Updated: Jan 31
On Saturday, January 23rd the ACL hosted our 4th annual meeting virtually, on Zoom. The annual meeting is a time when members of the ACL and the local community can reflect on the previous year and look ahead to the next. Members get to meet with each other, vote on important issues, celebrate volunteers and partners, and hear from amazing guest speakers.
This year former American Atheist Texas State Director Vicki Gettman gave the opening words, praising our group for our outreach projects and congratulating us on the significant progress we have made over 4 years, as well as for being awarded the 2020 Affiliate of the year award by American Atheist!
Members were delighted to get to hear from Seth Andrews and Matt Dillahunty, both of whom led wonderful discussions. Seth Andrews reflected on the difficulty of unity in these unprecedented times, while also emphasizing it's importance. Matt Dillahunty spoke about community and why it's important for us to go beyond activism to meet more of our community's needs and to reach out to other sister organizations to learn from one another's efforts.
Tracey Benefield, the ACL's Executive Director, recapped all of the accomplishments the organization has had over the last year, from the homeless outreach projects, to authoring the religious disparities report, and serving the community with our assistance programs. She also spoke on future projects and goals for the organization, focusing on increasing paid memberships and funding, as well as diversifying our programing. ACL is introducing yearly memberships with special perks to help with funding their programs and to increase overall engagement. ACL will also be looking to diversifying our programming so we can meet the needs of our community in a variety of different ways.