President’s Notes

FFRF – Valley of the Sun Chapter – President’s Notes – December 2020

I think children start looking forward to Christmas in about February. It didn’t start out that way. Before Christians appropriated it, there was Saturnalia, the celebration of the end of one year and the birth of a new one.      Saturnalia

Since finally coming to grips with my own belief that there never was a God and therefore, the whole Christ story is a ruse, I’ve struggled with the loss of the year-end festivities. I think that may be why so many “nones” continue to celebrate Christmas.  Santa Claus is certainly a ready substitute for Jesus and all the movies with elves and Whos (down in Who Ville) can stand-in for the concept of angels. But why take that path?

This year, December has brought us much for which to be thankful. Today alone, the Electoral College set the end to a long nightmare, the first recipients of the new vaccine rolled up their sleeves and the President’s Cabinet began to fray. The people have spoken and the Christian Nationalists fell to defeat. Those of us who put our faith in Science must remember how close we came to losing the war. We are all wounded and that is exactly why we need to celebrate.

I want to wish each and every one of you a 2021 that will make the sacrifices of 2020 well worthwhile. Soon we will again be able to see and hug our grandchildren, enjoy a long evening in a restaurant together and meet to debate politics face to face. On behalf of all the scientists who have spent more than the usual hours in the lab, the medical workers who worked until they were fully spent and then worked another shift, and all the people who had to go to work this year, let’s celebrate.  This year, it is at home. Next year let’s do it together.

Love.      Philip Lentz,  Chapter President

The e-mail for the FFRF – Valley of the Sun Chapter is  Contact us if you are passionate about making this group a success.

FFRF – Valley of the Sun Chapter – President’s Notes – October 2020

In this note I’m asking you to consider volunteering to serve on the FFRF – Valley of the Sun Chapter Board of Directors.  You can read the history of this organization under the “About” tab on our webpage.  Many people have stepped up over the past several years to help the Valley of the Sun Chapter establish itself.  But today, like so many groups in the age of Covid 19, we are short on help.  If you have a little time and any of the needed skills, your help will make a big difference.

I believe that having an FFRF presence in Arizona is important.  If someone is a “believer”, they have no trouble finding a thousand different flavors of religious communities to join.  But, for those of us who find truth in science, there are far fewer opportunities.  What is unique about FFRF is the focus on making sure that children who put their trust in science are not humiliated in their public-school experience.  We provide community for those who want to make sure that church does not take over the state.

If you’ve never served on a board before, you should know that it does take some time; usually not more than three or four hours a week.  The skills that make a board effective are the same as those that make any business successful.  The hardest to find are people with good accounting skills.  Keeping the financial records is essential.  Next is people who know how to throw a party.  Planning fun and engaging events is what makes participants want to come back.  Some people come to the board with good management skills and the ability to develop plans.  Finding someone who is good at fundraising is a must.  Once in a while you’ll see a volunteer who wants to do a “drive-by” (come in, tell everybody else what to do and then leave).  Drive-bys are not really helpful.  We need board members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and, if necessary, “get dirty”.  What skills can you contribute – IT expertise, Social Media, manning a booth?  We’re a good group and we’d love to have you work with us.

The e-mail for the FFRF – Valley of the Sun Chapter is  Contact us if you are passionate about making this group a success.

Thanks.      Philip Lentz,  Chapter President