Future Meetings and Events

Format for Meetings:

All of our meetings are scheduled for the HOA #1 Activities Center, unless otherwise announced, (see the Welcome page for the address and a map).  Nancy Adams has volunteered to be in charge of set-up, refreshments, and clean-up and is seeking volunteers to help.  Refreshments will be limited to beverages (coffee, tea, tomato and orange juice -with or without vodka.

We will plan on refreshments an10:00 to 10:30, start the program with introductions, announcements, and possibly a reading promptly at 10:30, plan to conclude the presentation by 11:30, leaving a good half hour for Q and A and discussion.  Sometimes, of course the preponderance of the program will consist of discussion.  In any case, by 1 pm, we’re out of there!

Oh yes, as we have to pay $75 each time for use of the Activities center, we will have to collect donations at the door – about $4 per couple is recommended, but not obligatory.  We need some extra dollars to cover the cost of nametags, coffee, juice, paper goods, etc.  In addition, we give each presenter a $50 gift certificate for Barnes and Noble – Obviously just a token, but some expression of our appreciation.

Future Meetings:

November 16, 2014

SaddleBrooke Free Thinkers to Discuss the Issue of Church and State Separation.

Free Thinkers and community friends are invited to a lively conversation on separation of church and state to be held at HOA#1 MountainView Ballroom at 10:30 AM, November 16. A coffee social begins at 10:00 AM. There will be no food served.

SaddleBrooke resident, Mel Durschlag, will offer an overview on the current state of affairs in the federal courts and a brief historical perspective. Zenaido Quintana, Board Chair of the Secular Coalition of Arizona (SCA), will provide a review of the organizations efforts in the most recent session of the Arizona legislature and insights into the upcoming 2015 session. The SCA opposes bills and legislative activities that privilege religious groups in conflict with US Constitutional Law. In particular, where this intrusion marginalizes religious minorities or nonbelievers. SCA’s goal is to ensure Arizona public policy is free of religious intrusion.

The Free Thinkers are a group of SaddleBrooke residents who believe in the responsible search for truth and meaning and in the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and solving human problems. We believe that tolerance, compassion, equity and civility should characterize the interaction among peace- loving persons and organizations. We hold monthly meetings ,October to May, and invite well-known speakers to present timely and important social and scientific questions. In our spirit of free thinking, we engage in lively discussions of multiple sides of an issue. The program for December 7 will be Dr. Madahaven from U of A Medical Research who will speak on: The Aging Human Brain and Altzheimer’s disease research.

October 26, 2014:

Dr. Neil West Will Speak to Saddlebrooke Free Thinkers on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Free Thinkers and all interested Saddlebrooke residents are cordially invited to a welcome back coffee social and speaker to follow. Coffee will be served 9:45 am Sunday October 26 at the HOA2 MountainView Ballroom. At 10:30am, our speaker Dr. Neil West will discuss “The Road to Increased Efficiency of Affordable Health Care in the 21st Century.”

Dr. West has practiced over 35 years as a pediatrician and has worked extensively with many aspects of the US Health Care system. He has served as a consultant to Medicare, Medicaid and Insurance Companies and has recently focused on quality pay for perform programs and building effective physician practices for improving efficiency, pharmaceutical ordering practices and protocols.

According to Dr. West, “There are amazing things happening to flatten the trajectory on health care costs and changing environment of groups. I will point out how those changes were stimulated by the Affordable HealthCare Act (ACA). If you look at Medicare 1965 to the present, it is a lot different than when it started. I will mention some of the things happening locally, like the merger of Banner and the University HealthCare Systems. The Wisconsin Collaborative is a marvelous experiment in improving healthcare for the entire state through shared data.”

Dr. West will also cover some of the remarkable decreases in cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks, stroke and heart failure over past 20-30 years through modern medical treatments. He will discuss the impact of improved public health progress and management of several diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. Dr. West plans to leave ample time for active Q and A with discussion in the spirit of the Free Thinkers.

The Free Thinkers usually meet on the 4th Sunday of each month. We are a group of Saddlebrooke residents who believe on responsible search for truth and meaning in the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and solving human problems. We have an outstanding series of speaker programs scheduled for future meetings. Contact our website for program information: http://www.sbfreethinkers.wordpress.com

March 23, 2014:

Dr. Dianna Liverman Will Address the Saddlebrooke Freethinkers on Global Warming in the Southwest.

