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On September 26th, the ACA will be holding its annual Bat Cruise. There will be several related events that day, so there will be plenty to do if you live around Austin, or you're coming in for the event.

Here's what will be happening:

  • 5pm(ish) meet at the bar at Threadgill's Restaurant Threadgill's Restaurant 301 West Riverside Drive (at Barton Springs Rd.) Map for a quick drink and hello. You may park at One Texas Center (505 Barton Springs Road) parking garage behind the restaurant for the duration of the cruise. Parking should be free, unless there happens to be some other special event downtown that evening.
  • 5:30pm walk to Capitol Cruises for the Bat Cruise. You're welcome to bring food and drink but no glass containers. We will be limiting the cruise to about 50 people, so get paid up prior to the event. The boat will leave promptly at 6pm. Don't be late!
  • 8pm return to Threadgills and pick up your car and/or eat dinner. Note that it's a pleasant ~1 mile walk from Threadgill's to Esther's Follies, should you prefer not to hassle with parking downtown.
  • 10pm The 10pm show at Esther's Follies comedy club starts. The address is 525 E 6th St. Map (512) 320-0553. It is recommended you get your reserve seating ticket(s) in advance via their web site ($25). Shows do fill up. We have no parking suggestions at this time, but the area can be congested on the weekends.
  • After for those who are especially young and energetic, you'll be able to go clubbing on Austin's famous 6th street.

Please join us for this great set of events. There will be plenty of time for chatting and making new friends. We look forward to seeing you!

The ACA will be chartering a cruise boat on Town Lake on Saturday, September 26th, 2009, 6-8pm. We'll have the large, double decker boat to ourselves to chat, picnic, and watch the bats emerge from the Congress Avenue bridge. The event will be open to out-of-town visitors this year. Click here for the full schedule of events. 

The boat we'll be taking is the Capital Cruise's M.V. Pride and Joy. This boat has the upper deck for great bat viewing. It has a bathroom and tables for our use. We can bring food and drinks to share, but not in any glass containers. Plan on bringing some food and drink. The event should be a relaxing cruise on the lake. For those who are interested, check out the scrapbook entry from the 2008 event. 

We're going to need to collect money in advance for the event for around 50 people. Invite your friends, but space will be limited! Atheist-friendly guests are welcome. The price is $20 per person. Please pay with exact change (preferably in an envelope), with a check made out to "ACA", or via PayPal on our donations page. (If you pay via Paypal, please add an extra $1 for the 5% Paypal fee that is charged the ACA on the transaction.) Mark the check, envelope, or submission notes with the name(s) of the participant(s). Give your payment to an ACA board member at any meeting or ACA event. If the event is canceled, we'll return your money. 

On the day of the event, meet at 5:30pm at Capital Cruises' dock, on the river, behind the Hyatt Regency Hotel, on the South side of the river. That's between the Congress Ave. bridge and the 1st St. bridge, on the South shore. The number for Capital Cruises is (512)480-9264 if you need last minute help, or see their web site

We recommend parking at the One Texas Center garage, 505 Barton Springs Road Austin behind Threadgills. 

For more information about the bats, see Bat Conservation International and their web page about the Congress Avenue bat colony.

ACA will be participating again in the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival on June 6. The festival will be at Republic Square Park starting at 4pm. The festival is shortened this year with the Pride Parade immediately following at 8pm. General admission is $5 this year. 

ACA will have a booth at the Pride Festival to promote the organization, gather new members, and build bridges with the larger community. We will need a few volunteers for the booth, but we also encourage ACA members to attend the festival. Donations to the ACA to help defray our costs are also very welcome. 

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the 2009-2010 ACA Board elected on May 3, 2009. Matt Dillahunty will keep his role as President. Jen Peeples will be the new ACA Vice President. The seven at-large board seats will be filled by Don Baker, Shilling Cadena, John Iacoletti, Lisa Mais, Shelley Roberts, Don Rhoades, and Joe Roades. 

Offices of Treasurer and Secretary were filled at the May 10, 2009 ACA board meeting. John Iacoletti will be Treasurer and Don Baker will serve again as Secretary.

ACA will have its board elections on May 3rd, 2009 starting at 12:15pm at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. The meeting will be in lieu of a lecture. The building opens at noon. You must be a currently paid member to vote in the election. Help save time at the election meeting by renewing your membership early. The renewal form appears in the last newsletter, or log in to the ACA web site and renew online. We encourage all members to participate in the election. We will have coffee and donuts at the meeting. 

If you are interested in running for the board, please contact the secretary and let him know of your intentions. The February 2008 issue of the Austin Atheist had an article about what the officers and board member responsibilities are. Consult that issue or a current board member for more information. 

Texas state law requires non profit organizations to make their membership list available to members a reasonable time prior to an election. This notice serves as the official announcement of the list’s availability. ACA Treasurer Mike Swift has a list of current members for inspection by current members. The list may be viewed by appointment. Contact him here or in person at an ACA meeting.

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