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RVChat - April 2010
by Lori Norris

April showers – I've had more than enough in February and March, so hopefully it will be an early spring.  The past couple of days have been spring-like here in Rhode Island and I am beginning to think about spring yardwork and my garden.  I always have such grandiose plans and then when it is time to actually do the work, I think less is better.  Since we are going to be doing some traveling this summer, I'm really going to have to scale back on the vegetable garden.  So come fall time, if you have any extra – think of me. 

April events:  register for Boston Mensa's Cape Cod Mini-RG; Mind Games® in San Diego the weekend of April 16-18; Culture Quest® which will be held April 11th (registration deadline is/was March 31); March 31 was also membership renewal time – but it is not too late to renew. 

The spring AMC meeting was held the first weekend of March, so Ron had to go to Snowball (Central NJ Mensa) without me.  I had never been to San Diego before so I did a little bit of sightseeing, very little.  Spent about five hours at the zoo – and enjoyed it immensely.  The elephant exhibit was wonderful.  But, the Toronto Zoo remains my favorite zoo.  And, despite what the song says, it does rain in Southern California.  After much discussion on the AMC e-list, the proposed budget as previously posted on the AML website was adjusted and then passed.  A Governance Task Force was formed to review the governance structure of American Mensa. 

Boston Mensa will be holding a membership retreat in April, so if you are a member of Boston Mensa and are interested in attending, please contact me.

Foundation news:  Nominations for awards are being sought.  A colloquium on electronic gaming has been approved and will be held in February 2011.  See the Foundation's website for more info: www.mensafoundation.org.  mensaforkids.org has a great feature this month discussing time zones.  Last month's topic was chocolate.  The website isn't just for kids – browse it once in a while.  All of the topics include additional sites for further research.

I've been thinking a lot about different kinds of events to hold for my local group.  Some suggestions have included billiards, speaker meetings, bike rides and hiking.  So, in April, we're going to go ahead and schedule a night at the local pool hall. (They are so different than when I was in college.)  I have been practicing and now, sometimes, I can even pocket some of my balls before Ron wins the game – I'll keep on practicing. 

Lori

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