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Summer Solstice Celebration

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Early summer picnic at DUUC.
When Jun 21, 2008
from 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where DUUC, Naperville
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In the 1980s, several state chapters of the American Humanist Association (AHA) began looking toward a time when all chapters could celebrate our Humanist association together. Some preferred the anniversary of the founding of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), while others celebrated it on various other dates of significance. In the late 1980s-early 1990s, the AHA and then the IHEU passed resolutions declaring the Summer Solstice to be World Humanist Day. In both cases it was done as twin resolutions: the first to decide that there should actually be a World Humanist Day, the second to decide when that day should be. World Humanist Day is now celebrated annually on June 21 throughout the world. Marking the day is a way to spread information and combat misinformation about the positive aspects of Humanism as a philosophical life stance and means to effect change in the world.

Last year HWSC chapter held its celebration as a potluck picnic. The weather was hot and most chose to remain inside the air-conditioned Krieves Hall. Still, it was well-attended and everyone agreed it should be an annual event. Conversation flowed and there was a wonderful sense of fellowship that was embraced by all.

This year’s celebration will continue the picnic format. Plan to bring a dish to share that will served 6-8 for each member in your party. It can be a salad, dessert, relishes, rolls or a casserole, whatever you consider appropriate. Email Jack Sechrest at Jack@Skognet,com by June 14 and let him know how many will be in your party so we know approximately how many tables to set up. But should you fail to do so and realize at the last minute you can attend, do come anyway. We’ll find you a spot.

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