October 21, 2018 Board Proceedings

North Texas Mensa

 

A Local Group of

American Mensa Ltd.,

A Not-for-Profit Corporation

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Meeting called to order at 6:00 pm by Vice-President John Marshall.  Attendees: Treasurer Doug Fix, and board members Chris Cree and George Schmidt.  Secretary Roger Durham arrived late.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the September financials which included income of $1,147.45 and expenses of $854.70, generating net income of $292.81 for the month of August 2018.  Net assets increased to $31,129.21.  Report received with thanks.

President – In the absence of President Hartman, Vice-President Marshall presented the President’s Report.  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 September 30, 2018, 1164 members were reported, up from 1,161 on August 31, 2018.  The New Members’ Party at the Kittenbachers’ had 30 people in attendance, including 2 new members: Matt Lewis and Nancy Norwood.  Intermittent rain undoubtedly affected the attendance.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

(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

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

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – 9 candidates were tested yesterday.  No test is scheduled for November.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – tonight’s speaker will be a restaurant critic.  Next month will be the annual NTM election of officers.

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

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported by email that the Games Day at Nerdvana was attended by 5 or 6 kids.  Next month’s activities will be a flying event with Young Eagles, for which 15 have signed up, and a meal-packing event for Feed My Starving Children.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – about 100 have registered so far.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Durham, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:19 p.m.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

September 16, 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 Gunny Hartman. Attendees: Vice-President John Marshall, Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Chris Cree and George Schmidt.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the August financials which included income of $1,085.67 and expenses of $942.21, generating net income of $143.46 for the month of August 2018. Net assets increased to $30,913.40.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including reminders about the New Members’ Party on October 6th at the Kittenbachers’, the next Board Meeting on October 21st, and the election of 2019 officers on November 18th, 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 August 31, 2018, 1,161 members were reported, up from 1,139 on July 31, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter will go to the printer tonight. Karen Brack noted that MADEATS is moved from Monday the 8th to Friday the 12th in October.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

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

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – No test given this month. Next month’s test is scheduled for October 20 at Preston Tower.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – tonight’s speaker will be on weather forecasting. Next month’s speaker will be a restaurant critic.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that the Cavanaugh Flight Museum was attended by about 8 kids. Next month’s activity will be a games afternoon at Nerdvana in Plano.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – 87 have registered so far. The RG will host the initial meeting of the new national Sec SIG, devoted to computer security and related subjects; they will sponsor a computer lab at the RG.  There will also be an Escape Room.  The proposed Kids’ Track has been cancelled for lack of interest.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m. Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

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An Unofficial History of North Texas Mensa (as of 12/2015)

By Randy Brack

NTM Unofficial Historian

Lost in the Mist of Time

North Texas Mensa (NTM) became a chapter of American Mensa Ltd. (AML) when Texas Mensa was divided into several parts.

People were enamored with the paranormal. Linda Bell, who was to be the newsletter editor for many years, and others, such as Scott and Deborah Lockhart, thought the newsletter should reflect the aura of the Mensan. Thus, the newsletter was named “M-Aura.”

M-Auras were mailed via USPS Non-Profit Organization Bulk Rate. Full page ads were common in the newsletter.

1972

1972 RG Chair.......................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

1974

North Texas Mensa (which was then based in Fort Worth), split into NTM and Mensa 76, which serves the Ft. Worth/Arlington area. Some Fort Worthers have never forgiven the Dallasites for “stealing” the name North Texas Mensa. Others say the name was given away willingly.

NTM started the tradition of holding a semi-annual New Members Party.

1975

President.................................................................................................... Mireille (Mimi) Buser

Vice President..................................................................................................... Gertrude Miller

Secretary.................................................................................................................... Carol Naab

Treasurer................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Board Member at Large........................................... Joan Kollar, Scott Lockhart, Anita Raskin

M-Aura Editor............................................................................................................ Linda Bell

NTM had 361 members and was 11th in size in American Mensa. General meetings were held at the First Unitarian Church.

Downhill Mensa's First Annual Groundhog Day Ski-In was held in Taos, New Mexico.

SIGs included Ballroom Dancing, Darts, Esperanto, Pornography, Psychology, and Wine-tasting.

The June general meeting was canceled so members could attend the AG in San Antonio.

In July, NTM started holding its monthly general meeting at the Ben E. Keith Company, the local Budweiser distributorship. It was common for several dozen members to attend these meetings. The free beer may have had something to do with it.

NTM first established a blood account for members at Wadley Central Blood Bank (now Carter BloodCare).

1976

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President........................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Terry Irby

Treasurer................................................................................................................. Anita Raskin

Board Member at Large................................................ Jim Fredd, Joan Kollar, Scott Lockhart

M-Aura Editor............................................................................................................ Linda Bell

RG Chair................................................................................................................... Joan Kollar

The M-Aura editor published a 4-page questionnaire to determine readership attitudes toward NTM and M-Aura.

As of September 30, the NTM treasury contained $258.37.

The NTM Board decided to bid for the 1978 AG.

There were some issues regarding refunds made during the RG. This was the start of “The Troubles.” Joan Kollar was the RG Chair.

1977

President..................................................................................................... Marnell “Taz” Hayes

Vice President............................................................................................................. Jim Fredd

Secretary........................................................................................................... Jean Ann Ponder

Treasurer................................................................................................................ Jacque Frazier

Board Member at Large......................................... Diane Fredd, Carol Holgren, George Mood

M-Aura Editor............................................................................................................ Linda Bell

NTM gathered information for, and printed, a membership roster.

NTM first adopted the policy that all members in good standing, their spouses or guests may attend any SIG.

The 1977 Board decided not to bid for the 1978 AG.

The $1.00 charge for the general meetings was abolished.

A canoe trip to the Guadelupe River was the “delayed Bicentennial reenactment of the voyage in 1593 by Loof Lirpa, renegade Norse holy man and peddler…”

There were an average of 35 NTM SIGs listed in the M-Auras during the year.

There were more troubles as some NTM members complained that the Board of Directors changed the bylaws without properly notifying the membership and asking their input. National had given NTM a June 1 deadline to bring the NTM bylaws up to minimum standards. In August, NTM was notified that National was placing NTM’s newsletter subsidy in escrow pending approval of NTM’s bylaws. NTM members approved new bylaws in November.

An investigation was conducted into alleged irregularities in providing RG refunds to members of the 1976 RG committee after the 1977 Board refused permission for the issuance of such refunds. The National Ombudsman decided that in the absence of authorization for the refunds, the money should be collected from the persons who received refund checks.

The original play, “Voyage to Mensa - A Space Oddity” was presented at the October Thing, which was an NTM tradition of a playlet presented at the October general meeting

The Board decided to bid for the 1980 AG.

193 members out of 553 cast valid ballots in the Election of the 1978 Board. This was when ballots were mailed first class to members.

