In October of 2003, an item appeared in the SaddleBrooke Progress inviting “any SaddleBrooke resident who is or has been a Unitarian Universalist or who would like to know more about this liberal religious orientation” to a pot-luck brunch on November 9 at the home of Suzanne and Bill Brown. Some 20 to 30 people came. Bloody Marys and Screwdrivers, along with coffee, were served, and there was lots of good brunch food. Everyone enjoyed getting acquainted and agreed that they would like to get together again. So an e-mail list was formed, which Suzanne maintained until her death in 2012. Betty and Ed Hughes were the co-founders of this very informal group.
The group continued to meet sporadically for Sunday brunches whenever someone volunteered a home and a program was identified. As more and more people became interested, the group outgrew homes and also decided they would like to meet on a more regular basis. Many of the new members did not have a background in the Unitarian church, so when a small committee was formed to seek a formal charter, the name SaddleBrooke Freethinkers was chosen and the mission statement was developed (see the home page).
The charter was granted by HOA#1 in June of 2008; in September, the Freethinkers began to meet monthly at the HOA#1 Activities Center, where they continued to enjoy pot-luck brunches. As the group has grown, many presentations are now held in the HOA#2 MountainView Ballroom.