Speaker Date Topic
Audrey Kingstrom Jul 26, 2018 7:30 AM
Life after Faith: an introduction to Secular Humanism
Life after Faith: an introduction to Secular Humanism

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

  • Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.
  • Humans are an integral part of nature, the result of unguided evolutionary change.
  • Ethical values are derived from human need and interest as tested by experience.
  • Life's fulfillment emerges from individual participation in the service of humane ideals.
  • Humans are social by nature and find meaning in relationships.
  • Working to benefit society maximizes individual happiness.




Claire Ruebeck and Frank Hornstein Aug 02, 2018 7:30 AM
Rail Safety in Minnesota
Rail Safety in Minnesota
Andra Watkins Aug 09, 2018 7:30 AM
Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory
Why I Walked 444 Miles to Make a Memory
VJ Smith of MADD DADS Aug 16, 2018
Mentoring At-Risk Youth on The Streets


Biography of a Community Leader: V.J Smith leads the Minneapolis Chapter of MAD DADS (Men Against Destruction, Defending Against Drugs and Social-disorder) with the help of other organizations committed to mentoring at-risk youth on the streets.  He has a passion to see the lives of young people who are heading in the wrong direction turn around through the work of MAD DADS and its volunteers.  VJ has led these volunteers onto the streets at night to bring wise counsel and a listening ear to young men and women who have never experienced a relationship with a real caring adult. VJ is a turnaround specialist; he has turned around his life, as well as his community and youth in Minneapolis.

VJ Smith was born in Kansas City Missouri; he loves God, music and people.  Abandoned at the age of nine years old by his parents, he was placed in foster care where he eventually ran away and became involved with the drug trade.  After an arrest in the early 1980’s, he decided he had to straighten out his life.  Since then, he has been promoting hope and supporting communities throughout north and south Minneapolis, Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park and St. Paul, Minnesota.  He is a leader in his community by promoting hope and building civic bones with the help of concerned moms and dads.

MAD DADS was formed to mobilize strong drug-free men of faith to reclaim their neighborhood, one child at a time.  The volunteers of MAD DADS have spent numerous hours on the streets bringing positive, proactive advice and progressive involvement with troubled youth.

VJ leads the Minneapolis, Minnesota Chapter of MAD DADS and is a specialist in changing lives from Hopeless to Hopeful. He helps bring families and communities together for positive change moving them from gangs, guns, drugs, and violence.  VJ urges youth to give up drugs and guns, to get jobs, stay in school and respect themselves and their communities.

VJ is truly a remarkable person who has succeeded against all odds and made a difference in the lives of others.  VJ Smith has been a Minister at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Inc. since 1995.   PERSONAL MESSAGE:

Challenge: We wanted something for ourselves and for our children, so we took a change with our lives. (Unita Blackwell)

The only justification for ever looking down on someone is to do so in an effort to pick them up.

Granville Lawrence Aug 23, 2018
Why Viet Nam?

Dr. Granville Lawrence   Optometrist

Dr. Lawrence, founder and owner of Calhoun Vision, has been practicing optometry in Minneapolis for over 40 years.  He enjoys hearing about his patients' lives, and focuses on making sure their vision plan meets their lifestyle needs.  
No Meeting - Labor Day Weekend Aug 30, 2018
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Jim Nelson, District 5950 Foundation Chair Sep 13, 2018