The September meeting of the Tri-City Freethinkers will be held at 3 pm on September 21, 2014 at the Mid-Columbia Library in Kennewick on Union. Please RSVP at the event announcement on Meetup.com. Some new and exciting things are in store for the Tri-City Freethinkers, which will be discussed at this meeting. We will discuss and vote on a Bylaws amendment, posted for your advance review here. Members eligible to vote are limited to those currently on the Tri-City Freethinkers’ email list (this is partially what the amendment will change, so even if you don’t currently have voting rights, it’s in everyone’s interest to be present). Must be present to vote. If you are not sure whether or not you are on the email list, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Allen Johnson, author of several books including “The Power Within: The Five Disciplines of Personal Effectiveness,” will present “The Tyranny of Ego” at the Tri-City Freethinkers meeting on October 19th at 1:30 pm. The location is TBD.
Dr. Johnson’s description of this presentation follows:
“Since the 1970′s narcissism has been on the rise, while empathy has been on the decline. For decades educators and pop psychologists have advocated that high self-esteem among children is critical and that our children should be constantly reassured that they are “special and important and capable of accomplishing anything.” However, research overwhelmingly demonstrates that success is not a product of high self-esteem, but rather a product of focused self-discipline.
“Too often an overwrought ego spawns people who are self-absorbed and lacking in a sense of community. This presentation examines the impact of this cultural phenomenon in our personal and professional lives. Correspondingly, it also touches on the dangers of nationalism, which can be thought of as egoism gone awry on a global scale.”
Dr. Johnson has been a professional keynote speaker and professor of public speaking. He was a keynote speaker and trainer for the Covey Leadership Center, providing keynote presentations in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Principle-Centered Leadership. He is also a keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant for my own firm, Johnson Dynamics.
He has taught public speaking and interpersonal communication on the high school, university, and corporate levels. Dr. Johnson holds a BA in Language/Literature with an emphasis on speech from Northwest Nazarene University, an MA in Communications with an emphasis on oral interpretation from University of Washington, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Washington State University.
Join the Tri-City Freethinkers on August 24th at 1:30 pm at the Mid-Columbia Library on Union in Kennewick to meet climate scientist, Dr. Steven Ghan, a representative of the local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby who will join us to discuss the proposed Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation.
Watch for the Tri-City Freethinkers Love Wins “float” at the Mid-Columbia Pride Parade on Sunday, July 20th. The parade starts at 11 am at the intersection of Lee Blvd. and Goethals Dr. and ends at John Dam Plaza in Richland. After the parade, stop by our booth in the Plaza and say hello!
Did you know you can make your own Out of the Closet Atheist billboard at Freedom from Religion Foundation? Make yours here today and it might even be chosen to be run as an actual billboard or bus ad!
Want to see your billboard on the Tri-City Freethinkers page? Email the code that you will receive from FFRF once your billboard is approved to email@example.com and I’ll add it.
Join us Saturday March 22nd at the CBC Planetarium for the movie “Bad Astronomy”. After the movie we’ll be gathering at the Gordon Brothers Wine Bar in Broadmoor Park. The movie starts at 2 PM.
Tickets for the show are $6.00 and can be purchased here:
About the movie:
Were the Apollo visits to the Moon actually a hoax? Have aliens landed on Earth? Can you tell your future by the stars? Prepare to debunk and tackle pseudoscience head-on with the planetarium show Bad Astronomy: Myths and Misconceptions. Based on the popular book and website of the same name, Bad Astronomy offers a unique and fun approach to learning about the cosmos. Join the “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait as he takes a critical look at popular myths and misconceptions to show audiences how science can be used to evaluate questionable claims. Bad Astronomy is produced by the Detroit Science Center in collaboration with Cranbrook Institute of Science and narrated by WJR-AM’s radio personality Rachel Nevada. 46 minutes.