Lisa Maxwell
Region 1 Roundup

Each 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 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 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.


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.

Lisa Maxwell