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Picnic With Wolves II (A Picnic With a Purpose)


Update, 12/3/15 – A Message from BE. Orlando:

We are very sorry to let you know that there has been an unexpected turn of events and we have been asked by the sanctuary to postpone  Picnic With Wolves until at least February.  I want you to know that everyone is all right; there was simply a situation beyond our control that came up.  Thank you for understanding that in animal rescue of any kind – especially exotic animals –  sometimes things go awry and we must be flexible for the sake of the animals.

DONATIONS: Those of you who donated through Eventbrite, your donations will go directly to the charity and will greatly help with the situation they are in. If you need confirmation for tax purposes please contact me at BEOrlando@live.com.

VOLUNTEERS: If any of you were joining this event hoping for information on a volunteer commitment with the refuge, please contact me (Tee) directly at BEOrlando@live.com so that we can set up a phone interview.

Picnic With Wolves 2.5: If you would like to receive an update when this event is re-scheduled, please join our event site at http://Meetup.com/BEOrlando, follow us at http://Facebook.com/BEOrlando ,or check back to our blog at http://JustGottaBE.org for updates in early 2016.

Save the date for a picnic lunch on Saturday, December 5th. Why?  Because you need a wolf kiss.

Family-friendly pot luck social picnic for volunteers, supporters, and friends of the private facility wolf & wolfdog sanctuary.  A guided tour will be provided.

Event hosted by BE. Orlando; members, friends, and families of all groups in our Central Florida Coalition of Reason, Florida Humanist Association, and other secular communities network are welcome (with RSVP on this site).

This event is free to attend, family friendly, and smoke free.

A Picnic With a Purpose! 100% of proceeds through voluntary donations will support IHWN.

RSVP with BE:

Picnic With Wolves

Saturday, Dec 5, 2015, 11:30 AM

7 Awesome People Attending

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World Humanist Day & the Wolves


World Humanist Day is celebrated every year on June 21 by declaration of the American Humanist Association and the International Humanist Ethical Union. It is an opportunity for humanists and humanist organizations to celebrate and inform communities about the positive values of Humanism and to share the global concerns of the Humanist movement.

Humanists lead meaningful, ethical lives and add to the greater good of humanity without reliance on or reference to gods or God. They are colleagues, friends, family, leaders, volunteers, service personnel, team mates, celebrities, teachers & mentors, loved ones or strangers.  They are the person at the grocery store who said hello to your adorable baby; the person who let you over in traffic; the old man on the bench in the park feeding pigeons & enjoying the day. Goodness in humans transcends faith perspectives and worldviews. It is a ubiquitous human quality we  demonstrate every time we create positive impact – no matter how small – in the world.

Gavin, Volunteer with Artist Heroes

In honor of World Humanist Day, BE. Orlando is hosting a service project to engage Orlando Humanists and friends of Humanists to demonstrate & celebrate the goodness of all and to have a direct positive impact in our community. We’re bringing our Artist Heroes project to local at-risk children; the kids will draw and color wolves and will learn about the In Harmony With Nature refuge in Orlando and its residents. Each child will receive an Artist Hero certificate.

We hope that wherever you are and whatever your world view or faith/non-faith perspective, you will find a way to honor the goodness in all humans this June, make a positive difference in your community, and genuinely connect with those around you.



Picnic With Wolves!

IHWN_fasterIn Harmony With Nature is a place of peace, nature, and positive energy – and a great place to volunteer!  They provide specialized care to exotic animals including wolves and wolfdogs, provide re-homing when appropriate, and permanent sanctuary when needed.

Their property is still in danger of being auctioned.  Learn more about the auction and stay updated on the news at http://GoFundMe.com/InHarmony or follow them on the Facebook.

Picnic With Wolves

There is a picnic for volunteers and supporters on April 11th – learn more here:

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