An Intertel Area Coordinator serves a limited geographic area within a Region(s) by providing Ilians opportunities for fellowship and exchange of ideas. The job is self-directed but here are some suggestions as to activities that have been successful for others.
The goals are to get to know Ilians within the area and to solicit applications for membership in Intertel. There are many ways of accomplishing these goals but most effective is having personal contact through telephone, letter (see below), email, newsletter, and meetings.
Other area coordinators have had good luck asking local Mensa chapter membership chairs to include a letter (see below) with an Intertel brochure attached in their “welcome new member” packet. Brochures are available from your Regional Director or the Intertel office. Leaving a few brochures at libraries and colleges can at least raise awareness of Intertel.
Another technique is to ask organizers of local Mensa RG's to allow you a break-out presentation for Intertel members and interested Mensans. This is a sample agenda (see below).
An effective way of accomplishing both goals while having a good time oneself is to arrange a more or less quarterly “Meet-Greet-n-Eat” for Ilians and guests. Inviting Mensans or even arranging a joint meeting publicized in the Mensa local chapter bulletin can be a useful recruiting device.
THIS IS A SAMPLE LETTER OR EMAIL YOU CAN USE TO WELCOME NEW (REINSTATED) MEMBERS OF INTERTEL. YOUR REGIONAL DIRECTOR CAN PROVIDE THEIR NAMES ON WHATEVER SCHEDULE YOU WISH. FEEL FREE TO EDIT TO FIT YOUR PERSONALITY AND LOCAL SITUATION.
Your Name, Area Coordinator
Your City, Your State ZIP
To: Member Name
Welcome (back) to Intertel!
Your dues entitle you to participate in our Dutch-treat “Meet, Greet ‘n’ Eat” gatherings for lunch or dinner in restaurants in the area. I aim for quarterly but usually wind up with only three a year. They're great fun with lively conversation covering everything from personal stories to politics, to religion, all the topics forbidden in groups of lesser abilities. Disagreements do occur but are always civil and well-mannered. Don't miss out.
Intertel maintains a lively e-mail discussion group. You have to register in advance of participation which is limited to members. It's a great source of information and expertise; e. g. “Does anyone on list know anything about ...(subject)…?” Usually useful information comes within a day. That alone is worth the dues.
Watch for your mailed or emailed issues of Integra. It has interesting articles and news about the organization.
For questions about Intertel, please visit the web site or give me a call or email. I look forward to seeing at one of our “Meet, Greet 'n' Eat" gatherings soon.
Area Coordinator for your area
THIS IS A SAMPLE INVITATION LETTER TO NEW, REINSTATED OR MOVED-IN MEMBERS OF MENSA TO JOIN INTERTEL. BROCHURES ARE AVAILABLE FROM YOUR REGIONAL DIRECTOR OR THE INTERTEL OFFICE. OTHER AREA COORDINATORS HAVE HAD GOOD LUCK ASKING LOCAL MENSA CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP CHAIRS TO INCLUDE A LETTER LIKE THIS WITH AN INTERTEL BROCHURE ATTACHED IN THEIR “WELCOME NEW MEMBER” PACKET.
Your Name, Area Coordinator
Your City, State ZIP
Dear New Mensan,
Have you ever considered whether or not you might be qualified for membership in Intertel? Take a look at the attached brochure and see if you might be interested.
Intertel is the “top one per cent” high-IQ society, that is at or above the 99th percentile, of the general population on a standardized test. For a list of acceptable tests in on the Intertel web site. If you took the Mensa qualification test, you can get your test scores from the national Mensa office. You can either email the national office at email@example.com or call 817-607-0060 x 5000 to request your scores which will be mailed to you.
Intertel’s three purposes are to encourage meaningful intellectual fellowship, to foster an exchange of ideas on any and all subjects and to assist in research relating to high intelligence.
Intertel membership dues are $39 per year with electronic delivery of Intertel’s journal, Integra (ten times/year), or $44 for U. S. postal delivery of hard copies.
Intertel has a lively e-mail discussion group. Participation is limited to members and you must get an ID and password from the list owner before logging on. It's a useful source of information and expertise, e. g. “Does anyone on list know anything about (subject)…?” Usually useful information comes back within a day. That alone is worth the dues.
We have had several Dutch-treat evening “Meet, Greet ‘n’ Eat” gatherings for dinner in restaurants in and around our area. I try to have these quarterly but usually wind up with three yearly. Discussions range from personal stories to politics to religion to astrophysics and, although disagreements occur, they are always civil, intelligent and thoughtful.
For questions about Intertel, please see www.intertel-iq.org, contact me or the Intertel office at firstname.lastname@example.org, I hope to see your name soon on our new members list.
Your Name, Area Coordinator for Your Area
Preparations: Arrange well in advance a time for an Intertel breakout meeting at the Mensa Chapter RG and ask that the session be described as a meeting for existing and prospective members. Bring a supply of the Intertel brochures (available from your Regional Director or the Intertel office) to hand out to each attendee. Get to the meeting room ten minutes early to be sure it is comfortable and arranged well.
HELLO! I'M your name, INTERTEL REGION # AREA COORDINATOR FOR your area. WHO HERE IS A PRESENT MEMBER OF INTERTEL? Hand out brochures to the others.
JUST AS MENSA IS AN ORGANIZATION OF HIGH-IQ FOLKS WHO ARE IN THE NINETY-EIGHTH PERCENTILE OR HIGHER, INTERTEL IS FOR THOSE IN THE NINETY-NINTH OR HIGHER PERCENTILE. IT CONFIRMS THAT ONE IS SMARTER THAN ONE IN A HUNDRED AND IT PROVIDES MEMBERS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO MEET THEIR INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS. BRIGHT PEOPLE OFTEN FIND THAT THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM THEY HAVE DAILY CONTACT DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEIR JOKES, DO NOT SHARE THEIR INTELLECTUAL CURIOSITY, AND CANNOT COMPRHEND THEIR FRUSTRATIONS. INTERTEL PROVIDES AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE OTHERS WILL NOT CALL THEM STUPID, WILL NOT DENIGRATE THEIR IDEAS, AND WILL BE OPEN TO NEW CONCEPTS ABOUT TOPICS THAT, AMONG LESSER INTELLECTS TOO FREQUENTLY DEGENERATE INTO SHOUTING MATCHES AND AD HOMINIM ATTACKS. IF YOU QUALIFY, WE WOULD VERY MUCH ENJOY YOUR JOINING US. SEE THE BROCHURE FOR A LIST OF THE TEST SCORES THAT COULD QUALIFY YOU FOR MEMBERSHIP. UNLIKE MENSA, INTERTEL DOES NOT HAVE ITS OWN TEST, BUT IT DOES ACCEPT MENSA TEST SCORES.
THANK YOU FOR COMING AND LEARNING ABOUT INTERTEL. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR NAME SOON ON OUR NEW MEMBER LIST.