Tallahassee Area Mensa Executive Committee
Deputy Local Secretary
J.A. "Tinker" Lammert
Not an officer, just the local webmaster:
Mensa Minutes for Tallahassee Area Mensa
January 20, 2018, 1PM
Location: Village Inn, 1225 E Park Ave, Tallahassee, Florida
Present: Robin Preston, Local Secretary
Douglas Klotter, Deputy Local Secretary (reporting)
J.A. "Tinker" Lammert, Treasurer
Grant Logan, Member
Anonymous, Newsletter Editor
In accordance with tradition, we had lunch first. This may have been a mistake as I started
to doze off near the end. The food was quite enjoyable, although there was an excess of pancakes.
As this is the first meeting after elections, the ExComm chose the responsibilities of the slate
of elected members. Results are listed above. Congrats to all.
Choosing dates and locations for the group meetings (outings, PigSig, etc.) took up the next batch
of time. While details can be subject to change as circumstances require, this is the projected list
of upcoming events.
2/10 LeMoyne Art gallery
2/21 Pig Sig, Little Italy
2/24 Movie Night Matrix II
3/3 Tallahassee Museum (Jr. Museum)
3/21 Pig Sig Red Robin
3/31 Movie Night. Matrix III
4/7 Mc Clay Gardens
4/18 Pig Sig (no location yet)
4/14 ExCom meeting
4/28 Movie Night Details TBD.
A new group sponsored event was discussed. This is the Escape Room. There are details to be worked
out, but should be in mid March (3/10?). Sounds like fun! RSVP required!
G. Logan next had the floor to discuss the postal marking details, with regards to the newsletter
postings. There are several requirements between Mensa National and the Post Office that drive what
goes on the newsletters. For those who would care to know more of the particulars, I suggest that you
contact the newsletter editor directly. I'm not.
Tinker then gave us a summary of the treasury, the details of which can be acquired as needed.
The bottom line is that our current account amount is $6415.90. Yea!
There were more detailed discussions, but I am keeping the minutes short. Hope you enjoyed them.
Respectfully (ish) Submitted
D. A. Klotter
Deputy Local Secretary
Feb 15, 2018
Addendum: Subsequent to the meeting, we have received a request from the Region 10 coordinator, Thomas
Thomas. Yes, that is his real name. He is interested in our local group having an active FaceBook page.
This would mean daily updates, postings, etc. The current consensus of the ExCom is (briefly) that a FB
page would not be of great benefit at this time, but that the topic will be revisited at the next ExComm
Minutes of the Tallahassee Area Mensa ExComm
M. Robin Preston
J.A. "Tinker" Lammert
Pat Wickman was unable to attend.
The meeting was called to order.
Tinker made sure everyone had received the treasury report and gave a copy to Doug. There was some
discussion regarding the challenges of the online bill pay and the inexplicable delay of some of the
payments to the post office being processed by the bank.
The timing of the November movie event was discussed. Due to the numerous holidays in Thanksgiving,
it was agreed to move the November movie event to Saturday, December 9, with a wish for everyone to
enjoy the November holidays.
It was suggested on Saturday, December 2, we meet at the fountain on Kleman Plaza outside the
elevators at 3 in the afternoon to enjoy the annual Festival of Lights. We will meet at 3 and enjoy the
festival and those who wish to can stay for the parade. The idea was agreed upon and the event was added
to the calendar.
The November PIG*SIG is set for Ruby Tuesday on November 15.
December PIG*SIG is set for Longhorn Steakhouse on December 20.
Discussion followed about the group outing to St. Marks in November. It was agreed we would meet at
11 at the parking lot by the lighthouse. The event is set for November 4, which is the weekend after
the Butterfly Festival, but there should still be lots of butterflies, migratory and winter resident
birds, and the beautiful hiking trails to enjoy in the fall weather. Walking shoes and binoculars are
Discussion then turned to January events which will include a group outing to McClay Gardens on
January 6; the PIG*SIG on January 17, the next ExComm meeting on January 20 (which will be the first
meeting of the new Executive Committee), and the movie event on January 27.
