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                                                                March 21, 2021 Board Proceedings

                                                                             North Texas Mensa

                                                                               A Local Group of

                                                                            American Mensa Ltd.

                                                                      A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:12 pm by President George Schmidt.  Attendees included: President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Members at Large Aaron Adair, Cathy Allshouse, and Jessica Helphrey. Not present: Vice President Jeffrey Bromberger.

  • Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed February 2021 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Durham moved, Allshouse seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously.        

Treasurer – Durham – The February bank account balance was $21,732.99 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing a decrease in net worth to $31,732.99, compared to net worth of $31,760.67 on January 31.  Income of $1,027.11 and expenses of $1054.79 generated a net deficit of $27.68 for the month of February 2021. 

President – President Schmidt prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Renew membership, if necessary.
  • Appropriation of money for New Members Party - $200 allocated for appropriation.
    • Durham moved; Whiteman seconded. Unanimously approved.
  • Appoint new member for Gatherings Committee.
    • Karen Brack has been appointed.
  • Jeffrey Bromberger has missed 3 meetings in a row due to his work schedule. Is the NTM Board willing to excuse his absence?
    • Durham moved that we excuse him from being automatically removed this month and defer the decision until next month; Adair seconded the motion. Unanimously approved.
  • Next Board Meeting: April 18, 2021.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of February 28th, NTM had 1,207 members, which includes 9 new members: 2 lapsed members rejoined, 4 new members joined, and 3 moved in. One member left due to moving out.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – Nothing to vote as an Ombudsman.  As an AMC member, AMC has voted to update minimum standard bylaws.

(Helphrey) Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey – Ralf Kittenbacher has uploaded all the scholarship applications to the appropriate website.

(Helphrey) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – Nothing reported.

(Helphrey) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Helphrey) Publicity – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – The website appears to be working correctly, and the licenses and user requests are current so far as he knows.

(Allshouse) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – Nothing reported; no testing done.

(Allshouse) Programs – Cathy Allshouse – North Texas Mensa general meetings are resuming in March, featuring Jo Giudice, Director, Dallas Public Library, and Mary Wilonsky, Executive Director, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, who are speaking on how the Dallas Public Library system serves our community within the challenges of our current times. 

April and May speakers are set.  UTD Professor and computer scientist, Chris Irwin Davis, who does artificial intelligence, will speak in April.  Dallas Arboretum will present in May on native plants.

(Allshouse) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No issues with calendar.  Please let Sara know if you would like to schedule an event or need me for anything.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Gifted Youth is doing a trial walk on Saturday, March 20th, and have Board Games set for April.

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Editor – Bill Rock – April M-AURA was on hold until March 15th for an RVC column but was sent to the printer on March 16th.

  • Old Business:
  • 2021 RG:
    • Gathering Committee – Paul Whiteman, Karen Brack, and Randy Brack.
      • Hilton Garden Inn Dennison/Sherman.
      • No resort fee, no transportation fee.
      • $14 continental breakfast; $16 buffet breakfast.
      • Aaron Adair sent the information to the board.
  • New Business:

 

Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Whiteman, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:37 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.

                                                                    February 21, 2021 Board Minutes

                                                                             North Texas Mensa

                                                                               A Local Group of

                                                                           American Mensa Ltd.

                                                                        A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:05 pm by President George Schmidt.  Attendees included: President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Members at Large Aaron Adair, Cathy Allshouse, and Jessica Helphrey. Not present: Vice President Jeffrey Bromberger.

  1. Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed January 2021 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Adair moved, Allshouse seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously.        

Treasurer – Durham – The January 31 bank account balance was $21,760.67 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing an increase in net worth to $31,760.67, compared to net worth of $31,362.43 on December 31.  Income of $1,167.51 and expenses of $769.27 generated a net surplus of $398.24 for the month of January, 2021. 

