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Hello Everybody! This is our 200th Blog post! I figured I would mark the occasion by discussing some plans for the future of SASHA.
The first thing I want to announce is our now annual conference. The plan is for it to be held in October. It is intended to be a 3 day event starting on a Friday evening. Check back here for speakers, dates, times, and a cool name for the conference in the future.
I also plan on changing up how we do our meetings. I enjoyed the talks we had for meetings this past year, however I feel like they had some problems. It was difficult to organize a new talk every week and I understand that, for many, sitting in a lecture listening to someone talk is the last thing they want to do after all of their classes. This next year, these kinds of meetings will only be held once a month. A schedule will be posted for these talks as soon as it is available.
Do not worry, we will still be having weekly meetings. I will be speaking with the other officers soon to determine exactly how we want these meetings to go, but there will absolutely be at least one meeting a week, and often times more than one as we hope to have many more events this year.
Additionally, we will be starting a book club. As long as it maintains an interested base as it will require work on the part of the organizers to pull it off.
Finally, the change I am most excited about, I would like to transition our current model of elected officers to a board of directors. This is an idea that was toyed with after learning about the system used by the University of Northern Iowa Freethinkers and Inquirers (UNIFI). This way each year members will apply for positions and the current board will decide on who they think is best for the position, hopefully ensuring that our group is able to achieve the most it can. This also eliminates the potential for an antagonistic group to show up to our meetings and vote themselves into positions. As more information is available on this subject it will be posted here.
I hope you all enjoy your summer, and I am looking forward to a fantastic year.
Tony Lakey is the President of MU SASHA. He is currently interning with the Center for Inquiry On Campus in Amherst, NY. He is a junior at the University of Missouri – Columbia majoring in Philosophy and Sociology.
and don’t forget… other SASHA members! We are here for you, too!