April 15, 2018 Board Minutes

North Texas Mensa


A Local Group of

American Mensa Ltd.,

A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:00 pm by President Eric “Gunny” Hartman. Attendees: Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Chris Cree, and George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman arrived late.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the March financials which included income of $1,225.16 and expenses of $1,847.12, generating a net deficit of <$621.96> for the month of March 2018.  It was noted that the deficit was due to the Bobby Burns dinner, a one-time event.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, reminding everyone to renew their memberships, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Anne Whiteman had previously submitted the membership report by email.  As of March 30, 2018, 1,056 members reported, down from 1,285 on February 28, 2018, after lapses.  Whiteman reminded the Board that the New Members’ Party will be held at Gail Spurlock’s home at 6 pm on May 5.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack, nothing to report.

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

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar reported by email that the credit card the Board authorized for him turned out not to be available without charge, so he will pay any site-related expenses himself and request reimbursement.

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – April test will be next Saturday.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack reported that the speaker at this meeting will discuss the nature of creativity, while a speaker on extreme distance running has been scheduled for May.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – no report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock – May will be an open-telescope night in Denton at the UNT observatory.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman reported that he has a trip to California scheduled this summer, and will try to visit with the San Diego S.I.G.H.T. chair while he is there.

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – website registration is up and running; theme of RG this year will be “CybeRG”.  RG will feature upgraded snacks but no meals, and will have an “escape room” event.

2. Old Business:

Durham moved, Schmidt seconded that $150 be advanced to Whiteman for the New Members’ Party.  Passed unanimously.

Cree reported on progress with his investigation of ways to reduce the expense of the M-Aura.  Several options were discussed.  Cree has invited several members to serve on a committee to look into this issue and come up with a recommendation by the next meeting.

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Fix, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:54 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.