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August RVC Column
by Lisa Maxwell

Region 1 Roundup

The 2016 Annual Gathering (AG) in San Diego CA has come and gone - here are some highlights…
 Pre-AG Colloquium hosted by the Mensa Foundation and the San Diego Zoo on FLORA, FAUNA AND THE FUTURE
 Leadership Summit - all day training for local group and regional volunteer leaders.
 Spark! Three days of structured programming during the AG for children ages 4-12
 Tours of San Diego, the Zoo and Safari Park, Maritime Museum, baseball, breweries and more.
 Round the clock hospitality and games/tournaments.
 Meet & Greets - regional, SIGS, leadership and more.
 American Mensa Board of Director meeting (AMC) and Annual Business Meeting.
 Speaker tracks with something for everyone - Scorpion's Walter O'Brien, talks on technology, science, past and present screen stars, history, music, debate room with various topics, and so much more.
 And of course, our keynote speaker Wil Wheaton and the always clever Richard Lederer.

On Saturday at the AG, the annual Awards Ceremony was held. Our region had quite a few award winners - congratulations to all!
CultureQuest Winners (
From film to politics, from literature to geography and from music to history, Mensan teams of up to five members gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for 90 minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights.

 2nd place winners - Team Pomp and Circus Pants - Boston Mensa
 10th place winners - Misha's Vineyard Players - Greater New York Mensa
 13th place winners - Missy's Minions - Boston Mensa

Jewel Awards Winners (
The Local Group Jewels recognize and reward Local Groups' membership-related activities and for their active participation in all that Mensa has to offer to positively impact the experience of the local group members.

 Diamond, Class V - Mensa of the Southern Tier of NY

 Ruby, Class V - Mensa of the Southern Tier of NY
 Ruby, Class II - Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Mensa
 Ruby, Class I - Boston Mensa

 Sapphire, Class IV - Vermont Mensa
 Sapphire, Class III - Mensa of Northeastern New York
 Sapphire, Class III - New Hampshire Mensa
 Sapphire, Class III - Southern Connecticut Mensa

 Emerald, Class IV - Maine Mensa
 Emerald, Class III - Rhode Island Mensa

Owl Awards (
The Innovative Owl award is presented to the group demonstrating the highest membership retention compared to its previous year's membership numbers.

 Innovative Owl, Honorable Mention - Mid-Hudson Mensa - 96%

The highest award in American Mensa is The Margot Award (
The award is bestowed "for the rendering of exceptional service to Mensa for a number of years."

This year, the American Mensa Board of Directors (AMC) awarded the Margot to Russ Bakke who for many years was a member of Region 1. Congratulations Russ and to all of this year's winners!

Just a reminder… Upcoming Region 1 events:

September 2 – 5 is MoNNY's End of Summer RechaRGe Regional Gathering in Albany NY.
To register for the RG:

September 9-11 - Fall Hiking Weekend in North Conway, N.H.
To register for the event: send a check for $70 per person to David Heimann at 65 Cornwall St. #206, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, an e-mail to, or RSVP on the Boston Mensa Meetup site.

October 28 - 30, don't miss Boston Mensa’s Wicked Good! Regional Gathering at the GREAT WOLF LODGE in Fitchburg MA. (
To register for the RG:

Whatever you do, enjoy Mensa!

Lisa Maxwell

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