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RVChat - January 2010
by Lori Norris

Happy New Year to all!!

I've always been a bit time-challenged.  Time sometimes seems really disjointed to me.  I'm writing this at the end of November/beginning of December and you'll be reading it in January.  So should I talk about the happenings of November, what I hope we will be enjoying in December or looking even further ahead into January.  I hope to get a mix and hopefully won't turn into a time traveler. 

In November, Ron and I were at Pilgrimage hosted by Boston Mensa.  And now we're looking forward to NH's gathering in February.  During the December holiday season (which includes almost the entire month), we'll be attending holiday celebrations with three different local groups (RI, C&WM, and Mid-Hudson) and perhaps hosting an impromptu gathering of our own.  We really do consider Mensans among our good friends and enjoy celebrating life in their midst.

I recently started a discussion revolving around the issue of Mensans without transportation, primarily college students.  I've learned that we enjoy the company of Mensans of all stripes including those without cars.  While I would like our society to have more public transportation available, we may all grow old waiting for that to happen and we would like to enjoy the company of transportation-challenged Mensans now.  So what have I learned: 1) call the host of an event you would like to attend and ask the host if anyone is coming from your area that might be willing to give you a ride; 2) ask someone on the ExComm if they have any suggestions for you; 3) use your local group's Facebook group, yahoo group or other electronic means of communication to seek out rides.  Once you've connected with someone who will offer a ride, remember a couple of simple rules: be appreciative; maybe buy your driver dessert or offer gas money; be ready when they arrive to pick you up; agree upon a time to leave the event; if necessary, discuss smoking in the vehicle; and, most importantly, let them know that you appreciate what they are doing for you.  I would also like to see us doing more carpooling to events.  OR you could host an event at your home or nearby.

Every so often I hear from members that all we do is sit around, eat, drink, talk, etc.  Most of Region 1s local groups do some outdoor activity either occasionally or on a semi-regular basis.  What kinds of events would tempt you?  Would you be willing to invite other Mensas to join you in your favorite outdoor activity?  If you're going to be hiking, camping, biking, canoeing or whatevering; why not invite some friends to join you?  Share your ideas with me.  If the weather is good, I may even show up (depending on when and where).

Mensa Region 1 Facebook group is up to 135 members – have you considered joining?

Lori

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