President – President Schmidt prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Renew membership, if necessary.
  • Financial Review completed by Chris Cree.
  • Adopt proposed election code from 2021 Handbook.
    • Election Committee does this instead of the NTM Board.
  • New Members Party discussion.
    • Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Ken and Lori Roberts’s house.
  • Next Board Meeting: March 21, 2021.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of January 31st, NTM had 1,197 members, which includes 15 new members: 3 lapsed members rejoined, 9 new members joined, and 3 moved in. One member left due to moving out.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – Last year the AMC updated the ASIES to replace gender-specific pronouns with the equivalent “they”, “them”, or “their” construction.  “Ombudsman” will be replaced with “Ombudsperson”, but the timing can be delayed until the next appointment.  These changes will need to be reflected in the next release of the Minimum Standard Bylaws for Local Groups of American Mensa.

Election Committee – Paul Whiteman – Election committee is disbanded; PO Box closed out.

(Helphrey) Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey – Ralf Kittenbacher has uploaded all the scholarship applications to the appropriate website.

(Helphrey) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – Nothing reported.

(Helphrey) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Helphrey) Publicity – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – the webmaster was personally “off the air” for a few days during the winter storm because of his internet provider having an outage, but so far as he knows, the NTM website had (and has) no problems.  Also, the webmaster has made the corrections he is aware of to the e-mail forwarders for board members and appointed officers.  Anyone aware of errors should let him know about them.

(Allshouse) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – Nothing reported.

(Allshouse) Programs – Cathy Allshouse – North Texas Mensa general meetings will resume in March.  On March 21, 2021, the general meeting program will feature Jo Diudice, Director, Dallas Public Library, and Mary Wilonsky, Executive Director, Friends of the Dallas Public Library who will speak on how the Dallas Public Library system serves our community within the challenges of our current times.  April will be a computer scientist.  Cathy is also trying to get someone from North Texas Food Bank to talk about food insecurities in north Texas.

(Allshouse) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – Nothing reported.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Gifted Youth Gifted Youth will have a "thinking about thinking" interactive session on February 21, and a trail walk in March.

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Editor – Bill Rock – February M-AURA was on hold until February 17 for an RVC column.  Now the copy has been sent to the printer to start on.  Not sure of what the printer’s turnaround time will be, given all of the fun and interesting variables that are currently in play.  The M-AURA will probably be at least a few days late, as the editor normally allows a week for printing and a week for labeling/delivery.

  1. Old Business:
  • 2021 RG
    • In-person or virtual?
    • Gathering Committee – Paul Whiteman, Karen Brack, and Randy Brack.
      • Locate a hotel.
      • Negotiate with the hotel.
      • Search for a “Regional Gathering Chair” – Aaron Adair.
        • Durham moved; Whiteman second; unanimously approved.
  1. New Business:

 

Motion to adjourn made by Whiteman, seconded by Allshouse, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:38 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.

                             

                                                                December 20, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

                                                                                    North Texas Mensa

                                                                                       A Local Group of

                                                                                   American Mensa Ltd.

                                                                              A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:07 pm by President John Marshall.  Attendees included: President John Marshall, Vice-President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Member at Large Aaron Adair, and Board Member Elect Jessica Helphrey (as a guest). Board Member at Large Ken Roberts attended via Zoom.  Not present:  Board Member at Large:  Elaine Wedgwood.

  1. Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed November 2020 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Schmidt moved, Durham seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously.    

Treasurer – Durham – The November 30 bank account balance was $21,066.83 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing an increase in net worth to $31,066.83, compared to net worth of $31,412.81 on October 31.  Income of $1,023.72 and expenses of $1,369.70 generated a net deficit of $345.98 for the month of November 2020, due entirely to our one-time contribution of $500 to the NTM Scholarship Foundation.  The treasurer report was received with thanks.

