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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.

As part of our charity outreach, the ACA will collecting canned food and other non-perishables for the Capitol Area Food Bank at ACA meetings and events. Members can bring these items to ACA events including the Solstice party on January 2nd. Give the items to an ACA board member. We intend to continue this effort throughout the year. 

In addition to collection at ACA events, Mike and Lisa have volunteered their homes as food collection points. Log into the ACA web site for their contact information. 

We welcome any suggestions or ideas for future charity efforts and of course welcome volunteers to help move this effort forward.

This year's ACA Winter Solstice Party will be on Saturday, December 20, 2008 Friday, January 2nd, 2009 from 7pm - 1am at Mike's house. Thanks to Mike for his hospitality! 

The party is for ACA members, their spouses, and atheist-friendly friends. RSVPs are encouraged so that Mike can gauge the size of the event. (Send him e-mail via this link). Also, e-mail him if you'd like to volunteer to help set up. 

The early part of the evening will be a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share, should you wish to participate. If you can, let Mike know what you plan to bring so that he can ensure a breadth of dishes. Mike will provide snacks and beer for the later crowd. 

Mike has a game room, arcade machine, and pool table. 

Mike's address, a map to his house, and his phone number are now available on the ACA member log-in page. Details will be posted later on the aca_membersonly list. 

Come and celebrate the new year!

Atheist Community of Austin

The Atheist Community of Austin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. The ACA serves the local Austin community through outreach programs, providing informational resources and various volunteer activities. In addition, the ACA serves the community-at-large through free online portals including informational wikis, regular audio/video podcasts and interactive blogs.

We define atheism as the lack of belief in gods. This definition also encompasses what most people call agnosticism.

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