Separate from these long term fantasies, let us speak of here-and-now realities.
Our little club has become a substantial business, with 51,000 customers (members) and a bunch of great employees.
Our customers (you) have come to expect certain services, and your board and your employees sweat to deliver them for you, on time and under budget.
Mensa is truly a customer driven enterprise. Gatherings, local groups, web sites and many other things we take for granted today, were pioneered by members who came up with ideas, deployed them in the real world, then fine tuned them. In the process they made these good ideas part of American Mensa Culture. Some of these ideas are now delivered by paid staff, but most are still the works of our member / volunteers.
As we go towards the future, we hope to find more ways to deliver established ideas "faster, cheaper, better." We will select, test and tune new ideas as well. It will never be perfect, and the best ideas will be controversial, but Mensa will always be great good fun.
Fine tuning what we now do, and integrating new services into our complex structure is the goal of your board of directors: the AMC.
I've survived two terms on the board, and want to apply that learning curve to a new job next term. As I write these words, I'm running for election to a new post.
An online Mensa publication asked me the following question. It was fun to articulate things that I'd like to see, so I've included it here and in some local newsletters as bald electioneering.
So, for more than you wanted to know about how my mind works, on to the fantasies:
Question: If you had a magic wand that you could wave and change anything about Mensa, what would you change?
Answer: And you want me to keep this under 500 words? Ah..... OK.....
Allakazot! American Mensa (AML) now has ten times as many members as it does today (500,000 vs 50,000).
Alakazoop! American Mensa has multiple programs for gifted children.
Alakazap! The Mensa Bulletin is 10 times thicker.
Allakazing! An annual Local Colloquium on Gifted Children is held in each of our 25 largest metropolitan areas.
Alakazork! The AML Website is a gateway into what would otherwise be expensive subscription Information Databases (Lexus, University sites, etc.).
Alakazoom! Anyone under 18 who qualifies gets a "special youth membership" for free till they're 18 years old or out of college.
Alakaschee! The AML website hosts threaded discussions on the wide variety of topics that enthuse our members.
Alakazerp! American Mensa Members are surveyed regularly on matters regarding the choices and directions of the society.
Alakazeek! Members of Mensa are surveyed for their opinions on important issues of the day. These results are regularly re-published as "What Do Mensans Think?"
Alakachoo! October 1 (six months after April Fools Day and Mensa's Birthday) becomes October Smart Day, through clever machinations of our PR machine.
Alakawhee! Regular Dues are now $27.50 / year.
Alakazam! Renewing your membership will make you five years younger, 10 pounds lighter and 10 I.Q. points smarter, till you hit 29 years old, 6% body fat, and an IQ of 185, where you'll linger so long as you keep on paying your dues.
These fantasies don't really require the help of a magic wand, except perhaps that last one.;-)
Otherwise they are all possible without the wand. How? By leveraging our existing "Mind Share" with appropriate sponsorships and alliances, and creating synergy with publications and organizations that want to be associated with us.
Good ideas are not rare in Mensa. What counts more, is the willingness to work to make them happen. Time will tell.
This is the abreviated version. The full "director's cut' is online at http://www.scottrainey.com/mensa/