The Executive Committee are those grassroots leaders tasked with direction and impetus. These create the vibrant organization you see here.
Contact each of these individuals at the button below, selecting “Executive Committee.”
The Local Secretary (LocSec) is Mensa’s version of President. Don comes to the position after longtime local membership, having become more active in recent months. He notes that this wonderful organization is filled with people who all have strong ideas what would make a vibrant organization, and desires to see all of these come to a cohesive implementation.
J A Tony OReilly
Deputy Local Secretary
Tony takes over the reins of Deputy Local Secretary. Deputy LocSec performs all the duties in the absence of the LocSec.
The Mensa local Treasurer (often a nonprofessional) carries the important duty of maintaining the bookkeeping, record keeping, financial reporting and budgeting. Linda brings a wealth of experience to the position, both in business and finance, as well as Mensa leadership at both local and regional levels.
Carol retains an At Large position after an extended time as Board Treasurer. She and her rescue cat live in Venice, and in her “spare time” she works as a bridge tender.
Nicola, from Germany, is an international postdoctoral scientist at Mote Marine, and USF professor, in the areas of thermoregulation of manatees, and mammalian physiology. She also has 10 years of IT experience
Region 10 Vice Chairman
Regional Vice Chairmen act as liaison between Local Groups in their respective regions and the Board. They also carry out the policies and programs formulated by the Board for their regions.
The various Program Coordinators are those members who have taken on an essential specific area focus.
Contact each of these individuals at the button below, selecting “Area Coordinators”.
Charlotte County Area
The Charlotte County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans.
CultureQuest® promotes and tests cultural literacy from film to politics, music, literature, history, etc. Every spring, teams from across the US and Canada gather in their neighborhoods and for 90 minutes to compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights.
DeSoto County Area
The DeSoto County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans.
Manasota Mensa values the unique interests of different age-related groups, from Youth to Mature. As to the others as well, Gen X and Gen Y age members have a unique, and often, different set of interests and perspectives. And we desire to see this more completely expressed.
Mensa is not an adults-only organization. Highly intelligent children need friendship and support, and yet meeting intellectual peers is more challenging for children due to limited contacts and mobility. Don is passionate about seeing young people develop into all that their natural talents enable, and welcomes assisting in this process.
Hank A Vitan
Manatee County Area
The Manatee County Coordinator helps members in that immediate area get more from their membership by providing them with more opportunities for face-to-face interaction with other Mensans. Hank was formerly Manasota’s LocSec, and understands the needs of the various geographic sub-groups. We are honored to have him in this position.
The Local Membership Officer’s role in the health of the group is vital: this individual is on the front line in meeting, greeting and involving new members. Guy is originally from the United Kingdom, living in Florida since 2005. He’s owned several businesses, both here and the UK, and joined Mensa over 25 years ago recently enjoying the position as SigSec for the British Business sig. He has a value for “giving back”.
When potential conflicts between members arise, the local Ombudsman (some groups use the term Mediator) can become the most important officer in the entire organization. David Tschanz has been a member of Mensa since 1994. He has advanced degrees in history and epidemiology and is currently the Coordinator of the Military History SIG. Born in Connecticut, he spend 23 years working in Saudi Arabia where he worked for the medical department of the world’s largest oil company before moving in speechwriting and public relations work there. He currently lives in Venice.
The diverse nature of Mensa offers a special challenge to develop a variety of interesting programs and opportunities for interaction between members. We strive for both variety and quality, yet we are very much aware that routine events draw people in for the long term.
The Publications Officer acts as a manager or publisher in addition to the Newsletter Editor, who pulls together the newsletter proper, which is essential for local membership growth. In this task, Edgar is the creative genius behind The 4M. And overseer of (read, other person to send your complaints to re:) the website.
Good local publicity increases pride of membership to your local members and membership inquiries from potential members. David Tschanz is also our Ombudsman. He has advanced degrees in history and epidemiology and is currently the Coordinator of the Military History SIG. Born in Connecticut, he spend 23 years working in Saudi Arabia where he worked for the medical department of the world’s largest oil company before moving in speechwriting and public relations work there.
The Scholarship Program is a popular volunteer activity for Mensans. Foundation scholarships, especially if coupled with additional local scholarships, can create much publicity and good will for the Local Group.
The S.I.G.H.T. acronym stands for “Service of Information, Guidance and Hospitality to Travelers” and is a world-wide Mensa program which makes it easier for Mensa members to enjoy the company and hospitality of other Mensans across the United States and throughout more than 40 other countries. It commonly hosts travelers for luncheon, dinner, an evening visiting, or to share local sights and landmarks. Any local members willing to host, please contact Pat.
One of the most important elements of American Mensa is the Proctor system and our Proctors perform a valuable service on behalf of Mensa. Our Proctor Network consists of several hundred proctors who administer the supervised tests to qualify prospects for Mensa membership. Each month, many prospective Mensans are given proctored tests by one of these approved administrators who, quite often, are the first Mensa contact these prospects may make.
Don is the creator of much of what you find at this URL. He is most directly responsible for the punctuation and spelling errors you see. In a different life, he’d have done bobsledding.