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RVChat - November 2008
by Lori Norris

Happy Thanksgiving!  Don’t forget, November brings one of the region’s favorite RGs – Boston’s Pilgrimage ’08 – Pilgrims’ Progress which will be held November 21st through the 23rd in Braintree, MA.  Check it out on-line at  Some of the activities to look forward to include karaoke (bring your voice or maybe earplugs), dedicated video game room, costume contest, open bar mixer (you’ll find me there), games, tournaments, speakers and, of course, great hospitality.  In case I haven’t mentioned it lately, I met my now-husband at this RG back in 1998 – my how time flies, ten years already. 

Last month’s Mensa Testing Day was a great success, with 11 of the 12 Region 1 groups participating.  I would like to extend my thanks to all the proctors and other volunteers who worked so hard on Mensa testing day and the rest of the year representing Mensa to prospective members.  The majority of new Mensans come to us through the testing program, rather than submitting prior evidence.  Most groups could use more help with their testing program.  There is usually a need for more proctors and if you have a college degree, you are eligible to train to be a proctor.  Even if you aren’t eligible to be a proctor, you can volunteer to help out and be a representative of Mensa to prospective Mensans.  Contact your proctor/testing coordinator and offer to help out.  I was a proctor for many years and enjoyed meeting prospects and encouraging them to join the group.  To this day I will occasionally meet a member who remembers me from the testing session and it still thrills me.  Every so often my husband and I will show up at a testing session to meet prospects, provide hospitality or just be a spare set of hands.  It’s very rewarding.

Speaking of testing, American Mensa is offering a prior evidence special promotion to current and veteran armed services personnel.  From November 1 to November 30, the $40 fee for evaluation of prior evidence will be waived for anyone who submits their prior evidence along with a copy of their current military ID or a copy of their DD214 form.  American Mensa currently accepts more than 200 tests as prior evidence.  To see a partial list of accepted tests, please visit  If you know of anyone eligible for this special, please point them to the website for information on submitting the prior evidence. 


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