Lora Wedge is a community leader with a background in social change work and a M.A. in Consciousness and Transformative Studies. She teaches as adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is the COO of Ecolibrium3 where she helps direct the organization’s climate change work.
Mike Overend is a nearly retired veterinarian who practiced with his smarter, beautiful and nearly retired wife and partner veterinarian for 34 years in Two Harbors and Grand Marais. Mike and Lucy raised two above average children and we all love the outdoors and the natural world. Mike and Lucy are transitioning to full time volunteer action to create smart and effective State and Federal policy for Climate Solutions that benefit all of our children and their future generations as well as the animals that share our world because there is no Planet B.
Linda Crumpton is the Vice-Chair of Lake Superior Freethinkers. Since retiring from working at the Cloquet Library, Linda has been a major contributor to the group. She is also a well known local musician, playing traditional Irish music with groups like Rigadoo all through the Twin Ports area.
Charles Gessert is the Treasurer of Lake Superior Freethinkers. He has been very active with charitable groups in the region since retiring as research director at Essentia Health and is sought after as a speaker and presenter.
Bill Guse is the recently retired owner of Bob’s Cabins and has served Lake Superior Freethinkers for many years in different roles such as FFRF liaison and host/emcee. Retirement has given him time to think about the stories we all tell ourselves and how they construct our experiences of reality.
Join your freethinking friends at The Golden Inn in Superior. We’ll gather at 5:30 pm to enjoy the best Chinese food in the area. Breaking bread with fellow non-believers is a special treat for those of us who rely on reason to answer the important questions in life. Celebrate with like-minded thinkers on the evening of Wednesday, November 17th and enjoy the separate room reserved just for us.
On Saturday, October 23rd, we will all gather at the home of Our Flounder Bill van Druten, rain or shine! Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays us courageous heretics from our complete rejection of the accepted religions. Bring something to share: perhaps some food you’ve prepared or a relaxing drink. We’ll engage in conversation and contemplation and perhaps some conspiracy from 1:00 until about 4:00 pm. Remember to park anywhere on Greysolon Road but not on 30th Avenue.
Dave Swenson returns with a look at the psychology of those who are “vaccine hesitant.” What are they thinking? Is there anything we can do to help this country move past the plague? After the presentation, we’ll meet in the lower level for brunch and conversation. Don’t forget your masks as we head down to the student cafeteria for our first after-meeting buffet. Just $10 on your credit card gets you much more selection than the Radisson at an even lower price. We’ll be practicing social distancing upstairs at the meeting and downstairs at the after party, so there’s nothing to fear (except perhaps the wrath of god). Why not bring a friend?
9:30 am, OCTOBER 3rd, SOMERS LOUNGE AT THE COLLEGE OF St. SCHOLASTICA
What is Humanistic Judaism? Why is there a congregation in Minnesota? How can you be a humanist and a Jew? Tune in and learn the answers!
Allan Malkis is the current President of Or Emet. the MN Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. A retired researcher, Allan is originally from New York state but moved to Minnesota nearly 50 years ago to attend U of M graduate school. He received an MA in Sociology and has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations such as the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs and most recently for Ramsey County. Allan has been a member of Or Emet for over 30 years. He lives in Saint Paul with his spouse Diane Wanner and Sam & Ted, two pampered felines.