December 16, 2018 Board Minutes


North Texas Mensa

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.  Anne Whiteman was recovering from major surgery and did not attend, but volunteered to be available by telephone if needed.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the November financials which included income of $1,169.81 and expenses of $723.11, generating net income of $446.70 for the month of November 2018.  Net assets increased to $31,105.05.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by introducing the members of the 2019 Board, and reminded everyone that the first Board meeting of 2019 will be the 3rd Sunday in January. He asked the Board members to verify which appointed officers are willing to serve for another year.  He reminded everyone about the Durhams’ Christmas Day Open House.  In closing, he praised the recent Regional Gathering and thanked everyone who served on the RG committee.  The following reports were received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman did not report.  As of December 16, 1,206 members were reported by American Mensa, up from 1,181 on October 31, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported that he is willing to serve one more 3-year term, but would like to start training a successor.  He reported that some corrections are needed in the Officers’ Handbook he sent out earlier, and asked everyone to review their copies for additional errors.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported by email that the newsletter went to the printer last week, and should be in the mail by December 21.  He agreed to serve as both Editor and Gifted Youth Chair for 2019.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – nothing to report, but would like some help in 2019.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that the RG registration module on the NTM website crash was fixed by the week of the RG.  The registration page has now been taken down.  A bad link in the site’s public “Welcome” page has also been fixed.                              

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – No report.  Durham reported that six candidates tested on December 15.  No test is currently scheduled for January but a Culture Fair session is being considered, as there are several people on the waiting list for that.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – reported that January’s program will be on Chair Yoga.  There is no General Meeting this month.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – Nothing to report, but she is willing to serve again in 2019.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported by email that several families attended the meal-packing event on 12/1, and meal delivery for Meals on Wheels is planned on Christmas Day.  Next month’s activity will be a “first day” hike on New Year’s Day at Lake Tawakoni, and February’s event will be building synthesizers from kits.

(Schmidt) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – reported that a member from Memphis contacted him in search of someone to rent him a room in Plano for a couple of months.  A couple of members responded to his inquiries.

(Schmidt) Scholarship Chair – Ralf Kittenbacher – reported by email that reading of scholarship essays will be on January 20.

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – reported that the surveys showed that most people liked the innovations for this year’s RG.  Durham (RG Treasurer) reported that the RG appears to have produced a financial surplus of about $250.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.