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 Saturday, August 23, 4:00 PM

     This month Bob & Barbara Ward will be hosting an ExCom and FS&M at their home located at 10029 Willow Cove Rd., Huntsville.  The Excom will begin at 4:00 and will be followed by FS&M. 


     While FS&M is ostensibly held to put the monthly newsletter together that job takes very little time.  Members REALLY attend this event for the fun, food, and friendly conversation. This month we'll also see how the Alabama version of sloppy Joe's compares to the Mississippi version from June's FS&M.  there will be chicken salad for those who don't eat red meat.  Members are welcome to bring a dish or snack to share as well. 


     Directions to 10029 Willow Cove Road.  Take South Memorial Parkway to the Weatherly Road Exit.  Turn left/east on Weatherly Road.  Continue for about 10 blocks, passing 3 traffic lights.  After the third traffic light you will see the YMCA.  Turn right/south at the first street after the Y. (256) 883-6403


     "FS&M" is our affectionate term for assembling the NORBAMENSA newsletter. The pages get folded, stapled and labeled. No experience necessary, free training, and you get the scoop early, along with another opportunity for interesting chatter.


Mensa Kids Trek
Saturday, August 16th, 2:00 PM-4:00 PM


     Mensa Kids Trek Architecture is on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 4PM in the Huntsville Public Library auditorium. Young people and their adult partners will have about forty-five minutes to build with Lego blocks, Lincoln Logs, and an extensive variety of other construction materials.  Then, the concepts of architecture will be introduced with visuals and hands-on materials. 


        Mensa Kids Trek is free, open to the public, and geared for all ages. Children must have adult partners.  For more information on Mensa Kids Trek and/or Brain Trek, please contact Martha Williams,




      Temperance for August will be at Casa Blanca in Huntsville. If you're new to MENSA you might be misled by the tongue-in-cheek name of this event.  Don't let that keep you from joining us on the first Friday of each month at 5:30.  The truth is, we drink up and relax after a hard week at work or play (for the retired folks).  Some order dinner, others just enjoy the company and a couple of drinks.  On the odd-numbered months we meet at Tim's Cajun Kitchen on Jordan Lane.  On the even numbered months we meet at Casa Blanca on South Memorial Parkway in Main Street South shopping center.  The event is open to all members and their families.  Hope to see you there!

August Dinner Meeting
 Sunday, July 17, 6:00 PM

     We will be meeting in Decatur this month at Ruby Tuesday's, 1621 Beltline Road SW.  Jimmy McWilliams introduces the program this way: someone reminded us that wars continue on - and on.  Example: - the Civil War's aftermath, with its KKK and Confederate flag on pickups. Also -- and worst aspect -- complete control of certain local governments. Colbert County, since the Civil War, has always elected Democrats. Recently one Republican was elected to the board of commissioners. Change?


     Our speaker, retired Lt. Col. Arthur D. Graves, will spell out some of the bondage suffered by ALL peoples under such a setup. The KKK was the final arbiter in all affairs. After WW1, a group of soldiers attempted a change by running an ex-soldier for probate judge. They were beaten. 


     The aftermath -- My father, a lifetime citizen of Colbert County and Tuscumbia (where I was born) was stopped on the street and told that he was no longer to be welcomed at the court house. I have received similar treatment by a later probate judge.


     Our speaker, Lt. Col. Arthur D. Graves is a graduate of Trenholm High School and Tuskegee University. He earned a Master's degree from Tennessee State University and the Ed.S from the University of North Alabama. In 1949, he became a teacher at the Old Courtland Colored High School, serving one year, and later taught at Decatur High School for one year. While living in Lawrence County, he began working for his uncle, Mr. George Reynolds, at Reynolds Funeral Home in Decatur, Alabama. Mr. Graves then entered the United States Air Force and served for twenty years. After that, he taught fourteen years at the University of North Alabama, three of those years as Assistant to the President.   In 1981, he saw the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong aspiration to own his own business. So, he purchased Thompson and Son Funeral Home, which he and his family have owned and operated for the past thirty years.


     Mr. Graves is a charter member of the Shoals Industrial Development Authority, former director of American Educators Life Insurance Company and Mutual Savings Life Insurance Company, former member of the UNA President's Cabinet, and member of the Colbert County Democratic Executive Committee, the NAACP, and the Alabama Democratic Conference. He served for two years on the Alabama Board of Funeral Service.


Don't Forget Your White Elephants!


          Don't forget to bring your White Elephants to the dinner meeting.  These are items you no longer treasure, but think someone else will. Items are brought in bags and numbers are assigned to names and the fun begins as random numbers are called.  The most popular items are books and magazines - Mensans never have enough to read!


Let's Eat


     Local group members usually schedule two opportunities for our members to join together at local restaurants for dinner on Wednesdays.  For obvious reasons, they are referred to as "Let's Eat, Huntsville" and "Let's Eat, Madison."  Both provide great atmospheres for enjoying the company of fellow Mensans. 


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