A general reminder was made about the election and everyone was encouraged to vote. Robin expressed
her gratitude to Pat for serving over the past two years in spite of numerous challenges she was facing
in her life, and appreciation for those who are stepping up to serve or continuing to serve in any
capacity. The group depends on volunteers to keep functioning and she wanted everyone to know how much
she appreciates their willingness to help.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
M. Robin Preston, standing in for Pat Wickman
Tallahassee Area Mensa ExComm Meeting
August 12, 2017, Village Inn Restaurant
The meeting was called to order at 1:22 PM. Present were Robin Preston, LocSec; and Patricia Wickman,
The Minutes of the previous ExComm Meeting having been distributed digitally and accepted, they were
The Minutes of the previous Treasurer's Report having been distributed digitally and accepted, they
The LocSec reported that the TAM Field Trip to the Marianna Caverns was a successful and enjoyable day.
Nine members turned out to view the beautiful natural formation and to share a lunch before returning to
Tallahassee. The consensus was that this should be an annual event.
TAM has been notified by National that we have been given an award for the second year in a row. This
year, it was a Jewel Award, Class V, Ruby Level (for groups with fewer than 100 members), honoring the
quality and quantity of activities and accomplishments for members of TAM. The award was made at the
2017 American Mensa Annual Meeting held in Hollywood, FL earlier this year. TASM thanks its very active
LocSec, Treasurer, and Anonymous Editor for their excellent work on behalf of all of us.
Dates for forthcoming events on the TAM calendar were set as follows. Please consult the official
Calendar in the newsletter to confirm details.
Movie Night: Saturdays, August 19 and September 30, 2017
PigSIG: Wednesdays, August 16 and September 20, 2017
Special Event: Saturday, September 9, 2017 a visit to The Challenger Learning Center for either a Planetarium
Show or an IMAX movie.
ExComm Meeting: Saturday, October 14, 2018
Mark your calendars and come on out and join us for these events.
Let's earn another award!
No other business being put forward, the meeting was adjourned by a Motion and Second from Pat
Wickman, at 1:40 PM.
Patricia R. Wickman, Ph.D.
TAM ExComm Minutes, 4/8/2017
The Meeting took place at the Village Inn on Apalachee Parkway on
Saturday, April 8, 2017. Those present were: Robin Preston, Patricia R.
Wickman, Tinker Lammert, and Grant Logan. The meeting was called to order
at 2:15 PM.
Item. Previous minutes having been reviewed and accepted, no further
discussion was necessary.
Item: Treasurer Tinker Lammert reported that the Treasurer's Report
recently has been circulated online and will be published here in the
MenTally newsletter as well. The balance is healthy and the account
Item: Treasurer Lammert reported that we have been notified by National
that we have won a reward of $500.00 in the annual "Plus One" Testing
drawing, based on our increase in the number of persons tested this year.
LocSec Robin Preston commented that requests for testing remain steady.
Item: Grant Logan requested and received monies for a renewed supply of
Item: The May PigSIG will take place on May 17th, the third Wednesday of
the month, as usual. See the Calendar for details on this and other great
Item: A discussion ensued concerning the problems currently being
experienced by local groups, which have been occasioned by the disarray
inside National headquarters. The personnel turnover is only one source of
the problem. A change in computer systems seems to have been implemented
so poorly that reports are not generated on time, the reports are
insufficient, responses to problems and requests are not forthcoming, and
the situation has been unnecessarily prolonged. Treasurer Lammert was so
disheartened by the problems that she commented that, were she not a Life
Member, she would give serious consideration to quitting. The situation
seems particularly egregious, and TAM will continue to urge National to
straighten out the situation before Mensa's reputation for intellect is
Item: A plan was discussed and accepted to have a TAM outing to beautiful
Wakulla Springs State Park, that will include a boat ride and refreshments
furnished by TAM. The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June
10th, beginning at 1:00 PM Details will be announced in the newsletter.
All members are welcome.
Item: The next ExComm Meeting will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017,
at the Village Inn on Apalachee Parkway, at 1:00 PM. The meeting is open
to all members and we look forward to seeing you all there.
Item: There being no further items, a Motion to adjourn was made at 2:45
PM by Tinker Lammert and seconded by Pat Wickman, and the Meeting was
Patricia R. Wickman
Minutes of the Tallahassee Area ExComm Meeting, January 21, 2017
The meeting was called to order at 1:10. Present were Grant Logan, Carolyn Stimel,
and Robin Preston, J.A. "Tinker" Lammert was not present due to illness.
Grant advised that the newsletter for national needs to be mailed separately by first
class mail to avoid the additional charges of having a third tray at the post office for
that single newsletter. He requested that he be reimbursed for the purchase of stamps for
the editor to use for those types of needs. The request was approved.
