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August 2005 RVC Column

(Written and posted 7/1/05)
by John Recht, Region 8 RVC

Registration is now open for San Francisco Regional Mensa's RG, Brilliance by the Bay, on Thanksgiving weekend (November 25-27, 2005). That gives Region 8 Mensa members three wonderful choices for RG fun this fall, including Sacramento Regional Mensa's Gold Country RG, to be held October 21-23, 2005, and Mensa of Western Washington's M'rald City RG, to be held October 28-30, 2005. I will be at all of them, and I hope you will join me. For information and registration at each of these RGs, you may use my LINKS page to access the home pages of the local groups.

Next week on I will fly to New Orleans for the AG, where I will take office as Region 8 RVC. When I return to Portland, I will update my blog with information from the AG. There is certainly plenty to keep me busy while I am there...I'm sure there will be lots of info to share!

It's not official yet, but I expect my committee assignment to be the Leadership Committee, working with Committee Chair Jean Becker and soon-to-be-former Region 9 RVC Pat Coontz. Jean and Pat are dedicated to making Leadership Development a success, and I will be delighted to have the opportunity to work with them. Another LDW is in the planning stage for Region 8, and I have high hopes for continuing to build upon the enthusiasm that made the LDW in Seattle last November such a success.

In other current news from Region 8, as I have continued to make contact with folks in the local groups, I am making headway with a project that has long been of interest to Mensa members. Local group newsletter editors have the option of participating in a newsletter exchange program offered by the national office staff, whereby the editors receive their choice of a given number of newsletters from local groups across the country. LocSecs have not had this option, however, and unless they have subscribed to individual newsletters, they have had to have them passed along by the editors or by some other indirect method.

This week I have been in touch with the editors in the region, and I am in the process of finding out which newsletters are regularly published online, and which are emailed to their printers. It appears that the majority of the newsletters in Region 8 will be available in electronic form to the LocSecs, and I will continue to follow up with the local groups as we establish a regular distribution. Please stay tuned!