Produced by Gaylene Middleton
This is the first newsletter for 2004. An enjoyable lunch was shared at Middleton’s on 25 January and those who gathered decided to make a group booking at Circa Theatre to see Brian Sergent’s first play The Love of Human Kind on 15 February. Our meeting on the 25 January was timely, as an e-mail was received on 24 January informing us that Dr. Younus Shaikh the Pakistani doctor jailed for blasphemy, had been acquitted and released from jail in great secrecy on 21 November 2003. NZ Humanist members had written to the NZ government to support him and Dr. Shaikh has thanked this effort. (See accompanying page) Our recent Committee/Council meeting decided to expand the newsletter to 2 pages. The 2nd page being articles from the various publications we receive. We have extra copies of some Humanist publications. If you would like to receive this material as part of a round robin system please let me know.(via post or e-mail) If I have a list, I can send off material and that person can pass it on to the next person
March monthly meeting Monday 1 March. Turnbull House. Topic:
Darwin’s birthday was on 12 February 195 years ago. A discussion on Darwin and evolution and subsequent developments in evolution and genetics.
Radio Access 11am 783 kHz Sunday 14 March. Issues affecting Humanism.
Committee / Council Meeting: Sunday 14 March 10.45 AM at Nigel’s 5/26 Buller St Wellington.
AGM’s for 2004 Our last AGM in April 2003 was held over from October 2002 as there was unexpected ill health of Council members. To return us to an August/October AGM we will hold two AGM meetings this year as follows:
AGM 1 2004 will be held Saturday 3 April not Sunday 4 April as first advised. This is because 4 April was booked by another organisation. Our venue is the Senior Citizen Room on the Mezzanine Floor of the Wellington Public Library. Parking is available in the Library building basement. The proposed AGM programme is as follows:10:30am: Celebrations: a discussion
AGM 2 2004 will be held Sunday 25 July. John Tamihere, Associate Minister of Maori Affairs will address us. Details later. The financial report for year ending June 2004 will be presented. An election of Officers will take place at this meeting.
Eileen Bone Humanist Trust Scholarship for 2004 The selection process is in progress.
For your amusement: contributed by Barry Engel Christchurch. Q. Why is religion so holy? A. Religion made its money out of people with holey clothes.
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