Omaha Atheists was formed in 2008 to be a positive organization for non-theists, providing a safe place to discuss secular viewpoints and issues, work toward promoting and protecting the separation of church and state, as well as make charitable contributions to society. By 2011, Articles of Incorporation were finalized and Omaha Atheists became a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit corporation. As word spread through the secular community, the group grew and developed strong relationships with other local secular organizations. Along the way there were social gatherings, service projects to benefit the entire community, such as collecting food to donate to local pantries, and many hours of hard work spent on the annual Midwest Freethought Conference.
As happens with all successful organizations, Omaha Atheists has evolved over the years. You can't be the change if you're not willing to make the change! There have been reassessments and reorganization, leading to what promises to be a positive future with growing regional and national recognition.
In 2013, the Midwest Freethought Conference was reborn as "Apostacon", billed as the "Sauciest Freethought Conference In The Noodle-Verse", and was extraordinarily successful. One of the 2013 speakers, JT Eberhard, wrote this in his blog: "Apostacon has set the standard for atheist conferences." He also said: "Apostacon is the new conference to change things." High praise indeed! It was certainly appreciated after all those long hours by dedicated members who brought the conference to fruition, but it also means that we need to meet, no, surpass those standards in 2014. Can we do that? Oh, you just listen for that big bang. Your Noodle-Verse is about to be expanded!