Secular Coalition for Georgia Monthly Conference Call


Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895

Secular Coalition for America - Georgia Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Tuesday, November 27 at 2pm ET


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at Georgia 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 Georgia 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
    • Georgia gained 1 seat after the 2010 census
    • All 14 Georgia seats in the U.S. House were up for election
    • Republican Party gained 1 seat and now hold 9 of the 14
  • State Senate
    • All 56 seats were up for election
    • Republican Party gained 2 seats and now holds a 38-18 majority
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 180 were up for election
    • Republican Party gained 5 seats and now holds a 119-60 majority

  • 10th District Race
    • Rep. Paul Proun kept his seat, even after he said evolution, the “big bang” theory and other aspects of science were “lies straight from the pit of hell”
    • Charles Darwin received 4,000 write-in votes
  • Any issues or events happening in Georgia?

Chapter Development Status
  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
      • Flexible to availability and strengths of individuals who want to get involved
      • Co-Chair Duties: Scheduling state coalition meetings as necessary, Building relationships with local organizations and keeping them informed;  Scheduling and Coordinating trainings; Ensuring compliance with all SCA policies (listed in the chapter manual soon to be finished); Assisting with fundraising and ensuring donations are sent  to the SCA; Contact person for SCA Research and Advocacy Manager; Upholding the respectful, diplomatic, and non-partisan approach of the Secular Coalition
      • Communications Chair Duties: Official press releases; Letters to the Editor; Working with LD on action alerts; Coordinating messaging with SCA; Acting as spokesperson; Available for interviews or local speaking engagements; Draft action alerts with Leg. chair
      • Tech Chair Duties: Website updates and blog posts; Social media; Answering email; 
      • Legislative/ Policy Chair Duties: Monitoring legislation for our issues; Gatherings research; Drafting action alerts with Comm. Chair; Tailoring SCA lobbying materials to be state specific
      • Lobbying Chair Duties:  Conducting lobbying visits; Building relationships with legislators
      • 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: Terry Bond, Richard Haynes, Ed Neubaum, Jewel Ross, Matt Braedick, Brian Neal Clyne
      • 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] 
  • Outreach
    • How can we reach out to these groups?
    • Foundation Beyond Belief, The Humanists of Georgia, The Fellowship of Reason, Atlanta Freethought, Society, GA Tech Freethinkers, The SOS (Secular Organizations for Sobriety), GUST (Gwinnett: Understanding Secular Truths), Fayette Freethought Society, Peachtree City Humanists,
      The Black Nonbelievers of Atlanta, The Atlanta Skeptics, The Atlanta Science Tavern
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>Georgia 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Changing call schedule in 2013
        • Evening and weekend calls 
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the Georgia chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on Georgia chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for Georgia 
    • 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 Georgia chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for Georgia Facebook page
    • Spread the word!


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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