The post office form had been sent to Robin, and she provided it to Grant. Discussion
followed on the challenges of getting the labels for mailing the newsletter and the new
method of delivering the monthly reports online. Carolyn noted she had not received any
prospect lists for a while, and Robin explained the new process of going onto the national
site to obtain the reports.
It was confirmed everyone had received the treasurer's report and all was well there.
The location of the dinner gathering in February was confirmed to be Seineyard in Woodville.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Robin Preston, standing in for Pat Wickman.
Tallahassee Area Mensa RxComm Meeting
October 29, 2016, Village Inn Restaurant
The meeting was called to order at 1:22 PM. Present were Robin Preston, LocSec;
Patricia Wickman, Asst. :LocSec/Secretary; J.A. Lammert, Treasurer; and Grant Logan.
- The Minutes of the previous ExComm Meeting having been distributed digitally and accepted,
they were approved
- The Teasurer's Report for the Third Quarter of 2016 having been published in the newsletter,
no changes were required, and the Report was accepted.
- Secty Pat Wickman invited Mensans to join her on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 at Railroad Square
at 5:00 PM, where the Tallahassee Film Society would be showing the new documentary, Alligator
Wrestler, on the life of James E. Billie, Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Dr. Wickman,
one of the interviewees in the film, would be available for Q&A afterwards.
- The standard of testing that national Mensa uses to qualify prospective members will change
on Nov. 1, 2016. The formerly used MAT will be replaced by the RAIT. If you or anyone you know has
been tested before and failed to pass, you are now eligible to re-test using the new standard.
- Dates for forthcoming events on the TAM calendar were set as follows. Please consult the
official Calendar in the newsletter to confirm details.
Movie Night: Dec. 17, 2016
PigSIG, Wed, Dec, 21, 2016
Special Event: Dec. 12, 2016.
ExComm Meeting: Jan. 21, 2017
No other business being put forward, the meeting was adjourned by a Motion from Tinker Lammert
and a Second from Pat Wickman, at 1:40 PM.
Patricia R. Wickman, Ph.D.
Minutes of the July 23, 2016 ExComm Meeting
In attendance were Robin Preston, J.A. "Tinker" Lammert, Grant Logan, and Thomas Thomas - Region 10 Regional Vice Chair
Absent was Pat Wickman due to illness
The meeting was delayed getting started due to not knowing if Pat would be able to attend or not, and the late arrival of Thomas Thomas. It was confirmed that a quorum was present as we had 2 of the 3 ExComm officers, so the meeting was able to proceed.
Meeting was called to order at 1:30 p.m. In the absence of the Deputy LocSec, Robin took the minutes.
Grant introduced Thomas Thomas to Tinker and Robin.
The second quarter treasurer's report was reviewed, all is well with the treasury.
Dates, times, and locations were set for the August and September group outings and events, with the Capital Museum downtown on 8/6 beginning at 10; the PIG*SIG at Red Robin on 8/17 at 6:30; and the Bond Double Feature on 8/27 beginning at 3.
Due to the upcoming Labor Day Weekend, it was agreed to move the September group outing to the second Saturday of the month. The outing was set for the Goodwood Museum on 9/10, time to be announced. The Bond Double Feature was set for 9/17 at 3, and the September PIG*SIG was set for 9/21.
The next ExComm meeting will be held on 10/29.
Thomas Thomas asked if Robin had received the email that had just been sent out from the National office regarding the scholarship program. Robin advised she was still making her way through the hundreds of emails that had come in while she was out of state, but located the email on her phone. Included in the email was a list of regions and groups that had already volunteered to participate. Thomas pointed out that Region 10 was not represented and suggested Tallahassee Area Mensa should be involved. He advised the decision would need to be made quickly as the deadline was August 1. He indicated a scholarship chair needed to be appointed and a form filled out online by the LocSec identifying the person volunteering to be scholarship chair. The scholarship chair would be responsible for reading essays submitted by any student who wished to participate with the award being a $600 scholarship. Robin advised she did not have the time to take that on. Thomas indicated it could be spread out over several months and would not be a large time commitment. Robin reiterated that she did not have the time to take it on. Tinker volunteered to do it, reaffirming that it was just reading essays. Thomas confirmed this and said many essays would be eliminated quickly simply because of bad grammar or spelling and other such obvious issues. Robin went online immediately and filled out the form nominating Tinker for the scholarship chair position to get the process started.
There being no further business before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 2:15.