At the Connecticut Coalition of Reason’s (CT CoR) annual meeting on January 21st Dennis Paul Himes, Connecticut State Director for American Atheists and resident of Vernon was re-elected co-chair; Carol Siddall, President of the Humanist Association of Connecticut (HAC) and resident of Southbury was elected co-chair; and Rebecca Williams, secretary of the Hartford Area Humanists (HAH) and resident of Meriden, was re-elected secretary.

CT CoR is off to a great start in an already busy 2018. In a little more than three weeks, Connecticut becomes the center of the Darwin Day Universe! For starters CT Congressman Himes and CT Senator Blumenthal have once again issued national resolutions in their respective chambers of Congress. In addition, Governor Malloy has promised to issue a state-wide proclamation. So members of the CT CoR are gearing up the celebrations. The 10th Annual Souther Connecticut Darwin Day dinner will again be an amazing gala and we expect Senator Blumenthal and Representative Himes to make appearances like last year. The second big celebration, Darwin Day North, will be held at the Connecticut Science Center where we are planning to have seminars, circle time for toddlers, a birthday cake for Darwin, arts and crafts for youngsters and so much more all related to Darwin and Evolution. Stay tuned for details. The Yale Humanist Community is also hosting a Darwin Day celebration as is the Humanist Association of Connecticut (details on both TBD). You won’t be able to swing a finch in Connecticut without hitting a Darwin Day Celebration. Shoutout to our friends at the American Humanist Association for helping to get the national resolutions as well as providing some financial support for our partnership with the Connecticut Science Center.

The Connecticut Coalition of Reason is a group of eight atheist, free-thought, and humanist groups based in CT with a goal of fostering a sense of community. Additionally the group aims to “raise public awareness that people who don’t believe in a god or gods can be decent citizens who contribute to the larger society.”

CT COR board members pictured from left to right: Dan Blinn, Richard Siddall, Carol Siddall, Tom Krattenmaker, Rebecca Williams, Richard lutz, Shanna Bokoff, Behind Shanna is Klaus Kingstorf and behind Klaus is a well camouflaged Dennis Paul Himes, to the right of Klaus is Pat McCann, Elisabeth Brown (non-board member, member Hartford Area Humanists), and Kathleen Green (non-board member, Executive Director of the Yale Humanist Community)