November 18, 2018 Board Minutes

 

North Texas Mensa

American Mensa Ltd.

A Not-for-Profit Corporation

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

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the October financials which included income of $991.62 and expenses of $1,539.48, generating a net loss of $547.86 for the month of October 2018.  Net assets decreased to $30,658.35, primarily due to a $400.00 deposit for postage.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He encouraged all Board members to attend the Regional Gathering next week, and reminded everyone that tonight’s program will be the election of officers for 2019.  He also noted that there will be a Board meeting on December 16, although there is no General Meeting next month.  He also announced that the first Board meeting of 2019 will be the 3rd Sunday in January.  The following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report.  As of October 31, 2018, 1181 members were reported, up from 1,164 on September 30, 2018.

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 – sometime in the past week the RG registration module on the NTM website crashed, and as yet the cause and remedy both remain unknown.  Efforts to get the module restored are continuing, but in the meantime no one can register on-line for the RG.  

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – No test was scheduled this month.  Testing in December will be at the Audelia Road Library.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – tonight’s program will be the annual NTM election of officers.  There will be no General Meeting next month.

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

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported by email that the flying event was attended by 9 kids.  More than a dozen children and family members attended the meal-packing event.  Next month’s activities will be another meal-packing event for Feed My Starving Children, and meal delivery for Meals on Wheels on Christmas Day.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – over 100 have registered so far, but the effects of the on-line registration module crash last week are unknown.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: Durham moved, Fix seconded, to express the Board’s hearty thanks to Karen Brack for her excellent work as Program Chair this year.  Passed unanimously.

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Fix, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:22 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

October 21, 2018 Board Minutes

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 by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

August 19, 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 Gunny Hartman. Attendees: Vice-President John Marshall, Secretary Roger Durham, and board member George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman arrived late.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported by email on the July financials which included income of $1,127.62 and expenses of $1,220.11, generating a net deficit of $92.49 for the month of July 2018. Net assets increased to $30,769.94.  The deficit was primarily due to the payment last month of $367.32 in annual website expenses.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report, including names of members of the Nominating (Paul Whiteman, Chair; Bill Rock, Cathy Allshouse, and Sara Hawkins, Members) and Election (Deborah Lockhart, Chair; David Monroe, Kash Hatton, and Gail Spurlock, Members; and Grant Seabolt, Alternate) Committees, 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 July 31, 2018, 1139 members were reported, up from 1,125 on June 30, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported a potential problem with this year’s Election Code, which was not revised to comply with the new By-Laws. Brack expressed the opinion that this should not cause a serious problem.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter went to the printer on Friday.

(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 a redacted version of the calendar is now available to the public.                                

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – 8 people tested this month. No test is scheduled for next month.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – tonight’s speaker will be on Innovation. No speaker has yet been secured for September.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that both August events were attended by about 10 kids. For September they are visiting the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – 35 have registered so far. Patrick Gary is working on an escape room.  Kids’ Track, Pub Crawl, and Movie Night are being considered.  Help is needed with Games.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: Pam and Ralf Kittenbacher have agreed to host the Fall New Members’ Party on October 6. Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded, to advance $250.

Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:49 p.m. Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

September 16, 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 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 by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.

                                                  July 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 Vice-President John Marshall, Attendees: Treasurer Doug Fix, Secretary Roger Durham, and board members Chris Cree and George Schmidt.  Anne Whiteman was returning from vacation and arrived late.

1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Fix reported on the May financials which included income of $1,026.93 and expenses of $697.60, generating a net surplus of $329.33 for the month of June 2018.  Net assets increased to $30,862.43.  The surplus was primarily due to the reduction in printing costs for the M-Aura with the revised format.  Randy Brack questioned the calculations previously reported regarding the cost of the M-Aura, and a brief discussion followed.  Report received with thanks.

President – In the absence of President Hartman, Marshall presented the President’s Report, including comments on the appointment of members of the Nominating and Election Committee, after which the following reports were received (names in parentheses are board liaisons for that office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman submitted the membership report.  As of June 30, 2018, 1125 members reported, up from 1,107 on May 31, 2018.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported by email that the newsletter is ready to go to the printer on Monday.

(Cree) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley - no report.

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant

(Cree) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported that he cannot recommend the web service firm from whom he received an unsolicited proposal.  He is still working on getting a redacted version of the calendar available to the public.                                                                                 

(Whiteman) Proctor/Testing Coordinator - Deborah Lockhart – no test given this momth.  Next month’s test will be at the Timberglen branch library in far north Dallas.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no speaker could be found for tonight’s meeting.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No report.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported by email – The July event was a recycling center tour, attended by 10 members of 5 families.  For August they are volunteering to pack meals for the less fortunate and also visiting a climbing gym.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Karen Brack – objected to the changes made in the M-Aura, particularly the omission of the RG registration form.  Marshall assured her that the registration form will be restored to future issues of the M-Aura.

2. Old Business: None

3. New Business: None

Motion to adjourn made by Schmidt, seconded by Whiteman, unanimously approved. Meeting adjourned at 6:48 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.