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                                                                November 17, 2019 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, Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham. Board members Chris Cree and Anne Whiteman arrived late.

  1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed October 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Fix seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.          

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported on the October financials which included income of $1,099.92 and expenses of $657.88, generating a net surplus of $442.04 for the month of October, primarily due to a credit of $407.99 for an undeposited check for website expenses.  This credit will be reversed in November.  Total assets increased to $32,665.84 as of October 31, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by encouraging all members of the Board to stay for the Election Meeting, and attend the Regional Gathering over Thanksgiving Weekend, even if only for a day or two.  He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on December 15, 2019, at the usual time and place.  The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman - reported by email that as of October 31 NTM had 1,169 members, up from 1,163 on September 30.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported that everything is ready for tonight’s election meeting.

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

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – nothing to report.

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that 13 candidates were tested on October 26.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no report.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – reported by email that she wishes to recognize Bill Rock for his help keeping the calendar updated.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock - reported by e-mail that this month featured a tour of In Sync Exotics Big Cat Sanctuary, attended by about a dozen people, plus golf and games in Texarkana, with several people participating.  Plans for December include a plant tour, Meals on Wheels, and holiday crafts.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Carol Hilson and Anne Whiteman – Whiteman reported that organizing for the RG continues.  All speaker slots have been filled.  The wine and chocolate tastings are sold out.  Hilson reported by email that as of yesterday we had 73 paid registrations, with several more reportedly in the mail.  Durham reported that hotel reservations are lagging, and if they don’t pick up by Thanksgiving we could owe the hotel a penalty in excess of $1,000.

2. Old Business:

None.

3. New Business:   

       Marshall moved, Cree seconded that the several hundred books left to NTM by the late Wayne Pierce be given to the RG for a book swap.  Any books left over after the RG will be taken by Randy Brack for distribution to various organizations.  Passed unanimously.

 

 Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Fix, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

                                                    October 20, 2019 Board Minutes

                                                              North Texas Mensa

A Local Group of

American Mensa Ltd.

    A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:02 pm by Secretary Roger Durham.  Attendees: Treasurer Doug Fix and board members George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.  Board member Chris Cree attended by telephone.  The first order of business was to elect a Chair for this meeting, both the President and Vice President being absent.  Fix moved, Whiteman seconded to elect Schmidt to chair this meeting.  Passed unanimously.

1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed September 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Whiteman moved, Fix seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.         

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported on the September financials which included income of $1,164.47 and expenses of $1,572.80, generating a net deficit of $408.33 for the month of September, primarily due to an $800 deposit for future postage costs.  Total assets decreased to $32,223.80 as of September 30, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – In the absence of President Hartman, Schmidt presented the President’s Report.  He began by encouraging all members of the Board to attend the Election Meeting on November 17, and the Regional Gathering over Thanksgiving Weekend.  He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on November 17, 2019, at the usual time and place, and that the November General Meeting, on November 17, will feature candidate speeches, in-person voting, and ballot counting.   The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman - reported by email that as of September 30 NTM had 1,163 members, up from 1,145 on August 31.  He also reported that 37 attended the fall New Members’ Party at the home of Ken and Lori Roberts on October 12, including 5 new members and 2 other first-time attendees.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – (by email) nothing to report.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported by email that the ballot was sent to the newsletter on time and everything appears to be ready for next month’s election meeting.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock - reported that the newsletter went to the printer last week.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that there is a problem with the calendar software which he is unable to resolve.  He is attempting to refer it to the program’s publisher.

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that there was no test in September; both the regular test and the culture-fair will be offered on October 26.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no report.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that this month featured Young Eagles flights attended by 13.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Carol Hilson and Anne Whiteman – Whiteman reported that planning for the RG continues.  Hilson reported by email that as of last week we had 60 paid registrations.

 

2. Old Business:

      None.

 

3. New Business:

      None.

     

 Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Cree, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

July 21, 2019 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 in the absence of President Gunny Hartman.  Attendees:  Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.

  1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed June 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Schmidt moved, Whiteman seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.    

Treasurer – Fix reported on the June financials which included income of $965.31 and expenses of $705.96, generating net income of $259.35 for the month of June.  Total assets increased to $32,929.92 as of June 30, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Marshall presented the President’s Report.  He officially reported that the 2019 Nominating Committee members are Chair Bill Rock, Veronica (Williams) Jarmiolowski, Regina “Reg” (Stamm) Miano, Cathy Allshouse, and Alternate Sara Hawkins.  The 2019 Election Committee members are Chair Andy McKellar, Deborah Lockhart, Mark Hammons, Paul Whiteman, and Alternate Eric Hartman, Jr.  He reminded the Editor that names of the Election Committee members must appear in the September M-Aura.  He also reminded everyone that a Chair is needed for the October New Members’ Party, preferably by the next Board Meeting, which will be on August 18, 2019. He noted that reports have been received by e-mail from the Chairs of both the Nominating and Election Committees, outlining their progress in preparing for the election.  The following reports were received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman reported that as of June 30 NTM had 1,134 members, up from 1,128 on May 31.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported that he has not been informed who the new Regional Ombudsman will be.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported by email that the newsletter went to the printer last week.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that several expenses have been incurred for the renewal of our ISP service and a couple of software packages.  The on-line RG registration form is up and appears to be working correctly.

