Secular Coalition for South Carolina Monthly Conference Call


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 14:00 - 14:30
Call In Details: 
Phone Number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895


Secular Coalition for America - South Carolina Chapter Conference Call
Call in number: 530-881-1400 Participant Code: 978895
Wednesday, October 24 at 2pm ET


Welcome Message

  • Who is here and who is not here that needs to be?
  • Agenda available at South Carolina 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 South Carolina 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
    • South Carolina gained 1 seat after the 2010 census
    • All 7 seats from South Carolina are up for election
    • The Republican Party holds 5 of the 6 current seats
  • State Senate
    • All 46 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party holds a 27-19 majority, expected to hold
  • State House of Representatives
    • All 124 seats are up for election
    • Republican Party holds an 76-48 majority, expected to hold


  • SC Pride
  • Saturday, 10/20, in Columbia
  • groups across the state marched as a unified group under the name of the Carolinas Secular Association
  • Light the Night walks:
    • SC Light the Night team stats:
    • Charleston - SHL team - about $1300 so far (we have some money that SHL has collected but not donated to LTN's page yet)
    • Charleston -  Bosch Lightwalkers - about $1650
    • Charleston - Secular Student Group at CofC - $120
    • Greenville - Secular Student Alliance at Presbyterian - about $3245
    • Columbia - Pastafarians at USC - about $870
    • Fort Mill - none
    • All together - about $7200!
  • Any issues or events happening in South Carolina?

Chapter Development Status

  • Leadership
    • Executive Committee 
Position First Name Last Name Email
Co-Chair Amy Monsky [email protected]
Co-Chair Matt Facciani [email protected]
  Roger  Cram [email protected]
  Elaine Appel [email protected]
  Justin  Allran [email protected]
  Aaron  Zimmermann [email protected]
  Maggie  Blair [email protected]
    • Memo of Understanding signing ceremony at the Carolina Secular Conference Sunday morning
    • Report from first meeting
    • Anyone one else interested? Email Amy or Matt
    • 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 Amy or Matt
  • Resources Status 
    • Website
      • still under construction 
      • Temporarily:>States>Your State>South Carolina 
    • Conference Calls 
      • Build montum, track legislation, coordinate lobbying efforts and coordinate secular organizations. 
      • Agendas and Call replays available on the South Carolina chapter page 
      • Looking into technologies to assist with online discussion 
    • Logo - viewable on South Carolina chapter page and Facebook page 
    • Facebook Page – Secular Coalition for South Carolina 
    • 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 for executive committee
    • Researching technologies to assist in chapter coordination
  • What you can do:
    • Email Amy or Matt if interested in leadership or volunteering
    • Sign up on our website to receive info and updates
    • Check out the South Carolina chapter page for updates
    • Like the Secular Coalition for South Carolina Facebook page
    • Spread the word about the next conference call!


Next Conference Call Date and Time

  • November 28 at 2pm
  • Fourth Wednesday of the month
  • Same call in number and code


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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