1978

President................................................................................................................. Anita Raskin

Vice President...................................................................................................... Gene Freeland

Secretary................................................................................................................. Lynn Brooks

Treasurer...................................................................................................................... Jean Cook

Board Member at Large....................................... Andrew Essary, Ann Fekety, Scott Lockhart

M-Aura Editor............................................................................................................ Linda Bell

NTM started the year with $616.30 in the bank. Annual national dues were increased from $15 to $20 in April.

Not all Board meetings were open to the membership. “Open” Board meetings were held quarterly.

“The Troubles” continued when in April, the Board resolved to admonish Joan Kollar, the Region 6 RVC, not to interfere with NTM, its functions, or its elections. Reasons went back to a 1977 “RVC’S New Member Party” when Kollar was alleged to have “introduced and endorsed at least one of her favored candidates [for NTM office] to the assembled guests.” A copy of the protest was sent to the AMC. The American Mensa Ombudsman got involved.

M-Aura Number 1 debuted in June, 1978 with the following editor's note: "You know, and the Editor knows, that this publication has been sent to North Texas Mensa members for almost 20 years, but this month we must proceed according to second-class mailing regulations. hence the 'new' number."

The Troubles were settled when, in a brilliant legal maneuver, American Mensa agreed to abide by its own bylaws.

The NTM Board of Directors (BoD) planned to raise money by selling an NTM cookbook.

1979

President............................................................................................................... Chuck Adkins

Vice President....................................................................................................... Largent Parks

Secretary............................................................................................................. Ray Szczesniak

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Laura Murphy

Board Member at Large............................................. Roger Durham, Mike Germain, Rik Hess

M-Aura Editor............................................................................................................ Linda Bell

The “October Thing” was The Dragon’s Tale, by Doug Frazier. “Tale” was/is a musical fantasy involving a dragon who is atypically friendly, a princess who wants to be a peasant, a frog who used to be a prince, a knight errant, and much, much more.

Continuing in the tradition of editors everywhere, the M-Aura editor had a run-in with the Board of Directors about the contents of one issue. The BoD won.

1980

President............................................................................................................... Chuck Adkins

Vice President..................................................................................................... Andrew Essary

Secretary................................................................................................................ Kathi Church

Treasurer................................................................................................................... John Moore

Board Member at Large.................................. Vickie Churchman, Roger Durham, Ann Fekety

M-Aura Editor........................................................................................................ Doug Frazier

RG Chair....................................................................................................................... Rik Hess

The NTM Federal Credit Union invited members to join up. Whatever happened to it, anyway?

SIGs included Backgammon, B.A.D. (ask a long-time member), Chess, Contract Bridge, Eats, Games, G.O.O.D. (Get Out Of Dallas), Hack, Slash, and Skewer, Panjandrums, Philosophy, Photography, Pickin’ & Singin’, Sci-Fi, SEXYG, Tennis, Think Tank, and Wine Tasting. Whatever happened to them, anyway?

Wizards, Hobbits, and Water-Ms were called to sign up for a Guadeloupe River Downriver Expedition and Treasure Hunt.

Pre-registration for the 1980 NTM RG (held during the State Fair in October) was $10.00 Sunday brunch and banquet were an additional $13.00.

SEXYG held its first annual gathering in conjunction with the NTM RG. It was a bust.

Mayor Robert S. Folsom of Dallas declared September 21-27 as Mensa Week.

Candidates for the 1981 NTM BoD actually advertised in the M-Aura. How times have changed.

1981

President................................................................................ Vickie Churchman/Jacque Frazier

Vice President..................................................................................... Jacque Frazier/Lea Taylor

Secretary................................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

Treasurer................................................................................................................. Kathi Church

Board Member at Large............................... Jacqueline Adkins, Craig Bicking, Margy Cassidy

M-Aura Editor........................................................................................................ Doug Frazier

RG Chair....................................................................................................................... Rik Hess

The first column by social commentator Gilde D. Feinbuht appeared in the M-Aura. Ms. Feinbuht, billing herself as “Local ChairM Z-Bras International SIG - Over C’s,” prompted several Ms to write letters about male fixations with the female mammary glands.

The first incarnation of the current Gatherings Committee sprang into existence by an “enabling motion” passed by the membership.

G.O.O.D. SIG held the First Annual, Sixth or Seventh Commemorative, Trans-Texas Invitational Down River Expedition and Dare-Devil Tubing Convention. The Guinness Book of World Records refused to certify NTM’s “Nessie” as the world’s longest inner tube raft because the category did not exist.

New NTM member Joe B**gl* volunteered to be M-Aura circulation manager. Having been entrusted with approximately 1,000 newsletters to mail, he disappeared, along with the M-Auras and two of NTM’s staplers. National rushed new mailing labels and the issues were reprinted. Joe surfaced in Ft. Worth several years later. The staplers have never been found.

1982

President..................................................................................................................... Lea Taylor

Vice President........................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

Secretary........................................................................... Cherri (Rachel) Bond/Barbara Guzak

Treasurer............................................................................................................. Ray Szczesniak

Board Member at Large...................................... Craig Bicking, Jackie Fredd, Cindy McKellar

M-Aura Editor.................................................................................... Doug Gruber/Mimi Buser

RG Chair............................................................................................................ Andy McKellar

Several members of NTM who had relocated to Houston formed NTM-in-Exile.

The M-Aura editor experimented with newsletters in the 8 1/2 by 11 inch format. It lasted five months. The editor left town.

PICNICSIG spent a Sunday afternoon riding the AirTrans at DFW airport while having their meal. Airport security attempted to eject them, but the members had each paid the $.50 fare (it didn’t used to be free), and thus were there legally.

Once again, G.O.O.D. SIG attended the Great Texas Raft Race. “Sara Bellum” rode the waves (for less time than it took to get from the launching ramp to the starting line).

NTM moved its RG to Thanksgiving weekend. A new era was born.

American Mensa notified NTM that NTM’s bylaws had never been adopted.

Ben E. Keith company, where the general meeting was being held monthly, moved from downtown to the Medical Center area.

1983

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President....................................................................................................... Diane Kulmus

Secretary.................................................................................................................. Karen Fredd

Treasurer....................................................................................................................... Bill Wills

Board Member at Large................... Tim DuBose, Susan Kennedy, Jean Starks/Chuck Adkins

M-Aura Editor.......................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Chuck Adkins

NTM, realizing that Ben E. Keith had moved, started holding its meetings at the Medical Center location.

American Mensa notified NTM that NTM’s bylaws did not conform to Minimum Standard Bylaws.

Carol Roe became Carol Hilson (also known widely as “This Carol”). A new era was born.

NTM attempted to amend the bylaws. The American Mensa Committee (AMC) did not approve the bylaws amendments.

Plans for an NTM cookbook were in the works.

Sara Bellum rode again at the Great Texas Raft Race. She not only floated, but finished the race!

Jeanne Cook’s “Mellerdrammer,” The Terrible Tracks of Trauma (or M is for the Mother Who Mislaid Me) was presented as the October Thing during the RG in November.

