The Constitution of Mensa China 1
The Constitution of Mensa China
THE CONSTITUTION OF MENSA [Constitution of Mensa China adopted August 2015.]
I. THE NATURE OF MENSA CHINA
A. Mensa China is a recognized affiliate of Mensa International. Mensa China's purposes are:
1. to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity;
2. to encourage research into the nature, characteristics, and uses of intelligence; and
3. to provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for its members.
B. Mensa China provides a forum for intellectual exchange among members. Its activities include the exchange of ideas by lectures,
discussions, journals, special-interest groups, and local, regional, national, and international gatherings; the investigations of
members' opinions and attitudes; and assistance to researchers inside and outside Mensa in projects dealing with intelligence or Mensa.
II. THE POLICY OF MENSA CHINA
A. Intelligence should be used for the benefit of humanity. Therefore, Mensa China shall have no aim which is to the disadvantage
of the community.
B. Mensa encompasses members representing many points of view. Consequently, Mensa China as an organization shall not express
an opinion as being that of Mensa China, take any political action other than the publication of the results of its investigations, or
have any ideological, philosophical, political, or religious affiliations.
C. Members or groups of members may express opinions as members of Mensa, provided their opinions or actions are not expressed
as being those of Mensa as an organization.
D. Mensa China is a not-for-profit society.
III. INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP
Persons who have attained a score within the upper two percent of the general population on an intelligence test that has been
approved by the International Supervisory Psychologist and that has been properly administered and supervised shall be eligible
for membership. There shall be no other qualification or disqualification for initial membership eligibility.
B. PLACE OF MEMBERSHIP
1. Persons eligible for membership shall, upon proof of residency in China and provided that they are not currently subject to
any sanction imposed by Mensa China or the International Board of Directors or otherwise suspended, be offered membership
of Mensa China. No Member shall, at the same time, be a Member of Mensa China and either a Direct International Member
or a member of another National Mensa.
2. Persons eligible for membership who do not wish membership assigned by residence, may apply direct to International Mensa
and subject to International Mensa's approval, may be offered membership as Direct International Members or as members of
a National Mensa in the country or area of which they are citizens, subjects or residents.
3. Members may apply for transfer of membership to another National Mensa subject to the rules and regulations of International
C. CONDITIONS OF MEMBERSHIP
1. As conditions of membership, members must:
a. abide by the Constitution of Mensa to the extent permitted by law;
b. abide by the resolutions of Mensa to the extent permitted by law;
c. abide by the constitution and the resolutions of Mensa China to the extent permitted by law;
d. pay the dues as set or modified from time to time by Mensa China, and
e. permit their names and contact information to be published in listings of Mensa China as authorized by a Mensa China
Committee or the National Board.
2. A member's failure to pay dues as provided in 1.d. shall, without further notice, constitute resignation of membership.
Failure to comply with 1a, 1b, 1c or 1e may be considered an act inimical to Mensa.
D. DISPUTES WITHIN MENSA CHINA
Members having a dispute with Mensa, Mensa China or with another member arising out of Mensa-related activities shall
exhaust all avenues of settlement and redress within Mensa China and the International Organization Mensa before taking
the dispute to external authorities. Failure to do so may be considered an act inimical to Mensa.
E. DISCIPLINARY ACTION
1. Mensa China may suspend the membership of a Member or expel a Member if the Member acts contrary to the interests
of Mensa China or is guilty of conduct unbecoming of a Member or is in breach of the Mensa China's rules and regulations.
Whilst suspended the Member shall have none of the rights, benefits or privileges of membership but he or she shall remain
liable to pay subscriptions or other dues.
2. Sanctions may be imposed by Mensa China on any of its members who commits an act inimical to Mensa, provided that a
fair and impartial hearing has been made available. Such sanctions may include censure, suspension or removal from office
for a specified time, suspension of membership for a specified time, or expulsion from membership.
F. MEMBER IN GOOD STANDING
A "member in good standing" shall be a person who has accepted an offer of membership, has paid all dues owed, and is not
currently subject to any sanction imposed by Mensa China or by the International Board of Directors.
IV. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD
There shall be a National Board of Directors (the "Board") composed of 5 Nationally Elected Officers, 1 or more Regional
Representatives, and up to 2 Honorary Chairman from past Boards
B. FUNCTION AND DUTIES
1. The Board shall be responsible for the management and development of Mensa China.
2. The Board shall formulate general Mensa China policy; rule on matters on which this Constitution is silent; provide assistance
to regional Mensa if requested to do so, prepare national publications and handbooks; authorize national Mensa China gatherings;
conduct and encourage research in accordance with Mensa China's aims; maintain national offices and records, and manage
Mensa China's other national affairs.