The Saddlebrooke Freethinkers is pleased to announce Dr. Diana Liverman will speak on “Global Warming: causes and consequences in the Southwest” at our meeting be held at 10:30am, March 23, in the HOA#2   MounainView Ballroom.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive early at 10am for coffee, seating, and to meet your friends.

Dr. Liverman is distinguished Professor of Geography and Development and Director of the University of Arizona Institute of the Environment. She is a distinguished environmental scientist with numerous publications dealing with global warming, and sustainable climate choices. We are fortunate to have Dr. Liverman speak to us on a very timely subject of interest to everyone on the fragile planet earth.

The Saddlebrooke Freethinkers is a group of independent -minded, free thinking individuals who meet on the 4th Sunday of each month, October through April, to hear a stimulating speaker, and discuss timely and important human  issues using rational and critical reasoning. Our motto is:  truth through reason and science.

The Saddlebrooke community is encouraged to attend Freethinkers programs. The program for April 27 is: Dr.Richard Benson,Cartoonist for the Arizona Republic (Phoenix) who will discuss “ Reasons why I left Mormonism”.  To join the Freethinkers, a visitor may elect to add her or his name to the e-mail list and also receive announcements.  We support the Tricounty food bank and encourage attendees to bring canned food donations to help the  needy. For information about our group mission, and past and future programs, see our website: www.freethinkers.wordpress.com or contact Harry Huizinga:  harrysail@yahoo.com

February 23, 2014:

Come to a pot luck brunch social starting at 10 a.m.  at the HOA #1 Activity Center.   Bring a hot or cold dish, fruit, salads, breads,  or ‘killer’ brownies.  Come and enjoy the fellowship of friends and neighbors.  There will be no speaker at this meeting.

January 26, 2014 Meeting:

Dr. Sandy McNabb Will Speak to the SaddleBrooke Freethinkers on the Egyptian Uprising During the Arab Spring of 2011.

Harry Huizinga

Dr. Sandy McNabb, a retired professor, Internet Technologist and Telecommunications   executive will give a talk titled: “Myths and Misconceptions about the Egyptian Uprising” 10:30am Sunday, January 26th at the HOA#1 Activity Center.

Dr. McNabb moved to Egypt in 2004 to study Arabic and was recruited into technology projects across Egypt. She was present in Egypt during the 2011 uprising and will present valuable personal insights.

After 20 years if international service in Egypt and European countries, Dr. McNabb retired to Arizona “because the climate was similar to that of Egypt”, and like many of us she “fell in love with Saddlebrooke after coming over the hill”.

The Saddlebrooke community is cordially invited to attend Free Thinkers meetings usually held at 10:30am on the fourth Sunday of each month October through April held at either the HOA#1 Activity Center or Mountain View Meeting Center.  Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 10:00 am for pre-meeting coffee and fellowship.  Free Thinkers support the Tri Valley Food Bank and encourage attendees to bring a canned food donation to the meetings. We also ask for a $2.00 donation to help with meeting room expenses.

Future programs will be: February 23, Potluck Brunch Social at HOA#1 Activity Center (no speaker); March 23, Diana Liverman, University of Arizona, Ecology and  Environment  topic  to be announced , at Mountain View Meeting Room;  April 27, Richard Benson, Cartoonist with the Arizona Republic (Phoenix),  The Reasons why he left  Mormonism, at Mountain View Meeting Room.

December 15, 2013 Meeting:

Dr. Ann Vernon Will Address the Saddlebrooke Free Thinkers on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Join the Saddlebrooke Freethinkers 10:30 AM Sunday, December 15 at the HOA#1 Activities Center when Dr. Ann Vernon, a member of the Free Thinkers, will address the topic: Reasons to Be Rational.

Dr.Vernon is President of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York and former director of the Midwest Center for Rational Emotive Therapy (RET).  She had an extensive private practice for years, utilizing Rational Emotive Therapy (RET) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with children, adolescents, and adults.  She has presented training workshops in the U.S., Canada, and abroad, and is the author of numerous books and journal articles on this topic.  Her focus in this presentation will be on the process of identifying and challenging typical cognitive behavior.

