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ILLUMINATE The Newsletter of Missouri Ozarks Mensa August, 2010 ILLUMINATE is a monthly publication of Missouri Ozarks Mensa, a division of American Mensa, Ltd., 1229 Corporate Dr. West, Arlington, TX 76006-6103. This newsletter may be viewed on the web at www.missouriozarks.us.mensa.org. Mensa is an international society whose sole requirement for membership is a score in the upper 2% on a standardized IQ test. It is nonprofit, has no religious or political affiliation, and holds no opinions. MENSA serves as a means of communication and assembly for its members and is interested in gifted children and psychological research. The web address for American Mensa is www.us.mensa.org. Missouri Ozarks Mensa Publications Officer/Editor: Dan Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org UPCOMING EVENTS Mensa Monthly Dinner A time to relax and experience fine food and good conversation. Where: Cedar’s South 3322 S. Campbell, Springfield (Please note this is the SOUTH location) When: Monday, August 16th, 6:30pm Contact: Dan Stanley daytime phone – (417) 862-2781 ext. 4003 email – email@example.com Future Monthly Dinners: September 15th (Wed.) @ 6:30pm – Purple Burrito 1700 S. Campbell, Springfield th October 15 (Fri.) @6:30pm – Digiacinto 2259 S. Campbell, Springfield Last Friday Lunch Take a break and enjoy a fun time with some smart people. Where: Springfield Brewing Company 301 S. Market Ave., Springfield, MO www.springfieldbrewingco.com When: Friday, August 27th, 11:45am Contact: Vivian Wasson (417) 881-7571 (mention “Mensa” on the answering machine) email - firstname.lastname@example.org Cover photo: Summer swim lessons, Nixa Community Center (courtesy of Dan Stanley) Missouri Ozarks Mensa News Illuminate Contributions Wanted! Do you have a recipe, poem, or news item that you’d like to have in an upcoming “Illuminate?” We’re especially looking for cover pictures of scenes around the Ozarks. If you have a contribution, please send it via email to email@example.com. Contributions are used at the discretion of the editor and should be family-friendly. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the same email address. I’d also love to hear what you’d like to see in future issues of “Illuminate.” Album Sale Fundraiser! Dean Wasson (husband of MOM member Vivian) has donated his collection of vintage vinyl LPs to be sold as a fundraiser for Mensa. The cost for each album is $5. Checks can be made out to Missouri Ozarks Mensa. People can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation. The albums can be picked up only at one of our meetings: a lunch or a dinner. The list of the albums is available on our Missouri Ozark Mensa website or by emailing Vivian at the above address. Country, jazz, classical, pop and many other genres are represented in the collection. Be sure to take a look! Come Out To A Gathering! Many Mensans join Mensa just to see if they qualify. While that may build self-esteem, such a limitation is akin to buying a theater ticket to see if there’s enough on your credit card balance. There is a great deal more that Mensa has to offer. One of the greatest benefits of being a Mensan is an automatic group of people with whom you have something in common. It’s a great opportunity for the growth of fellowship and friendship. But these benefits are only beneficial if you avail yourself to their availability Please consider coming to one of our monthly dinners or luncheons. You’ll find good people, good food and good conversation. If you have any questions, you’ll find contact information on the second page of this newsletter. Items for consideration for publication (photos, poems, recipes, news, etc.) are welcome and should be submitted to the Publications Officer by the 15th of the month previous to the month for newsletter publication. No previously copyrighted materials will be accepted. Inclusion of material in ILLUMINATE is at the discretion of the Publications Officer and Missouri Ozarks Mensa. Campbell’s Soup…M M Good Eddie Campbell Our next Excom meeting is scheduled for August 19 at 6:30 pm; it will be in the Harrison Room at The Library Center on South Campbell in Springfield. ……………………………… For those of you who