Dayton Area Mensa

DAYTON AREA MENSA
459 East Rahn Road
Dayton, Ohio 45429

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Dayton Area Mensa History

A charter for a Mensa Chapter in Dayton was granted in the 1960s and is mentioned as an active chapter in American Mensa's December 1969 issue. By 1970, this chapter had gone dormant. They had officers and members, but no activities, no newsletter, and little interest.

In 1971, with the election of new officers and an infusion of active members from California and Washington DC, new enthusiam, energy, and ideas. Officers and members pulled together to build a reputable newsletter, and events and programs were soon happening on a regular basis, albeit with small attendance.

In the mid-1970s, American Mensa suffered a decline in membership and Dayton's numbers dropped similarly but rebounded later that decade. The creation of Dayton Area Mensa was ratified on November 29, 1980. By 1989, Dayton had more than 330 members.

Membership dropped off, both in Dayton and nationally, in the 1990s, but American Mensa has seen a steady increase in membership, though Dayton's membership oscillated between 255 and 270 during the 2000s.

In 2011, membership in Dayton Area Mensa spiked to more than 280 and participation in activities grew as well. Today, there are more events and activities than ever and participation is up. There is a loyal core group of officers and activity leaders who are always interested in both member participation and new ideas for events. Attendance at the Regional Gathering is steady and we hope that the move from downtown Dayton to the Wyndom Garden Hotel near the Dayton Mall (south of Dayton) will encourage increased attendance.

You are also invited to read Marvin Guss' 1973 article, titled A Recent History of Dayton Area Mensa.

2017
Dayton Area Mensa, Sapphire Award, given by American Mensa, Ltd.

2016
Dayton Area Mensa, Diamond and Ruby Awards, given by American Mensa, Ltd.
Dayton Area Mensa, Silver ACE Award, given by American Mensa, Ltd.
Dayton Area Mensan of the Year Award awarded to Beth Weiss
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Lawrence (Lonny) Burger
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Sandra A. Johnson (SEMM)
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Tonya Lewis
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Stanley Ward
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Beth Weiss
DAM LocSec Award awarded to Patricia A. Reising
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Todd A. Bowman
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Dr. Ronald Deep
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Niki A. Foor
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Eleanor Yeager Gilmore
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Andrew Gilmore, President of BookFactory
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Robert P. Luken
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Richard W. Martin
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Dan E. Richardson
Certificate of Appreciation presented to John C. Schwytzer
Certificate of Appreciation presented to Elisabeth C. Taylor
DAM Scholarship Award, New Miami Local Schools
DAM Scholarship Award, Trévon Matthews
DAM Scholarship Award, Gretchen Tarkany
RVC3 Award, $100, exclusion of RG from Jewel Award calculation

2015
Dayton Area Mensa, Sapphire Award, given by American Mensa Ltd.
Dayton Area Mensan of the Year Award awarded to Scott Avnaim
DAM 5 Year Service Award awarded to Alan Ackroyd
DAM Local Scholarship awarded to Sophia Tarkany

2014
Dayton Area Mensa, Emerald Award, given by American Mensa Ltd.
Dayton Area Mensan of the Year Award awarded to CB Lokai
DAM 5 Year Service Award awarded to Marianne Kane

2013
Dayton Area Mensa, Emerald Award, given by American Mensa Ltd.
Dayton Area Mensan of the Year Award awarded to Lori Balster
Dayton Area Mensa presented Lonny Burger with plaques for his three PRP wins from American Mensa Ltd. For Members Only Section, Group Website; Outstanding Website, Medium Group; and an Owl (the highest award) for overall Best Group Website
Dayton Area Mensa presented Pat Reising with plaques for her PRP wins from American Mensa Ltd. For Outstanding Newsletter, Medium Group; and Overall Entertainment for Newsletter, Honorable Mention

2012
Dayton Area Mensan of the Year Award awarded to Pat Reising
Lonny Burger, Dayton Area Mensa Webmaster, received three PRP awards from American Mensa Ltd. For Members Only Section, Group Website; Outstanding Website, Medium Group; and an Owl (the highest award) for overall Best Group Website Pat Reising, Dayton Area Mensa MPULSE Newsletter Editor, won PRP awards from American Mensa Ltd. For Outstanding Newsletter, Medium Group; and Overall Entertainment for Newsletter, Honorable Mention
DAM 5 Year Service Award awarded to Gwen Raab
DAM 10 Year Service Award awarded to Lori Balster
DAM 10 Year Service Award awarded to Pat Reising
DAM 10 Year Service Award awarded to Al Schneider
DAM 10 Year Service Award awarded to Jim Wright (accepted by his widow, Esther Wright)
DAM 40 Year Service Award awarded to Dick Martin
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Skinner (Gary Porter)
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Yvonne Porter
DAM Exceptional Service Award awarded to Norm Stuckey
Christina Dong received a scholarship from DAM (as part of DAM's participation in American Mensa's Scholarship Program)

2011:
Mensa Brilliant Celebration and Recruiting Program: Dayton Area Mensa, Diamond (Highest) Award Level--Lori Balster, LocSec (President); Tom Feller, Proctor Coordinator; Dick Martin and Gwen Raab, Membership
PRP Award awarded to Heather Latham Miller for Outstanding Poem, "Offerings At The Table: The Philosopher's Picnic," given by American Mensa Ltd.

