This Month's Meeting
- What: March 2014 FCFS Meeting
- Who: Joe Beck, MSW (ret.), Humanist Chaplain; Founder and Chair, Humanists of the Treasure Coast
- Title: â€œMotivating Health Care Facilities to Meet the Needs of Secular Patientsâ€
- When: Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
- Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Church, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244 (Driveway located on Collins Rd., 400 feet east of Roosevelt Blvd.)
Meetings Free and Open to the Public â— Plenty of Free Parking
Meet the Speaker
received his masterâ€™s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Social Work. He is a retired licensed social worker and has work
ed as a hospital social worker and as a psychiatric social worker. He served as Director of Family Life Education for the Child and Family Services of Erie County.
After retiring, Joe initiated a cable access TV program called â€œThe Humanist Perspectiveâ€ which he brought to the Council for Secular Humanism and subsequently donated them, when he re-retired to travel cross country in a motor home. Joe then relocated to Jensen Beach, Florida in 2009 and formed Humanists of the Treasure Coast, which is now a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization with 80 paid members. The HUMTC meets in Jupiter, Stuart, Port St. Lucie, and Vero Beach.
Joe was a secular celebrant for 15 years before becoming a humanist chaplain. As Florida's first Humanist Chaplain, Joe is currently the Chaplain on Call at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach. He also holds visiting clergy status with the Martin Medical System in Stuart, and he has worked with the West Palm Beach Veterans Administration Medical Center. Joe explains, â€œTo the best of my knowledge, these three medical facilities are the only ones in Florida that recognize Humanist Chaplains. I'll explain the significance of this during my talk.â€
Weâ€™re looking forward to it!