NTM succeeded in amending the bylaws. AMC ratified the amendments.

1984

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President.................................................................................................... Andy McKellar

Secretary.................................................................................................................. Karen Fredd

Treasurer................................................................................................................ Suzanne Wills

Board Member at Large................................... Carol Hilson, Randy Brack, Carol McGlauchlin

M-Aura Editor.......................................................................................................... Mimi Buser

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

The Mensa Restaurant Curse struck. Der Schnapps und Snacks, where Wednesday Beer Garden met, was sold to become a gas station. Beer Garden lived on at Magoo’s.

The NTM BoD told the Gatherings Committee to pursue a bid to host a future AMC meeting.

The NTM Gilbert and Sullivan SIG presented “The Mikado.”

Twenty-three NTM members participated as judges and timekeepers in the Dallas Society for Crippled Children’s Trivial Pursuit contest.

NTM members Jean Starks and Lynn Zimmerman were married at the NTM RG. Later that same day, Beth and Ed Ashworth of Houston were also married at the RG.

The NTM BoD appointed a committee to review the bylaws and recommend changes. The committee presented its report, which was tabled by the Board.

1985

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President......................................................................................................... Carol Hilson

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Jim Fredd

Treasurer................................................................................................................ Suzanne Wills

Board Member at Large............................ Jane Herrick, Betty (Seixas) Formby, Steve Shapiro

M-Aura Editor..................................................................................................... Sandy Blaydes

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

A survey of the membership (an astounding 106 members responding) showed the following:

  • Most liked about NTM: Socializing with other members; a feeling of belonging; and informality.
  • Least liked about NTM: Hard to break into the “in” group; members not friendly to new members; a lack of activity near the respondent’s area of town; and a decry of the lack of participation of the majority.

Would the answers be different if the same poll were held today? Do we learn anything from the past?

The AMC held its winter budget meeting in Dallas. They checked out NTM as possible hosts of a future AG.

The NTM BoD approved a committee to update the bylaws. The committee rewrote the bylaws as a whole to conform to the Minimum Standard Bylaws. After much wrangling, wailing, and gnashing of teeth, the BoD accepted the revisions and presented them to the membership as a whole. After further wrangling, the bylaws were approved by NTM and ratified by the AMC.

G.O.O.D. SIG, which apparently no longer existed under that name, went down the Brazos in the 10th Annual Anna Edson Taylor Memorial Down-River Expedition.

NTM appointed its first-ever Area Coordinator, Kathy McWhorter of Duncanville/South Dallas County.

Carol Hilson announced that NTM would host the 1987 Mensa AG. NTM members cheered. NTM Gatherings Committee members cringed at the thought of putting on an annual gathering.

Once again, NTMers served as judges and timekeepers in the Trivial Pursuit contest hosted by the Dallas Society for Crippled Children.

1986

President.................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

Vice President...................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Jim Fredd

Treasurer.............................................................................................................. Barbara Guzak

Board Member at Large.......................................... Jane Herrick, Randy Brack, Diane Kulmus

M-Aura Editor..................................................................................................... Sandy Blaydes

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Karen Fredd

Due to the demise of Café on the Green (another victim of the Mensa Restaurant Curse), Munch Bunch moved to Fuddrucker’s.

NTM established a local scholarship fund.

The AMC met in Dallas in a second attempt to familiarize themselves with North Texas. NTM hosted a Mini-RG in connection with the meeting.

Rik Hess became the sysop for the first local Mensa computer bulletin board, the Bluebonnet BBS.

The NTM BoD approved four amendments to the bylaws and sent them to National, where they were also approved. The BoD voted to submit the proposed changes to the membership and they were published in the M-Aura. A referendum was to be held in conjunction with the annual election, but by order of the NTM President, who did not consult with the Board of Directors, the ballots were never mailed. The amendments were eventually submitted to the membership in 1995.

The First Annual Bobby Burns Bash was held, a tradition that continues to this day.

1987

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President................................................................................................... Bernard Mayoff

Secretary.................................................................................................... Rita Schoch Foudray

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Colin Wedgwood

Board Member at Large........................................... Carol Hilson, Homer Hurlbut, John Seixas

M-Aura Editor..................................................................................................... Sandy Blaydes

AG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

Early registration for the AG was $35 (ranging to $55 at the door). The 5-meal package was $86 ($81 if you substituted lasagna for steak).

Plans for an NTM cookbook were still in the works.

NTM hosted the 1987 Mensa AG. Approximately 1325 Ms attended, plus or minus. It was generally recognized (at least by members of NTM) that this had been one of the best AGs in recent years. After all, no other AG had armadillo races.

The Ben E. Keith Company reluctantly notified NTM that the monthly meetings would have to be held elsewhere. NTM moved its monthly meetings to the Dealy Recreation Center and then to St. Matthias Episcopal Church. Confused members had trouble finding the meetings.

A disgruntled NTM member published a pseudo-newspaper titled the “Mensa Free Press” as a forum for airing perceived inequities aimed at him.

1988

President............................................................................................................ Bernard Mayoff

Vice President.......................................................................................................... Jane Herrick

Secretary................................................................................. Diane (Kulmus) Forrest Johnston

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Colin Wedgwood

Board Member at Large................................................... Steve Oller, Ellen Court, Mona Kidd

M-Aura Editor........................................................................................................ Betty Wright

RG Chair............................................................................................................. Carolyn Garner

NTM moved its meetings to the excellent facilities at Scottish Rite Hospital, where they flourished for five years.

The member who had published the “Mensa Free Press” sent letters of apology to all persons named in that publication.

The Mensa Restaurant Curse forced Plano Dinner Connection to move from Elmer McDuff’s to Fuddrucker’s.

The BoD authorized the NTM President to sign an agreement with the host of the October New Member’s Party, releasing the host from any liability for the safety of NTM members and guests and making NTM responsible for leaving the house in the condition it was in before the party. Attendance at the party was 152.

1989

President................................................................................................................... John Seixas

Vice President................................................................................................... Bernard Mayoff

Secretary................................................................................................. Diane Forrest Johnston

Treasurer.................................................................................................................. Jane Herrick

Board Member at Large............................................... Karen Fredd, Kay St. John, Lynn Petty

M-Aura Editor............................................................................ Betty Wright, Bernard Mayoff

RG Chair..................................................................................................... Kat Church Walston

NTM’s membership broke the 1,100 mark in January, hitting a high of 1,126 before dropping down to 941 after the March 31 end of the membership year.

NTMers served as extras in the convention scene being shot for the movie “Born on the Fourth of July,” staring Tom Cruise. Extras fees contributed about $400 to the scholarship fund. Unfortunately, none of our Ms were seen in the movie, as the director later decided to reshoot the scene in California with ten times the number of people.

Carol Hilson ran for Region 6 Regional Vice Chair (RVC) and won.

The scholarship fund awarded NTM’s first $1,000 scholarship.

