For the month of July 2016, STAR had 9 community service events and 9 social events. We have such an active group. Here are some highlights of some of the events.
Lackland AFB – 5 weekends (10 meetings) providing Humanists Chaplains for the Basic Trainees services every Sunday. The last Sunday had 733 trainees in attendance, the largest record so far!
SARA – San Antonio River Authority – Atheists at Work – Watershed Wise Warriors project. We had 8 people who helped spread mulch on the trails, and pull invasive weeds from the sides of the walking areas. This was at the UIW campus by the Blue Hole.
Atheists at Work – Helping the Homeless – gave away hygiene products to 79 people and had 10 volunteers and all of the customers were able to get what they needed.
Texas Ramp Project – Austin – 2 members volunteered to help with building a ramp in Austin for the disabled.
San Antonio Food Bank – 14 people volunteered to help prepare the tract of land for planting crops to grow food for people in need in the San Antonio area.
There were birthdays, game night, karaoke night, Stary night every Sunday (pools, parks, and Bigz), Pokemon Go Hunt, 2nd Annual Summer Pot Luck, Ice Cream Tasting, and Startender.
Wow, what a month. Looking forward to August! We are still forming a new baby/toddler group called the Nebulas. If you are interested send a message to email@example.com.
Our Executive Director, Victoria Gettman was recently interviewed by the United Coalition for Reason (UnitedCOR). It is the world’s largest directory of nontheists organizations. The mission states “Founded in 2009, the United Coalition of Reason is one of the largest nontheist groups in North America, a coordinating place for hundreds of independently run local groups, each a little different.”
Vicki gave a thorough view of her background and what brought her to this point in her life. She explains the all of the great things STAR is doing as a family in the San Antonio area. Get a drink, get in a comfortable chair, and enjoy the story written by UnitedCOR contributor, Susan, Education Officer and National Coordinator
We are so honored to have our Executive Director chosen as this year’s winner of the President’s Award by the American Humanist Association in Chicago, Illinois over the Memorial Day weekend.
This is the reason why she was chosen for this award.
Victoria Gettman and husband Jed of 19 years have 5 children. She served in the Army for 20 years and earned her Master’s degree in healthcare management. It was in her twenties when Victoria first discovered her atheism; a realization she came to while her first daughter was completing her first communion in the Catholic Church.
Victoria became the director of the San Antonio branch of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) after firsthand witnessing religious influence in her own military training. Shortly after, Victoria began working with Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF) executive director Jason Torpy, and later became MAAF’s Joint Base San Antonio point of contact.
In 2013, Victoria created the Atheist/Humanist meeting on Lackland and, alongside her teenage daughters, founded Atheists and Humanists Helping the Homeless in San Antonio. Victoria is also the co-founder and Executive Director of South Texas Atheists for Reason (STAR), providing low cost or free community gatherings for non-religious families.
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We are so proud of her accomplishment and want to let her know that she inspires us to do more every day.