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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.
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April Region 1 Roundup
by Lisa Maxwell

Region 1 Roundup – April 2017

News from National:
It is election time once again. American Mensa conducts its election of officers for the American Mensa Committee (the board of directors): Chair, First Vice-Chair, Second Vice-Chair, up to 10 Regional Vice-Chairs, the Secretary and Treasurer.

Voting begins on April 15, 2017, and extends through midnight, Central time, on May 31. American Mensa members who are current as of April 1, 2017, are eligible to vote. Those members will receive election notifications and ballots via email and will cast ballots online. (Members should verify that the email address on file is current.) Members without an email address on file will receive a paper ballot in the mail. If you have an email address but need to receive election materials by mail instead, review your election material preferences, checking the option to receive those materials in print.

Eligible American Mensa members may also participate in the Mensa International election, whose voting period is April 15 - May 15, 2017. For more information: https://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/elections/

Please take the time to review all of the candidate's statements and bios, and participate in the election process - make your voice heard - vote!

A national community service day
Looking for a way to get involved and make a difference? Participate in Mensa Cares! In April.
How To Pitch In → www.us.mensa.org/volunteer/community-service

Around the Region (and beyond):
As I write this month's column, I am sitting in the hospitality suite at the Snowball RG hosted by Central New Jersey Mensa. It is 7:00am - I'm tired, a bit hung over and so very happy to have the opportunity to spend some time with 200+ other Mensans. This is my other family, a place where I can be myself and just enjoy life. Why aren't you here?

Just a reminder… Upcoming Region 1 events:
A Whale Of A Good Time! May 12-14, 2017
Join Boston Mensa on beautiful Cape Cod for a relaxing, unstructured weekend of socializing and hospitality with old friends and new. Visit Provincetown, enjoy great seafood, go whale watching, antiquing, bicycling, or just sit back and listen to the ocean. Play games while overlooking the sea. Enjoy drinks on an oceanfront deck. A great RG for first-timers! For info or to register: http://cape.bostonmensa.org/

MAINE mini-RG 2017 --- June 2-4, 2017
The 2nd Best mini RG – EVAH!
Massive Games Room, Light Hospitality, Learn even more games with more games hosts than evah!
For more info: Anne Allen, 207-577-6362 or wilsnanni@yahoo.com

Did you know…?
As a member of Mensa, you have many available benefits - attend local (any chapter, not just yours), regional, national or international events, participate in SIGS (Special Interest Groups), the SIGHT program (Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers), or volunteer to host an event, help run your chapter, do committee work. Mensa is what you make of it. Get involved today!

This month's question for you…
What is the most unique Mensa event you've attended?

Lisa Maxwell
617-335-1484
RVC1@us.mensa.org

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

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