June 28th, 2015 - Hike the Palisade Rim Trail

Join us for a hike with scenic views of the valley and some nice petroglyphs. Fini will lead us and we will start early to avoid the worst heat! 

The Palisade Rim Trail has delightful views of the Grand Valley, orchards, Colorado River, and Book Cliffs. Bring your camera! There are also some Native American Petroglyphs. It’s supposed to be a “nice, do-able grade” that is “easy-to-moderate” – there is a climb at the beginning, but with switchbacks so it isn’t straight up! It is a four mile round trip that is listed as taking 1 hour 30 minutes, but we'll probably be at a slower pace.  

HDG member Fini Oharek will lead this hike.

When: Sunday, June 28th at 8:00 am

Where: The BLM gives these directions for getting there: Take the Palisade/Highway 6 exit, Exit 42. Come down the off-ramp and turn right (the only way you can go). Go 3/4 of a mile to Highway 6 and turn left (heads up: it’s a divided highway, be careful not to head east in the west bound lane!). Stay on Highway 6 for 2.8 miles till you see a good sized dirt parking lot on the left for a river put-in. There is no legal parking on the shoulder of the road at the trailhead.

Here is the BLM map: 

http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/blm/co/field_offices/grand_junction_field/permits.Par.5682.File.dat/Palisade%20Rim%20Trail%202-1-13.pdf

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June 25th, 2015 - Death With Dignity - Speaker Roland Halpern

There are currently five states where a competent, terminally ill adult can request a prescription for a life-ending medication to be self-administered when, and if, the person’s suffering becomes unbearable. "Death with Dignity" laws as they are often called, incorporate comprehensive safeguards to prevent abuse and misuse. A bill that was before the legislature failed to pass this year, but its sponsors have already announced plans to re-introduce it in 2016. So what is “death with dignity,” how has it worked in other states, how would the law work here, and what were the objections to passing it this year.

About Mr. Halpern

Mr. Halpern received his undergraduate degree from Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio and his Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University, Denver, Colorado.

His background includes twenty-seven years in the insurance industry, including ten years as vice-president and director of a major specialty carrier. Part of his career was devoted to catastrophic injury reconciliation, dealing with parties who had sustained major trauma or with the survivors of those who had died from their injuries.  This experience has given him unique insight into what families go through when confronting crisis situations.

A staunch advocate for individual rights, Mr. Halpern has been the recipient of several awards in recognition of outstanding community service in the area of social justice. In 2002, while living in Hawaii, he was introduced to the right to die movement as part of an effort to pass a physician aid in dying law. His extensive involvement in preparing research and giving testimony ultimately led him to Compassion in Dying, where he served as the executive director of its Hawaii affiliate until 2005, when the organization merged with End-of-Life Choices to become Compassion & Choices.

Mr. Halpern subsequently moved to Denver where he oversaw community relations for Compassion & Choices’ national operations. In his current capacity as a Regional Campaign & Outreach Manager he works with the organization’s chapters and community groups, helps shepherd legislative efforts aimed at improving end-of-life choices, guest lectures on end-of-life concerns, educates the public on the need for improved end-of-life options, and conducts workshops to promote understanding of advance healthcare directives (living wills) and how they can facilitate end-of-life discussion and planning.

When: Thursday, June 25th from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Where: Garden Room at The Commons (625 27 1/2 Road, park in the parking lot at the rear of the building and enter through the external Garden Room entrance)

Cost: Free and open to the general public

Click here to RSVP on our meetup site if you are a member of Humanists Doing Good.

Call 970-623-2598 for more information.

June 21st, 2015 - Black Lives Matter Vigil

In light of the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC, this Sunday (June 21st) at 7:00 pm, there will be a Black Lives Matter vigil held at the First Congregational United Church of Christ (N. 5th St. & Kennedy). Everyone is invited to join in remembering and honoring those who lost their lives in the African Methodist Episcopal Church—and all those affected by racism. It is intended to be an event to allow people from all faiths and the nonreligious to join in a moment of remembrance and reflection. HDG has been asked to be a co-sponsor of the event and to briefly speak. All are welcome to attend.