RVChat - May 2010
by Lori Norris
After the rains at the end of March, I'm looking forward to the, hopefully, sunny month of May. Here in Rhode Island, the Pawtuxet River (as shown on national TV) flooded and reached the 200 year flood level. Highways, schools and stores were closed. We received over 16" of rain in a three day period. Fortunately, our house was not affected – we're on slightly high ground, about 27' above sea level.
This month we will travel to Boston Mensa's Cape Cod Mini-RG. This is an unstructured RG giving us time to explore the area, go whale watching, play miniature golf, or just plan relax and enjoy the company. There will be game-playing and much conversing.
Mind Games® 2010 was held in mid-April in San Diego. I know that many Region 1 members made the pilgrimage to California and had a great time. Mensa of Northeastern New York will host the 2011 Mind Games the weekend of April 15-17 in Albany, NY at the Best Western Sovereign ($75 per night). See MoNNY's website for registration information. Registration for this event will be limited so you may want to register early. Also, volunteer opportunities exist to help the weekend run smoothly. I have only been to one Mind Games in the past, but had a great time and look forward to it again next year.
July will bring the joint American/Canadian Annual Gathering in Detroit, MI celebrating the 50th anniversary of Mensa in North America hosted by the Gen X SIG. The meal plan options and program listing are available on the AG webpage. There will be members in attendance from most of the states, Canada, and from about a dozen other countries. It is expected that attendance will easily top 2,000. Sounds like it will be a great 6-day weekend. The next AMC (Mensa's board of directors) meeting will be held at the AG. In addition, the Annual Business Meeting of the corporation will be held during the AG. This is your chance to have your voice heard.
Boston Mensa held a one-day Leadership Retreat in early April. A Leadership Retreat is designed to bring together leaders, and other members, to plan for the local group's future and to improve the operation of the local group. I truly believe that this is a significant tool for local groups to use and strongly recommend that your local group look into holding a retreat.
Congratulations to my husband, Ron, as he takes the office of LocSec of Rhode Island Mensa. This will be the second local group in which he has held the CEO post.