Red Bank Humanists
 
 
ABOUT

Current Board of Directors  (as of May 2014)

Eric Seldner - President

Trudy Lagan - Vice President

Adam Green - Secretary

Melissa McDonald - Treasurer

Ron Flannery - Web Master

Irma Lester

Stephen Mitchell

Linda Montgomery

 

OUR PURPOSE

(from our Certificate of Incorporation)

The purpose for which this nonprofit Corporation is organized and operated is not for pecuniary profit but exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or the corresponding provision of any future United States tax law (hereinafter referred to as the "Code"). The educational purposes which the Corporation shall be devoted to are the:

(a) heightening of public awareness and acceptance of Humanism
(b) promotion of Humanist principles to the public, media and policy-makers through lectures and discussions, and
(c) implementation of educational programs on the viability of secular Humanism for all age levels.

Humanism is understood by the Corporation to be a philosophy based on naturalism – the belief that the universe is all that is real. Humanists seek to understand the universe through science and critical thinking and represent an overall objective of developing a more humane society.

 
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS
 
 
 
 
 
CURRENT PROGRAMS

Monthly Forums

"Scheduled Topic" Forum - The Forums are free and open to the public and all are welcome: humanists, freethinkers, agnostics, skeptics, atheists, and of course, those who are just curious. It is not necessary to be a member to attend. The format and schedule have evolved during the first five years. Over forty people now regularly attend and because of its popularity, a second monthly Forum has been added.

The traditional meeting format has been a "scheduled topic" Forum. One to three topics are announced prior to the meeting, along with suggested background material. The subject matter is wide and varied. Each topic is given a formal introduction and pertinent questions are proposed. An open discussion follows, moderated by the President. The moderator insures that all have an opportunity to speak and that the discussion stays "on topic."

The goal is to create informative, provocative, and unique programs that help to explore the great questions of life through the lens of Humanism. Members are encouraged to submit Forum topics for consideration. Sometimes there is a guest speaker - an author or scientist - but usually the presenters are RBH members. Virtually any topic is allowed as long as the discourse remains civil. The discussions are lively and spirited...and often humorous. Attendees sit in a large circle, which fosters open and direct communication. All are invited to participate, but many prefer to simply listen. Often those attending will continue the discussion after the Forum over a meal or coffee.

"Open Topic" Forum - This 2nd monthly Forum is a different format than Scheduled Topic" Forum. At the Open Topic Forum attendees are invited to bring topics to suggest for consideration. The suggested topics are put to a vote and the group discusses them one by one, starting with the most popular, and moving on to the next topic when the group is ready. The discussion is moderated by the RBH President.

"Humanism 101" - Several times a year we present a basic introduction to the philosophy of Humanism and to the Red Bank Humanists. The presentations include videos, introduction of attending Board members, and a Q. & A. session. We always serve cookies!

Membership
We currently have over sixty members and hope this is an indication that our organization will continue to grow in the future. It is not necessary, though, to become a member to attend most RBH events. All are welcome and we see many familiar faces of those non-members who attend frequently.

Membership Application

A Humanist Salon is presented a couple of times a year. It's a potluck party where we hope to replicate the spirit of a classical French Salon. There is food, drink, music, and conversation of the Humanist kind. We usually have a topic for discussion…that we get to later in the evening. The following quotes give you some idea of the goal of a Salon:

"What if conversations we had with one another went beneath the surface, made our hearts beat a little faster, brought us to life? What if we could have those conversations with our feet up, a warm plate of gourmet food on our lap, and a glass of wine in our hand?"

"A special, serious kind of fun is what salons are finally all about -- which is why it is so hard to capture their spirit. For unlike literature, fun leaves no traces. There is no archaeology of camaraderie."

"The glory, and pathos, of salons... is renewed every time people gather together to engage in that simplest, most difficult, most human of rituals: good conversation."

 
OUR HISTORY

 

Also see:  Press Release August 2007 - RBH Begins 5th Year

"Discussing the Great Questions of Life"

First we must thank the friendly folks at the New Jersey Humanists Network for their advice and guidance in forming Red Bank Humanists. A special thanks to Lisa and Tim Ridge, who spent many hours answering hundreds of questions and patiently making wise suggestions. They are founding members of RBH! We are proud to be affiliated with NJHN and encourage you to support their organization. NJHN holds monthly meetings in Bridgewater, New Jersey and presents a variety of interesting guest speakers.