The new M-Aura editor experimented with new names for the NTM newsletter, while keeping the official title, M-Aura on the publication to satisfy the postal service. Tested titles included “NTM,” “NoTeM,” a check mark, “N Tex,” “Antics,” and “The Newsletter.” Complaints alternated with apathy and the newsletter returned to its original name in October, 1990.

A Scholarship SIG appeared, causing members to confuse it with the official NTM scholarship fund. NTM investigated the possibilities of incorporating the scholarship fund as a tax-exempt corporation and of setting up a tax-exempt scholarship foundation.

1990

President.................................................................................................................. Karen Fredd

Vice President......................................................................................... Diane Forrest Johnston

Secretary................................................................................................................... Mona Kidd

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Ralf Kittenbacher

Board Member at Large................................... George Martindale, Steve Oller, Mike Stephens

M-Aura Editor................................................................................................... Bernard Mayoff

RG Chair..................................................................................................... Kat Church Walston

At the January business meeting, the membership voted to change the term of office for appointed positions to run from April 1 to March 31 of the following year. Unfortunately the vote was moot because positions and organizations that extend past the term of the appointing BoD must be specified in the bylaws. A motion to create a tax-exempt scholarship foundation failed.

The movement to create the scholarship foundation continued, causing even more confusion over the differences between it, the scholarship SIG, the scholarship committee, and the scholarship fund.

The BoD experimented with holding the monthly general meeting on the fourth Friday instead of the fourth Saturday. After a three-month trial, the meetings returned to Saturday.

After a lot of discussion, and possibly a little blood’s being spilled, the membership voted to create the NTM Scholarship Foundation. All NTM members are automatically members of the foundation.

1991

President.............................................................................................................. Homer Hurlbut

Vice President............................................................... Diane Forrest Johnston/Bailey Hankins

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Jim Fredd

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Ralf Kittenbacher

Board Member at Large....................................... Mike Stephens, Carolyn Garner, Gayle Cook

M-Aura Editor............................................................................... Lee Martindale/Doug Frazier

RG Chair..................................................................................................... Trish & Walt Hebert

Since a quorum did not show up for the annual business meeting in January, no business was conducted. In such a manner was a rather dull year foreshadowed.

The M-Aura started printing a column by the non-M spouse of a Mensan. Regular columnists complained that all material should be written by Ms. Cynics noted that they were just bitching because the column-inches were going to someone else.

The NTM Scholarship Foundation awarded over $3,000 in scholarships.

The M-Aura editor resigned over perceived heavy-handedness by the BoD.

1992

President............................................................................................................. Andy McKellar

Vice President...................................................................................................... Mike Stephens

Secretary............................................................................................................ June Laukkanen

Treasurer................................................................................................................... John Moore

Board Member at Large.......................................... Gayle Cook, Roger Hillsman, John Strohm

M-Aura Editor......................................................... Doug Frazier/Lee Martindale/Jana Jackson

RG Chair....................................................................................................................... Rik Hess

Once again, there was no quorum at the annual business meeting.

The BoD passed a motion to adopt the model editorial policy, as published in the Editor’s Handbook, as editorial policy for the M-Aura. The policy would allow publication of articles by non-Ms.

In an unrelated activity, the BoD reappointed the M-Aura editor who had resigned several months before.

The NTM Scholarship Foundation, in full swing, awarded another $3,000 worth of scholarships.

Eighty-four members voted in the annual NTM election.

Plans for an NTM cookbook were in the works.

1993

President............................................................................................................. Roger Hillsman

Vice President............................................................................................................. Ty O’Neal

Secretary................................................................................................................ Elaine Erback

Treasurer................................................................................................................ Carol Henson

Board Member at Large................................ Ralf Kittenbacher, Cindy McKellar, Paul Nichols

M-Aura Editor......................................................................................................... Jana Jackson

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Poems and articles abounded in the M-Aura, as editor Jana Jackson successfully entreated members to submit copy. A two-page letter in the M-Aura (by Name Withheld by Request) decried “many” Mensans’ lack of maturity and etiquette. The letter prompted several new letters, generally taking issue with Name’s point of view.

NTMer Walt Hebert was honored by Wadley Blood Center (now Carter BloodCare) for donating his 56th unit. That’s 7 gallons of blood for the NTM blood account.

Scottish Rite Hospital, where NTM had been meeting, limited use of its facilities to health-care related groups, forcing NTM to scramble for a new meeting place. The BoD settled on Birraporetti’s, a restaurant on Central Expressway. After a couple of months there, the general meeting bounced around until March, 1994.

S. I. N. SIG debuted, for shy, inactive and new members.

NTM made $220 selling rosters.

1994

President.................................................................................................................... Frank Egan

Vice President................................................................................................. Ralf Kittenbacher

Secretary.................................................................................................. Karen Weston (Brack)

Treasurer........................................................................................................... Terrence Harders

Board Member at Large................................... Linda Boroughs, Todd Ireland, Jane Thompson

M-Aura Editor......................................................................... Roger Hillsman/Daniel Chenault

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

Frank Egan assumed the NTM Presidency. Many activities and SIGs blossomed under his leadership. Egan put into place a voice mail system for BoD members and holders of appointed positions, name tags for Board members, and a computer bulletin board system for members.

The general meeting location changed to the Alamo Café.

New SIGs included Sober Drunks SIG (for recovering drunks/addicts and their families), Billiards SIG, the Conservative Philosophy/Discussion Group, Mensanity, the 2% Solution SIG, and the Mensa Bar Association (for drinkers, not lawyers). Comedy SIG returned. Singles Symphony SIG continued to be popular.

Nine-year old Laura Kittenbacher outclassed 15 NTM members by winning the annual Monopoly tournament. The trophy was awarded well after the winner’s bedtime.

Mensa 76 and NTM started to publish each other’s calendar. (Whatever happened to this practice?)

1995

President......................................................................................................... Ralf Kittenbacher

Vice President......................................................................................................... Karen Brack

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Jim Fredd

Treasurer................................................................................................................ Carol Henson

Board Member at Large.......................... Linda Boroughs, Todd Ireland, Debbie Kittenbacher

M-Aura Editor................................................................................................... Daniel Chenault

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Once again, there was no quorum at the annual business meeting.

The NTM bylaws were amended for the first time in ten years. This brought the bylaws into compliance with AML’s Minimum Standard Bylaws.

A poem published in the M-Aura under a pseudonym attacked an earlier M-Aura article. The ensuing controversy generated the policy that both the Editor and at least one Board member must know the identity of anonymous/pseudonymous M-Aura letters and articles.

The membership of NTM adopted eleven standing policies, the first in the history of the group.

The NTM Scholarship Foundation awarded $1,800 in scholarships.

Kathy McWhorter won an Individual Recognition Certificate from AMC for her essay “Blind Racism” in the M-Aura, Daniel Chenault, Editor.

Beer and Wine became once again available at the semi-annual New Members Party. The parties had been dry because of concerns over insurance liability issues.

