September 15, 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, and board members George Schmidt and Anne Whiteman.

  1. Reports

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

Treasurer – Treasurer Doug Fix reported on the August financials which included income of $980.47 and expenses of $929.53, generating net income of $50.94 for the month of August.  Total assets increased to $32,632.13 as of August 31, 2019.  Report received with thanks.

President – Hartman presented the President’s Report.  He began by announcing that the deadline for Board nominations is September 30.  He then reminded everyone that the next Board meeting will be on October 20, 2019, at the usual time and place, and that the November General Meeting, on November 17, will feature candidate speeches, in-person voting, and ballot counting.   The following reports were also received (names in parentheses are Board liaisons for each office):

Membership – Paul Whiteman reported via email that as of August 31 NTM had 1,145 members, up from 1,143 on July 31.  He announced that the fall New Members’ Party will be at the home of Ken and Lori Roberts, on October 12.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – reported that a new Regional Ombudsman has not yet been appointed.

Nominating Committee – Bill Rock – nothing to report.  Durham moved, Marshall seconded, that having completed its work, the committee be discharged with the Board’s thanks.  Passed unanimously.

Election Committee – Andy McKellar – reported by email that he has nothing to report at this time.

(Cree) Editor – Bill Rock reported that the newsletter will go to the printer tonight.

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

(Cree) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Cree) Publicity – Vacant.

(Whiteman) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – reported by email that all software is up to date and he has nothing else to report at this time.

(Whiteman) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – reported that there was no testing this month.  Both the regular test and the culture-fair will be offered on October 26.

(Whiteman) Programs – Karen Brack – reported that tonight’s program will be Mark Rice speaking on “Dallas at Dawn: Rare Images and Forgotten Stories”.  October’s speaker will be Dr. Kelly Palmer, speaking on “Capitalizing on the Microbe Wars”.

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

(Schmidt) Gifted Children - Bill Rock reported that this month featured a back-to-school picnic, attended by four kids, and in October Young Eagles flights return.  He announced that Art Pletcher, Gifted Youth Coordinator for East Texas, has scheduled a visit to Texarkana’s Science Museum in October.

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

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

(Schmidt) Regional Gathering – Anne Whiteman reported that planning for the RG continues.  We currently have 50 paid registrations.

2. Old Business:


3. New Business:       

       Marshall moved, Schmidt seconded, that Doug Fix be authorized to negotiate for NTM to sponsor a group outing to the Dallas Chamber Symphony at Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District.  Passed unanimously.


 Motion to adjourn made by Marshall, seconded by Schmidt, unanimously approved.  Meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.  Submitted by Roger Durham, NTM Secretary.