don’t watch Big Brother, CBS’s reality show; one of the players is a Mensan. ……………………………… I received this email from Peggy Pannke-Smith, our Region 7 Vice Chairperson; Just back from the Mensa AG in Dearborn where I met up with the vivacious VIVIAN WASSON (photo attached). She's even cuter than her photos in the newsletter! Peggy ……………………………… Eddie Campbell Mail: 5615 N. 11th Avenue Ozark, MO 65721 Cell Phone: 417-209-7713 Email: email@example.com Regional Vice Chairman Report Peggy Pannke-Smith Check out photos of the Annual Gathering on our award-winning Region 7 website: http://www.region7.us.mensa.org/ CONGRATULATIONS! REGION 7 WINNERS honored during Awards Lunch! Marie Mayer of CENTRAL IOWA MENSA: National Service Award MID AMERICA MENSA: Group of the Year (group size 400-899) SOUTH DAKOTA MENSA: Innovative Owl for Outstanding Membership Rentention (92.7%!!) WYOMING MOUNTAIN MENSA Honorable Mention for Membership Retention HIGH MOUNTAIN MENSA won Prolific Owl for Outstanding Membership Growth Tami Whitney, Editor of The Brainiac of NEBRASKA-WESTERN IOWA MENSA won a PRP Newsletter award for Member Recognition In CULTURE QUEST, MID AMERICA Mensa (Warren Walker) won 6th place and $135.00; BOULDER/FRONT RANGE Mensa (Peggy Pannke-Smith) won 9th place and $120.00 and HIGH MOUNTAIN MENSA (Dennis McKim) won 16th place and $80.00 toward local scholarships NAME THE EVENT $1000 contest winner was PLAINS & PEAKS (Sandy Halby $50) with the winning entry: “Perk Up Your Parliament” (Parliament is a group of owls.) GROWING GROUPS! DENVER welcomed 19 new members in June! PLAINS & PEAKS welcomed 10 new members; MID AMERICA welcomed 7! WELCOME NEW OFFICERS! Susan McCurdy, Assistant Local Secretary CENTRAL IOWA Andre Jordheim, Local Ombudsman, NORTH DAKOTA Don Martin, Local Membership Officer MID-AMERICA Jane Johnson, Local Secretary KANSAS SUNFLOWER Kevin Myles, Asst. Local Secretary KANSAS SUNFLOWER Marlene Henkle, Editor & Web Contact, KANSAS SUNFLOWER Cynthia Wilhelmi, Leadership Development Committee, NEBRASKA/WESTERN IOWA I’d love to hear from you! Contact me at RVC7@us.mensa.org. WORD BOX PUZZLE Word Boxes are like miniature crossword puzzles, except that each word is filled in across and down the grid. That is, the answer to 1 across is the same word as the answer to 1 down; 2 across is the same as 2 down; etc. Row 1: Instrument Row 2: Gumbo staple Row 3: Eyeballs Row 4: Final Answers will appear next month or request them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last month’s answers: Row 1 – LEGS, Row 2 – EPEE, Row 3 – GEAR, Row 4 - SERE Elected Officers Local Secretary: Eddie Campbell (417) 209-7713, email@example.com Asst. Loc. Sec.: Bill Day (661) 330-9292, firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer: Lorraine Gardner (417) 832-0390 email@example.com Program Coordinator: Gary Kirkpatrick (417) 869-6044, firstname.lastname@example.org Publications Officer/Editor: Dan Stanley (417) 849-5081, email@example.com Recorder: Elaine Johnson: (417) 864-6311, firstname.lastname@example.org Scholarship Coordinator: Andrea Miller, email@example.com Joplin Area Coordinator: Open Southern Area Coordinator: Sally Schuster (501) 521-6443, firstname.lastname@example.org Region 7 Vice Chairperson: Peggy Pannke-Smith, email@example.com American Mensa, Ltd. (800) 66MENSA, firstname.lastname@example.org American Mensa website: www.usmensa.org Missouri Ozarks Mensa website: www.missouriozarks.us.mensa.org. Recipe of the Month Use those delicious garden tomatoes! Sicilian Fresh Tomato Sauce Ingredients: ¼ cup olive oil 4 cloves garlic, crushed 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 9 cups cored and chopped very ripe fresh tomatoes 4 28oz. cans crushed tomatoes ¼ cup chopped parsley 1 cup dry white wine 1 cup chicken stock 1 tsp. dried marjoram 1 tsp. dried rosemary 6 tbs. butter salt freshly ground black pepper Directions: Heat an 8- to 10-quart heavy-bottom pot and add the oil, garlic, and onion. Sauté until the onion is clear. Add the remaining ingredients except the butter and salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and gently cook, uncovered, for 4 hours, stirring often. Stir in the butter and salt and pepper to taste.
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