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August 19, 2018 Board 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 Gunny Hartman. Attendees: Vice-President John Marshall, Secretary Roger Durham, and board member George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman arrived late.

1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed July 2018 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated. Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer – Fix reported by email on the July financials which included income of $1,127.62 and expenses of $1,220.11, generating a net deficit of $92.49 for the month of July 2018. Net assets increased to $30,769.94.  The deficit was primarily due to the payment last month of $367.32 in annual website expenses.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including names of members of the Nominating (Paul Whiteman, Chair; Bill Rock, Cathy Allshouse, and Sara Hawkins, Members) and Election (Deborah Lockhart, Chair; David Monroe, Kash Hatton, and Gail Spurlock, Members; and Grant Seabolt, Alternate) Committees, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report via email. As of July 31, 2018, 1139 members were reported, up from 1,125 on June 30, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported a potential problem with this year’s Election Code, which was not revised to comply with the new By-Laws. Brack expressed the opinion that this should not cause a serious problem.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter went to the printer on Friday.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – nothing to report.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that a redacted version of the calendar is now available to the public.                                

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – 8 people tested this month. No test is scheduled for next month.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – tonight’s speaker will be on Innovation. No speaker has yet been secured for September.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that both August events were attended by about 10 kids. For September they are visiting the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – no report.

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – 35 have registered so far. Patrick Gary is working on an escape room.  Kids’ Track, Pub Crawl, and Movie Night are being considered.  Help is needed with Games.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: Pam and Ralf Kittenbacher have agreed to host the Fall New Members’ Party on October 6. Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded, to advance $250.

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m. Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

                                                  July 15, 2018 Board 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 Vice-President John Marshall, Attendees: Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Chris Cree and George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman was returning from vacation and arrived late.

1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed June 2018 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Schmidt moved, Fix seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer – Fix reported on the May financials which included income of $1,026.93 and expenses of $697.60, generating a net surplus of $329.33 for the month of June 2018.  Net assets increased to $30,862.43.  The surplus was primarily due to the reduction in printing costs for the M-Aura with the revised format.  Randy Brack questioned the calculations previously reported regarding the cost of the M-Aura, and a brief discussion followed.  Report received with thanks.

President – In the absence of President Hartman, Marshall presented the President’s Report, including comments on the appointment of members of the Nominating and Election Committee, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report.  As of June 30, 2018, 1125 members reported, up from 1,107 on May 31, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported by email that the newsletter is ready to go to the printer on Monday.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported that he cannot recommend the web service firm from whom he received an unsolicited proposal.  He is still working on getting a redacted version of the calendar available to the public.                                                                                 

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – no test given this momth.  Next month’s test will be at the Timberglen branch library in far north Dallas.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no speaker could be found for tonight’s meeting.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported by email – The July event was a recycling center tour, attended by 10 members of 5 families.  For August they are volunteering to pack meals for the less fortunate and also visiting a climbing gym.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – no report.

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – objected to the changes made in the M-Aura, particularly the omission of the RG registration form.  Marshall assured her that the registration form will be restored to future issues of the M-Aura.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Whiteman, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:48 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

May 20, 2018 Board Proceedings

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 Eric “Gunny” Hartman. Attendees: Vice-President John Marshall, Treasurer Doug Fix, and board members Chris Cree, George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.  Secretary Roger Durham arrived late.

  1. 1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed April 2018 Board Meeting minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer – Fix reported on the April financials which included income of $1,281.82 and expenses of $2,502.49, generating a net deficit of <$1,220.67> for the month of April 2018.  Net assets declined to $30,539.21.  It was noted that the deficit was primarily due to the addition of money to our Post Office deposit.  This item should not recur for at least 6 months.  Fix will dispute a small charge on the NTM debit card which no one can account for.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including a request for the Board members to begin searching for members of the Nominating and Election Committees, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report.  As of April 30, 2018, 1,088 members reported, up from 1,056 on March 31, 2018.  He also reported that the New Members Party did not attract the hoped-for attendance.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack - nothing to report.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported no problems with the M-Aura.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley reported that the printer forgot to put the RG registration form in the last M-Aura, so he offered to include the form in future issues on a different color paper at no additional charge.  She also noted that a few second family members are getting a print copy of the M-Aura although the primary member has gone to electronic.  Cree moved, Marshall seconded to change the standing policy of the group to cease requiring the sending of newsletters to second family members.  Passed unanimously.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – Nothing to report.

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – Two candidates tested in April; May test was held yesterday – one candidate tested.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – reported that she has been unable to find a speaker for June due to the meeting falling on Fathers’ Day.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock – May was an open-telescope night in Denton at the UNT observatory.  The June event will be camping on Fathers’ Day weekend.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman reported on his visit with the San Diego S.I.G.H.T. chair while he was in California recently.