According to Shakespeare, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”   This quote is the foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT); similar therapeutic models which are recognized throughout the world as the treatment of choice for depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and much more. REBT&CBT are powerful self-help approaches that can help people gain control over their lives by learning how to challenge distorted thinking that results in self-defeating behaviors and unhealthy emotions.  By learning to think more rationally, people generally feel more empowered and in charge of their lives. Behavioral therapists maintain that it isn’t life’s events that cause us to feel angry, depressed, anxious, frustrated, and so forth—but rather, what we think about life events that  influences how we feel. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

The   Saddlebrooke community is cordially invited to all Free Thinkers meetings; usually held on the fourth Sunday of each month. Note that the December 15th meeting is being held early because of the Holiday Season. 

November 24, 2013 Meeting:

Dr. Lockwood Carlson Will Speak to SaddleBrooke Freethinkers on “Science and Technology”

Dr. Lockwood Carlson will speak at 10:30 November 24 at the HOA #1 Activities Center.  As a Saddlebrooke resident, he is well-known to the community for his outstanding lecture series on astronomy.

Dr Carlson is a professor of theoretical physics and has conducted research on electrodynamics of black holes. He is currently a Professor and Chairman of the Technological Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota where he teaches technology management. Dr. Carlson retired as a Corporate Scientist for the 3 M Corporation, but continues to serve as a consultant for energy technology on several corporate and academic boards.

Lockwood is an active member of the Free Thinkers and has presented past lectures on science and theology.  He has the rare ability of simplifying complex scientific theory into language that the public is able to understand. The community is welcome to attend his lecture and future lectures which are usually given on the fourth Sunday of the month from October through April. A schedule of future speakers and locations will be published next month. For information about the Free Thinkers, see our web site: sbfreethinkers.wordpress.com or contact Harry Huizinga :  harrysail@yahoo.com

October 27, 2013 Meeting:

SaddleBrooke Free Thinkers Begins Tenth Year of Fellowship With a Pot Luck Social and Speaker, Dr, Michael Morris.

As many of us return from summer travels, it is time for the Free Thinkers to renew old Acquaintances and find new friendships at a pot luck brunch to be held at 9:30 A.M. October 27 at the HOA1 Activities Center. Please bring a hot or cold pot luck dish, fruit, cheese, breads, cakes or finger foods to share with others. Free Thinkers who meet together enjoy eating together. Guests are welcome to join and find out about our group.

The social hour will be followed at 10:30 A.M. by the speaker, Dr. Richard Morris, who will discuss “Critical Thinking: main blocks we all face when analyzing a problem, how to jump the hurdles and solve problems quickly using the five minute method”.

Dr. Morris, a Phoenix Attorney, has a broad background as Attorney, criminal prosecutor and defense council in civil matters. In addition, as a Dr. of Philosophy he studies and teaches epistemology, a branch of Philosophy that investigates the origins, methods and limits of human knowledge. Dr. Morris has published articles in diverse periodicals, including American Atheist, Truth Seeker, Arizona Journal and Secular World.  His latest book is titled “God on Trial”, available during this meeting.

Free Thinkers meetings are open to all interested SaddleBrooke persons who may elect to join the group by adding their name to our mailing list. Meetings are held on the fourth Sunday of most months to hear presentations on timely subjects. These may be controversial or provocative, but always stimulating worthy of reasoned, logical discussion.   Speaker on November 24 will be Dr. Lockwood Carlson who speaks on “Science and Technology”.  Lockwood is well-known to SaddleBrooke through his outstanding lecture series on astronomy.

The SaddleBrooke Free Thinkers group was founded 10 years ago by the late Susanne Brown, and was developed throughout the ensuing years under the capable leadership of Betty Hughes to about 90 members and growing. Betty may be taking her well-deserved full retirement this year and we will miss her stimulating and thoughtful leadership. For information about the Free Thinkers, including the mission statement, club activities, and abstracts of past and upcoming programs, see our website: sbfreethinkers.wordpress.com


April 28, 2013 Meeting:

Earth Day

The SaddleBrooke Free Thinkers will celebrate Earth Day on Sunday  April 28 ,10 AM  at  HOA2 MountainView ballroom with a talk by the internationally recognized  environmental scientist Dr. James Gentile. He  will speak on  the world wide problem of  global warming and  US science policy. We are fortunate to have this distinguished scientist visit with us in SaddleBrooke.

The Free Thinkers and the public is cordially invited to attend this meeting and participate in an active discussion of  environmental issues.

Please mark your calendar for April 28 and encourage your friends and family to attend this important talk. The following  article from April 1 Saddlebag Notes gives information about Dr. Gentile and his work with Research Corporation.



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