The Alamo Café made it clear that NTM was no longer welcome to hold its monthly meetings at their establishment. The speaker at the September general meeting was the National Leather Association, whose topic was BDSM (bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, sadism/masochism). Their whips and other toys (and demonstration) were inadvertently visible to restaurant patrons through the outside windows and some people complained to the management.

1996

President.............................................................................................. Frank Egan/Karen Brack

Vice President...................................................................................... Karen Brack/Ellen Court

Secretary..................................................................................................... Debbie Kittenbacher

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large.......................................... John Lewis, June Laukkanen, Jim Barnhart

M-Aura Editor................................................................................ Daniel Chenault/John Lewis

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Kat Walston

“Manic” Frank Egan again assumed the NTM Presidency. Mensa turned 50 this year, and so did Frank.

The Alamo Café went out of business. Normally, the Mensa restaurant curse requires that the establishment expires while NTM is still meeting there.

NTM experimented with holding receptions for new members in quarters without a New Members' Party. The experiment was eventually discontinued because the number of new members attending was usually less than the number of Board members attending.

Frank Egan became unmanic and resigned the NTM presidency. Vice President Karen Brack assumed the office.

Stephanie Gobran, age 4, joined NTM. She later appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Mayor Ron Kirk of Dallas proclaimed August 20 through August 26, 1996 as MENSA WEEK, to coincide with Mensa's 50th anniversary.

 

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1997

President.................................................................................................................. Karen Brack

Vice President........................................................................................................... Ellen Court

Secretary..................................................................................................... Debbie Kittenbacher

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Cindy Bicking

Board Member at Large................................ Linda Boroughs, David Morehead, Marian Pearn

M-Aura Editor...................................................................................... John Lewis/Paul Nichols

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Each NTM BoD member was given the duty of being the liaison to several of the NTM appointed positions. The Mensa 76 calendar was published in the M-Aura and vice versa. Whatever happened to these practices?

NTM's first official web site went online.

Former NTMer Rik Hess became the Region 6 RVC upon the unexpected resignation of Darrel Noe.

Paul Nichols started his first of five year term as M-Aura editor.

The general meeting location changed to Al Vera's Mexican Restaurant in Richardson.

After several years of inactivity, the Board of Trustees of the NTM Scholarship Foundation was reconstituted. Activity began in January, 1998.

NTM closed the year with 807 members.

1998

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President.......................................................................................................... Eric Desardi

Secretary......................................................................................................... Colin Wedgwood

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Cindy Bicking

Board Member at Large.................. Dale Sander, Lynda Klaser, Susan Montooth/Tom Gedde

M-Aura Editor......................................................................................................... Paul Nichols

RG Chair.................................................................................................... Debbie Kittenbacher

The general meeting location changed to the Rock Bottom Brewery.

The Program Chair conducted a survey of NTM members to determine what they wanted to see at general meetings. Returns showed (and this is no joke) that members didn't want to be bothered by surveys.

NTM members judged 214 scholarship essays. The NTM Scholarship Foundation awarded its first scholarship ($300) in years.

Carol Hilson announced that NTM had been selected to host the 2001 Mensa AG. NTM members cheered. NTM Gatherings Committee members cringed at the thought of putting on an annual gathering.

The BoD refused to update the NTM Bylaws to bring them into compliance with AML’s Minimum Standard Bylaws.

The Presidents of NTM and East Texas Mensa agreed to trade certain geographical areas. NTM would receive the cities of Sherman and Denison and 11 zip codes (starting with 754..) in Grayson and Collin counties. NTM would give up 6 zip codes (starting with 751..) in Hunt and Van Zandt counties. No Mensa members lived in any of the zip codes turned over to East Texas Mensa. Unfortunately, the paperwork for this trade was lost and discovered five years later in a closet. The swap never occurred.

191 people attended the NTM RG.

Plans for an NTM cookbook were in the works.

1999

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President....................................................................................................... Ron Edelstein

Secretary.............................................................. Pat Olver/Kathy McWhorter/Christina Colias

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Colin Wedgwood

Board Member at Large.................................... John Atchley, James Stephens, Scott Breeding

M-Aura Editor......................................................................................................... Paul Nichols

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Karen Brack

The general meeting location changed to The Midway Point restaurant.

A new Munch Bunch, Wednesday Telecom Subs, was started for the workers in the Richardson Telecom Corridor.

The net worth of NTM exceeded $11,000.

The BoD again refused to update the NTM Bylaws to bring them into compliance with AML’s Minimum Standard Bylaws.

The general meeting location changed again, this time to Denny’s restaurant.

Members of NTM and Mensa 76 continued to support the local PBS TV station by manning the phones during pledge week and their annual auction.

210 people attended the NTM RG over Thanksgiving. This was the largest NTM RG attendance ever.

2000

President................................................................................................................. Kay St. John

Vice President.................................................................................................... Susan Erichsrud

Secretary............................................................................................................. Christina Colias

Treasurer.......................................................................................................... Colin Wedgwood

Board Member at Large....................................... Amanda Seipel, Scott Milo, Marianne Szabo

M-Aura Editor......................................................................................................... Paul Nichols

RG Chair.................................................................................................... Debbie Kittenbacher

The general meeting location changed from Denny’s to Love and War in Texas. Despite entreaties in the M-Aura for members to attend the Annual General Business meeting, a quorum of 25 members could not be convened.

NTM appointed Randy Brack as its first Ombudsman.

The general meeting location changed from Love and War in Texas to Chuck’s Diner.

Two BoD members were removed for not showing up for meetings. One other (Milo) was removed because he allowed his membership to lapse. After his membership was reestablished, President Kay St. John reappointed Milo to the BoD, but he failed to show up for further meetings. The President herself was incommunicado for two and a half months, not attending meetings, returning telephone calls, or even certified mail. In some months no business was conducted because a quorum of the BoD could not be convened.

NTM leased a storage facility for the first time, to hold the NTM property and the archives, when they could be found. (The archives were found in 2003 and should be transferred to the storage facility in 2004.)

Members of NTM’s 2001 AG committee attended the 2000 AG in Philadelphia to get a feel for the problems and opportunities involved with putting on an AG. They found a key ingredient to be chocolate.

Most of the scheduled activities listed in the M-Aura were for Gen-Xers.

RG registration was 180, with a profit of $1976 going to NTM.

The NTM Teen SIG took over the NTM web site, overhauled it, and gave the group a web site to be proud of.

2001

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President..................................................................................... Christina Colias (Keltner)

Secretary............................................................................................................. Jane Thompson

Treasurer............................................................................................................. Candace Brister

Board Member at Large................................ Jennifer Kleber, Wayne Pierce, Heather Ferguson

M-Aura Editor......................................................................................................... Paul Nichols

AG Co-Chairs............................................................................. Carol Hilson & Roger Durham

Long-term NTM member Doug Frazier was elected as the NTM President and stability was restored to the BoD. NTM started the year with 870 members.

The general meeting location changed from Chuck’s Diner to La Madeleine Restaurant in Addison.

