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RVChat - September 2007
by Lori Norris

September has always been one of my favorite months.  Cool crisp evenings are a perfect time to enjoy the yard swing.  Leaves begin to change color and the woods behind my house are different every day.  And for us here in Region 1, the annual RG (regional gathering) season begins. 

It’s not too late to register for Mid-Hudson’s Autumn In New York which takes place September 7 – 9 at SUNY Ashokan Field Campus, near Woodstock, New York.  For additional information, go to

October brings Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Mensa’s MensAutumn.  Even though this is my local group I don’t think I’m biased.  Last year’s RG was memorable and, from what I have heard, this year’s looks to be a winner as well.  This RG is a bargain with rooms beginning at $60 and an $80 registration which includes Saturday dinner.  Consider celebrating the “Fabulous Fifties” in Manchester, Connecticut from October 5 through 7.  For more information, check out C&WM Mensa’s website at  

And it’s not too early to register for Boston’s RG “the Summer of Love” scheduled to begin on November 16, 2007.  Information is available at

With the beginning of September, students and teachers alike return to school; parents and students begin to think about financing college educations.  Did you know that every year the Mensa Education and Research Foundation gives away an average of $60,000 in scholarships?  Scholarship essays are judged on the local, regional and national level.  I have judged on both the local and regional level in the past and have always found it to be a rewarding experience.  Emily Gordon of Greater New York Mensa has graciously agreed to be the Regional Scholarship Chairperson. 

As I have mentioned previously, Rhode Island Mensa will be hosting a Leadership Development Workshop (“LDW”) in May of 2008.  RIM’s own Tom Padwa is organizing this event and has also agreed to serve as the Regional LDW Coordinator and be a resource for future LDWs. 

Later this month , the new Region 1 website is expected to “go live” under the guidance of Regional Webmaster Al Beecy.  Check it out.  Send your photos of Mensa events for inclusion in the regional photo album.  I can only take so many pictures. 

For my husband and me, August was a great month primarily due to our annual two-week vacation in Canada including camping, bicycling, some canoeing and the highlight of the trip, the Stratford Festival of Canada.  You’d be surprised with how many newly purchased books we can squeeze into our small car for the trip home.  Why do my favorite book stores have to be so far from home?  Perfect timing - our trip up north just happened to coincide with Mensa of Northeastern New York’s Annual Dinner in Plattsburgh so we stopped in for dinner.  Also in attendance were Mensans from Vermont and nearby Quebec.

September Mensa activities for us will include: two book clubs; an AMC meeting for me and Mid-Hudson’s RG for Ron; dinner at a marvelous Indian restaurant; lunch at a Japanese steakhouse; and probably another event or two.  We tend to enjoy socializing with our Mensan friends.

Don’t forget:  National Testing Day is October 20th.


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