As the crowd neared 50 people at a recent Sunday adult ed program we experienced a last minute logistics challenge. Where could we find more chairs? Dave Shafer’s presentation on Maurice Sendak, Humanist of the Year, was the topic that drew such a large a crowd. Dave’s in-depth knowledge, humorous presentation and engaging slides kept us spellbound. We left enriched and informed by the presentation and the discussion he led at the conclusion.
That morning fulfilled one of the Board’s recommendations on how to boost our membership numbers. The suggestion was to keep the programming fascinating and at the high calibre we’ve come to expect.
Another suggestion on that topic that the Board discussed at two meetings was Donna’s Soucy’s assertion that our best marketing strategy was the simplest - urge members to tell their friends and acquaintances about CHJ. In fact a subsequent members survey showed that this was the most likely way that current members had first learned about CHJ.
Craig Tomarkin was the first member since that discussion to do just that. During a discussion with a colleague Craig spoke positively and enthusiastically about his family’s participation in the congregation. Craig then invited him and his wife to Dave’s presentation. What a high point to start on!
Another good idea that the board did not need to revisit is signage to attract the attention of all those driving by as well as those who are searching for us. We’re at a disadvantage by not having a building to which a permanent sign can be affixed. Cary Shaw remedied that last year by having a sign made and putting it out when we’re holding events. You’ve probably seen it.
CHJ activities in the month of December present a great opportunity to invite family, friends, and acquaintances. On Sunday Dec 8 the Sunday School will be holding their Hanukkah party. On Friday, Dec 13 Abby Ulman and Gail Ostrow have planned a Human Rights Shabbat/Hunger Banquet. On Sunday Dec 15 the Adult Ed topic of “What you didn’t know about Sherwin Wine” will be presented by Cary Shaw. And that’s not even a complete listing of activities! Check the website,www.humanisticjews.org, and the newsletter for a complete list and join us.