President – President Marshall prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Next Board Meeting and Installation of New Officers: January 17, 2021 at La Madeleine, 3072 Mockingbird Lane for in person attendance, as well as via Zoom. The NTM Board Members should let President Schmidt know in advance by which method they plan to attend.
  • Installation of officers for 2021 – there is no official ceremony.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of December 1st, NTM had 1,164 members, which includes 13 new members: 3 lapsed members rejoined, 10 new members joined, and no moved in. No members left due to moving out. We had a New Member’s Party in conjunction with the Virtual RG.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – no report.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – no report for this topic from Bill, but technically the committee should be complete with all their activities.

Election Committee – Paul Whiteman – No complaints have been received about the election in the mail.  However, we DID receive 2 ballots after December 31st, but they would not have changed the outcome of the election.  If any complaints come in before or on December 31st, they will be handled by the Election Committee; otherwise, they will be turned over to the Board to handle, as the Election will be disbanded as of midnight on December 31st.

(Wedgwood) Editor – Bill Rock – January M-AURA was sent to the printer on Wednesday.

(Wedgwood) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – no report.

(Wedgwood) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Wedgwood) Publicity – Vacant.

(Roberts) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – The website is up to date and working correctly.  We currently have:  326 enabled users, including but not limited to NTM, 321 deactivated (i.e., lapsed or deceased) users, and 6 users pending activation (i.e., membership not yet verified). All board members and appointed officers are reminded that I will need to update the email forwarding.  If I can get current email addresses for the new board members (and new addresses for anyone who have changed them), I can have that taken care of some time on New Year’s Day, but I can't update the officers until I have an official list of changes after the first meeting(s) next year.

(Roberts) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – After no testing had been done since the lockdown, 90 people interested in testing were communicated with, and 14 responded that they still wanted to take the test.  3 people showed up to take the regular version of the test, and 2 took the Culture Fair test.

(Roberts) Programs – Vacant.

(Roberts) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – There was an issue with the online calendar not advancing past the end of the year.  It has been fixed by Andy McKellar.  Things are back to normal in calendar land.  Nothing new otherwise to report.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Event for November “Skype a Scientist" was attended by several families.  We have a tour of art in a car park set for the 28th of this month.  January will be a parent meeting.

 

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – No report.

  1. Old Business: Virtual Regional Gathering – Adair and Roberts. 
  • Virtual RG Report - November 27-28, 2020 at Escape Room.
  • A SWOT analysis was done of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats of the RG.
  • People liked the offering of multiple out-of-state presenters.
  • People liked a single thread of presentations, so that they didn’t have to make a decision on what to attend.
  • We reached a wider audience via Zoom.
  • We need at least 2 Zoom sessions so overlap of presentations can be allowed.
  • John Neemidge was our biggest promoter for the event.
  • More games should be included next year.
  • An official survey was sent to all participants.

 

  1. New Business:
  • Installation of officers and directors for 2021.
  • East Texas Gifted Youth Coordinator has not responded.
  • Ralf Kittenbacher does not want to remain as NTM Scholarship Chairperson.
    • New board member Jessica Helphrey will be taking over this role.
  • People in the other roles have confirmed they will continue on for 2021.

Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Schmidt, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:33 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.

                                                             January 17, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

                                                                               North Texas Mensa

                                                                                 A Local Group of

                                                                              American Mensa Ltd.

                                                                         A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:04 pm by President George Schmidt.  Attendees included: President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Members at Large Aaron Adair, Cathy Allshouse, and Jessica Helphrey. Not present: Vice President Jeffrey Bromberger.

  1. Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed December 2020 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Durham moved, Allshouse seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously. 

Treasurer – Durham – The December 30 bank account balance was $21,362.43 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing an increase in net worth to $31,362.43, compared to net worth of $31,066.83 on November 30.  Income of $1,067.07 and expenses of $771.47 generated a net surplus of $295.60 for the month of December, 2020.  For the year ending December 31, 2020, income of $12,618.37 and expenses of $11,615.41 resulted in a year-over-year increase in net worth of $1,002.96.  Also, the 2020 budget was attached as a starting place for our 2021 budget.  Hopefully 2021 will be much closer to our 2020 projections. The treasurer report was received with thanks.

