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RVChat - October 2008
by Lori Norris

Autumn is fast approaching.  As we drove through northern Vermont at the end of August, the leaves were already beginning to change color.  I love autumn.  Of course, autumn also brings hurricane season to the New England coast, of which I am not as fond.  As I write this, my husband is outside repairing roof damage which came to light during this last storm when the porch roof starting leaking (okay, pouring) into the “guest room” and onto the unsuspecting house guest asleep on the sleep sofa.  Surprise!

One of the final stops on our vacation was in Stratford, Ontario to enjoy the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.  We were fortunate to obtain last-minute tickets to the opening night performance of George Bernard Shaw’s Caesar and Cleopatra with Christopher Plummer as Caesar.  Fantastic!  I would highly recommend this festival to anyone within driving distance.  Hint: it is not a very long drive from Pittsburgh to Stratford.  We plan on driving to Stratford after the AG next year.

Belated congratulations to Joseph O’Malley of MONNY for his well-deserved receipt of the 2008 Abbie Salny Proctor of the Year award and to GNYM’s Misha’s Vineyard Players for placing 11th in the 2008 CultureQuest competition.

The American Mensa Committee (AMC) has engaged the services of Tecker Consultants to assist in our strategic planning process and the “Governance Project.”  This Project will give the AMC the opportunity to make substantial, ongoing changes in the way it operates, beginning with the development of a solid strategic plan which, in turn, will help better define the authority and responsibility of the AMC, officers, committees and staff, as  well as set tangible goals and the measurements for success.  Critical to the success of this plan will be for the AMC to choose goals that will be important to the ongoing growth and development of American Mensa.  What are the goals that will be important to American Mensa?  What goals do you think should be important?  I would appreciate your ideas and feedback about the Governance Project and the strategic planning process now underway, as well as specific goals that they believe would be of benefit to the society. If you would like to participate, please send your ideas to me at  Information on this process will be posted on the American Mensa website as it develops.

C&WM Mensans are hosting their 30th annual Regional Gathering (RG) the weekend of October 10-12, 2008 in Manchester, CT.  Check out the group’s website for more information (  I’ll be there, will you?


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