month, this column ends with a question to you, the members. This
month I was excited to receive a reply from Tom Padwa of Rhode Island
Mensa. In answer to the question "What is your favorite Mensa
membership benefit?" he writes:
"Mensa is one of my communities.
I've been a member for almost 45 years. When I was younger and even more socially inept than I am now, Mensa was a place where I would be accepted. I moved for school and work, and always knew I had friends and a second family wherever there was a Mensa group.
Now I'm older, retired and more settled, and in the past 15 years I have become much more active in various SIGs. I have also had the chance to keep the organization going as an officer and committee member.
I am glad Mensa has been here for me."
Thank you Tom, for sharing your thoughts. I'd love to hear from more of you…
Our Gifted Youth program in Region 1 is still in need of Coordinators for many of our local groups. I am very pleased to announce that we now have a REGIONAL Gifted Youth Coordinator, Matthew Ventura. Matt will be reaching out to the chapters to find interested members and their parents and to get them more involved at the local and regional level. Hopefully, some of you will consider volunteering within your local group to coordinate activities for our younger members. You can contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember - this is your Mensa; make it what you want it to be - volunteer!
As you read this, the AMC will be preparing for their next meeting, being held over the weekend of December 4-6 in Grapevine, TX. All members are welcome to attend these meetings. The meeting minutes are also made available on the AmericanMensa.org website.
Along with my duties as RVC for Region1 and as a member of the American Mensa Committee (i.e. board of directors), I am a member of several national committees.
The Finance and Audit Committee is chaired by our Treasurer, Rob Salkin. This committee has authority to carry out the AMC's policies regarding the investment and reinvestment of Mensa's funds. The Committee shall be responsible for oversight and recommendation of the annual budget, for monitoring revenues and expenditures, for reporting significant variances from the budget, and for recommending changes to the budget. The committee is also responsible for working with the auditors, selected each year by the AMC, to ensure compliance with standard accounting practices.
The Communications Committee is chaired by our Communications Officer, Tony Jackowski. The charge of the Committee is to recommend to the AMC broad publication policies regarding print and electronic media; to steer development of AML national publications; to assist the Communications Officer, Mensa Bulletin Editor, and Director of Operations in setting detailed guidelines and procedures to implement AMC communications policy; and, with the Communications Officer, to develop and to administer programs supporting Editors and Webmasters within AML.
The Local Group Logistics Committee is chaired by me and tasked with coordinating information, best practices, and technology templates for use by local groups should they so desire.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the above committee responsibilities, please do let me know. I am here as your representative and I need to know your thoughts on any issues that are important to you.