Meetings!

Hello everyone,

We had our first meeting of 2009/10 last night and I’m pleased to say it was a good one! Plenty banter, plenty pizza. Slight tone of an AA meeting, which was quite funny. Anyway, this is just to acknowledge and thank all you who came, and to say to the rest of you that it’s okay to come to any of our future meetings. We don’t bite, and we’re always pleased to see new folks.

We’re currently in the process of planning next week and I’ll try to remember to blog the details when they are finalised.

Otherwise, for those of you on twitter, we have now got an account : @AUSHAS, and I’ll try to put meetings up there which will be nice and neat.

Til next time!

Fresher’s Fayre 2009

I’m having one of those ‘Trying to sort everything out days’, and thus felt I should put something here to show we’re not dead. The only news I have for you right now, before our committee meeting next week, is that we will definitely be at the AUSA Societies Fayre, come rain or shine. You’ll be able to meet whichever committee members are on duty when you turn up, pay your subscription fee for the year (£3) and find out a bit more detail about what we’re generally up to. Also we’ll have those cool badges again from the NSS which we had last year, that are bright and say ‘”Atheist”or “Secular” on them.

Societies Fayre is on Wednesday 23rd September, from 11am-3pm in the marquee on King’s playing fields. I suggest turning up at either end of the day if you’re not a fan of getting crushed, it gets really busy in the early afternoon.

Holiday!

Tis exams time here at Old Aberdeen, which means one thing – holidays are coming! Hence we will be shutting up shop here at AUSHAS for a bit. I’m about to go abroad for 4 weeks, Nooreen will be working full time and the rest of the committee will be away living their lives as well. Feel free to email us, but if you do so after Monday you will get a lovely automated message telling you politely that we’re not really around just now.

So I implore you also to go live your lives people and we’ll see you in September for another fantastic year, which we have loads of plans for!

P.S. I will try to occasionally blog on WSH, so if you want a bit of an Aberdeen Atheist fix then you can see if anything is happening there.

First Post from Kate

Hey folks, guess who?

As Pyke has put before me, we’re now in the process of sorting the website out to be a bit more suited for our needs. Nooreen and I are now able to post, so you should be hearing from us more often. It has been basically decided that this website will be for society business only, i.e. when meetings are, reviews of meetings and perhaps other relevant university/Aberdeen specific info.

However, what I felt we were basically lacking was a more discussion type blog, where I can highlight relevant items from the media and internet for your perusal, and hopefully get some discussion going. I have now set up a blog for this at The Wee Scottish Humanist, there is also a link for this on the left hand side, but I thought I would just highlight it. I’ve already posted my first blog about a running debate on guardian.co.uk about New Atheists.

See you there!

changes to site

the site’s had a minor overhaul, and there’s now a lot more links to peruse at your godless leisure. be sure to check out Kate’s new blog.

that is all. – AM

new committee and changes to the Society

ok, we decided a few things at the AGM. first of all, we’re now officially called AUSHAS instead of AUASHAHASHASSSHHHAAAAAAS, so people can actually remember and/or pronounce our name and so that our secular humanism is emphasised a little more (the atheism scares some unenlightened folks off, apparently.)

second, we’re going to be affiliated with several national organisations, like the CU are, to give us more of a network and a better resource pool. more on that when the affiliations go through.

third, we gagged Jerzy (and probably also my Dawkins-loving, Hitchens-quoting, Grayling-fanclubbing self) at SA functions, because he’s been a very naughty boy, and there is only one way to deal with very naughty boys.

fourth, we gave Alex, our founder President, honourary membership for life, and changed the way we give out honourary membership so that an actual contributuion needs to be made, and a couple committee members need to make the nomination. it’s to avoid people who sat on the committee but didn’t do anything getting auto-hons when they graduate.

lastly, we democratically elected a brand new committee and there was much rejoicing. the roster is:

President: Nooreen Akhtar

Kate Foggo – Secretary

Andrew Beggs – Treasurer

Sandy Gardner – Publicity Officer

Kia Sheldon – Charities Officer

Vicky Armstrong – Ordinary Member

Alicia Mason – Web Officer

enjoy your new AUSHAS! – AM

AGM this Wednesday!

it will be in Taylor A21, at 7:30pm for the masses and 7pm for committee members. there’ll be signs posted so that nobody gets lost who doesn’t know their way around the Languages Labyrinth.

you’ll get to see all of us, your faithful committee, faithfully detail all of our hard work for our godless buddies. irony in my use of the word ‘faithful’ is duly noted. you’ll also be able to supplant any of us except Kia, the Charities Lady, by voting on committee positions (and i could probably be replaced rather easily.)

we’ll be talking about changing the name of the society from AUAHSHAHSHAHASHSAAASSS to AUSHAS, maybe changing the day of the week we meet on to make it easier for people, making the vice-president position official, affiliations, and honorary membership – who should be one and who we want to be one. Kate and Daniel will be presiding over us (like the Obamas, only cooler, less religious and not together.)

turn up, and i might bring snickerdoodles! – AM