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September 2008 RVC Column

(Written and posted 8/8/08)

Northwest Passages

RVC Column for September Newsletters in Region 8
by John Recht, Region 8 RVC

Last month I spoke about the Governance Project that the American Mensa Committee (AMC) has undertaken with the help of Tecker Consultants. The next major step in this process will take place in November at the AMC's annual planning meeting. At that time the AMC will have the chance to make substantial, ongoing changes in the way it operates, beginning with the development of a solid strategic plan. This plan will help better define authority and responsibility of the AMC, officers, committees and staff, as well as set tangible goals and the measurements for success.

Critical to the success of this plan will be for the AMC to choose goals that will be important to the ongoing growth and development of American Mensa. As the AMC spends proportionately more of its time making decisions that are more strategic in nature, it will correspondingly find less on its plate that pertains to the development of rules and procedures. Increasingly, authority will be delegated to staff and committees to follow up with what needs to be done in the organization.

What are the goals that will be important to American Mensa? Between now and November the AMC members will be discussing their ideas about what the goals should be and how the current list of short-term and long-term goals should be revised. What would help us tremendously at this time would be to have interested members weigh in with their ideas and feedback about the Governance Project and the strategic planning process now underway, as well as specific goals that they believe would be of benefit to the society. If you would like to participate, please send your ideas to me at rvc8@us.mensa.org, and keep an eye on the American Mensa Web site for information about the process as it develops.

In closing, I would like to remind you that three excellent Regional Gatherings are approaching, and now is the perfect time to register for them if you haven't already. The first of these will be the Reno Regional Gathering (RG) taking place October 3-5. Biggest Little RG information and registration are available on the Northern Nevada Mensa Web site at http://northernnevada.us.mensa.org/. October 24-26 are the dates for Sacramento Regional Mensa's 25th Gold Country RG - High Q Silver....Away; please contact Rod Baker at drrodbaker@juno.com for registration information. And once again San Francisco Regional Mensa will be hosting their RG, Brilliance By the Bay, on Thanksgiving weekend (November 28-30). Details and a registration form are available at http://www.sfmensa.org/rg.html. Hope to see you at one or more of these events!