v "The Cowtown Humanist" v

The Newsletter of the Humanists of Ft. Worth

A Member of the American Humanist Association &

Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies


Volume 2, No. 07 aha-fw.freeyellow.com October 2000


October 11th



Dr. Gregg Franzwa will join us this month. The title of Dr. Franzwa’s talk is "The Churches of What's Happening Now: Sociobiology and Cognitive Science."


Dr. Franzwa Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department at TCU. He holds the Ph.D. from Rochester, the M.A. from San Francisco State, the M.B.A. from California-Berkeley, and the B.S.C. from Santa Clara, Dr. Franzwa’s specialities are History of

Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Theories of Human Nature. He was recently recognized as one of the best teacers at TCU. He is also the faculty advisor to the Students for Free Thought at TCU.


Please come and hear Dr. Franzwa and support our group.


Last Month’s Meeting

Last month Dr. Joe Barnhart spoke to our group for with a talk entitled "Philo, Logos, and Sophia." Dr. Barnhart is a prolific writer and well known amongst humanist circles. We even had a couple of folks who stayed to hear the talk even though they had they come to First Jefferson for another meeting!


Who’d A Thunk It!


As the chair of the Humanists of Ft. Worth I must admit there have been times when I wondered if we should be tackling the adopt-a-street project. Well, I found myself extremely pleased when several folks showed up to help clean our spot on Granbury Road.


Helping to clean the spot were Mike Haney, Laura Blessing, Gayle Elleven, Bruce Berggren, Brenda Baldwin and Leah Robinson.


I must say too that we made quite a difference. Several cars honked to show their appreciation. One homeowner came out to shake our hands and let us know what a good job we were doing. And the breakfast at Denny’s afterwards was a great way to get to know our colleagues.


In my opinion, September 16th was a great day for our group!


Treasurer’s Report


Humanists of Fort Worth

Income Statement

Report date: October 1, 2000


Dues received: 40.00

Total Revenues $ 40.00


Adopt-A-Street Breakfast: 30.00

Total Expenses: $ 30.00

Net Income $ 10.00

Beginning Balance 9/01/00 $320.00

Plus, Net Income $ 10.00

Ending Balance 10/01/00 $330.00


Signed, Bruce Berggren, Secretary/Treasurer


Are You in the



Take a look at your mailing label for this issue of the Cowtown Humanist. If you find that your label is in red, it means that this is the last issue of this "award" winning newsletter.


All you have to do in order to continue to receive the newsletter is let the chair know. His contact information is always under the section entitled "Rites of Passage."


We are not necessarily asking that you pay for membership but to let us know you would like to remain on our mailing list. If you see an asterisk by your name it merely means that you are a dues paying member. At last count we had 25 dues paying members!!


Also, we are on the web at http://afa-fw.freeyellow.com. Let us know if you can read the newsletter on the web. The web version comes out sooner and will save us postage and paper expenses J


Humanists of Ft. Worth Officers



Russell Elleven


Jeff Rodriguez


Bruce Berggren


Joel Bailey

PLEASE SUPPORT the American Humanist Association!!


Humanists of Ft. Worth are encouraged to join the American Humanist Association. A special introductory membership rate of $25 is now available. The Humanist magazine and Free Mind newsletter are benefits of membership.



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(800) 743-6646






If you have speakers you would like to see at our monthly meetings please let one of the officers know of your request. Without your input we will continue to make these decisions for you J


How do I get to the meeting?


First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church is located at 1959 Sandy Lane between Meadowbrook drive and Brentwood Stair Road. Anyone needing assistance to the meeting should contact Russell.



PLEASE let your voice

be heard

Think about sharing your ideas about humanism with the readers of The Cowtown Humanist. No doubt we all have opinions we’d like to let others know about…do it in your newsletter


Our Meetings!


WHO: Humanists of Ft. Worth

WHAT: Monthly Meeting

WHERE: First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church

WHEN: Second Wednesday of Each Month - 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.


The Humor File

Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker!!



Russell Elleven is certified as a Humanist minister by the Humanist Society of Friends. He can officiate weddings, commitment ceremonies, naming ceremonies, and other life celebrating events. He is also available during periods of grief and to officiate memorial services.

817.370.2171 – hm

817.257.7870 – wk