RET News December 2018 CE

Rationalists of East Tennessee Newsletter

December 2018


First Sunday Meeting

December 2         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Roundtable Discussion: Open Topic 

We will finish the discussion and presentation from the last meeting and then take up other topics. Topics will be placed in a bag to be selected at random. Each subject will be discussed 15–20 minutes before moving to the next.

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Special EventBlood Drive Donation

December 2         Sunday          1:00–5:00 p.m.

Medic Regional Blood Center, 1601 Ailer Avenue, Knoxville 37921

Help support our area community by literally giving something of yourself. Donating blood is easy. Why not stop by the Medic center after our Sunday meeting.


Board of Directors Meeting

December 9         Sunday        11:30 a.m.                         

Earth Fare, Turkey Creek, Knoxville 37934

[RET members are welcome to attend Board Meetings.]


Skeptic Book Club

December 9         Sunday        2:004:00 p.m.                         

Books-A-Million, 8513 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier, and More Productive While Protecting Your Brain for Life by Max Lugavere.

Discover the critical link between your brain and the food you eat, and change the way your brain ages. Now, in Genius Foods, Lugavere presents a comprehensive guide to brain optimization. He uncovers the stunning link between our dietary and lifestyle choices and our brain functions, revealing how the foods you eat directly affect your ability to focus, learn, remember, create, analyze new ideas, and maintain a balanced mood. Weaving together pioneering research on dementia prevention, cognitive optimization, and nutritional psychiatry, Lugavere distills groundbreaking science into actionable lifestyle changes. He shares invaluable insights into how to improve your brain power, including the nutrients that can boost memory and improve mental clarity (and where to find them), the foods and tactics that can energize and rejuvenate your brain, no matter your age. (391 pages)

Third Sunday Meeting

December 16         Sunday          10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Pellissippi State Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Roundtable Discussion: “Navigating the Family/Friend Dynamic During the Holidays

The discussion will center around the difficulties of diplomacy during holiday gatherings, where guests may hold differing world views. Come enjoy or Bah, Humbug. 


Special EventSolstice Party!

December  21         Friday           6:00–10:00 p.m. 

Home of Phil and Sharron King

RET celebrates the TRUE reason for the season, the Winter Solstice! Join us at Phil and Sharron King’s home for a pot-luck Winter Solstice party. Call the Rationalists phone number (865-544-8738) if you need directions.


No Reflections in December



Volunteer to Serve on the Board

Willing to serve on the Board of Directors? Please help keep RET active and relevant. Contact us at All RET members who would like to strengthen the organization (as well as their own leadership abilities) are encouraged to consider becoming a member of the Board of Directors. Any member may be elected to the board. Further, our bylaws provide for four officers: president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. An officer must be at least 18 years old and have served on the board for at least one year at some time in the past.

Ask Santa Claus a Question for FFTV!

For the December 19th Freethought Forum TV show, we are planning a fun interview with Satan Claws (a.k.a. Santa Claus). Turns out they are one in the same, and as Satan Claws (if the bible be true), he once gave humanity the greatest gift of all—the gift of knowledge and the freedom that resulted with the release from Yahweh’s zoo.

We need your help. Ask Satan Claws/Santa Claus a question, or thank him for some gift in your life. Please send your letter to for forwarding to Satan Claws. We need your letters by about December 12 so we have a week or so to get them answered for the December 19th show. Watch us on line 6:30–7:30 p.m. at ctvknox.orgYou can also call during the show with questions or thanks. In addition, we are looking for costuming ideas and help for Satan Claws and his elf/imp assistants.

Coming Soon

Annual Business Meeting, including election of board members and officers, Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Support RET Through AmazonSmile

If you shop on, you can generate a contribution for RET with your purchase, at no cost to you. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization (Rationalists of East Tennessee) to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation for RET. To learn more about AmazonSmile, click here.



Get the App

A free app is available for your smart phone to help you stay in touch with the Rationalists of East Tennessee. It is called “Wild Apricot for Members” and is available in the App Store (for Apple devices) or Google Play (for Android devices). Upon using it for the first time, you are asked to enter the userid and password that you use to log into the web page. The app provides a convenient way to look at the schedule of events and to contact other members.

How to Find FFTV

Freethought Forum TV programs are being archived online by Community TV of Knoxville ( Most of the 2018 episodes are available there for viewing.

FFTV, presented in conjunction with the Atheist Society of Knoxville, is broadcast each Wednesday,
6:30–7:30 p.m. The program is always more lively and interesting if people call in (865-215-2288) with questions and comments. FFTV also invites you to host or co-host a program or suggest a topic you wish to be presented. Contact “Faithless” Forrest with your ideas. 
The program can be seen live on the internet at In the Knoxville area it can be viewed on the following channels:

                      Xfinity (Comcast), Channel 12                       WOW! (Knology), Channel 6

                      Charter, Channel 193                                       AT&T U-verse, Channel 99


Information about the workings of RET is available online to members. Minutes of Board of Directors meetings are at There is also a forum for member postings:

RET is now on, an online social networking site that allows people to find others who share common interests. Join in:

News of Members
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RET Skeptic Book ClubBooks List


OTHER AREA SECULAR ACTIVITIES                            

Atheist Society of Knoxville, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 East Jackson Avenue, Knoxville 37915. Conversation, food, and drink.

East Tennessee Chapter, Freedom from Religion Foundation, 5:30 p.m., third Wednesday of alternate months, Earth Fare, Turkey Creek, Knoxville.

Sunday Assembly Knoxville (Live Better, Help Often, Wonder More)
The Concourse at the International, 940 Blackstock Avenue, Knoxville 37921. Sunday Assembly sites: Facebook, Meetup, Email.


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