Red Bank Humanists has held monthly meetings since November 9, 2003. A survey was presented at our meeting on February 8, 2004, to gather information about potential members and their interests. It provided much useful information about those who have been participating in the meetings, including their suggestions for meeting topics and an indication of their intended level of participation in the group. A leadership committee was established on April 4, 2004, consisting of: Joe Krimko, Lisa Ridge, Tim Ridge, Eric Seldner, Ron Steelman, Ivan Steinberg, and Tim Zebo. An organizational plan was discussed for the creation of a legal entity to be known as Red Bank Humanists, Inc. Those assembled agreed:

1) Ron Steelman is to serve as the Interim President.
2) The group will establish itself as a not-for-profit organization and file for status as a 501c3 educational entity in compliance with the I.R.S. This will enable the organization to accept tax-deductible contributions.
3) Those present volunteered to serve as the “Leadership Committee” and to assist the Interim President in his planning of the monthly meetings, oversight of organizational funds, helping to publicize meetings and to communicate with members, and to promote membership in the organization.
4) RBH will seek mutually beneficial affiliations with New Jersey Humanists Network, Council for Secular Humanism, American Humanist Association, and Center for Inq
uiry.

Important Dates:

June 4, 2004  - We became Red Bank Humanists, Inc., a non-profit corporation in the state of New Jersey.  Original incorporators were Ron Steelman, Elaine Steelman, and Tim Zebo.

September 19, 2004 - First Annual Membership meeting held. Board members elected: Katrina Comolli, Bruce Fowler, Eric Seldner, Ron Steelman, Ivan Steinberg, Arthur Weiner, and Tim Zebo.

September 25, 2004 - First Board meeting and election of officers: Ron Steelman - President, Tim Zebo - Vice President, Katrina Comolli - Secretary, and Ivan Steinberg - Treasurer.

April 3, 2005 - Board Meeting

- Elaine Steelman was accepted as replacement for resigning Board member, Tim Zebo.

- Bruce Fowler was elected as Vice President, filling the vacated office.

- The Board accepted the Nominating Committee's slate for the three Board positions open for election to a two-year term. The candidates were the three Board members whose terms had expired: Katrina Comolli, Eric Seldner, and Ivan Steinberg. They all accepted the nominating committee's invitation to run for re-election. Further, any Member may nominate a candidate for election to the Board.

- Discussion began on the proposed Strategic Plan for 2005/2006, which is to be completed prior to the Annual Meeting in May.

May 8, 2005 - Annual Membership Meeting

Board of Directors following the election:

Ron Steelman, President

Bruce Fowler, Vice-President

Katrina Comolli, Secretary

Ivan Steinberg, Treasurer

Eric Seldner

Elaine Steelman

Art Weiner

 

May 14, 2006 - Annual Membership Meeting

Board of Directors following the election:

Ron Steelman, President

Bruce Fowler, Vice-President

Rosemary Quint , Secretary

Ivan Steinberg, Treasurer

Eric Seldner

Melissa MacDonald

John Holmgren

 

January 2007 - Board of Directors

Ron Steelman, President

Bruce Fowler, Vice-President

Rosemary Quint , Secretary

Melissa MacDonald, Treasurer

John Holmgren

Eric Seldner

Alex Rios

 

May  2007 - Board of Directors

Ron Steelman, President

Bruce Fowler, Vice-President

Rosemary Quint , Secretary

Melissa MacDonald, Treasurer

Carol Auer

Alex Rios

Eric Seldner

 

May  2008 - Board of Directors

- Board Statements for election.

Carol Auer

Bruce Fowler

John Kalfus

Deborah Pye

Rosemary Quint

Alex Rios

Eric Seldner

Ron Steelman


 

May 2009 - Board of Directors

- Board Statements for election.

Carol Auer

Bruce Fowler

Jon Kalfus

Irma Lester

Deborah Pye

Alex Rios

Eric Seldner

Ron Steelman