October 15, 2017 Board Proceedings

NTM – North Texas Mensa

A Local Group of

American Mensa Ltd.,

A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:02 pm. by President Ken Roberts. Attendees:  Vice President Gunny Hartman, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary John M. Marshall, Ambre Caperton, Karen Brack, Regional Ombudsman Randy Brack.

  1. Reports.

Secretary - The September 17, 2017, Board Meeting minutes were circulated; corrections were submitted to the Acting Secretary and incorporated in the minutes circulated on October 3;     Hartman moved to adopt the minutes as corrected and distributed,  Durham seconded, unanimously approved. 

Treasurer - Roger Durham reported on the financials which reflect a bank account balance of $22,756.10 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00.  Income of $1127.61 and expenses of $1099.76  generated a net surplus of $27.85 for the month of September 2017; report received with thanks.

President – President Roberts presented the President’s Report:

  1. The RG registration push; email blast to go out from Anne.
  2. Bobby Burns’ Birthday Bash, Friday, January 26, 2018, same location as last year; $15 advance, $20 at door to avoid crashers.
  3. New Members Party, October 28, email blast by Anne, should have registration forms available for RG and for testing as well.
  4. November a big month: regular meeting to be held on November 19: By-laws approval and election of officers to be held immediately after board meeting; RG.

Membership – Anne Whiteman submitted membership report by email.  As of October 15, 2017, 1219 members reported, up from 1206 on September 17, 2017.  Durham pointed out that the numbers from American Mensa do not match the number for which we were paid.   

Ombudsman/By-laws Committee Chairman - Randy Brack, no report as ombudsman.  By-laws Committee report published in M-Aura along with verbiage for the Election Committee. 

RG Report – Paul Whiteman – November 23, 24, 25, 26.  38 already registered [mostly online], on pace with last year; registration rate goes up on November 15; the email blast for early registration to go out; hotel on board at $106/night room rate [96 room nights is minimum] with breakfast vouchers, speakers to start at 9:30a. Karaoke on Thursday night; dance will be Saturday night [theme is 2020’s].  Andy McKellar does beer tasting; Lori Roberts will handle wine, bourbon, sausage, soda tasting.  

Nixon-Webmaster – Andy McKellar – There is no change from the previous month’s report.  Webmaster email is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and has been included on future distribution of minutes.

Nixon-Social and Communications – Vacant

Nixon-Publicity – Vacant.

Brack-Editor - Bill Rock – M-Aura first draft available for review, to be submitted Tuesday at the latest.

Brack-Publisher/Circulation Manager - Val Beasley –

Brack-Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – At Culture Fair yesterday, had three [of four signed up] take the test; next test at Preston Tower on October 21, with 10 people signed up; no testing session scheduled for RG; last test of 2017 on December 17.

Brack-Programs - Bob Hemphill – RG Programs: starting Friday at 0930 [Ann Drum - carbon tax]; 1100 [Leanne Young- brain health and optimization]; 1100 [Larry Howe - solarization of home]; [dealing with police]; [health care]; Saturday 0930 [David Bruce – Floods and Climate Change]; 1330 [Dr. David Grantham – terrorism in South America]; [makeup artist]; [martial artist on history and spirituality of MA]. Additional programs may be confirmed later.

Caperton-Gifted Children - Bill Rock – November will be a cooking and movie program; December to be a Meals on Wheels event.

Caperton-S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – No request for services.  Amanda Vermillion visited in October and had a very good time; stayed with Jason Day.

Caperton-Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – no report.

Caperton-Calendar - Sara Hawkins – no report.

  1. Old Business
  2. Heroic Inner Kids – Caperton asking for free charity advertising. Following discussion                   the policy against free advertising in M-Aura will remain.
  3. New Business
  4. J. Ray Wood has withdrawn from election for Board Member at Large
  5. Bobbie Burns Bash is kilt optional.

Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Marshall, unanimously approved. Meeting         adjourned at 7:01pm.

Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by John M. Marshall, NTM                          Secretary.

North Texas Mensa Presents:

The Feast of Pleasures and Delights XXXVII

Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 23 to Nov. 26, 2017

North Texas Mensa is proud to announce our 37th annual Regional Gathering. Our 2017 RG will be bigger and better than ever! Come join us for entertaining events, starting Thursday evening and ending Sunday afternoon! We’ll have the usual mix of great speakers, lots of games, a wonderful dance, delicious tastings and lots of other interesting activities. This RG will truly please and delight one and all. So come join your Mensa family and friends for another fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend.

