Maryland – District of Columbia (MDC)

MDC is  the original WASH chapter with members or other interested people in the greater Washington area including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland.
Our members cover the spectrum labeled  freethinkers, skeptics, secular humanists, non-theists, atheists, agnostics and the recent Nones or “not sure”.
Like other WASH chapters we  participate in a range of activities with other groups of like interests.

WASH as a whole will hold a meeting: Remembering Lois Porter; A Memorial Tribute to a Humanist Life Well Lived

​ Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the   MD

Chevy Chase Branch Library

8005 Connecticut Ave ·

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WASH will host a memorial tribute in memory of Lois Porter, WASH co-founder and first President. WASH founders and early members who will share stories and memories of Lois from the starting days of WASH.

Fred Edwords will serve  as the master of ceremony for this event and reflect on Lois’ life as a person and a Humanist.

Ron Lindsay and others who knew Lois will speak. The event will be similar to the memorial a few
years ago for Lois’ husband George. See for that

Lois’ memorial will be followed by a reception. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Gary ( if there are any questions.
There is a 2nd meeting in June which is planned for Saturday June 9th from 1 to 3.
This will be at my house (13 Atwell Ct, Potamac 20854) and is a follow up to the popular meeting topic of Evolutionary Psychology and what perspective
it offers on human nature and what issues it generates (many).
 At our May meeting I provided some framework for discussion.
In this follow up meeting we adopt the suggestion that we start another discussion with Dawkin’s Selfish Gene since  it lays the foundation for understanding adaptation and natural selection.
Among other things Dawkins includes a powerful argument against group selection theories.
People may want  to browse or re-read the book but we can expect some intro  summary
thoughts from people

For general information and if there are any questions you may contact the chapter coordinator:

Gary Berg-Cross via email at
Don Evans picture of George

 For a Tribute to WASH Founder George Porter see:

For general information about the MDC chapter, contact Gary Berg-Cross via email ( or via phone (240-426-0770).

P.O. Box 15319 Washington, DC 20003

General info on WASH MDC

Phone: 240-426-0770

Please remember that WASH is a volunteer organization. Contributions of your time and money are the core of WASH’s ability to serve you, our membership. If you’re not already a member, please consider joining for $35, or at least becoming a friend of WASH for $10. If you have the means to provide financial support for WASH beyond the membership dues, your contributions help WASH engage in projects such as the following:

  • Printing of the Ingersoll Walk booklet (estimated cost: $300)
  • Upgrades for the next Ingersoll Oratory Contest to include rental of a tent, an improved PA system, and upgraded prizes for contestants (estimated cost: $2,000).
  • A project to make WASH generated videos available on YouTube (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for student groups (estimated cost: $500)
  • Support for a fee-based speaker, such as professional interpreters of Jefferson (Steve Edenbo) or Madison, book authors, or others at a WASH event (estimated cost: $3,000)
  • Advertising campaigns such as billboards (estimated cost: $5,000)

Thank you!

Past Meetings

For Recent Past meetings see:


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