November 17, 2019 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. Board members Chris Cree and Anne Whiteman arrived late.

  1. Reports

Secretary - The proposed October 2019 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Marshall moved, Fix seconded to approve the minutes as submitted, which passed unanimously.          

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported on the October financials which included income of $1,099.92 and expenses of $657.88, generating a net surplus of $442.04 for the month of October, primarily due to a credit of $407.99 for an undeposited check for website expenses.  This credit will be reversed in November.  Total assets increased to $32,665.84 as of October 31, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by encouraging all members of the Board to stay for the Election Meeting, and attend the Regional Gathering over Thanksgiving Weekend, even if only for a day or two.  He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on December 15, 2019, at the usual time and place.  The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman - reported by email that as of October 31 NTM had 1,169 members, up from 1,163 on September 30.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – nothing to report.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported that everything is ready for tonight’s election meeting.

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

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

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

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that 13 candidates were tested on October 26.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – no report.

(Whiteman) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – reported by email that she wishes to recognize Bill Rock for his help keeping the calendar updated.

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock - reported by e-mail that this month featured a tour of In Sync Exotics Big Cat Sanctuary, attended by about a dozen people, plus golf and games in Texarkana, with several people participating.  Plans for December include a plant tour, Meals on Wheels, and holiday crafts.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Carol Hilson and Anne Whiteman – Whiteman reported that organizing for the RG continues.  All speaker slots have been filled.  The wine and chocolate tastings are sold out.  Hilson reported by email that as of yesterday we had 73 paid registrations, with several more reportedly in the mail.  Durham reported that hotel reservations are lagging, and if they don’t pick up by Thanksgiving we could owe the hotel a penalty in excess of $1,000.

2. Old Business:


3. New Business:   

       Marshall moved, Cree seconded that the several hundred books left to NTM by the late Wayne Pierce be given to the RG for a book swap.  Any books left over after the RG will be taken by Randy Brack for distribution to various organizations.  Passed unanimously.


 Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Fix, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:40 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.