RVC 10 Update: November 2016

October 25, 2016

At the September 17 American Mensa Committee (AMC) in Arlington, Texas, site of the American Mensa home office, we received updates on the implementation of the new Association Management System (AMS) which is ahead of schedule. Soon there will be a new set of tools available for local group leaders, and I’m looking forward to it. There will also be the inevitable growing pains as the old system is decommissioned and the new one takes its place, with occasional problems with connecting to the website, but these will be brief, and the results should be worth the slight temporary inconvenience.


A couple of motions were passed regarding topics that had raised a great deal of discussion in the online groups. One was to establish a Hearings and Dispute Resolution Process Review ad hoc committee to go over our existing AML processes. This committee is tasked to reorganize and condense the current process, and make recommendations for any changes, if necessary. There were also a couple of motions regarding Social Media policies, but the wording of the motions were still being updated among concerns that it appeared Local Groups would be required to appoint Social Media Coordinators, so the motions were postponed until the December meeting so they could have more review. While I encourage Social Media for our organization, and recommend that our Local Groups appoint coordinators in the same manner that they appoint Editors and Webmasters, I don’t want to burden any groups who already have difficulty finding volunteers with a requirement for yet another one.


For anyone interested, a 4 hour video recording of this meeting has been posted on the National website, and can be viewed by visiting http://www.us.mensa.org/lead/amc/meeting-reports/ and selecting 2016-09-17 – Arlington, TX from the dropdown. Mini-minutes are also available at this link; full detailed minutes will be posted after they have been approved at the December meeting.


Speaking of Social Media, 11 of the 12 groups in Region 10 now have Facebook groups (with some more active than others), so I encourage you to sign up for your local group’s site in order to get the most up-to-date information about activities in your area, since sometimes the items in your printed calendars can change at the last minute for unexpected reasons (venues closing, inconvenient Hurricanes, and other such complications).


Election season is almost over, and I’m sure most of you are glad to see an end to it. On the other hand, a new election season (this one for American Mensa) will be starting very soon, and our Election Committee is finalizing the 2017 Election Code, which will be published in the Mensa Bulletin and on the website. I’ll also be posting updates on the Region 10 Facebook page. All those interested in running for office must be members in good standing as of December 1, 2016. Petition details will be available when the Election Code is finished later in the fall.


In the meantime, to join the Region 10 Facebook group visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/MensaRegion10/ to request access and join the conversation.


Until next month (or until I see you online),


Thomas George Thomas

Email: RVC10@us.mensa.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thomas.g.thomas


 

In Memoriam: Cal Curlin

June 13, 2013
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime Treasurer and friend, Cal Curlin.
Lemuel Calvert Curlin III, of Naples passed away on May 20, 2013 in Naples, FL.

He was raised in Allegan, MI and graduated from Allegan High School. He earned a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Hope College. Cal then began working for Diamond Shamrock. He proudly served in Vietnam for two years, where he was the chief of a biochemistry lab. Follow...


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Cheap Charlie's Feb 20, Monday after-work party Feb 11

February 11, 2013
A few Cheap Charlie's ago, Jan 2 to be precise, we all headed to Ballyorney to dine on Irish, and behold, the place was closed... packed up in the middle of the night or something. So we moved over to Mimi's and still had a great time! Now, you can head over to the newsletter to get the scoop on the Monday after-work party in Bonita Springs today (Feb 11, 5:30 pm at Barry Nicholls'), and the Cheap Charlie's dining-in on Wednesday Feb. 20th. 6:30 pm. Don't miss out on activities -- follow the ...
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Newsletter. And CFM RG

January 6, 2013
Our Jan/Feb newsletter (there are only six per year) is available as always from the top-center of the events page, but in case you were missing it, here's the link, you will need to use your American Mensa login to see it: http://www.us.mensa.org/newsissue?id=6920

Also, Orlando's Central Florida Mensa RG is coming up quickly: Jan 25 - 27 at the Hilton Altamonte Springs. See the ad in our newsletter, or go to http://www.sun-n-games.org/registration.

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Until Dec 31, Qualify and join in one step!

December 21, 2012
From the US Mensa website:
  • This November and December, you can qualify and join Mensa in one easy step!  If you submit your qualifying test scores and your first year's membership dues before December 31, 2012, you'll pay only $84 — we'll review your test score for free and extend your membership through March 31, 2014. You'll automatically become a member upon qualifying, and you'll save money by having your test scores reviewed for free!

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Many Thanks to Cheryl Rushing!

December 21, 2012
A huge Mensa vote of thanks to Cheryl for all her hard work in keeping the website up-to-date and coordinating SIGHT. SWSF lost a very valuable and involved member when Cheryl moved out of state -- but we're hoping she'll be coming back again some day!  Until then, I (Heather Preston) have started updating the website and will also coordinate SIGHT (unless someone else wants that job -- let me know!).

The link to the newsletter should show you the current two months' worth of newsletter pages ...
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Have You Renewed?

March 6, 2012

Have you renewed your membership yet?

If you pay annually your current membership card expires 03/31/2012.  You should have received a renewal packet from the National office in December with an offer at that time.  If you didn't take advantage of the early renewal you may have received a renewal packet since then.

Didn't receive your renewal packet? Never fear.  Click for a blank application.  Just fill it out and mail it with your check to the address indicated.

You can also renew your members...


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Bylaws Voting

February 27, 2012
As reported in the December 2011 ExComm Meeting minutes, the Southwest by South Florida Bylaws have been revised.  This is the first revision since 1997.

The only changes in bylaws were in reference to officer titles (LocSec would be President, Assistant LocSec would be Vice President).  The terms of office for officers were also amended to two (2) years term with elections in odd-numbered years.

As per the guidelines of National, the bylaws must be approved by a vote of the membership.  The Ex...
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Mensans in the News

August 18, 2011
In case you missed it, the Community section of the Naples Daily News today (08/17/2011) featured siblings James and Leann LeSage.  These two young Mensans (ages 6 and 3, respectively) are part time Naples residents.

Link to the article is here.

PDF of the article is here.
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July/August 2011 M-Compass

June 30, 2011
The July/August 2011 M-Compass is now available online.  The mailed copies will be going out shortly.
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