A look back at 2009, and what a year it’s been!

WinterSolsticeGreetings, fellow freethinkers!

Over the past year, Seattle Atheists has been undergoing a phenomenal amount of growth. We’ve gained new membership (our membership has increased 100% over last year alone!), garnered tons of positive press, started new programs, revamped the organization, and done lots of charity work in the community. Atheism in Seattle is truly flourishing.

Here’s a recap of what Seattle Atheists has done this year, since Dec. 2008:

  • Gained 82 dues-paying members in one year. A year ago, we had 143 members — now we have 225.
  • Run two sets of bus ads, which have garnered national and international media attention
  • Placed a holiday greeting sign on the state capitol grounds
  • Welcomed new Members-at-Large Wendy, Mike, Randy, Sam, and Layton, and our new Secretary, Rebecca, to the Board. They are all doing an absolutely phenomenal job!
  • Started new giving programs, including Operation Paperback and the SeasonLESS food drive
  • Adopted a new mission and vision, and reorganized our committee structure
  • Launched our first-ever fundraiser mailing for a new bus ad campaign
  • Hosted free public talks by Dr. Valerie Tarico, Chris Rauch, Jim Corbett, comic Jeremy Whitman, and Matt Griscom
  • Raised more than $1,000 for Childrens hospital
  • Had our new and improved Flying Spaghetti Monster featured on Venganza.org, and the FSM Wikipedia page
  • Begun planning for exciting new events, like the winter gala, a film series, and a cable access show
  • Celebrated Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday
  • Donated more than 35 pints of blood

All of this is only possible because of you, our members, supporters and volunteers.

It’s been so gratifying to be a part of this organization, to meet all of you, and to take even a small part in making the atheist community in Seattle grow! The board would like to extend its appreciation to everyone who donated their time, money and hard work to our programs, and we hope to see even more of you in the coming year.

Happy solstice, and a very happy, healthy and fulfilling new year to you all!

Sincerely,

Amanda Banerji, Vice President of Seattle Atheists

In this holiday season let us remember that kindness, charity and goodwill transcend belief, creed or religion. Happy Holidays, Seattle Atheists”

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