NTM moved its treasury account from a bank to a brokerage account to save on fees.

A new SIG, TINDOMO (Things I’d Never Do On My Own) actually got about two dozen NTMers to skydive.

NTM hosted the 2001 AG at the Hotel Intercontinental in Addison during the 4th of July week. Registration was about 1200 people. The gathering produced $4500 for NTM and $7777 for American Mensa. The AG raffle produced $1600 for the NTM Scholarship Foundation. The National Office presented Carol Hilson with an award for being the only person brave(?) enough to chair two AGs. Roger Durham co-chaired the highly-successful gathering.

After several years of aborted attempts, NTM produced a membership roster. NTM also was successful in updating its Bylaws to meet the American Mensa Minimum Standard Bylaws Requirements. A significant bylaws change enabled NTM members to vote in-person for the first time during the annual general election.

Jane Thompson resigned as NTM Membership Chair after serving admirably for more years than anyone could remember.

2002

President.................................................................................................................. Paul Nichols

Vice President.................................................................................................. Christina Keltner

Secretary...................................................................................................................... Jim Fredd

Treasurer............................................................................................................. Candace Brister

Board Member at Large......................................... Sandi Smith, Ron Wheeler, Andy McKellar

M-Aura Editor................................................................................... Paul Nichols/Mike Shaffer

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Ray O’Connor

NTM started the year with eighteen SIGs, with interests including horse riding, poker, dancing, Gen-X, gifted children, and more.

Because of a perceived shortage of funds, the BoD voted to cut the M-Aura budget, resulting in a newsletter with fewer (though slightly larger) pages, smaller type, and a dearth of articles printed. The funding issue was eventually traced to the treasurer’s changing the accounting system from cash to accrual, combined with the fact that the check for profits from the AG was presented to the Board in 2001, with no RG profit to be recorded in 2002.

Paul Nichols resigned as M-Aura Editor (to take over as President) after five years, the second-longest run in the history of NTM. The longest was Linda Bell (pre-1975 through 1979).

The general meeting location changed from La Madeleine to Half-Price Books. It returned to La Madeleine two months later.

NTM finished the membership year in March with 941 members, including 34 second family members.

2003

President........................................................................................................................ Rik Hess

Vice President.................................................................................................... Andy McKellar

Secretary.................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large.......... Karen Brack, Jim Fredd/Debbie Kittenbacher, Heather Stewart

M-Aura Editor............................................................................ Mike Shaffer/Rachel Goldman

RG Chair............................................................................................................ Andy McKellar

NTM held a leadership retreat at the National Office in conjunction with the leaders of Mensa 76.

The new treasurer changed the accounting method from accrual back to cash. The BoD voted to increase the M-Aura budget.

The general meeting location changed from La Madeleine to Central Market in Plano.

The BoD appointed a Nominating Committee chair and an Election Committee chair, but no committee members. The NomComm chair resigned in protest. New, full, committees were appointed and the election process was conducted one month late. Twenty-eight valid ballots (mailed and cast in person) were cast in the annual general election.

NTM members Randy and Karen Brack were re-married at the RG. They had met 10 years previously at the 1993 RG.

One Board Member at Large was removed from the BoD for non-attendance at meetings.

NTM finished out the year with almost $15,000 in the treasury.

2004

President........................................................................................................................ Rik Hess

Vice President................................................................................................... Heather Stewart

Secretary.......................................................................................................... Heather Ferguson

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large................................. Karen Brack, Colin Wedgwood, Roger Hillsman

M-Aura Editor.................................................................................................. Rachel Goldman

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

NTM started the year with 938 members, roughly 66% male, 32% female, and 2% unspecified.

NTM held a leadership retreat at the National Office in conjunction with the leaders of Mensa 76. There, we were told that Mensa 76 was copying NTMer Doug Frazier’s idea for a SIG: TINDOMO – Things I’d Never Do On My Own.

2004 was the year that Doug Frazier started the Poker Tournament that benefitted the NTM Scholarship Foundation. The tournament continued successfully for many years, raising lots of money for scholarships.

NTM published a printed membership roster as part of the M-Aura, but because of security issues decided not to post the roster online. The idea of electronic subscriptions for the newsletter was proposed. The Board of Directors authorized purchase of a video projector for use at the RG.

NTM partnered with Half Price Books to conduct both a book drive for children and a canned food drive for the needy.

2005

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President........................................................................ Roger Durham/Brigitte Anderson

Secretary....................................................................................................................... Bill Rock

Treasurer........................................................... Clifton Beck/Roger Durham/Brigitte Anderson

Board Member at Large.................. Brigette Anderson/Jason Brown, Denise Weeks, Rik Hess

M-Aura Editor....................................................... Rachel Goldman/Paul Nichols/Jason Brown

RG Chair....................................................................................... Andy McKellar/Karen Brack

Back in March of 2002, the M-Aura format changed to 7” x 8” with small type to save money. In April of this year, the familiar 5” x 8” format returned, along with Paul Nichols as editor. Believe it or not, the new format change was supposed to save money. Paul served as mentor to break in Jason Brown as the new Editor.

Musical Board Members: Clifton Beck resigned as Treasurer, to be replaced temporarily by Roger Durham, who in turn was replaced as V.P. by Brigitte Anderson. When things settled down, Roger was back as veep, Brigitte was Treasurer, and Jason Brown was both Editor and new Board Member at Large.

Chuck Adkins and Sandy Blaydes hosted the 20th Annual Bobby Burns Bash, celebrating the birth of the Scottish poet with a feast that included a haggis and playing of bagpipes.

Karen Brack stepped in when Andy McKellar resigned as RG Chair. Technically, the Board hired Karen’s business, Karen Brack Events, and she donated the proceeds ($1.00) to the NTM Scholarship Fund.

The passing of the following members was noted: Debbie Kittenbacher, Bailey Hankins, and Jim Russell-Redman. They contributed a lot to NTM.

2006

President................................................................................................................. Doug Frazier

Vice President................................................................................................. Brigitte Anderson

Secretary....................................................................................................................... Bill Rock

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large................................... Jason Brown, Elaine Wedgwood, Lauren Buell

M-Aura Editor........................................................................................................ Jason Brown

RG Chair.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

The Bobby Burns Bash (and Scotch tasting, which followed immediately after) was so popular that it had to be moved to a larger venue on Turtle Creek Boulevard.

Membership jumped to over 1060, making NTM the 13th largest group in American Mensa. Funds on hand exceeded $16,500.

At the Mensa World Gathering in Orlando, NTM was awarded the Group Of The Year Award (GOTYA) for Class I (900+ members), the largest category of local group, wresting it away from Chicago and Southeast Michigan, who between them had held the honor for the previous seven years. The award recognizes local groups for their accomplishments in fostering participation.

As part of Project Inkslinger, NTM (chaired by Elaine Wedgwood) sent 38 books to Hopland Elementary School in California, whose library had been destroyed by a flood.

