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CFI NE Ohio Humanism Award Banquet

Friday, September 20
7:00 pm


Every other year we choose someone whose dedication and drive have moved them to make a difference in people’s lives. We’ve recognized educators, local volunteers and organizational leaders. We’ve thanked them for their work, their compassion, and their desire to make the world a better place. This year, we are proud to recognize Marni Huebner Tiborsky, a founder and leader of not one, but two local secular organizations. Marni formed the Cleveland Freethinkers as a social Meetup group in 2009, and the group has since expanded to more than 1,500 members over the last decade. She has been working for 10 years to build a welcoming community for human beings to question, examine and dissect all things religious, all things political, all things philosophical, all things cultural and even all things scientific.

In 2013, she organized the Northern Ohio Freethought Society, a chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. In her words, “I wanted to make a difference and see a more out-of-the-closet secular society and world where discrimination based on lack of religion is ancient history, along with constitutional abuses in government and taxpayer funded institutions.”

There is hardly a person involved in the Northeast Ohio secular movement who has not come across some of Marni’s accomplishments. A force in her own right, she has worked to bring equality for atheists, to stop constitutional violations and to foster a welcoming community of freethinkers.

We hope you will set aside the evening of Fri., Sept. 20, to help us honor Marni for all she has worked for and accomplished. Joining us as a guest speaker for the evening will be Margaret Downey. In recognition of the passage of the 19th Amendment by the House and Senate in 1920, and by the work of women toward equality for themselves and for all atheists, Margaret will be speaking on “The History of Women Suffragists.”

Margaret is the founder of the Freethought Society, Anti-Discrimination Support Network, Mentor Connection, Tree of Knowledge, Helping Hands Committee, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee. She is also a past board member of the American Humanist Association, Scouting For All, The Humanist Institute, and the Thomas Paine National Historical Association. Margaret is a current board member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Look for details on registration soon. A buffet dinner will be served.

Please come help us say thank you, Marni, for being such a strong part of our local community. Thank you for your passion, your compassion and your willingness to do the hard work. We are all better for having you as a part of our lives.