President – President Schmidt prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Announcement of 2021 Officers and Board Members (National office notification)
    • List of Board Members:
      • President: George Schmidt
      • Vice President: Jeffrey Bromberger
      • Treasurer: Roger Durham
      • Secretary: Anne Whiteman
      • Board Member at Large: Aaron Adair, Cathy Allshouse, Jessica Helphrey
    • List of Appointed Officers:
      • Membership: Paul Whiteman
      • Editor: Bill Rock
      • Publisher/Circulation Manager: Val Beasley
      • Webmaster: Andy McKellar
      • Proctor/Testing Coordinator: Deborah Lockhart
      • Programs: Cathy Allshouse
      • Calendar: Sara Hawkins
      • Gifted Children: Bill Rock
      • S.I.G.H.T. – Gunny Hartman
      • Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey
      • Area Coordinator in – Pam Kittenbacher
        • -Denton County
        • -Collin County
        • -Texoma Area
      • Area Coordinator for East Texas – Cookie Neeley
    • Durham motioned; Whiteman seconded. Unanimously approved.
  • Financial Review (who will conduct?) Chris Cree or John Roeder
  • Standing Policies: Review and modify, if so desired.
  • New Members Party discussion
    • Is April too soon? Paul Whiteman to check with Ken & Lori Roberts.
  • 2021 Board Meetings: 3rd Sunday, 6PM. La Madeline’s is reserved for 2 months.
  • Discussion of 2021 RG, to be voted upon in February
    • Via Zoom or in person? Meals provided?  Hilton Garden Inn & Suites
  • 2021 Budget was approved as presented.
    • Adair approved; Helphrey seconded. Unanimously approved.
  • Next Board Meeting: February 21, 2021 at La Madeline’s on Mockingbird Lane.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of December 1st, NTM had 1,178 members, which includes 16 new members: 3 lapsed members rejoined, 9 new members joined, and 4 moved in. No members left due to moving out. We had a New Member’s Party in conjunction with the Virtual RG.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – no report for this topic from Bill, but technically the committee should be complete with all their activities.

Election Committee – Paul Whiteman – No complaints have been received about the election in the mail.  However, we DID receive 2 ballots after the election, but they would not have changed the outcome of the election. 

(Helphrey) Editor – Bill Rock – February M-AURA is ready to go once we get an RVC column.  February will mark 10 years as editor.

(Helphrey) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – no report.

(Helphrey) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Helphrey) Publicity – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – All of our licenses are current, and the website is working correctly, so far as I know; also, I have updated all of the email forwarders to point to the new office holders.  The bad news is that ... although I've updated the email forwarders, I'm not sure they are correct.  We have forwarders for the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer; also, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. goes to all of those and the board members at large as well.  Most appointed positions also have forwarders associated with them; finally, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. goes to the board and all of the appointee forwarders (very useful for reports like this one).  PLEASE, if any of you are aware of any mistakes I've made, let me know so I can correct them.  If you want to know what we have, log in to the website at www.northtexasmensa.org and look at the contacts list under "Information" on the main menu (if you don't have a login account, you might want to set one up).  If you want to, you can also test it by sending an email to yourself using the appropriate forwarder and waiting to see if you get it.  Finally, if you want your forwarder listed in the M-Aura rather than your real address, tell Bill Rock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), not me; I know better than to tell Bill what to do.

(Allshouse) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – Nothing to report.

(Allshouse) Programs – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – All is going great in terms of the calendar.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Gifted Youth Gifted Youth will have a virtual parent meeting on the 23rd, and a "thinking about thinking" interactive session in February.  Three families did the Area3 tour in December (separately, [un]?fortunately).

 

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey – Scholarship reading today, and others will be

Thursday and next Sunday.  200 scholarship applications to read/judge by 3 people each.  Some people are doing their reading electronically.