Where: Addison Marriott Quorum by the Galleria, 14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254. This is the same hotel as last year. Room rate is $106 per night, which includes breakfast buffet for 2 each morning in the hotel restaurant. Call Marriott reservations at (800) 228-9290, or the hotel at (972) 661-2800 for reservations. Please ask for the American Mensa – North Texas Chapter roomblock.

 

Registration: $80, which will also be the walk-in rate. All children 0-5 years of age are free. Pre-teens (6–12 at time of RG) are ½ the regular registration price. See registration form for day rates. Check, money order or credit cards are accepted. You can register by using this handy form, sending it to Deborah Lockhart, Registrar, at 6211 W. Northwest Hwy, # 1204, Dallas, TX 75225-3425. Or you can register online.

 

Schedule:

The programs that registered attendees can enjoy

Thursday

5:00 p.m. - Registration and Hospitality Open

8:00 p.m. – Midnight, Quorum 3, Karaoke – The Saturday Singers

8:00 p.m., Cottonwood, Bourbon Tasting – Lori Roberts, North Texas Mensa

 

Friday

9:30 a.m., Quorum 1, The History of Lace – Lori Simon-Roberts, North Texas Mensa

9:30 a.m., Quorum 2, It Ain’t Your Regular “Old Folks Home” – Bill Maddox, North Texas Mensa

11:00 a.m., Quorum 1, Brain Health/Brain Optimization – Leanne Young, UT Brain Health Center

11:00 a.m., Quorum 2, The Effect of Social Media on Teenagers – Faelyn Hearne

1:30 p.m., Quorum 1, Makeup for Pinups and Burlesque – LaDonna Stein

1:30 p.m., Quorum 2, Cyber-Security for Non-Cyber Professionals – Tye C. Ray, 3 Forks Consulting

3:00 p.m., Quorum 1, Nutrition in the Real World – Allen Garner

3:00 p.m., Quorum 2, Mensa Q&A Session – Taz Criss

3:00 p.m., Cottonwood, Sausage Tasting – Lori Roberts, North Texas Mensa

4:30 PM, Cottonwood, Beer Tasting – Andy McKellar

9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. (or later), Pecan, No Limit Texas Hold ’Em – Bill St. John

 

Saturday

9:30 a.m., Quorum 1, Floods and Climate Change – David Bruce Jones, Public Speaker/North Texas Mensa

9:30 a.m., Quorum 2, Selected Investment Topics – Marc Rossouw, Edward Jones

11:00 a.m., Quorum 1, Climate Change and the Carbon Tax – Ann Drumm, Citizens’ Climate Lobby

11:00 a.m., Quorum 2, A Discussion of Mars Exploration – Kurt Chankaya, Dallas Mars Society

1:30 p.m., Quorum 1, What Are the Real Threats on Our Borders? – Dr. David Grantham, Senior Fellow, George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security

1:30 p.m., Quorum 2, The History and Spirituality of Martial Arts – Keith D. Yates, BFA, MA

1:30 p.m., Cottonwood, Soda Tasting – Lori Roberts

3:00 p.m., Quorum 1, Mighty Comanche: King Cotton: Starbucks. What’s Next? The Most Recent Lives of the Blackland Prairie and a Glimpse into its future. – Jeff Holba

3:00 p.m., Quorum 2, Solarizing Your Home – Larry Howe, Plano Solar, non-profit organization

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Cottonwood, Wine Taste – Lori Roberts

8:00 p.m., Vista Ballroom, “Roaring 2020s” Dance

10:00 p.m., Vista Ballroom, Thanks and Awards

Midnight (after the Dance), Hospitality, Champagne Celebration and Party Animal Voting

 

Sunday

1:30 p.m., Cottonwood, Bourbon Tasting – Lori Roberts

2:30 PM, Yellow Rose, Jam Session – Chris Cree

 

Note that the tastings are extra cost events.  There will be no refunds on tasting tickets unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.

 

Saturday Night Dance

Also note the theme for our dance this year, the "Roaring 2020s".  In a mere three years we will have another 20s decade. Will it be like the Roaring 20s again? If you remember the 1920s, good for you; you’re over 100 years old. Things have changed a lot since then, but in some ways they are still the same. However, things are changing more rapidly today than ever. What will it be like three years from now? How about 13 years from now? You can come as you think it might be during the coming decade, or as you know it was during the “original” roaring 20s. Or just come and dance to the music of our dj deLuxe Mark Ridlen. Mark has been entertaining us for 3 years and we are pleased to have him again! Let’s welcome him back by dancing the night away!

