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January 2009 RVC Column

(Written and posted 12/10/08)

Northwest Passages

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

As the year comes to a close, this is a good opportunity for me to acknowledge all of the hard work of our Mensa volunteers in Region 8. I wish I could personally thank them all, but I have only enough space to thank by name the leaders of each of our Local Groups and my Assistant RVC. They are ably supported by literally hundreds of others, and I would like us all to remember to thank each Mensa volunteer, every chance we get. Volunteers do what they do for the love of it, certainly not for wealth or glory, and Mensa truly couldn't get along without them.

To each of you, my most heartfelt thanks:

Debra Reiger, Assistant RVC, Sacramento Regional Mensa
Denise Yancey, President, Mensa Alaska
Edward Ledger, LocSec, Mensa of Western Washington
Harold Ward, LocSec, Southwest Idaho Mensa
Lori Drake, LocSec, San Francisco Regional Mensa
Mark Mitchell, LocSec, Columbia River Mensa
Mildred Treherne, LocSec, EasternWashington/Northern Idaho Mensa
Robert McAllister, LocSec, Northern Nevada Mensa
Rosmaire Duffy, LocSec, Sacramento Regional Mensa
Ruth Parvin, LocSec, Oregon Mensa
Steve Bean, LocSec, Monterey County Mensa
Walt Bodley, LocSec, Redwood Empire Mensa

and likewise, I send my deepest thanks to Alan Winson, who just finished his term as LocSec of San Francisco Regional Mensa. My hat is off to you all!

Another item of note: please keep in mind that the postmark deadline for the 2008/2009 Mensa Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest is almost upon us. Entries are due by Jan. 15, 2009, and forms and information are available online at www.mensafoundation.org. There are actually two simultaneous contests, with an entry form for the general public and a separate entry form to compete for special Mensa member awards. If you have questions, please contact Diana Maul, Region 8 Scholarship Coordinator, at dlmaul@aol.com.

Finally, I invite interested members to take part in a Leadership Development Workshop (LDW) scheduled for Mar. 13-15, 2009, in Portland, OR. For information, check the Gatherings section of the Mensa Bulletin, or send me an email at rvc8@us.mensa.org. Hope to see you there!