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart reported that no testing was done this month.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no report.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – reported by email that she would like to continue as Calendar Chair next year.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that last month’s event was blueberry picking in Edom.  This month was a tour of a football manufacturer, with eight participants, and August will feature a visit to Scrap! Denton.  We have been contacted by a former member from Michigan who has moved to Texarkana and wants to help as Gifted Youth Coordinator for East Texas.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Anne Whiteman reported that planning for the RG continues.

   2. Old Business:

       None.

  1. New Business:

       Durham moved, Fix seconded to congratulate Karen Brack on receiving the National Service Award at the Annual Gathering.  Passed unanimously. 

                        

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Fix, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:25 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

September 15, 2019 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, Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.

  1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed August 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.          

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported on the August financials which included income of $980.47 and expenses of $929.53, generating net income of $50.94 for the month of August.  Total assets increased to $32,632.13 as of August 31, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by announcing that the deadline for Board nominations is September 30.  He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on October 20, 2019, at the usual time and place, and that the November General Meeting, on November 17, will feature candidate speeches, in-person voting, and ballot counting.   The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman reported via email that as of August 31 NTM had 1,145 members, up from 1,143 on July 31.  He announced that the fall New Members’ Party will be at the home of Ken and Lori Roberts, on October 12.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported that a new Regional Ombudsman has not yet been appointed.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – nothing to report.  Durham moved, Marshall seconded, that having completed its work, the committee be discharged with the Board’s thanks.  Passed unanimously.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported by email that he has nothing to report at this time.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter will go to the printer tonight.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that all software is up to date and he has nothing else to report at this time.

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that there was no testing this month.  Both the regular test and the culture-fair will be offered on October 26.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – reported that tonight’s program will be Mark Rice speaking on “Dallas at Dawn: Rare Images and Forgotten Stories”.  October’s speaker will be Dr. Kelly Palmer, speaking on “Capitalizing on the Microbe Wars”.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that this month featured a back-to-school picnic, attended by four kids, and in October Young Eagles flights return.  He announced that Art Pletcher, Gifted Youth Coordinator for East Texas, has scheduled a visit to Texarkana’s Science Museum in October.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Anne Whiteman reported that planning for the RG continues.  We currently have 50 paid registrations.

2. Old Business:

None.

3. New Business:       

       Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded, that Doug Fix be authorized to negotiate for NTM to sponsor a group outing to the Dallas Chamber Symphony at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.  Passed unanimously.

       

 Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

August 18, 2019 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 members Chris Cree, George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.

  1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed July 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.          

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported by email on the July financials which included income of $1,011.67 and expenses of $1,360.40, generating a deficit of $348.73 for the month of July.  Total assets decreased to $32,561.19 as of July 31, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by commending the Nominating Committee: Chair Bill Rock, Veronica (Williams) Jarmiolowski, Regina “Reg” (Stamm) Miano, Cathy Allshouse, and Alternate Sara Hawkins. He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on September 15, 2019, at the usual time and place.  He announced that NTM won an emerald award at the Annual Gathering.  The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman reported that as of July 31 NTM had 1,143 members, up from 1,134 on June 30.  He has still not found a location for the fall New Members’ Party.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported that a new Regional Ombudsman has not yet been appointed.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – reported the committee’s slate of candidates for the November election: President – John Marshall; Vice-President – George Schmidt; Secretary – Anne Whiteman; Treasurer – Roger Durham; Board Member at Large – Sujeet Acharya, Aaron Adair, Rolando Chapa, Pamela Evers, Brenda Martin, Scott Schorn, and Donald Stephens.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported that the election code proposed by the Board (on the advice of the Ombudsman) was ratified (and submitted to the M-Aura), and a P.O. Box has been rented for 6 months.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported by email that the newsletter went to the printer last week.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – reported that the postage account is empty.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that a minor issue with the RG registration software has been corrected by the publisher.

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that 4 candidates were tested yesterday.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – In Karen’s absence, Randy Brack reported that tonight’s program will be a speaker on “Democratization of American History”; next month’s speaker will be Mark Rice speaking on “Dallas at Dawn: Rare Images and Forgotten Stories”.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – nothing to report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that last month’s event was a tour of a football manufacturer, with seven participants, and this month featured a visit to Scrap! Denton.  In September, a back-to-school picnic is scheduled, and in October Young Eagles flights return.  He announced that Art Pletcher, former Gifted Youth Coordinator for Southeast Michigan Mensa who has moved to Texarkana, has been appointed Gifted Youth Coordinator for East Texas.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Anne Whiteman reported that planning for the RG continues.

   2. Old Business:

None.

  1. New Business:

      

       None.

 

      

 Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:26 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.