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Region 1 Roundup - January 2016
by Lisa Maxwell

Region 1 Roundup

On December 5-6, 2015, a two-day meeting of the American Mensa Committee (AMC) was held in Grapevine TX. Day one was spent on reviewing and revising our Strategic Plan for the next five years. Day two was our quarterly board meeting. In between (on Saturday evening) several Committees held meetings.

During the Strategic Planning meeting on December 5, the board and national office directors worked through a process to review/modify and further define the goals for American Mensa Ltd. (AML) as an organization. The final version, along with specific assignments for each committee toward meeting those goals, are in final review and should be made available soon.

Highlights from presentations given at the AMC Meeting on December 6:
• David Peery, Director of Finance, was recognized for his 20 years of service to the American Mensa National Office.
• It was announced that Metropolitan Washington Mensa will host Mind Games® 2017.
• Membership Leadership Survey results are in and will be made available in the near future.
• Testing - We discussed a new test to replace the Mensa Admission Test. Dr. Lawlis has determined that our new test will be the Reynolds Adaptive Intelligence Test. Implementation for the new test will begin next year and Proctor training should begin in April of 2016 and the new test should be available by June of 2016.
• Technology update - The National Office (NO) will be updating their Association Management System (AMS) in 2016. A presentation was given on the process of identifying a vendor.

The AMC: (from the mini-minutes)
• Passed a motion to amend the Local Group Charter.
• Passed a motion to amend the ASIEs to reflect changes resulting from the 2015
bylaws amendments.
• Passed a motion to establish a Name & Logo Usage Review Committee.
• Approved the following statement regarding Chicago Area Mensa:

Earlier this year, a group of Chicago Area Mensans marched as a group in the
Chicago Pride Parade. They wore shirts that included a Mensa symbol used in
conjunction with a rainbow, and marched with a Chicago Area Mensa banner
obtained from the National Office. As we know now, this has raised concerns
among some members that in doing so, the group was 'expressing an opinion' as
representing that of Mensa, which is not allowed under our constitution.

The AMC takes this very seriously, and has listened to as well as solicited
comments from members. Comments have run the gamut from positive to
negative, and from supportive to those asking for some sort of sanction against
Chicago Area Mensa. We are working hard to reconcile the different points of
view, and to amend, enhance and clarify our rules and guidelines.

In the meantime, let it be clear that no reprimands or sanctions are warranted nor
will any be issued against Chicago Area Mensa. In all ways, they followed the
rules as they understood them, asked for the appropriate guidance and approvals,
and acted in good faith in their activities. If we now, in retrospect, decide that
these actions were inadvisable or inappropriate, it is up to us to find a way to fix it
going forward. We can't change the past, but we can work toward the future.

• Passed a motion to amend the existing policy on the recording of AMC meetings.
• Passed a motion to set equity restoration for the 2016-2017 fiscal year at $25,000.
• The minutes of the October 25, 2105 AMC teleconference were approved.

Do you have… Questions? Concerns? Ideas?

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

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