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July 18, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

North Texas Mensa

A Local Group of

American Mensa Ltd.

A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:08 pm by President George Schmidt.  Attendees included: President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Members at Large Cathy Allshouse, Jessica Helphrey, and Jennifer Green.  Present by Zoom:  Vice President Aaron Adair.

  • Reports

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

Treasurer – Durham – The June 30th bank account balance was $21,857.99 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing a decrease in net worth to $31,857.99, compared to net worth of $31.951.35 on May 31st.  Income of $923.67 and expenses of $1017.03 generated a net deficit of $93.36 for the month of June, 2021, due to website expenses of $156.67 for renewal of annual software licenses.

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

  • Appointment of Nominating Committee – Chairman: Bill Rock
    • At least one more member is needed.
  • Appointment of Election Committee – Chairman: Gunny Hartman
  • Future Board and General meeting – Live and Zoom?
    • Will continue with both live and Zoom, due to the resurgence of Covid.
  • Next Board Meeting: August 15, 2021.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of June 30th, NTM had 1,097 members, which includes 12 new members: 4 joined, 4 lapsed members rejoined, and 4 moved in. Two members left due to moving out.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – Nothing reported.

(Helphrey) Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey – Nothing to report.

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

(Helphrey) Social and Communications – Jessica Helphrey – 2nd Millenial Meet-up is on July 20th.

(Helphrey) Publicity – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – Good news (i.e., no news): everything is current and working correctly, so far as Andy can tell.

(Allshouse) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – No testing recently.

(Allshouse) Programs – Cathy Allshouse –July’s speaker cancelled, but we will have an informal discussion on Pandemic Stress Recuperation.  For August’s presentation, lawyer Penny Robe will present on what happens if you die intestate. A suggestion was made to make a Zoom recording of these programs and load it to the NTM website for people to watch on their own time.

(Allshouse) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – All is running well with the calendar.

(Green) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – July event will be a nature hike.

(Green) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Some of our members may be aware, but if not, one may register on the American Mensa website as a “host” or “guest” as part of the S.I.G.H.T. program (Service of Information, Guidance, and Hospitality to Travelers).  That enables one to welcome or stay with fellow Mensans.  Check out the following webpage for such registration and/or to learn more:  https://www.us.mensa.org/connect/sight/ .

(Green) Editor – Bill Rock – No report.

Old Business:  

  • 2021 RG –
    • Durham had checked with the Quorum Marriott. At first, the Marriott staff were enthusiastic; but now he can’t get a response.
    • Adair sent an inquiry 2-1/2 weeks ago to the Dallas Conventions Bureau, to find out other hotels that may be able to suit our needs. Has not gotten a response yet.
  • July 4th party – 16 people attended. Many more RSVP’ed, but did not attend.

New Business:

  • Fall New Member Party – Do we want one? Yes.  Whiteman to check with Ralf & Pam Kittenbacher to see if they will host.      

Motion to adjourn made by Green, seconded by Durham, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:35 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.