Secular Coalition for Arkansas Monthly Conference Call


Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 13:00 - 13:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895


Secular Coalition for America - Arkansas Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Thursday, October 25 at Noon CT


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Arkansas chapter page at
  • Explanation of conference call style and recording
    • No one is required to speak up, but there will be opportunities to do so.
  • Thank you for joining us for the Secular Coalition for Arkansas monthly conference call!
  • The Secular Coalition for America is the only 501(c)(4) representing secular and nontheistic Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level.
  • The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country to bring together secular and nontheistic Americans in each state to lobby on secular issues.


State Government Update - November Elections

  • U.S. House
    • All 4 Arkansas seats in the U.S. House are up for election
    • 3 of the 4 seats are held by the Republican Party
  • State Senate
    • All 35 seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party holds a 20-15 majority, possible majority change
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 100 seats are up for election
    • Democratic Party holds an 54-45 majority, possible majority change


  • Voices United Concerts by Americans United
    • Wrap up report
  • Reason in the Rock
    • Little Rock on October 27 
    • Central Arkansas Library
    • Hosted by the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers
  • Patriot & Atheist: Kansas City Regional Atheist Meeting
    • Wrap up report
  • Skepticon
    • Springfield, MO November 9-11th 
    • Don't miss the Friday workshops by the Secular Coalition for America!
      • Lobby training by Government Relations Manager Chris Lombardi
      • Media training by Communications Manager Lauren Anderson Youngblood
  • Any issues or events happening in Arkansas?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • No set number of members or roles 
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Examples of Helpful Skills: leadership skills, familiarity with local groups, monitor legislation, conduct lobbying visits, mobilize grassroots, IT or website knowledge, social networking familiarity, comfortable speaking with press 
      • Interested individuals: Luke, Char Leverett, Linda Farrell, Leewood Thomas, Jim McCollum, Annie Orsi
      • Anyone one else interested? Email [email protected]
    • Volunteer List
    • Those who do not wish to be on the Executive Committee, but still want to play an active role and help out once there is work to be done, please email me [email protected] 
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>Arkansas 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Initial organizing calls - Focus on setting up the structure, identifying leadership, spreading the word about the calls and building momentum 
      • After Official recognition - Educate and inform: track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations. 
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Arkansas chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on Arkansas chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Arkansas 
    • Future Resources 
      • Promotional resources- brochures, stickers, buttons, handouts 
      • Informational resources – Research, fact sheets and policy papers 
      • Trainings and Guides – media and lobby trainings and guides 
    • National Resources 
      • Powerpoints –available at 
      • National Secular Calendar – homepage
      •  National Secular Update Weekly Conference Call - Thursdays at Noon 559-726-1300 Code 199568

Wrap Up

  • What the SCA is doing until the next call:
    • Getting resources in place
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
    • Outreach!
  • What you can do:
    • Email [email protected] if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the Arkansas chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for Arkansas Facebook page


Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • Cancelled due to Thanksgiving


Contact Information

  • Kelly Damerow
  • Research and Advocacy Manager, Secular Coalition for America
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 202-299-1091 ext. 204

Thank You!


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