It’s January Get-Together Time!

This Sunday, January 8th, we will be gathering at the River Rock Apartment Clubhouse at 382 Cherry Street, located on the corner of 4th and Cherry, next door to the “Hot Worx” fitness center. The event begins at 5:00pm, and we’ll try to have someone outside the door to let people in for about 15-20 minutes before and after that time. The doors automatically lock after that to everyone but residents of the building, so try not to be very late.

If you’re able, then bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. A few of our members are vegetarian and/or vegan, but most are not, so we usually have options for everyone.

This month’s get-together will hopefully feature a few new faces from the “Chattanooga Social 20s-30s” group on Meetup, who have been specifically invited to come check us out this month. Instead of our normal free-form “Check- in” conversation, this month we will have a special presentation by Tad Beaty, founding member and past president of the CHA, on what it means to be a Humanist.

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Welcome New Friends!

This January’s meeting of the Chattanooga Humanists may have a few new faces thanks to some outreach to the “Chattanooga 20’s and 30’s Social” group on Meetup.com. If you are coming to this site from that group, then Hello! We’re looking forward to meeting you. We have a recurring monthly potluck get-together, and we also have an adopted stretch of highway along which we do a monthly litter pick-up event. During the nicer parts of the year, we also do some biking and hiking out in our beautiful Scenic City. We have a meditation group that meets via Zoom on Sundays, and some of us have been known to play board games and D&D together.

If any of this sounds fun, or if you have any other fun ideas that we might want to try, then come join us! This January’s potluck/meeting will be on the 2nd Sunday of the month as usual, which in 2023 will be January 8th. More details will be posted here and on Meetup.com as the date gets closer, but we wanted to have something here for any of you new folks who might be checking out the page.

November Potluck

November is a time for gathering with loved ones and sharing food together, and your Friendly Neighborhood Humanists intend to do something very much like that this weekend, but with 100% LESS family drama than your average family Thanksgiving.

This Sunday, October 9th, we will be gathering at the River Rock Apartment Clubhouse at 382 Cherry Street, located on the corner of 4th and Cherry, next door to the “Hot Worx” fitness center. The event begins at 5:00pm, and we’ll try to have someone outside the door to let people in for about 15-20 minutes before and after that time. The doors automatically lock after that to everyone but residents of the building, so try not to be very late.

If you’re able, then bring a dish or a beverage to share. A few of our members are vegetarian and/or vegan, but most are not, so we usually have options for everyone.

October Potluck Get-Together!

This Sunday, October 9th, your Friendly Neighborhood Humanists will be gathering to eat together and hang out. If this sounds like your sort of thing, then come join us! We’ll be at the River Rock Apartment Clubhouse at 382 Cherry Street, located on the corner of 4th and Cherry, next door to the “Hot Worx” fitness center. The event begins at 5:00pm, and we’ll try to have someone outside the door to let people in for about 15-20 minutes before and after that time.

If you’re able, then bring a dish or a beverage to share. If you aren’t able, due to time, financial, or logistical constraints, then don’t worry about it. We usually have plenty to eat, even if a few people only bring an appetite. We usually have some vegetarian options, as a few of our members are non-carnivorous, but more are always welcome.

Whoops! Bike Ride Cancelled (for now)

Thanks to the Ironman triathlon happening downtown this weekend, our bike ride was previously rescheduled for the next weekend, but it turns out that the Chattanooga Pride parade and related events will be occupying pretty much the same place that weekend. Our city, it turns out, is just too full of other fun stuff to do.

So, for the time being, our previously planned bike ride has been cancelled, pending a better date.

Saturday Scholarship Support!

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, is holding a “virtual 5k” this Saturday, September 24 called the Scholar Dash. This event raises Golden Opportunity scholarship money which is used to help more students accept PTK membership.

Some members of the Chattanooga State Community College chapter of PTK are registered for this event and plan to meet together on Saturday morning at 9am to walk the 5k distance on the riverwalk right behind our campus. They are inviting any other faculty, staff, students, and community members to join! No need to officially sign up for the event — you can just come walk or run with us for some company and conversation.

When: Saturday, September 24th at 9:00am

What: A casual morning walk (or run) with members of the community and campus.

Where: Participants will meet at covered pavilion #2 which is behind the OMNI building (directly across from OMNI entrance K) on Chatt State’s campus. Parking is available right next to the pavilion.

If you DO want to officially sign up for the 5k (which earns you a tshirt and pin!), you can sign up at this link: https://changelives.ptkfoundation.org/event/scholar-dash-2022/e398133

Be sure to select Tennessee Region as your team to join!

If you can’t join in person, but want to support the Chattanooga campus chapter with a donation, you can follow these links to donate.

Link to donate to Tristan Bean’s 5k fundraising page https://changelives.ptkfoundation.org/give/f4114121/#!/donation/checkout

Link to Johnathan Smith’s 5k fundraising page https://changelives.ptkfoundation.org/fundraiser/4152104

Link to Miranda Taj’s 5k fundraising page https://changelives.ptkfoundation.org/fundraiser/4116452

It’s looking like Saturday will be a beautiful fall day to get out and enjoy the riverwalk. The event will begin at 9am!

See You Later, Meditator!

Our Secular Meditation group has moved its start time going forward. Instead of starting the virtual meeting at noon, the group will now be meeting (virtually) at 12:45! This is great news for anyone who always wanted to join, but needs to schedule around Sunday brunch, and/or sleeping in late!

If you have never joined our weekly meditation group, and you’d like to, contact Rich Worth at rtw@taylorworth.com or Pat Lavin at pflavin@epbfi.com for more details.

Do You Remember?

We’re meeting again in September!

This Sunday, on the 11th of September, we’ll be gathering once again to eat and drink and be… well, human. Being merry is encouraged, but optional. Now that I come to think of it, so are the eating and drinking.

SO!! If you are interested in eating AND/OR drinking AND/OR merriment, then come on down to the River Rock Apartment Clubhouse at 382 Cherry Street, located on the corner of 4th and Cherry, next door to the “Hot Worx” fitness center. The event begins at 5:00pm, and we’ll try to have someone outside the door to let people in for about 15-20 minutes before and after that time.

If you’re primarily interested in eating and drinking, then bring a dish or a beverage to share. If you are more interested in the merriment, maybe bring a friend, or two, or even three! Sometimes more really is merrier!

July Cycling Trip

A group of humanist homies from the very young to the very old, and all ages in between, will be setting off once again from the Wheland Foundry Trailhead at 1503 Middle St at 9:30 am on Sunday, July 31st. Our jaunt should take us along the river to the Bluff View Arts District, where we stop at Rembrandt’s Coffee House for a little refreshment before returning to where most of us parked our cars.

Rental bikes are available at the trailhead, and battery-assisted e-bikes can usually be found along the route somewhere, for those of us less athletically inclined.

Our previous ride at the beginning of July (Technically our “June” trip) was the best-attended one so far this year. These things are a lot more fun with more people, so if you’ve not come along on one of these before, now’s the time to give it a try!