Freethinking friends and the CFI Staff,
Today I was on route to a business meeting in Nashville and was delayed in Buffalo so I took the opportunity to cruise over to the Center for Inquiry office in Amherst, NY which is only about 12 minutes from the airport next to the University at Buffalo.
To my amazement I was greeted after only about 30 seconds by a smiling Debbie Goddard who had been volunteering with CFI for a couple years and just 3 months ago was hired as a full time field staff employee to help organize campus outreach events across the country. Debbie was a wonderfully informed and passionate tour guide and she spent almost 2 1/2 hours with me including a great little sit down philosophical exchange.
Debbie also introduced me to my favourite Point of Inquiry podcast stars Lauren Becker, DJ Groethe and the producer Thomas Donnelly who gave me an advance copy of the latest Free Inquiry magazine which is produced on site and distributed to an impressive 100,000 people world wide. I also saw Tom Flynn in his office, and David Koepsell too. Unfortunately, Joe Nickel was away and the big kahuna Paul Kurtz was in FL for a speaking engagement.
After meeting the crew and seeing firsthand where the best humanist podcast on the net is produced, Debbie took me to the world╠s largest library onsite of skeptic, humanist and atheist material. I even got to go into the rare books archive and hold a couple of original Thomas Paine and Robert Ingersoll books that dated back as far as 1792. It was a great experience despite a mediocre review that I had heard from one other that had attended the CFI headquarters albeit in years past. I suppose the tour guide and the classy new CFI digs makes all the difference! A visit to the new CFI is something every secular humanist should take the time to do. Scratch that, not just every secular humanist, every person of faith as well!
While I was at CFI, I signed up to become a Friend of the Center, mainly to get access to the great speaker series they have scheduled for this fall but also to contribute to the organization that is certainly doing the most of any in the world for the advancement of critical thinking. They have a fabulous brand new facility for presentations, public speaking engagements and as I learned, pot luck dinners that they also host there to my surprise.
While I was chatting with Debbie, I tooted our own SOFREE star Dr. DiCarlo╠s horn quite loudly, and suggested to Debbie that since CFI is looking for quality speakers that they should get in touch with the TVO presenter series award winner at http://www.cdicarlo.com. Don╠t be surprised Chris if you here from CFI soon!
Fenwick, ON Canada