Meet the Candidates

Mensa National Elections are coming up. Come meet some candidates and hear why they’re running

North Texas Mensa Presents:

The Feast of Pleasures and Delights XXXVI

Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, 2016

 

North Texas Mensa is proud to announce our 36th Regional Gathering. RG 2016 will be bigger and better than ever! Come join us for entertaining events, starting Thursday evening and ending Sunday afternoon! We’ll have the usual mix of great speakers, a variety of games, a wonderful dance, delicious tastings and lots of other interesting activities. This RG will truly please and delight one and all. So come join your Mensa family and friends for another fun-filled Thanksgiving weekend.

Where: Marriott Quorum, 14901 Dallas Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75254. Phone # is 972-661-2800. Ask for the North Texas Mensa rate, which is $96 a night. Sorry – No pets or smoking allowed.

Registration: The early registration rate is $50, which ends on June 15th. Then the rate will be $60 until August 31st, then $70 until October 31st. Starting November 1st the rate will be $80, which will also be the walk-in rate. Children 0-5 years of age are free. Pre-teens (6–12 at time of RG) are ½ the regular registration price on the day they register. See registration form for day rates. Check, money order or credit cards are accepted. You can register by using the handy form on the back and sending it to Kim Speed, Registrar, at 1048 Colleton Ln., Frisco, TX 75033. Or you can register online. First Time Discount: If you have never been to our RG before, take $25 off the rates above for full-weekend adult registrations.

Tastings!     Tastings! Tastings!

Honey Tasting will be on Friday at 1:30pm – Cost is $6 per ticket.

Beer Tasting will be on Friday at 4:30pm – Cost is $6 per ticket.

Cheese Tasting will be on Saturday at 1:30pm – $6   SOLD OUT

Wine Tasting will be on Saturday at 4:30pm –  $12    SOLD OUT

Irish Whiskey Tasting will be on Thursday at 8pm – Cost is $12 per ticket

There will be no refunds on tasting tickets unless the event is canceled or rescheduled.

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Saturday Night Dance

Theme: Use Your Imagination

Don a costume, formal wear, or just come as you are!

We plan to have a DJ this year

More information will be available in the near future.

 


North Texas Mensa Presents:

The Feast of Pleasures and Delights XXXVI

Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, 2016

Name #1

o All weekend, or:   oThurs o Fri   o Sat   o Sun

Name Tag #1

 

Address

 

City

State

Zip +

Four

 

Phone (             )

E-mail

 

Name #2

o All weekend, or: oThurs   o Fri   o Sat   o Sun

Name Tag #2

 

Name #3

o All weekend, or: oThurs   o Fri   o Sat   o Sun

Name Tag #3

 

Name #4

o All weekend, or: oThurs   o Fri   o Sat   o Sun

Name Tag #4

 

Do you wish to be contacted via    E-mail?   or    Snail-mail?

 

Registration Fees: Includes snacks, beverages, programs, entertainment, games, tournaments, speakers and all other events for the whole weekend! Tastings require the purchase of separate tickets to cover expenses.

Single days: Thurs - $25; Fri or Sat - $40; Sun - $10

1st Timer Discount: Take $25 off applicable rate below, for full-weekend adult registrants.                                                            

$50 (postmarked by Jun 15, 2016)

$60 (postmarked by Aug 31, 2016                                                     Registrant # 1 - $_______

$70 (postmarked by Oct 31, 2016)                                                     Registrant # 2 - $_______

$80 after Oct 31, 2016                                                                        Registrant # 3 - $_______

½ price for those 6-12 years of age                                                   Registrant # 4 - $_______

(Kids 0-5 years are free)

Please reserve the following places at the indicated Tasting(s):

$12 – Irish Whiskey Tasting (Thurs @ 8 pm)                                   ___ @ $12 each-$_______

$12 – Wine Tasting (Sat @ 4:30 pm)                                  SOLD OUT @ $12 each-$_______

$6 – Beer Tasting (Fri @ 4:30 pm)                                                   ___ @ $6 each - $_______

$6 – Honey Tasting (Fri @ 1:30 pm)                                                 ___ @ $6 each - $_______

$6 – Cheese Tasting (Sat @ 1:30 pm)                                SOLD OUT  @ $6 each - $_______

                                                                                                   Total enclosed: ______________

                            

 

Payment: check one  Money order  

 Check payable to NTM RG

 Visa    Master Card

Credit card # ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­___________________________________________________________________

Expiration date on credit card:                                           Security Code:

Signature:                      

 
 

Mail to: Kim Speed, Registrar, 1048 Colleton Ln., Frisco, TX 75033

Questions? E-mail Kim Speed at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

I’d like to volunteer for:

o Registration      

o  Games tournament (specify) __________________________________________

o Speaker(s) Escort

o Hospitality

o Other (specify) _____________________________________________________

 

 

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.