Newsletter: Connecting the Curious

Sunday May 9 2021 1 29 PM

Have you ever heard about someone who has gone missing and wondered what happened next? If so, join us Tuesday May 11th at 6:30pm for the COR Monthly Meeting with speaker Kira Pierson. She will share how she was inspired to create the project Butler County Ohio Missing to help locate missing persons in her community. She’ll discuss the difficulties families often face with agencies and law enforcement when looking for a loved one as well as how she steps in to advocate for these families when needed. This discussion will challenge the ideas you may have on this issue that affects all communities.

Have you ever heard about someone who has gone missing and wondered what happened next?  If so, join us Tuesday May 11th at 6:30pm for the COR Monthly Meeting with speaker Kira Pierson.  She will share how she was inspired to create the project Butler County Ohio Missing to help locate missing persons in her community. She’ll discuss the difficulties families often face with agencies and law enforcement when looking for a loved one as well as how she steps in to advocate for these families when needed.  This discussion will challenge the ideas you may have on this issue that affects all communities. RSVP for the COR Monthly Meeting here!
 
RECENT EVENTS & UPDATES
 

COR member Naomi Liebson led the special event Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day Stories.  The stories of survivors Pearl and Samuel Binder were told by Pearl herself in a video originally made for the United States Holocaust Museum.  Films such as these were created to catalogue the first-hand accounts of survivors and serve to educate as well as to dispel Holocaust denial accusations.  Their granddaughter Naomi and other family members shared accounts of resistance and human perseverance.  We learned how Naomi’s grandparents were captured and escaped including what happened after they reached the US.

At April’s monthly meeting, COR Board member Bob Hermann talked about steps being taken in the US and globally to reduce emissions and combat climate change.  Topics included climate racism and the pros and cons of both non-renewable energy and renewable energy. We learned about two local solar farms being built to help power Southwest Ohio. (Biz Journals article) (Energy Mix article)  And how local companies like Fifth Third Bank have policies in place to be carbon neutral including special loans that target green businesses. 

Science on Tap for April featured Logan Clark, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio.  He discussed their tools and processes of forecasting and the challenges to forecast weather in the Ohio River Valley.  There are 122 national weather service offices throughout the US; however Wilmington serves the southwest Ohio region including Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus. We learned how the NWS makes weather forecasts: using observations (radar, satellites, surface observation stations, weather balloons) and numerical weather prediction (NOAA supercomputers, weather modeling.)  Finally, we found out why short-term weather forecasts are more accurate - from zero hours up to 48 hours out.

Trivia Question:  Do you know where the first official US weather observations came from?  Hint - it happened right here in the tri-state!  Scroll to the bottom to find out.

American Atheists Convention

Did you miss some of the sessions for the American Atheists Convention?  The recordings are now available to COR members through this special link.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
All event information can be found on COR website or Meetup Calendar.
  • Thursday, May 13th at 6:30pm - Garden of Eatin': Sustainable Pest Management
  • Sunday, May 16th at 8:30pm - Sunset Yoga

  • Monday, May 17th at 7:00pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Conversation Practice

  • Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30pm - Science On Tap - May - Endangered Species Day

  • Saturday, May 22nd at 11am - Reasonable Discourse Book Club: The Botany of Desire

  • Wednesday, May 26th at 6:30pm - Signs from Heathens: ASL Study Group

Visit us on meetup.com to view the full COR Calendar!
 
ACTION CENTER
 

Take Action!  Here are a few ways to be civically engaged this month!

  • Equality Act - Federal LGBTQ+ Protections

  • Ohio Legislation

    • Contact your state legislators and ask them to support the Ohio Fairness Act and the Conversion Therapy Ban! Find contact information here.

    • Contact Rep. Gayle Manning and tell her you oppose the anti-trans sports bill at (614) 644-5076.

    • We’re keeping an eye on the anti-protests bills that have been introduced.

  • Kentucky Legislation

    • The KY legislation is not in session.

 
RECENT COR HIGHLIGHTS
 
In June, Americans come together to celebrate and raise awareness about the current state of LGBTQ+ human rights and how organizations are working to protect and advocate for those rights.  Watch for updates of LGBTQ+ Pride events that COR will be participating.  In the meantime here is a photo of Mary Helen, Jen, and Sarah at a 2019 Pride parade. 
Desiree at the Community of Reason table at Lawrenceburg Pride in 2019.  Tabling helps support the Pride event financially as well as spread awareness of our group.  Like the sign says "when equality is under attack, atheists show up."
 
SHOP FOR COR SWAG!
 
Visit the Community of Reason Store!
Lots of styles, material types, and logos to choose! 
 
 
SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY OF REASON
 
 

Answer to Trivia Question:  

The first official weather report of the US government was made by Cleveland Abbe in the 1870s.  The observations from that report came from Pike’s Opera House in Cincinnati.  Click here to find out more about Cleveland Abbe and the early days of US weather reporting.

Last Month's Answer: Five flightless birds include:  ostrich, penguin, kiwi, steamer duck, weka.  Click here to find out more about flightless birds. 

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