3. The members of the Board are accountable to the membership for the conduct of Mensa China's national affairs. The officers
shall issue, at least annually, a report to the membership on the conduct of their respective offices.
4. The Board shall meet at least once a year and shall adopt its own standing orders.
C. NATIONAL ELECTED OFFICERS
1. There will be 5 Nationally Elected Officers.
2. Once elected, the officers will vote amongst themselves who shall hold the offices for the term. The officers shall be the
Chairman, the Deputy Chairman, the Membership Officer, the Honorary Secretary, and the Honorary Treasurer.
3. Any member shall be eligible to serve as a National Elected Officer as long as they fulfil the minimum candidacy
requirement of (as of the date of election):
a. is a full adult of being 18 years old in China,
b. completed one continuous full year as a member in good standing,
c. attended at least one Annual Gathering of Mensa China, and
d. successfully attended and passed all Training Classes required of the Nationally Elected Officers, and
e. holding or have held a position at the regional organizing committee, regionally elected board, national organizing
committee, or national elected board..
4. In the event that there are not enough qualified candidates for vacant positions, then candidates may come from the
general membership at large.
5. Up to 2 Honorary Chairmen position are filled from past elected or appointed national chairmen with the most days served
on the Board. In the event, there are more than 2 available past Chairmen with equal time then the more recent chairman
shall hold the position. If no Chairmen are available, then the position will remain vacant.
6. The National Chairman shall act as Chief Officer of Mensa China, preside at meetings of the Board, and administer
Mensa China affairs in accordance with this Constitution.
7. The Honorary Secretary shall have overall responsibility for Mensa China’s national office; national publications;
responses to membership requests and inquiries; procurement of national membership lists; maintenance of international
membership lists; distribution of agendas and minutes of Board meetings; and such other duties as may be assigned.
8. The Membership Officer shall have overall responsibility for organizing all monthly gatherings, all national and international
annual gatherings, SIGHT visits, international special-interest groups; and such other duties as may be assigned.
9. The Honorary Treasurer shall act as Chief Financial Officer of Mensa China; cause proper financial records to be made
and kept; have responsibility for the preparation and submission to the Board of a detailed annual budget; and perform
such other duties as may be assigned.
10. The Honorary Chairmen shall act as consultants to the Board interpreting the Constitution where needed and providing
continuation of leadership to the Board.
11. The Nationally Elected Officers shall not, while holding such office, hold any other elected Mensa China regional office or
serve as Chair of any national sub-committees.
12. The Board may further define the duties of the National Elected Officers.
13. The National Elected Officers, the two Honorary Chairmen, plus the Chair of each Mensa China Region shall comprise the
Executive Committee of the Board. The Executive Committee reports to the Board, and is primarily responsible for the conduct
of Mensa’s business between meetings of the Board. Actions of the Executive Committee are subject to review by the Board.
14. No National Elected Officer shall serve in the same elected office for more than two consecutive terms.
D. MEMBERSHIP AND VOTING
1. Each Board Member shall have one vote.
2. All decisions of the Board shall be taken by simple majority vote of the Directors present. In the event of equality, the Chairman,
or in his absence, the Deputy Chairman shall have a casting vote.
3. Each national representative shall have the number of votes provided in Article V.
4. The "full Board vote" shall mean the maximum number of votes which could be cast if all officers and national representatives
were present and voting.
5. The quorum requirement for the Board is a majority of the full Board vote as defined in section D4 of this Article.
6. Once the quorum requirement for the Board is satisfied, a majority of those voting shall be required to pass any motion or
approve any action unless otherwise specified in the Constitution.
7. Regional representatives who are unable to be present at a meeting of the Board or of a committee or sub-committee of the
Board may appoint another member of the Board or a member of their respective Mensa China Region, as their proxy.
8. Each member of the Board must be a member in good standing. Failure to maintain such status shall constitute resignation
9. In the event of the death, resignation, or removal of a National Elected Officer, the vacancy shall be filled by the Board.
V. MENSA CHINA REGIONAL REPRESENTATION ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
A. MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED FOR REPRESENTATION
A Mensa China Region shall be entitled to representation on the Board when it has at least 250 members in good standing and
has been recognized by the Board as a Full Mensa China Region
B. NUMBER OF REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
1. Each Mensa China Region that has 250 to 9,999 members shall have one Regional Representative on the National Board.
Each Mensa China Region shall have one Regional Representative for each additional 10,000 members
on the National Board.
2. Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding paragraph, no regional Mensa shall exercise more than 40 percent of the
full Board vote. If the result of the calculation of the 40 percent limit includes a fraction, the regional Mensa involved
shall have the next higher whole number of votes if the fraction is one-half or more or the next lower whole number of
votes if the fraction is less than one-half.
C. DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVES
1. The Chair of each Mensa China Region shall be the first Regional Representative to the National Board.
2. The Deputy Chairman of the Regional Board shall be the second regional representative to the National Board.
3. Subsequent Regional Representatives beyond the second shall be appointed by the Regional Board and may come
from the membership from the region at large if no other Regional elected officers are available.
4. No paid staff member may represent any Mensa China Region on the Board as a Regional Representative or as the proxy
of a Regional Representative.
5. If a Regional Mensa China Representative has been elected as the National Board Member, he/she would be required to
resign from the position in Mensa China Region. The vacancy will be filled by the next highest vote getting candidate
from regional elections. If no available candidates are available, then the regional board shall appoint a replacement for
D. FORFEITURE OF RIGHT TO VOTE
A Regional Representative shall forfeit its right to vote if he fails to attend a meeting and fails to complete a proxy prior
to the start of the meeting.
VI. MENSA CHINA LIMITED
The corporate affiliate of Mensa China is the company registered in the Guangzhou known as Guangzhou Mensa Limited.
It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mensa China Hong Kong Limited, a not-for-profit organization. Guangzhou Mensa Limited
is subject to the associated laws and business provisions of China, and Mensa China Limited is subject to the associated laws and
business provisions of Hong Kong.
VII. NON-VOTING POSITIONS
1. There shall be a National Ombudsman to attempt to resolve disputes at the National level between a Board member and a
Mensa China member; between a member of a regional Mensa China member and a member of another regional China
Mensa; and within regional Mensa China members where no Ombudsman exists.
2. The National Mensa China Ombudsman shall be appointed by a two-thirds majority of the full Board vote and shall serve
for a term of three years, or until the appointment of a successor.
3. The National Ombudsman shall receive the complete cooperation of all members of Mensa China. Failure to cooperate with
the Ombudsman may result in sanctions from the Board.
4. The National Ombudsman's findings shall be published as specified by him or her.
B. SUPERVISORY PSYCHOLOGIST
1. The Board shall appoint an International Supervisory Psychologist who shall be responsible for insuring that selection
standards are maintained throughout Mensa and who shall act as consultant to international Mensa and the national Mensa
with regard to testing.
2. The International Supervisory Psychologist shall serve for a term of three years, or until the appointment of a successor.
C. LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
1. A Legal Representative will be appointed by the two-thirds majority of the full Board vote and shall serve for a term of
three years, or until the appointment of a successor.
2. The Legal Representative will serve as the main contact person between the Chinese Government and Mensa China and
will be responsible with all duties required of that role as prescribed by law.
3. The Legal Representative’s main responsibility will be to oversee that any actions of the board will not jeopardize the
relationship with the Chinese Government.
4. The Legal Representative may or may not be Mensa member and may also simultaneously hold any positions in Mensa China.
5. The Legal Representative does not carry any board vote bestowed by the position but would sign off on all resolutions
of the board.
6. Any resolutions passed by the board but rejected by the Legal Representative are allowed to be amended and subject to revote.
7. If the Legal Representative cannot approve the passed resolution from the National Board after further deliberation, the
resolution may then be forwarded to Mensa International for advice.
8. If the Legal Representative resigns from the position for any reason, no resolutions can be passed and put into effect until
a proper replacement exist that satisfies the requirement of the China Government.
D. OTHER NON-VOTING APPOINTEES AND COMMITTEES
The Board may establish committees and individual non-voting positions. Both Board members and non-Board members may
be appointed to these committees and positions
VIII. REMOVAL FROM NATIONAL OFFICE
A. OFFICERS AND NATIONAL SUPERVISORY PSYCHOLOGIST
1. National Elected Officers and the National Supervisory Psychologist may be removed from office by the Board for
malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office.
2. The resolution for removal must be specific, and must be set out in the agenda. Before a vote is taken on such a
resolution, the person concerned must be given an opportunity for his or her views to be presented to the Board.
B. NATIONAL OMBUDSMAN
1. The National Ombudsman may be removed from office by the Board for malfeasance, misfeasance, or nonfeasance in office.
2. The procedure for removal shall be the same as for officers, except that concurrence of a two-thirds majority of the full
Board vote shall be required.