It was noted in discussion with National that local groups cannot have standing policies approved by the membership, because the Mensa Minimum Standard Bylaws requires a representative government. This gives all power to the Board of Directors and none to the membership. The Board ratified the standing policies and the Gathering Committee Enabling Resolution. Ramifications continued into the following year.

2007

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President.......................................................................................................... Laura Stuart

Secretary............................................................................................................. Roger Hillsman

Treasurer................................................................................................. Jake Winship/Bill Rock

Board Member at Large.............. Lana Clark, Bill Rock/Deborah Lockhart, Brigitte Anderson

M-Aura Editor........................................................................................................ Jason Brown

RG Co-Chairs....................................................................... Brigitte Anderson & Jason Brown

The NTM Bylaws were rewritten and approved by the membership and National. The major change was that all power rested with the Board of Directors. Since the members could not approve anything, the Annual Meeting of the Membership was abolished. Previously, Board decisions, contracts, etc. expired with the termination of the Board. The new Bylaws allowed the Board to make decisions and write contracts that do not expire. The Board Policies became Standing Policies. The Gathering Committee, which was effected to write contracts that extended past the life of a Board, became superfluous, but was kept for the purpose of recommending an RG Chair, supervising RGs, and in case of joint sponsorship of an RG.

The NTM Scholarship Foundation reported their endowment reached $22,000, including nearly $7,000 in the Debbie Kittenbacher Memorial Scholarship Fund. Kroger Share Cards allowed Mensans to donate to the foundation by shopping at Kroger and using the card.

After years of meeting in the community room at Central Market (first Plano, then Dallas), NTM moved the location of the Board and general meetings to the Community Room of the Preston Tower Condominiums. Since Central Market is a supermarket, not a restaurant, the Mensa Restaurant Curse did not apply and Central Market did not close. However, several members had a few choice words to say.

Jake Winship moved back to Kansas City and resigned as Treasurer. He was replaced by Bill Rock. Deborah Lockhart was appointed as Board Member at Large to fill Bill’s position.

NTM started pushing electronic subscription to the M-Aura, backed by National’s eSubscribe service. Estimated savings was $1+ per member per month.

2008

President.............................................................................................................. Roger Durham

Vice President.......................................................................................................... Laura Stuart

Secretary............................................................................................................. Roger Hillsman

Treasurer....................................................................................................................... Bill Rock

Board Member at Large................................... Deborah Lockhart, Pam Dimoulakis, Joe Lynes

M-Aura Editor............................................................................... Jason Brown/Austin Higgins

RG Chair............................................................................................................. Paul Whiteman

NTM ended the Mensa year with 1111 members and moved up to #12 in American Mensa rankings.

Austin Higgins replaced Jason Brown, who retired after two years’ service as M-Aura Editor.

A former Board member had the NTM video projector stolen from his car before he left the Dallas area in 2007. Efforts to have his insurance company replace the projector or compensate NTM were ineffective. After some negotiation, the former Board member made what was reported to be “a generous donation to the scholarship fund in compensation for his part in the loss.” The net result was that NTM had to buy another video projector with member funds so the former Board member could get a tax deduction.

At the end of the year, the Treasurer reported account balances totaling $20,171. There were 200 e-subscribers to the M-Aura. the only NTM Board Minutes published in the M-Aura for 2008 were for the months of January, February, August, October, and December. Your Unofficial Historian has the minutes for the other months.

2009

President.................................................................................................................. Laura Stuart

Vice President................................................................................................ Deborah Lockhart

Secretary....................................................................................................................... Bill Rock

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large.......... Pam Dimoulakis/Elisa Miller, Joe Lynes/John King, Jack Ritter

M-Aura Editor..................................................................... Austin Higgins/Kimberly Nerviano

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Carol Hilson

Kimberly (Kim) Nerviano replaced Austin Higgins as M-Aura Editor. In August, The M-Aura starts printing its covers in color, with a resulting rise in printing costs.

By the end of the year, the Texas Hold-em Poker games (running since 2004) had raised almost $5000 for the NTM Scholarship Foundation.

Webmaster Mo Kelly updated the NTM web site, making it much more useful and user-friendly.

The Ombudsman took an online mediation course, paid for by the National Office.

NTM submitted a bid to host the 2013 AG in Fort Worth. The bid was successful. Carol Hilson and Karen Brack are AG Committee Co-Chairs. Kevin Buchanan will chair Hospitality and Randy Brack will be Treasurer.

On the Board, John King replaced Joe Lynes and Elisa Miller replaced Pam Dimoulakis.

There were a record number of candidates in the election for the 2010 Board: 4 for President, 3 for Vice President, 3 for Secretary, 3 for Treasurer, and 12 for Board Member at Large. Nine coin tosses were necessary to resolve ties in the ballot counting process.

2010

President.................................................................................................................. Laura Stuart

Vice President................................................................................................ Deborah Lockhart

Secretary............................................................................................. Mike Keliher/Maria Davis

Treasurer............................................................................................................... Roger Durham

Board Member at Large............................................... John King, Collin Poage, John Redding

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................. Kimberly Nerviano

RG Chair............................................................................................... Paul & Anne Whiteman

NTM membership is over 1100.

The twenty-five year old tradition of holding a Bobby Burns Birthday Bash came to an end when this year’s event was canceled because of low paid attendance and a predicted ice storm. The chefs held a private celebratory feast. Robert Burns’ “Address to a Haggis” was printed in the M-Aura.

Randy Brack started his second decade as NTM’s Ombudsman.

The position of Archivist was dropped as an appointed position because the archives had not been seen for over a decade.

M-Aura publisher Roger Hillsman noted that e-subscriptions saved NTM $3700 in printing and postage costs in 2009.

Maria Davis replaced Mike Keliher as Secretary.

The NTM web site was rehosted. Webmaster Mo Kelly made it functional and friendly.

The melodrama The Terrible Tracks of Trauma, or M is for the Mother Who Mislaid You was performed at the RG. The melodrama had been previously performed at the 1976 October Thing and 1983 RG.

2011

President.............................................................................................................. Paul Whiteman

Vice President....................................................................................................... John Redding

Secretary................................................................................................................... Maria Davis

Treasurer......................................................................................................... Deborah Lockhart

Board Member at Large.......................................... John King, Larry Strickler, Roger Hillsman

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................................. Bill Rock

RG Chair......................................................................................................... Susan Hawthorne

Unless specified otherwise in the member’s profile, the default delivery option for the M-Aura is changed from print to electronic delivery (per AMC). A major effort was made to notify the membership of the change. The M-Aura started printing full-color photos on its covers.

Gilbert and Sullivan SIG returned to observe the Queen’s birthday by presenting a “lavish video production of The Mikado.”

The Board, like every other year’s Board, held discussions on how to increase membership involvement. New ideas included the use of Facebook, Twitter, and automatic calendar reminders. No action was taken.

