Tuesday, May 03, 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

Region 1 Roundup - May 2016
by Lisa Maxwell

Region 1 Roundup

News from National:

LEAP Candidates for 2016
For 2016 the Leadership Exchange Ambassadors Program (LEAP) received 16 applications from
12 countries – Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States. After reading and viewing the materials sent by the applicants, the LEAP committee selected six ambassadors for 2016.

The group of future leaders will travel to the American Mensa’s 2016 Annual Gathering in San Diego (June 29 – July 3) and the European Mensas Gathering (EMAG) in Kraków, Poland (August 28-30) to present workshops on their leadership experience and innovative ideas that have helped their own Mensa grow and thrive.

Congratulations to all of our LEAP representatives and especially to Region1's Bill Zigo (Ziggy) who will be representing the United States.

This year's Annual Gathering (AG), American Mensa's premiere event, will be held in San Diego, CA June 29th - July 3rd. Five days of programs, talks, games, entertainment, tours, gifted youth programming and a 24-hour hospitality suite. There truly is something for everyone.
For details: http://ag.us.mensa.org/

A Leadership Summit will be held at the AG on June 29th. All Local Group officers are invited to this special leadership training opportunity. This year’s topic is Technology: Assisting You in Serving Your Members. Various topics will be covered such as key technology trends from the recent Local Group Survey, looking at the Member/Prospect Tracker and the upcoming Dashboard, sharing of best practices and solutions with your fellow leaders around the country, and a session by Beth Ziesenis (yournerdybestfriend.com), who is a leader on various technology trends to discuss how to leverage many low cost/free options to help you serve your members better.
For more information or to register (deadline June 10th): http://us.mensa.org/leadershipsummit

The AG is preceded by the Colloquium on Tuesday June 28th. This year's topic is The Nature of Genetics: Flora, Fauna and the Future. For details: http://ag.us.mensa.org/#colloquium

Around the Region:
• Rhode Island Mensa (RIM) recently held a Scrabble night and hosts a regular book club.
• Connecticut & Western Mass (C&WM) hosted a poetry workshop and games event for young Mensans.
• Greater New York Mensa (GNYM) has a new leadership and editorial team and their newsletter Mphasis is looking good! You can see it for yourself, along with all of the newsletters that have been uploaded to the national site: http://www.us.mensa.org/read/group-newsletters/

Just a reminder… Upcoming Region 1 events:
May 6-8 is Boston Mensa's Cape Cod Mini-RG. To register: http://cape.bostonmensa.org/

May 20-22 is Maine Mensa's "The Best mini-RG - EVAH!"
To register, call/text (207)577-6362 or email durhamme@yahoo.com.

This month's question for you…
Mensa is a volunteer driven organization - what are you doing to keep your Mensa experience vibrant and fun?

Lisa Maxwell

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

Lisa Maxwell
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