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RVChat - December 2008
by Lori Norris

Happy Holidays!  

At the beginning of November, my husband and I drove from Rhode Island to Vermont to lunch with several Vermont Mensans.  It was a beautiful day, but on the way home I looked out the window and did a double-take.  The sun was shining but icicles hung from the granite outcroppings of rock along the highway in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Now, I now that northern New Englanders and New Yorkers are probably accustomed to that sight, but here in southern New England we've barely even had to scrap car windows in the morning, only once so far.

Over the past month or so, we have been working on painting the house and garage, along with some necessary carpentry work, but now the work is done and we can set back and relax for the winter.  OR I can finally start painting the upstairs and the stairwells.  Home improvements never seem to be finished.  This fall I have taken a major step in my life.  As I mentioned previously, the law firm that I was employed at went out of business in the spring.  After much consideration, I have set up a small office as a sole practitioner.  I could not pass up the opportunity to have more control over my life and to be able to help people with the trials and tribulations of their lives.  I look forward to the challenge and, hopefully, the satisfaction coming from helping those in need.

Attention Maine Mensans.  You should have received a mailing in late October or early November from the national office.  This mailing included the proposed bylaws along with a ballot relating to the bylaws and a ballot for election of officers.  Please take the time to vote.  I am so thrilled that the re-birth of Maine Mensa is moving forward.  If you did not receive a ballot, please contact me.

Here's a suggestion for holiday gifts for your non-Mensan friends:  In December, American Mensa will be offering Home Tests for ½ price: $9 instead of the regular $18. This will be a great time to purchase Home Tests to share with those who you think may be interested in Mensa. To purchase a ½ price Home Test, visit http://www.us.mensa.org/mht between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31. The Home Test will not qualify a person for Mensa membership, but will give them an idea of how they will fare on the Mensa Admission Test.

Don't forget to check out AML's Benefits and Services webpage for deals for Mensans.  Some of these include A&E/History Channel (20% discount plus free shipping); Office Depot (10% discount on purchases and 60% discount on printing); magazine subscriptions (Brain, Child; mental floss; Popular Science; Science Illustrated; and Scientific American MIND) as well as a variety of travel services (car rentals, hotel, travel agency).

Lori

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