  1. Old Business: N/A 
  1. New Business:
  • Ordering of name tags – Whiteman will do.
  • General meetings – do we want to have Zoom-based general meetings? One has been suggested to resume General Meetings in March, scheduled for 7:00pm following the board meeting.
  • Cathy Allshouse has agreed to serve as Program Chair.

 

Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Adair, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:38 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.

                                  November 15, 2020 Board Meeting Minutes

                                                  North Texas Mensa

                                                    A Local Group of

                                                American Mensa Ltd.

                                           A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:00 pm by President John Marshall.  Attendees included: President John Marshall, Vice-President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, and Board Member at Large Aaron Adair.  Not present:  Board Member at Large members:  Elaine Wedgwood and Ken Roberts.

  1. Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed October 2020 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Schmidt moved, Durham seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously.          

Treasurer – Durham – The October 31 bank account balance was $21,412.81 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing an increase in net worth to $31,412.81, compared to net worth of $31,382.62 on September 30.  Income of $1,062.32 and expenses of $1,032.13 generated a net surplus of $30.19 for the month of October 2020.  In addition to the regular recurring expenses, we incurred a one-time charge of $159.80 for a one-year Zoom account. For the first three quarters of 2020, income of $9,465.26 and expenses of $8,442.11 have resulted in a Y-T-D increase in net worth of $1,023.15.  Since we had committed giving $500 to the NTM Scholarship Foundation, Durham will transfer $500 of the surplus to the NTM Scholarship Foundation.  The Treasurer’s report was accepted with thanks.

President – President Marshall prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Next Board Meeting and Installation of New Officers: December 20, 2020 at La Madeleine, 3072 Mockingbird Lane.
  • Election of officers and directors for 2021.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of November 1st, NTM had 1,156 members, which includes 24 new members: 16 lapsed members rejoined, 5 new members joined, and 3 moved in. 2 members left due to moving out.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – Article 5, Section 1 from the Bylaws.  For future reference, we need to publish the Zoom information either in the M-AURA or send out an e-mail blast with the information.  Also, there was no reference in the proceedings that Elaine Wedgwood was appointed to the board.  It was mentioned by a couple board members that this was because the appointment wasn’t made at a board meeting.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – no report for this topic from Bill, but technically the committee should be complete with all their activities.

Election Committee – Paul Whiteman – Currently, only the Board Member at Large positions will have an actual contest, as 4 people are running for 3 positions; all other Board Members positions are running unopposed.  The Bios and Campaign Statements from the candidates were published in the November M-Aura, as well as the voting instructions (taken from the Election Code). Any mail-in ballots had to be received by November 15, 2020 in order to be counted.    

(Wedgwood) Editor – Bill Rock – no report.

(Wedgwood) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – no report.

(Wedgwood) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Wedgwood) Publicity – Vacant.

(Roberts) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – For the most part, it's "business as usual"; software licenses are current, users are being added if they're members, things seem to be working, etc.  A page has been posted describing the Virtual RG and a PDF file to be used for mail-in registration, but the online registration page is still pending some details from the committee.

(Roberts) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – no report.

(Roberts) Programs – Vacant.

(Roberts) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – Nothing to report on the calendar side.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Event for November is "Skype a Scientist".

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – No report.

  1. Old Business: Virtual Regional Gathering – Adair and Roberts. 

 

  • Tim Moody, MAN CAVE – all things male, will be Friday at 5 PM.
  • Rover Drama Works from Plano has provided a pre-recorded performance, which will be shown after Tim Moody.
  • Tastings include Chocolate, Potato Chip, Scotch, and Wine.
  • The plan is to have a New Members’ Party at the hybrid, physical location (Escape Expert).

 

  1. New Business:
  • A motion to appropriate $150 for New Member Party during the Virtual RG was moved by Durham and seconded by Schmidt.

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Durham, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.