Next chapter meeting Sat. May 20, Portland

Hi Foundation / Chapter members and supporters,

Your local chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (the Foundation), FFRF Maine, will be meeting at the First Parish Unitarian Church in Monument Square, 425 Congress St., Portland on Saturday, May 20 from 10 AM to noon. All Foundation members and supporters are invited to attend. We are an informal group with a short 30 min business meeting followed by your suggestions for chapter activities.

This month the chapter will be finalizing plans to march in the Portland Pride Parade on Sat. June 17. All are invited to march with us. Depending on interest we could have a table in Deering Oaks Park where the parade ends to distribute literature, buttons and bumper stickers that support non-belief and the separation of church and state.

We also have the opportunity to help people in need in the community this summer. Nonbelief Relief, an agency the Foundation created for non-believers to help the needy, is encouraging local chapters to get out and do just that. The idea is the chapter takes direct action to help others and, through a visible and public presence in the community, promote non-theism and the separation of church and state. We could work with Preble St and personally distribute items we supply that will help make the lives of people with limited resources a little easier. Some suggestions are to distribute food, backpacks, school supplies, personal items, or host a lunch / dinner. Another idea could be doing the same at a local LGBT center for low income LGBT people. Come and let us know how you think the chapter can best help the disadvantaged in Portland.

We generally go out for lunch after the meeting. Last month we went to the Saeng Thai House Restaurant at 291 Congress St. a short walk from the church. Parking in Monument Square can be problematic. Carpooling and / or parking at a supermarket / school with a large parking lot (with permission) away from Monument Square and taking one or two cars into the city is encouraged. Details TBD.

We currently have a volunteer opening on our board for a Membership Chair. Duties would include but not be limited to keeping in touch with current members and attracting new members. If you have 2 hours a week / 6 hours a month to work with a chapter of a national organization that supports what you value, come to the Sat, May 20 meeting, learn what we need and let us know how you can contribute. Everyone is welcome and we would prefer an LGBT woman of color.

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