September RVC Chat
by Andrew Heffernan
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Well, that’s what
the commercials on TV for Staples tell us. Images of parents
skipping and jumping down the ailes buying school supplies for
the kids. I remember always being excited for the first day
of school. Excited that this year I would be challenged, this
year the school work would be harder, more in depth, stretch
my mind. And around the rhird week of school each year I was saddened
by the reality that it was another year of getting in trouble for
talking in class because I was too bored with repeating the same
material over and over. If you are a student this year,
I can empathize. If you are a parent of a gifted child, good luck!
Each year, American Mensa offers scholarships to post-secondary
students. The opening date for submissions is September 15th.
for more details. These scholarships are open to all students, and
Mensa membership is not a requirement to win.
Also, if you would like to volunteer to help with the scholarship
program in your local group, contact your LocSec today. We are still
looking for a Region 1 Scholarship Chair for the 2011-2012 season.
If you are interested in helping out by coordinating regional
scholarship activities, please contact me.
It really is a great way to get involved, without being over-worked.
As with most Mensa positions, there are lots of people to help you
along the way, including myself.
In August I had the great chance to visit the Boston area.
While in town I was luck to stumble upon a Mensa dinner in
Newton MA. About 20 Mensans enjoyed a dinner filled with great
conversation. Thank you to Tom Birchmire for hosting in Newton.
And thank you to David MacGregor, the host of MoNNY’s
weekly dinner that I skipped that week. ;-)
The next American Mensa Committee Meeting is September 9th, 2011.
My next column will have an update from that meeting.
September also brings RechaRGe to Mensa of Northeastern NY and
MensAutumn to Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Mensa.
October will bring Wicked Good to Boston.
All wonderful Regional events!! See you there.
I will also be updating the Region 1 Facebook page frequently,
Andrew Heffernan is Regional Vice Chair of Region 1 and can be
reached via email at