IN THE BUUF

The newsletter of the BUFFALO UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP

SEPTEMBER 2013

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SEPTEMBER MEETINGS

Wednesday, Sept. 11 First BUUF Meeting of the Fall at 7:00 p.m.

To recognize Patriot Day, Luke Markve will lead a discussion on “What

Constitutes Patriotism?”


Other Upcoming Meetings will be on topics such as: Immigration Update; Affordable Care Act; Whatis a Ghost?; The Development of rituals; Existentialism: A Way of Life; What

is a Star?; what do You Fear Most about the Future?


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BUUF BOARD MEETING

The BUUF Board will meet next on September 25 at 8:30 p.m. after the regular meeting.


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NOTES FROM OUR SUMMER SOCIALS

We BUUFs certainly know how to eat and chat! Getting to know each other personally, talking about unimportant things, talking about very important things, meeting new people – what could be better?


We had good weather for all three Socials. In June, the hosts were Betty and Jack Waldhauer; in July, the hosts for a luau were Maria Maki and Carolyn Grieve; and in August the hosts were Louise and Luke Markve. We’ll be sure to have them again in the summer of 2014.


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SAVE AMERICA’S POLLINATORS ACT

This was submitted to “In the BUUF” by Bill Weir – a sample letter to Members of Congress.

We are writing to urge you to support H.R. 2692, the Save America’s Pollinators Act. Our bees

and other pollinators are in trouble. In the last decade the phenomenon of Colony Collapse

Disorder (CCD) has resulted in a sharp decline in honeybee populations around the world. A

growing body of scientific evidence points to the widespread and indiscriminate use of a class of neurotoxic pesticides called neonicotinoids as a key factor in this phenomenon.


Pollinator losses represent a serious threat to America’s food security and agricultural

production. Bees are essential in producing one out of three bites of food we eat every day and

roughly 75% of our global food crops, from nuts and soybeans to squash and cucumbers, from

apples, oranges, cherries and blueberries to avocados, peaches and melons. Honeybees

contribute nearly $20 billion to the U.S. economy and $217 billion to the global economy.

Since 2006, beekeepers have reported annual lo9sses of at least 30% each winter (normal rates are 5%-10%). This past winter, beekeepers from Texas to California reported that the

epidemic CCD decimated 50%-70% of their bees – the worst year since this phenomenon was

recognized. In July 2013, 37 million bees were reported dead across a single farm in Ontario.

Almond farmers, berry farmers and others in the U.S. are facing shortages of bees necessary

to pollinate their crops, and the cost to farmers of renting bees for pollination services has

increased by up to 20%.


Neonicotinoids are now the most widely used insecticides in the world, and their use has been

repeatedly shown to have lethal and sub-lethal effects on bees, other pollinators and beneficial insects. For example, in June of 2013, just as communities celebrated National Pollinator Week, 50,000 bumblebees were killed as a direct6 result of exposure to a neonic applied to trees for cosmetic purposes.


EPA granted a conditional registration to the neonicotinoid clothianidin in 2003 without the

required field study on pollinator impacts. This requirement has never been met, yet

clothianidin remains one of the most commonly used insecticides more than a decade after EPA

found it had insufficient basis for registration requirements. EPA has delayed review of

neonicotinoid registration until 2018. However, if current rates of bee die-offs continue, it is

unlikely that the beekeeping industry will survive this delayed timeline, putting our agriculture

industry and our food supply at serious risk.


The bees can’t wait, and neither can we. Congress must take prompt action to spur the EPA to

take immediate action to protect bees. Please help protect bees and other important pollinators by supporting H.R. 2692, the Save America’s Pollinators Act.


Another good source of information about this problem is Time Magazine, August 19.


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NEWS FROM UNITY CHURCH-UNITARIAN – HEART TO HEART


In 1994, Unity Church-Unitarian started a relationship enrichment program for all committed couples.


The 19th annual fall retreat will be held November 1, 2 and 3 at Koinonia Retreat Center (near

Annandale). Led by three experienced couples, it is destined to enrich communication and intimacy in your relationship. The cost for the weekend is $410 per couple. For more information, phone (651) 300-4119 or their website http://heart.mn.cx.


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BUUFalo GALS

The women of the BUUF have been meeting the third Thursday of each month for lunch and

conversation. In August we met a Perkins in Buffalo. In September tentative plans are to meet on the 19th, 11:30 a.m. at Applejack Orchard. Watch for more information!


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CONTRIBUTIONS TO “IN THE BUUF”

If you have something to share, be sure to send it to Marie Smith: telephone 763-295-3732, email buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com. It could be a few sentences or a few paragraphs long, and it could be on just about any topic.