2010:
PRP Award awarded to Lori Balster for Best Non-Fiction Essay, "Blowing Up Our History," given by American Mensa Ltd. Marianne Kane, LocSec (President), awarded a Leadership Workshop for DAM, paid for by American Mensa Ltd.

2004:
Ashley Monnin was awarded a national MERF (American Mensa Ltd.) scholarship, the Diana Mossip Memorial Scholarship
Amanda Hong was awarded a DAM scholarship (part of American Mensa Ltd. scholarship contest)
Lindsey Witmer was awarded a DAM scholarship (part of American Mensa Ltd. scholarship contest)

1995:
Region Three Writing Contest-Lori Balster was awarded first place in poetry category for poem "Gifts"

Year Loc Secretary V.P. Treasurer Rec Secretary Editor Proctor Ombudsman
2017 Paul Merenski Dan Horine Lori Balster Carol Lundin Tonya Lewis Niki Foor Gwen Raab
2016 CB Lokai Paul Merenski Dan Horine Carol Lundin Tonya Lewis Niki Foor Pat Reising
2015 Lori Balster Vacant Dan Horine Marianne Kane Tonya Lewis Tom Feller Pat Reising
2015 Brad Johnson Lori Balster Dan Horine Marianne Kane C.B. Lokai Tom Feller Pat Reising
2014 Alan Ackroyd Brad Johnson Bryce Acer Marianne Kane C.B. Lokai Tom Feller Lori Balster
2013 Alan Ackroyd Brad Johnson Bryce Acer Lori Balster C.B. Lokai Tom Feller Gwen Raab
2012 Lori Balster Pat Reising Alan Ackroyd Marianne Kane Tim Hall
C.B. Lokai
Tom Feller Gwen Raab
2011 Lori Balster Bill Carpenter Alan Ackroyd Marianne Kane Pat Reising Tom Feller Stan Ward
2010 Marianne Kane Bill Carpenter Michael Cupp
Alan Ackroyd
Lori Balster Pat Reising Tom Feller Stan Ward
2009 Marianne Kane Teresa Luther Pat Reising Lori Balster Pat Reising Tom Feller Gwen Raab
2008 Vera Cartwright Lori Balster Pat Reising Teresa Luther Pat Reising Tom Feller Gwen Raab
2007 Pat Reising Gwen Raab Lynn Nothstine Teresa Luther Pat Reising Tom Feller Kathy Wetz
2006 Pat Reising Gwen Raab Lynn Nothstine Lori Balster Miki Adams
Pat Reising
Yvonne Porter
Gerald Egleson
Kathy Wetz
2005 John Schwytzer Pat Reising Al Schneider Lori Balster Miki Adams Yvonne Porter Skinner
2004 John Schwytzer Brenda Sible
Pat Reising
Al Schneider Karren Lehman
Paige Huskey
Miki Adams Yvonne Porter Skinner
2003 Rich Wagner
Nick Holden
Nick Holden
John Schwytzer
Bob Myers Lori Balster Laura Goostree Rich Wagner
Yvonne Porter
Karen Lehman
2002 Bob Pollick Rich Wagner Bob Myers Kathryn Dubester Laura Goostree Rich Wagner Lori Balster
2001 Bob Pollick Rich Wagner Al Schneider Larry Howell Colleen Gorman Beth Taylor Lori Balster
2000 Libby Grefe Bob Pollick Al Schneider Lori Balster Colleen Gorman Colleen Griffith
Beth Taylor
Micki Adams
1999 Libby Grefe Colleen Griffith
Bob Pollick
Al Schneider Lori Balster Colleen Gorman Colleen Griffith
Beth Taylor
Micki Adams
1998 Al Schneider - Al Schneider - - - -
1997 Al Schneider Al Schneider - - - -
1996 - - Al Schneider - Jack Robinson - -
1995 - - Al Schneider Lori Balster - -
1991-
1994
- - - - - - -
1990 Dennis Bender Lisa Stanley Al Schneider Randy Farmer - - Sandy Boger
1983-
1989
- - - - - - -
1982 Norm Stucky - - Tom Leonard - - -
1981 William Blazek - Edward Barry - - - -
1980 Bill Wright - Ken Scharabok - - - -
1979 George Long - Ken Scharabok - - - Jim Wright
Marvin Guss
1978 Bob Gedline Jim Henley Kan Scharabok
Nancy Meyers
- Marvin Guss
Pam Raikos
- -
1977 Michael C. Ahalt
Ruth Kellar
Bob Gedline
Ruth Kellar
Jim Henley
Jim Wright George Long
Susan Kuramoto
Marvin Guss Jim Wright -
1976 Marvin Guss R. Cutter
Michael Ahalt
- - - Jim Wright -
1975 - - Jim Wright - Marvin Guss Jim Wright -
1974 Marvin Guss James Damewood Jim Wright Kay Hutchinson Marvin Guss Earl Friedman -
1973 Marvin Guss - Jim Wright - Marvin Guss Earl Friedman -
1972 Dick Strong Glendon C. Smith Jim Wright Susan Kuramoto Marvin Guss Earl Friedman -
1971 Walt Carl
Colleen Plevelich
Dick Strong
Glendon C. Smith Jim Wright Susan Kuramoto Marvin Guss Earl Friedman -
1970 Walt Carl Colleen Plevelich - - Al Trusty - -
1968-
1969
- - - - - - -
1967 - - - - Tom Schurble Polly Dunne -
1965-
1966
- - - - - Polly Dunne -

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