Wednesday, October 26, 2016                  

Welcome To Region 1
As a member of American Mensa, you enjoy the benefits of belonging to both the national and worldwide organizations. You're also part of a smaller group based in your immediate area that hosts weekly programs and activities. Your local chapter, or Local Group, publishes a calendar of activities each month in its newsletter; these activities usually include business meetings, guest speakers, game nights, gifted youth activities and Special Interest Group meetings.

Each Local Group is unique, and programs and frequency of events vary. However, each Local Group is made up of individuals who provide an intellectual and social environment like no other. Local Group activities provide the opportunity to form acquaintances in your neighborhood... and these acquaintances often grow into friendships that can last a lifetime.

Region 1 (North East) includes thirteen local groups covering the states of ME, VT, NH, MA, CT, NY, and parts of NJ.
Current RVC Column

October 2016 Region 1 Roundup
by Lisa Maxwell

Region 1 Roundup

News from National:
October is Membership Month
Invite your friends, family or other acquaintances to take the Mensa supervised membership test. Regularly priced at $40, the test battery is just $20 for the month of October.

From the National Office
American Mensa’s website will experience some brief, planned service interruptions in the coming weeks. The interruptions are an unavoidable side effect of the organization’s transition to a new Association Management System (AMS).
Thank you for your patience while this system is being implemented. The results will be worth it!

AMC (national board of directors) teleconference meeting held August 23 2016
The members of the board appointed an Election Committee Chair and discussed several topics:
o A review and explanation of AML insurance programs
o Creation of an Awards Review Task Force
o Creation of a Task Force to Explore Potential Changes to the Disciplinary Process
To listen to the audio recording of this meeting login to here: Select '2016-8-23 Teleconference.'

Next AMC meeting to be held on September 17 2016
This meeting's agenda includes several items regarding digital and social media, motions to establish an Awards Review Task Force, a Hearings and Dispute Resolution Processes Review Committee, a Mind Games® Site Selection Committee, and a Mind Games® Policy Committee, presentations on both HiQORA and dues increase options and timing, reports from the Executive Director and Treasurer, a referendum item to change the name from 'Development Officer' to 'Marketing Officer', and a special meeting of the voting members of the Mensa Foundation. To view the agenda for this meeting login as above and select '2016-09-17 – Arlington, TX.'

Around the Region:
Regional Appointments
- Bill Zigo (Ziggy) has moved to a national role on the Leadership Development committee
- Our newly appointed Region 1 Assistant RVC is Ian Strock
- Our newly appointed Region 1 Ombudsman is Matthew Grob
- Matthew Ventura is stepping down as Region 1 GYC - position is open - if interested please contact me to discuss
Thank you all for your service to Mensa!

RVC Road Trips
I had the pleasure of meeting many of you during a number of visits to various chapters around the region this summer – Boston Mensa, Central New York Mensa, Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, Mensa of the Southern Tier of NY, Mid-Hudson Mensa, and Vermont Mensa. Thank you to those who attended, or just responded to my invitation. It was helpful hearing your experiences, views, suggestions and concerns. Many folks offered to step up and get more involved. This not only helps your local group, it makes your Mensa experience much more rewarding.

Just a reminder… Upcoming Region 1 events
October 28 - 30, don't miss Boston Mensa’s Wicked Good! Regional Gathering at the GREAT WOLF LODGE in Fitchburg MA. ( To register for the RG:

Did you know…?
You can search for members by name, town, local group, region, interest, occupation, and more. Login to access the Member Directory:

Lisa Maxwell

Lisa Maxwell, of New Hampshire Mensa, is the
Region 1 RVC (Regional Vice Chairman)

Lisa Maxwell
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