Region 1 Roundup - September 2016
by Lisa Maxwell
Region 1 Roundup
News from National:
Last month, the awards granted to members from our
region were announced. This month I'd like to share some information with
you about each of the awards - what they are and how your chapter can
The Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) program
recognizes Local Groups that meet or exceed communications standards in all
of these areas: newsletters, websites and social media.
In order to pre-qualify for consideration, Local Groups
must meet these three baseline criteria. Failure to meet any of those three
deadlines disqualifies a local group from ACE recognition.
• Local Group Newsletters must be uploaded to American
• Local Group websites must be linked from American
Mensa’s website (us.mensa.org/mensaontheweb), updated by contacting the
• LocSecs must submit the Social Media usage form to
the Communications Officer.
The Local Group Jewels recognize and reward Local
Groups' membership-related activities and for their active participation in
all that Mensa has to offer to positively impact the experience of the
local group members. Points are earned for a variety of activities and
accomplishments, earned by the group as a whole, including participation in
Mind Games®, CultureQuest®, Mensa Testing Day and Leadership Development
Workshops. Points are collected throughout the fiscal year of American
Mensa, which is April 1 through March 31.
Recognizing Local Groups that display outstanding
effort in the areas of membership growth and retention.
• The Innovative Owl award is presented to the group
demonstrating the highest membership retention compared to its previous
year's membership numbers.
• The Prolific Owl award is presented to the group
earning the highest percentage of membership growth overall. The awards are
officially announced each year at the Annual Gathering.
Community Activity awards:
On an annual basis, Mensa's Local Groups reach out to
make their communities better. They sponsor elementary-school science
fairs, raise scholarship money, donate school supplies, and stock local
libraries with new books. They lend their support to PBS pledge drives and
bike rides for kidney research. These community service efforts are
recognized at the national level by the Community Activities Program.
Certificates of recognition are presented to all Local Groups who submit a
community service project for consideration.
AMC (national board of directors) meeting held June 30
From the Mini Minutes, available at:
The following ExComm actions were reported as taken between
1. An agreement was approved with cards.com.
2. A new SIG logo was approved and forwarded to Name
& Logo for their approval as well.
The AMC acted on the following motions:
• Appointed Anthony Jackowski as communications
Officer; Nancy McMahan Farrar as Development Officer; Marie Mayer as
Director of Science and Education; and Stephanie Thornton as Membership
• Appointed Committee chairs, Action Committee members
and individual appointees.
• Passed a motion updating the AMC Questions to
• Approved the Name and Logo Usage Review Committee
• Passed motions selecting Kansas City, Missouri as the
location for the 2020 Annual Gathering and Houston, Texas as the location
of the 2021 Annual Gathering; both are subject to the ExComm's approval of
a final hotel contract.
• Passed a motion amending the Local Group Charter to
update insurance coverage language.
• Passed a motion revising the Avenues of Redress to
include regional ombudsmen.
• Passed motions referring four proposed bylaws
amendments to referendum of the membership (one motion was postponed to the
next AMC meeting or teleconference).
This month's questions for you…
How can local groups motivate members to become active?
What has worked for your chapter?