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The ACA Vernal Equinox party will be on Saturday, March 24, 2007 from 6pm - midnight at Mike's house. Thanks to Mike for his hospitality! 

The party is for ACA members, their spouses, family, and atheist-friendly friends. Kids are welcome. RSVPs are encouraged so that Mike can gauge the size of the event. (<LINK REMOVED>). Also, e-mail him if you'd like to volunteer to help set up. 

Mike will provide steaks, potatoes, and beer too! If anyone wants anything else they'll have to bring it themselves. Please coordinate with Mike as to what to bring so that everything gets covered. 

Mike has a game room, arcade machine, and pool table. Rumor has it that there may be some real guitar players from ACA giving performances as well as the Guitar Hero game. 

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. 

This page may be updated with details as they develop, so check back here prior to the event.

ACA memberships expire March 1st, so it's time for everyone to renew. If you have already paid for the upcoming year or if you are a lifetime member please disregard. For those of you that do need to renew below are the different options available for you: 

Membership Levels

  • Individual Membership - $24.00 per year, prorated at $2.00 per month. This level is available to everyone, although if you are not 18 years old we will require a signed parental consent form before accepting payment.
  • Student/Retired Membership - $12.00 per year, prorated at $1.00 per month. We may request a copy of your student ID or proof of age.
  • Family Membership - $36.00 per year, prorated at $3.00 per month. This level includes membership for two adults and their dependents younger than 25 years old, all of whom must live together.
  • Lifetime Membership - A single dues payment of $1,000.00 will give you a lifetime membership in the A.C.A.

We want to make the renewal process as painless and convenient as possible for you. Options are:

  • Mail a membership renewal to the following address: 
    Atheist Community of Austin 
    P. O. Box 3798 
    Austin, TX 78764
  • Or give your payment to any board member at any ACA meeting that you attend. This can be in the form of check/money order/cash. They will be sure to forward the information onto the treasurer.

We are also trying to update our records to be assured that we have everyone’s current information. If you have moved, have a new phone number, have a new email address, etc., please try to let us know. Use our contact form to send us any updates. 

Lastly we want to get the word out about ACA and are looking for new members. If you know of anyone that would like to join the ACA or get more information about our group please feel free to forward them the direct link to the sign up page: http://www.atheist-community.org/join

Thank you for working with us on this! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us.

The crew of The Atheist Experience have begun publishing episodes of the local TV show on the Internet via Google. Google seems to have endless space to store video for people to watch and we have hundreds of episodes to share. It's a perfect match. Currently, about 3 months of episodes are available in full. More episodes are being added daily.

The ACA is hoping that this new media outlet will help The Atheist Experience find an even wider audience and bigger following. It's too early to know what effect the shows will have, but it is expected that The Atheist Experience will reach thousands more people.

To view the videos, you can click on the "Video" link for the appropriate episode from The Atheist Experience's archive page (http://www.atheist-experience.com/archive).

We will participate in the Keep Austin Beautiful Adopt-A-Street program. The program allows organizations to contribute to the community by keeping litter down on Austin streets in exchange for a KAB sign, bearing the organization's name. Our sign will proudly proclaim a bit of Burnet road (between West Anderson Lane and Ohlen Road) for the Atheist Community of Austin. The sign should be up in a couple of weeks. Board Member Joe Zamecki originally set up our participation. Shelley Roberts is now coordinating the monthly effort.

Several times a year, we will have a group outing to pick up trash and help the greater community. On pick-up days, volunteers should meet at the Jack-in-the-Box on the Northeast corner of Burnet and Anderson. The effort lasts about an hour and the group goes out for a meal afterwards. Bags and gloves will be provided. Pick-up dates are:

  • Saturday, February 17, 2007 at noon
  • Saturday, March 10, 2007 at noon
  • Saturday, April 28, 2007 at noon
  • Saturday, May 19, 2007 at ll:00 am (new time)
  • Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 11:00 am
  • 3rd Saturday of the month at 11:00 am starting July 2007 unless otherwise noted below

Watch this space for further information, or contact the organizer, Shelley Roberts

Photos from past pick-up activities appear in our scrapbook pages

We will be celebrating the ACA's 10th birthday during our regular Sunday meeting on February 11th, 11:30am. Recall that we are moving our regular Sunday meetings to Ventana del Soul starting February 11th. (We will normally meet in the small room upstairs, but for this meeting, we'll be in the big room upstairs.)

For the birthday meeting, we'll have:

  • A state-of-the-ACA address from Matt Dillahunty
  • Discussion with the founders and other important ACA members about the history of the group
  • Time to chat and help influence the group's future

There may even be some birthday cake! Check back here for updates.

We enourage all members to come, especially if you have contributed to the ACA in the past. ACA was chartered on February 10th, 1997.

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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