C. NON-VOTING APPOINTEES AND COMMITTEES
Non-voting appointees, other than the National Ombudsman and the National Supervisory Psychologist, may be removed from
office by the Board at any time.
IX. REGIONAL MENSAS
A. FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES OF THE REGIONAL MENSA COMMITTEES
1. The Regional Mensa Committees shall be responsible for the management and development of their respective Mensa China regions.
2. The regional Mensa Committees shall, in their respective regions promote the stated purposes of Mensa, recruit and test applicants
for membership, supervise their local groups, maintain regional offices and records, and be responsible for finance, publications,
research, public relations, and all other regional Mensa China affairs as needed.
A. NATIONAL ELECTED OFFICERS
1. The National Elected Officers may serve for a period of three years. They shall be elected by the largest tally of the votes received
during the election period, which shall be October 1 to October 31st of the election year. Their terms of office shall begin January
1 following their election.
2. No later than Apr 1 of each election year the Board shall appoint an Election Committee of at least five members, none of whom
shall be a member of Mensa China. The Election Committee shall be responsible for the conduct of the election; prescribing the
format for nominating petitions and the procedure for their submission; preparing ballots and written material in appropriate
languages; and selecting professional auditors, accountants, or solicitors, or a similarly independent body, to receive, count, and
certify results of the voting. With each ballot there shall be included, at a minimum, the necessary voting instruction; a brief
campaign statement by each candidate; and the answers by each candidate to any question which may be propounded to all
candidates, or to all candidates for a particular office, by the Board, the maximum length of each of which shall have been
determined and published by the Committee.
3. The Committee shall cause to be published, no later than July 1 preceding the election, a notice to the members inviting
nominations for Nationally Elected Officers and specifying that nominations must be received by the Committee no later than
September 1, what format they shall follow, and where they must be sent.
4. Candidates shall be members in good standing and shall be nominated as follows:
a. Members may nominate a candidate or a slate of candidates for any or all offices by submitting the name or names of such
candidates to the Election Committee together with nominating petitions signed by at least 10 members in good standing as
of September 1 prior to the election;
b. Each candidate must submit written evidence to the Election Committee to accept nominations for a specific position.
The petitions and acceptances of nomination shall follow the format prescribed by the Election Committee.
5. Each candidate or group of candidates on the ballot may designate a non-Mensa China member representative to observe the
counting of the votes at each location where they may be counted.
6. The Election Committee shall notify the Board and all the candidates of the final tabulation of the votes no later than November30.
B. REGIONAL ELECTED OFFICERS
1. The Regional Elected Officers may serve for a period of three years. They shall be elected by the largest tally of the votes received
during the election period, which shall be October 1 to October 31st of the election year. Their terms of office shall begin January 1
following their election.
2. Elections for Region may occur on any year except the year for National Elected Officers.
A. PAYMENT OF LEVY TO MENSA INTERNATIONAL
The Board must pay in full all levies from Mensa International Limited which include:
1. membership levy no less than 10% of the Mensa China Membership Revenue earned during each financial period
2. licensing fees no less than 10% of the Mensa China Licensing Revenue earned during each financial period
3. any other fees deemed fair and necessary by Mensa International Limited
B. LIMITATIONS ON LIABILITY
Mensa China shall be exclusively liable for its obligations. Mensa China shall have no liability to Mensa and Mensa
International Limited above the amount of any unpaid assessment or dues, except as modified by contract.
C. LIMITATIONS ON PAYMENTS
Members of the Board, and of the Regional Mensa Committees, shall not be paid by Mensa except for reimbursement of
reasonable expenses incurred on Mensa business.
A. GOVERNING LAW
This Constitution shall be construed according to the laws of the State of New York, in the United States of America.
B. SEVERABILITY OF PROVISIONS
A determination that a provision of this Constitution is invalid or unenforceable under the laws of a specific country
shall not affect the validity or enforceability of the remaining provisions, nor shall it affect the validity or enforceability of
this Constitution in any other countries.
C. OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
The official language of Mensa China shall be English. All official communications of the board and regional shall be recorded
in English. The language spoken in board meetings and the annual general meeting will be in English unless there is an
unanimous vote passed to use another language.
This Constitution may be amended only as a result two-thirds of the vote received in favour of the amendment among all
2. 会员若不按上述1.d.条款缴纳会费，其会员资格将被自动取消。会员若违反1.a. , 1.b. , 1.c. 或1.e.条款，则将被视作对门萨做出有害行为。
备注：此为 Constitution of Mensa China 的中文参考译文，实际内容以英文版为准。