Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

February 2023 

Annual Membership Meeting

February 5   Sunday 10:30-12:30 

IN PERSON at Pellissippi State Community College


Call to order.

Take attendance and establish quorum (need 5 or 6).

Accept the minutes of the 2022.02.06 annual membership meeting as           distributed.

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports

◦          Program Committee 

◦          Annual Speaker 

◦          Scholarships 

◦          Outreach 

◦          Letters to the Editor 

Regular RET activities

◦          Book Club 

◦          Reflections

Other RET Activities

◦          Solstice Parties

◦          Pridefest

Election (Nomination committee)

Current slate:

  • President
  • VP
  • Treasurer 
  • Secretary
  • Directors (5)

Accept nominations from the floor.

Motion: Close the nominations.

Motion: Set the number of non-officer directors.

Motion: Elect the slate of officers and directors by acclamation.

Comments from President  

Comments from incoming President 

General discussion among members


RET Skeptic Book Club

February 12 Sunday         4:00 – 6:00 pm EST

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Lady Justice

Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America

by Dahlia Lithwick

After the sudden shock of Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016, many Americans felt lost and uncertain. It was clear he and his administration were going to pursue a series of retrograde, devastating policies. What could be done?  Immediately, women lawyers all around the country, independently of each other, sprang into action, and they had a common goal: they weren’t going to stand by in the face of injustice, while Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the Republican party did everything in their power to remake the judiciary in their own conservative image. Over the next four years, the women worked tirelessly to hold the line against the most chaotic and malign presidency in living memory. There was Sally Yates, the acting attorney general of the United States, who refused to sign off on the Muslim travel ban. And Becca Heller, the founder of a refugee assistance program who brought the fight over the travel ban to the airports. And Roberta Kaplan, the famed commercial litigator, who sued the neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. And, of course, Stacey Abrams, whose efforts to protect the voting rights of millions of Georgians may well have been what won the Senate for the Democrats in 2020.

These are just a handful of the stories Lithwick dramatizes in thrilling detail to tell a brand-new and deeply inspiring account of the Trump years. With unparalleled access to her subjects, she has written a luminous book, not about the villains of the Trump years, but about the heroes. And as the country confronts the news that the Supreme Court, which includes three Trump-appointed justices, has overturned Roe v. Wade, Lithwick shines a light on not only the major consequences of such a decision, but issues a clarion call to all who might, like the women in this book, feel the urgency to join the fight. A celebration of the tireless efforts, legal ingenuity, and indefatigable spirit of the women whose work all too often went unrecognized at the time, Lady Justice is destined to be treasured and passed from hand to hand for generations to come, not just among lawyers and law students, but among all optimistic and hopeful Americans.  368 pages.

Third Sunday Meeting

February 19 Sunday 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Meeting via ZOOM

Topic to be determined.

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RET Reflections Meeting

February 26 Sunday 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Meeting via ZOOM

Bring your own topic. This is your opportunity to discuss any subject of interest to you!

Zoom details will be announced on our website calendar when available.


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