March 21, 2021 Board Meeting Minutes

                                                                             North Texas Mensa

                                                                               A Local Group of

                                                                            American Mensa Ltd.

                                                                      A Not-for-Profit Corporation

Meeting called to order at 6:12 pm by President George Schmidt.  Attendees included: President George Schmidt, Treasurer Roger Durham, Secretary Anne Whiteman, Board Members at Large Aaron Adair, Cathy Allshouse, and Jessica Helphrey. Not present: Vice President Jeffrey Bromberger.

  • Reports

Secretary – Whiteman – The proposed February 2021 Board Meeting Minutes were circulated.  Durham moved, Allshouse seconded to approve the minutes as presented, which passed unanimously.        

Treasurer – Durham – The February bank account balance was $21,732.99 together with a note receivable of $10,000.00, showing a decrease in net worth to $31,732.99, compared to net worth of $31,760.67 on January 31.  Income of $1,027.11 and expenses of $1054.79 generated a net deficit of $27.68 for the month of February 2021. 

President – President Schmidt prepared the following agenda of topics to discuss:

  • Renew membership, if necessary.
  • Appropriation of money for New Members Party - $200 allocated for appropriation.
    • Durham moved; Whiteman seconded. Unanimously approved.
  • Appoint new member for Gatherings Committee.
    • Karen Brack has been appointed.
  • Jeffrey Bromberger has missed 3 meetings in a row due to his work schedule. Is the NTM Board willing to excuse his absence?
    • Durham moved that we excuse him from being automatically removed this month and defer the decision until next month; Adair seconded the motion. Unanimously approved.
  • Next Board Meeting: April 18, 2021.

Membership – Paul Whiteman – provided the following report:

  • As of February 28th, NTM had 1,207 members, which includes 9 new members: 2 lapsed members rejoined, 4 new members joined, and 3 moved in. One member left due to moving out.
  • New Member Party will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 7 – 11 PM, at the home of Ken & Lori Roberts in Plano.

Ombudsman - Randy Brack – Nothing to report as an Ombudsman.  As a member of the National By-laws Committee, AMC has voted to update minimum standard bylaws.

(Helphrey) Scholarship Chair – Jessica Helphrey – Ralf Kittenbacher has uploaded all the scholarship applications to the appropriate website.

(Helphrey) Publisher/Circulation Manager – Val Beasley – Nothing reported.

(Helphrey) Social and Communications – Vacant.

(Helphrey) Publicity – Vacant.

(Allshouse) Webmaster – Andy McKellar – The website appears to be working correctly, and the licenses and user requests are current so far as he knows.

(Allshouse) Testing Coordinator – Deborah Lockhart – Nothing reported; no testing done.

(Allshouse) Programs – Cathy Allshouse – North Texas Mensa general meetings are resuming in March, featuring Jo Giudice, Director, Dallas Public Library, and Mary Wilonsky, Executive Director, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, who are speaking on how the Dallas Public Library system serves our community within the challenges of our current times. 

April and May speakers are set.  UTD Professor and computer scientist, Chris Irwin Davis, who does artificial intelligence, will speak in April.  Dallas Arboretum will present in May on native plants.

(Allshouse) Calendar - Sara Hawkins – No issues with calendar.  Please let Sara know if you would like to schedule an event or need me for anything.

(Adair) Gifted Youth - Bill Rock – Gifted Youth is doing a trial walk on Saturday, March 20th, and have Board Games set for April.

(Adair) S.I.G.H.T. - Gunny Hartman – S.I.G.H.T. – Nothing to report for S.I.G.H.T. this month.

(Adair) Editor – Bill Rock – April M-AURA was on hold until March 15th for an RVC column but was sent to the printer on March 16th.

  • Old Business:
  • 2021 RG:
    • Gathering Committee – Paul Whiteman, Karen Brack, and Randy Brack.
      • Hilton Garden Inn Dennison/Sherman.
      • No resort fee, no transportation fee.
      • $14 continental breakfast; $16 buffet breakfast.
      • Aaron Adair sent the information to the board.
  • New Business:
    • None


Motion to adjourn made by Durham, seconded by Whiteman, and passed unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 6:37 pm.  Submitted as Board Proceedings pending approval as Minutes by Whiteman, NTM Secretary.