Let’s see how many creative folks we have in our membership!


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BUUF OFFICERS 2013-2013

Marie Smith, President, buuf_uubuffalo@yahoo.com, 763-295-3732

Duncan Fowler, Vice President, duncfowler@gmail.com, 763-684-4838

Louise Markve, Secretary Carolyn Grieve, Treasurer

Luke Markve, Media Contact, luvik@me.com, 763-682-4616


Committees and chairs: Budget and Finance, Carolyn Grieve; Denominational Affairs, Bill Weir;

Fellowship, Maria Maki; Facilities, David Boyer; Historian, Betty Waldhauer; Newsletter, Marie

Smith; Outreach, Duncan Fowler; Program, Luke Markve (chair) and Corrine Miller; Social Action, Louise Markve; Long Range Planning, Duncan Fowler, Luke Markve, Marie Smith and Jack Waldhauer.


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We welcome everyone to our group, whatever your race, ethnic origin, religious perspective, sexual orientation, political philosophy, or economic condition.

Go forth into the world in peace. Have courage. Hold onto what is good. Return no one evil for

evil. Strengthen the faint-hearted. Support the weak. Help the suffering. Promote freedom.

Celebrate the gift of life.


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Pattie Dorf’s “Mandala,” Bll Weir’s poem “To The Center of Life,” and “LET’S CELEBRATE!” are attached.


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TO THE CENTER OF LIFE

A meditation on Pattie Dorf’s “Mandala” by Bill Weir at 2013 Camp Unistar


May you move in along a spoke of this mandala,

Toward the fulfilling center of your life,

Never encountering a break that sets you back.


Some elders I know have had to turn back,

Go ‘round the wheel to another spoke and

Try again.


Some lost a son or daughter in their prime;

Others lost a marriage, a career, or their health.


Bug none stopped at the break and

waited for death.

All worked through their stages of grief

Coming back, finding another way,

Perhaps with a new companion to love,

To help along the way to center this life.


See the Heart ready to

Hearten you, adding strength.

See the Chakras ready to

Spin more towards your health.

See the Eye ready to

Enlighten you with insight.

See the Tree of Life ready to

Feed you to the end.


Sadly see the many other people,

Each sitting on their stony pad,

Not yet aware of an opportunity

On this well worn wheel slowly turning,

May each of them come aboard and

Join us on our way to

centering life in Humanity, and

the Great Community of Humankind




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LET’S CELEBRATE – SEPTEMBER 2013

September is Classical Music Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Fall Hat Month, International Square Dancing Month, National Blueberry Popsicle Month, National Courtesy Month, Chicken Month, Baby Safety Month, Little League Month, Honey Month, Self Improvement Month, Better Breakfast Month, AKC Responsible Dow

Ownership Month, All American Breakfast Month, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Month, Atrial Fibrillation Month, Backpack Safety America Month, Be Kind to Editors & Writers Month, Bourbon Heritage Month, Children’s Good Manners Month, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Chili Peppers and Figs Month, College Savings Month, Gynecology Cancer Awareness Month, Happy Cat Month, Hunger Action Month,

International Guide Dogs Month, International People Skills Month, International Self-Awareness Month, International Strategic Thinking Month, Library Card Sign-up Month, World Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month, National Recovery Month, Mold Awareness Month, National Coupon Month, National Fruit and Veggies Month, National Head Lice Prevention Month, National Home Furnishings Month, National Mushroom Month, National Organic Harvest Month, National Osteopathic Medicine Month, National Prosper Where You Are Planted Month, National Sickle Cell Month, National Piano Month, National Preparedness Month, National Rice Month, National Skin Care Awareness Month, National Wilderness Month, One-on-One Month, Passion Fruit and Peach

Month, Peas and Radish Month, Save the Koala Month, Healthy Aging Month, Shameless Promotion Month, Sports and Home Eye Health & Safety Month, Subliminal Communications Month, Update Your Resume Month, Whole Grains Month, Women’s Friendship Month, and World Animal Remembrance Month.