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – RG is now in the list of upcoming RGs on the national website.

  1. 2. Old Business:

Cree reported on the findings of his ad-hoc committee regarding ways to reduce the expense of the M-Aura.  The discussion will be continued to next month.

  1. 3. New Business: Whiteman reported that a member called it to her attention that the e-mail blast advertising tonight’s speaker did not include the location. She requested that future emails include that information.

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Marshall, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

                                                  June 17, 2018 Board Proceedings

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 Eric “Gunny” Hartman. Attendees: Vice-President John Marshall, Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Chris Cree and George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman arrived late.

1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed May 2018 Board Meeting minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer – Fix reported on the May financials which included income of $935.95 and expenses of $942.06, generating a net deficit of <$6.11> for the month of May 2018.  Net assets declined slightly to $30,533.10.  Fix disputed a small charge on the NTM debit card which no one could account for, and it was reversed.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including potential volunteers for members of the Nominating and Election Committees, and a reminder that a Scholarship Chair must be appointed by the next meeting, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report.  As of May 31, 2018, 1107 members reported, up from 1,088 on April 30, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack - nothing to report.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter is ready to go to the printer on Monday, subject to the Board’s decisions after hearing the Circulation Manager’s report.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley presented several options for saving money on the newsletter, beginning with the July issue.  After discussion, a decision was deferred until the Board could receive the report of Cree’s M-Aura task force later in the meeting.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – Nothing to report.                        

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – five people tested on Saturday.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no speaker could be found for tonight’s meeting.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock –  The June event was camping on Fathers’ Day weekend.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – no report.  Durham reported that the winners of NTM’s two $3,000 local scholarships were Charles Ringman of Dallas (Kittenbacher Memorial) and Michael Giordano of Tyler (Jeffrey Memorial).  He also reported that the directors of the NTM Scholarship Foundation have established a third $3,000 scholarship to be awarded beginning next year, to be named for his late mother, Marjorie Brown.

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – no report.

2. Old Business:

Cree reported on the findings of his task force regarding ways to reduce the expense of the print version of the M-Aura, as the cost of printing and mailing now exceeds the monthly grant from American Mensa.  Numerous options were presented, after which Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to limit the July newsletter to 16 pages without color.  Passed unanimously.

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:12 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

March 18, 2018 Board 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 Eric “Gunny” Hartman. Attendees:  Vice President John Marshall, Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Anne Whiteman, Chris Cree, and George Schmidt.

1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed February 2018 Board Meeting minutes were circulated.  There was one correction and Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as corrected, which passed unanimously.

Treasurer – Fix reported on the February financials which included income of $1,284.80 and expenses of $1,098.93, generating a net surplus of $185.87 for the month of February 2018.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including a reminder to renew memberships by next month, if necessary, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman had previously submitted the membership report by email.  As of February 28, 2018, 1,285 members reported, up from 1,270 on January 31, 2018.  Whiteman further reported that the New Members’ Party will be held at Gail Spurlock’s home, on May 5.  Paul hopes to have a Margarita machine.  Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded, to approve the planned date, and to rent a Margarita machine.  Passed 6-1, with Fix opposed.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack, no report as ombudsman.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported no problems with the M-Aura, which went to the printer last week.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

 (Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar discussed problems with the website, including the expiration of the credit card on file with our ISP.  Durham moved, Schmidt seconded, to ask our bank to issue a debit card with a $500 limit to McKellar.  McKellar asked about reappointment of those listed on the website as Area Coordinators.  He will contact them about their willingness to continue.

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – 6 people tested on Saturday.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack reported that the speaker at this meeting will be a member who owns a micro-brewery, and a speaker on the nature of creativity has been secured for April.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – no report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock – April will be a family day at Bill’s house to disassemble electronics.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman, no report.

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

2. Old Business – Whiteman reported that name tags will be received by the new Members’ Party. Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to provide tags only for the board members and Randy Brack.  Passed 6-1 with Cree opposed.  Cree offered to donate the money to buy name tags for all the appointed officers.

3. New Business - Deborah Lockhart reported that she will be out of town for the summer, and the Community Room will be unavailable when a resident is not here. We will need a meeting place for June and August, as another member is available for July.  Several options will be explored.

Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to reappoint Karen Brack to a 3-year term on the Gatherings Committee.  Passed unanimously.

Karen Brack reported on the outcome of the RG planning meeting held earlier in the day.

Marshall moved, Fix seconded to appoint Cree to chair a committee to investigate ways to reduce the cost of publishing the M-Aura.  Passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 7:15 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.