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by Lori Norris

Have you renewed your membership? March 31st was the end of our membership year. You can renew on-line and if you are reading this before then, you need to renew by March 31 in order to be eligible to vote in the election. That’s right; it is time for our biennial election season. Ballots and election materials will be mailed to you around April 15th. Ballots are due between April 15 and May 31st. Voting may be done online, which is how I do it. Review your ballot and the election material when you receive it. Some of the candidates have websites, some (including myself) have been participating in discussions on the Mensa Forums (Online Community). I’m actually enjoying being on the forums – some interesting discussions are going on, about Mensa and non-Mensan topics.

Spring may actually be here now, I’ve started doing yard cleanup and it feels good. Maybe this month I’ll actually get some painting (indoor and outdoor) started. A freshly painted room gives me a new outlook on everything – a fresh start. Traditionally, we make resolutions for New Year’s, but I personally find that making plans in the spring works better makes more sense to me. With the rebirth of the earth comes an incentive to change or recalibrate ourselves. Which would you rather do: make resolutions in the cold dark of winter or make plans in the bright light of springtime? Make a plan to spend some time with your friends in Mensa.

What’s happening in Region 1: the first weekend of April is Greater New York Mensa’s RG, Mind Games® is being held in Albany in mid-April (a sold-out event, but there is a slight possibility of cancellations if you haven’t reserved). And coming in May is Boston’s Cape Cod Mini-RG (I’m handling hospitality). I’m always amazed at how many people will step forward at these events to help out. The best way to be involved and get to meet people is to approach someone (maybe the hospitality chair) and ask what you can do. Refilling candy and chip dishes, reloading the drink cooler and taking out the trash is a great way to make friends (okay, more likely to make friends with candy than the trash, but both are appreciated). And there are lots of local events to choose from – dinners, lunches, games events, speaker meetings, bar nights, outdoor events, and whatever you want to include on the calendar. Enjoy your membership.

Lori

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