The 1st week in September is International Enthusiasm Week, National Nutrition Week, National Waffle Week, National Payroll Week, and Play Days


The 2nd week in September is International Housekeepers Week, Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week, National Assisted Living Week, National Historically Black Colleges & Universities Week, Suicide Prevention Week, and Line Dance Week


The 3rd week is Hummingbird Celebration, Balance Awareness Week, Build A Better Image Week, National Clean Hands Week, National Farm & Ranch Safety and Health Week, National Indoor Plant Week, National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, National Singles Week, Pollution Prevention Week, and Prostate Cancer Awareness Week


The 4th week is Constitution Week, Banned Books Week, Deaf Awareness Week, National Dog Week, National Keep Kids Creative Week, Remember to Register to Vote Week, Sea Otter Awareness Week, Tolkien Week, World Hearing Aid Awareness Week, National Chimney Safety Week


September 1: Emma M. Nutt Day (first woman telephone operator), Building Code Staff Appreciation Day, Calendar Adjustment Day, National No Rhyme (or Reason) Day

September 2: Labor Day, National Beheading Day, V-J Day

September 3: Skyscraper Day, Another Look Unhlimited Day

September 4: Newspaper Carrier Day, Rosh Hashanah

September 5: Be Late for Something Day, Cheese Pizza Day, Full Moon (6:36 a.m.)

September 6: Fight Procrastination Day, Read a Book Day, National Lazy Mom’s Day

September 7: Neither Rain nor Snow Day, Grandma Moses Day, Salami Day

September 8: Grandparent’s Day, International Literacy Day, National Date Nut Bread Day, Pardon Day, National Pet Memorial Day, Gedaliah, International Drive Your Studebaker Day, National Hug Your Hound

Day, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses Day, Virgin Mary Day, World Physical Therapy Day

September 9: Teddy Bear Day, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day, National Boss/Employee Exchange Day, Wonderful Weirdoes Day

September 10: Sewing Machine Day, Swap Ideas Day, World Suicide Prevention Day, Odd Day

September 11: 911 Remembrance, Make Your Bed Day, No News is Good News Day, Patriot Day

September 12: Chocolate Milk Shake Day, National Video Games Day, 1st Quarter Moon (12:08 p.m.)

September 13: Blame Someone Else Day, Defy Superstition Day, Fortune Cookie Day, National Peanut Day, Positive Thinking Day, Uncle Sam Day (his image first used in 1813), International Chocolate Day, Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day, National Celiac Awareness Day, Roald Dahl Day, Yom Kippur

September 14: National Cream-filled Donut Day, Farmers’ Consumer Awareness Day

September 15: Make a Hat Day, Felt Hat Day, National Women’s Friendship Day, Greenpeace Day, International Day of Democracy, International Dot Day, LGBT Center Awareness Day

September 16: Collect Rocks Day, Step Family Day, Mayflower Day, Mexican Independence Day, National Play Doh Day, Working Parents Day, Anne Bradstreet Day, International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer; Trail of Tears Commemoration Day

September 17: National Apple Dumpling Day, Citizenship Day, Constitution Day, Time’s Up Day, VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day

September 18: National Cheeseburger Day, Air Force Birthday, Chiropractic Founders Day, National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day, National Rehabilitation Day, National Respect Day, Sukkot, World Water Monitoring Day

September 19: International Talk Like A Pirate Day, National Butterscotch Pudding Day, Full Moon (6:13 a.m.)

September 20: National Punch Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Clean Up the World Weekend (20-22), National Tradesmen Day

September 21: International Peace Day, International Rabbit Day, Miniature Golf Day, Oktoberfest, World Gratitude Day, Big Whopper Liar Day, Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids, International Eat An Apple Day, International Coastal Cleanup Day, World’s Alzheimer’s Day

September 22: Business Women’s Day, Elephant Appreciation Day, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day, Autumnal Equinox (3:44 p.m.), Car Free Day, Dear Diary Day, Hobbit Day, Ice Cream Cone Day, International Day of Radiant Peace, Mabon, National Centenarian’s Day, National White Chocolate Day, Wife Appreciation

Day

September 23: Checkers Day, Dog In Politics Day, Celebrate Bi-sexuality Day, Restless Legs Awareness Day

September 24: National Cherries Jubilee Day, Punctuation Day, National Woman Road Warrior Day

September 25: National Comic Book Day, World Ataxia Awareness Day, Family Day (a day to eat dinner with your kids), Math Story Telling Day, National One-Hit Wonder Day, Hoshanah Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret, National Women’s Health & Fitness Day

September 26: Johnny Appleseed Day, Shamu the Whale Day, World Maritime Day, Last Quarter Moon (10:55 p.m.)

September 27: Crush a Can Day, Native American Day, Ancestor Appreciation Day, Hug a Vegetarian Day, National Walk to Work Day, World Tourism Day

September 28: Ask a Stupid Question Day, National Good Neighbor Day, Fish Amnesty Day, International Lace Day, Love Note Day, National Hunting and Fishing Day, National Good Neighbor Day, National Museum Day, National Public Lands Day, R.E.A.D. in America Day, World Heart Day, World Rabies Day

September 29: Confucius Day, Gold Star Mother’s Day, MAGS Day, National Coffee Day, VFW Day

September 30: National Mud Pack Day, Blasphemy Day