2012

President.............................................................................................................. Paul Whiteman

Vice President....................................................................................................... John Redding

Secretary.................................................................................... Heather Davis/Anne Whiteman

Treasurer......................................................................................................... Deborah Lockhart

Board Member at Large................................................ Karen Brack, Doug Fix, Larry Strickler

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................................. Bill Rock

RG Chair............................................................................................................ Andy McKellar

NTM Volunteers SIG collected 32 pounds of food and $20 (which purchased 60 additional pounds of food) at the New Year’s Eve party and donated it all to the North Texas Food Bank, which serves 13 North Texas counties.

Paul and Anne Whiteman hosted the monthly Texas Hold ’Em game, with the profits going to the NTM Scholarship Foundation.

Randy Brack, the NTM Ombudsman, was appointed Regional Ombudsman for American Mensa Region 6.

The NTM 2013 AG committee attended the 2012 AG in Reno to get on-the-job training.

Anne Whiteman was appointed as Secretary to replace Heather Davis, who passed away. The NTM Board voted to purchase a brick on the Mensa Walk of Minds at the National Office in Heather’s name.

The world did not end on 12/21/2012. Doomsday interpretations of the Mayan calendar were wrong.

2013

President................................................................................................................ John Redding

Vice President................................................................................................ Deborah Lockhart

Secretary.............................................................................................................. Paul Whiteman

Treasurer....................................................................................................................... Doug Fix

Board Member at Large..... Michelle Azzaro/Mike Magolnick, Andy McKellar, Skyler Kanegi

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................................. Bill Rock

AG Co-Chairs................................................................................... Carol Hilson, Karen Brack

By popular demand, NTM held the 25th (Almost) Annual Bobby Burns Birthday Bash, which began by custom with the Parading of the Haggis. A scotch tasting followed.

NTM hosted the 2013 AG in Ft. Worth. There were over 1600 attendees. Kinky Friedman was the featured speaker. Two of the highlights not in the official program were a TARDIS, provided by McCartney Taylor, and an appearance by the NTM Pink Flamingos. Karen Brack provided a great set of programs. The National Office tried something new this year, managing almost everything by themselves, including the finances. They charged an extra $20 per person “administration fee” for the “extra work” the NO would do in managing the AG. The AG wound up losing over $15,700 and NTM got nothing. The administration fees totaled $31,900, which went to national.

Long-time NTM webmaster Mo Kelly passed away, and the Board had the NTM web site re-hosted, with Steve Hess taking over the webmaster position.

Michelle Azzaro resigned from the Board for health reasons, and Mike Magolnick was appointed as a Board Member at Large to fill her seat.

2014

President............................................................................................................ Mike Magolnick

Vice President................................................................................................ Deborah Lockhart

Secretary.............................................................................................................. Paul Whiteman

Treasurer....................................................................................................................... Doug Fix

Board Member at Large.. Eric “Gunny” Hartman, Steve Hess/Ralf Kittenbacher, Ken Roberts

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................................. Bill Rock

RG Chair................................................................................................................. Karen Brack

Steve Hess, NTM webmaster, completely revamped and revitalized the NTM web site, adding new features, including a forum.

Long-time NTM member, former president, and Bobby Burns Birthday Bash founder Chuck Adkins passed away after a long illness. Chuck was also one of the instigators of NTM’s participation in the Great Texas Raft Race.

The RG committee started out with the “Estrogen Triumvirate” of Carol Hilson, Anne Whiteman, and Karen Brack, but the first two had to drop out, leaving Karen as the sole RG chair.

Randy Brack presented a proposal to the Board to video stream the general meeting/speaker. The proposal was accepted, but no action was ever taken.

NTM’s Elisa Miller won the AML Testing Coordinator of the Year award, which was presented at the 2014 AG. Karen Brack and Randy Brack were awarded National Chairman’s Service Awards.

Bill Rock took Gifted Children to many great venues, including the Fort Worth mint, the UTA planetarium, fossil digging in Mineral Wells, and other places.

Steve Hess resigned as Board Member at Large because he couldn’t make the meetings. He was replaced by Ralf Kittenbacher. Unfortunately, he attended only one of the next four meetings and was removed from the Board in October.

2015

President............................................................................................................ Mike Magolnick

Vice President..................................................................................................... Paul Whiteman

Secretary............................................................................................................... Peter D’Apice

Treasurer......................................................................................................... Deborah Lockhart

Board Member at Large........................ Ken Roberts, Eric “Gunny” Hartman, Robert Dietrich

M-Aura Editor.............................................................................................................. Bill Rock

RG Chair............................ Carol Hilson (NTM)/David McAllister (Mensa 76 Assistant Chair)

Membership at the beginning of the year was 1151.

A challenge to the 2015 election resulted in the detailed minutes no longer being published in the M-Aura. Only shortened proceedings started being published to meet the 50-day deadline required by the NTM Bylaws. This will make historical reporting difficult, because details of the working of the group are less available. Minutes were supposed to be published to the NTM web site, but were not because of a mix-up of who was responsible for doing so.

As a result of the aforementioned election challenge, the Board apologized to an NTM member because she was interrupted during her campaign presentation at the November 2014 general meeting. The Board also apologized to the attendees of the election meeting for the way the Election Committee handled the interruption.

East Texas Mensa was dissolved, and was absorbed by NTM, increasing NTM’s membership by 104. NTM had always been hovering around 10th-11th in membership rank by count. With the East Texas Mensa assumption, NTM vaulted into 7th position. Your historian understands that ETM was dissolved because nobody wanted to assume the presidency there when the position became vacant. NTM membership in November was 1267.

After several failed attempts in past years, NTM and Mensa 76 finally held a joint RG over Thanksgiving weekend. The gathering was held in Grapevine, with attendance topping 150.

A challenge was made to the 2016 election at 11:59 p.m. on December 31 by the same person who challenged the 2015 election. The challenge was found to be without merit.

Saturday, 10:00, Las Colinas

Not a Mensan?  Want to become one?  Here is your chance to take the Mensa test AND hang out with a bunch of Mensans at the North Texas Mensa Regional Gathering.  The gathering runs from Thanksgiving night through Sunday. We'll offer the Mensa test on Saturday morning, Nov. 29 at 10:30 am (doors to the test will open at 10:00am and we'd like you to arrive by 10:15 to get all of the paperwork completed.

Anyone who takes the test during the Regional Gathering will get a free afternoon pass - good from the end of the test until 6pm. The RG (and the test) are being held at the Sheraton DFW, 4440 West John W Carpenter Freeway, Irving, TX 75063.

Testing takes a little less than two hours, and consists of two tests featuring questions involving various skills, including logic and deductive reasoning. A score at or above the 98th percentile on either of the tests will qualify you for an invitation to join Mensa.

The regular testing fee is $40.00, and may be paid with cash, a check or credit card. Please bring photo identification to the test site. Pencils will be provided. You do not need to bring anything else.

To take the test, you must be 14 or older, and any test-taker who has not yet reached the age of 18 will need the permission of a parent or guardian. Parental consent forms will be available at test site, and may also be requested ahead of time by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.