Monthly Archives: September 2012

Reminder of a Special Speaking Engagement This Saturday @ Fort Bragg

Just a little reminder that we will have the current AHA President and leader in the Secular and Humanist movement speaking at Fort Bragg this Saturday at noon.  Address details are below.  Lets get the word out and show Mr. Niose the strength of the secular movement in our local community.  The Watters Center is an awesome facility to welcome a speaker and hear him discuss his book.  His time with us will be limited as this will be the second of three engagements within 24 hours between the Triangle area and Wilmington.  If time permits we will see if we can talk Mr. Niose into joining us for lunch after the event.

Come on out and support the speaker series!

David Niose
President of The American Humanist Association

David Niose’s background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose initiated and helped develop the AHA’s media campaign. Niose has appeared in national media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right. As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. He has worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions to help advocate for the rights of Secular Americans, and has served on the boards of Greater Worcester Humanists and Greater Boston Humanists.

Saturday, September 22nd @ 12pm
Watters Family Life Center
Building #1-3358 Corner of Knox and Randolph Streets
Ft Bragg, North Carolina
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CNCAH is Ramping Up for the Season of Giving

CNCAH has some serious plans to keep up busy for the next few months leading up to the holiday season.  We will be kicking things off at the end of September when the President of the American Humanist Association comes to Fort Bragg as part of his book tour.  David Niose will be speaking at the Watters Family Life Center on the 22nd at 1:00PM.  He will be speaking for an hour before he gets on his busy way to his next engagement that evening down in Wilmington.  As soon as we have his itinerary firmed up we hope to be able to engage him either before or after the engagement by treating him to a meal at one of our fine local establishments, yet to be determined.  For those not in the know, our Treasurer, Ray, organized the engagement at the Watters Center by working diligently with the Fort Bragg Chaplaincy to gain access to this fine facility.

As soon as we can make coordinations with the proper people we will be sponsoring a few charity drives.  The first will culminate at the end of October and directly benefit children who in some way are affected by domestic violence.  We will be conducting a stuffed animal drive in order to provide law enforcement officers with a ready supply of the cuddly creatures to hand out to children when they must respond to a domestic violence call and there are children involved.  More to follow on this one as we get some points of contacts we can use to give these creatures of safety to.  In the meantime, clean and wash those old, like new condition stuffed animals or find a couple new ones you would like to give to this more than worthy cause.

Our next charity will be a coat drive for the homeless or needy (no need to limit on this one).  The seasons are changing, the air is getting colder and Fayetteville has a large population that can use a warm coat.  This is one we are also working diligently looking for the right point of contact to make sure the clothes can make it into the hands that need them.

Our next charitable contribution will be a new toy collection to give to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.  Fort Bragg has a phenomenal Airborne operation for soldiers each year for which the price of a parachute is a new, unwrapped toy.  We will be announcing times for us to collect toys to give to this wonderful charity, so keep it in mind as you begin your holiday shopping.  Even if the holidays are way outside of your personal beliefs, the spirit of giving should always extend to the little ones.

Keep an eye out for an announcement on our Meetup page for the Fayetteville Jazz and Zombie walk the last Friday in October.  This will be an informal, fun gathering to see and participate in the outlandishness that will ensue down Hay street.  So be ready to dress up like you are trying out for The Walking Dead and have a great time.

These are just a few of the ways we hope to fill the calendar with outreach and some fun activities over the next few months.  Come on out and support us and help represent our community in the local community.

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