Who Gets to Decide How You Will Die?

In 2013, Barbara Mancini was arrested and prosecuted in Pennsylvania on the charge of aiding the attempted suicide of her dying 93-year old father after handing him his prescribed morphine four days before his death. A hospice nurse and police ignored his written advanced directives, and he was then hospitalized and treated in defiance of his end-of-life wishes.

Barbara’s prosecution lasted a year, during which time it garnered national attention, and it was roundly criticized throughout the media. A judge dismissed the case due to “a lack of competent evidence.” She was interviewed about her case on NPR radio and TV’s 60 Minutes, and presented in a forum at the Cato Institute in Washington DC. She has become a vocal advocate for better care and more end-of-life options.

She will discuss her case and the implications for all who are facing end of life decisions.

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This is just one of many activities at this year’s RG –keep watching to learn about other confirmed speakers and events!


The Pandemic of Social Media!

Join Matt Jacob, Director of Communications and Outreach with the Children’s Dental Health Project, as he talks about the Pandemic of Social Media…. viruses aren’t the only thing that are contagious…. ideas spread like wildfire via social media.

Matt Jacob manages CDHP’s communications, including the website, social media and press relations. He also advises state health officials on communications strategies to strengthen oral health.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Jacob has helped nonprofits and advocates raise the profile of their issues, particularly in the areas of children’s health and education. Most recently, he worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he managed communications for the children’s dental initiative.  This man knows how to get a message out!

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This is just one of many activities at this year’s RG –keep watching to learn about other confirmed speakers and events!

Live Auction!!

MWM’s 2016 RG Pandemic: A Cure For What Ails You is scheduled at the Hilton Washington Dulles, VA for August 19-21. We are inviting artisans to submit pieces for a live auction. 80% of the proceeds of each item will support the Metropolitan Washington Mensa scholarship program and 20% will go to a charity of your choice. We will have a team curating the items submitted and will give preference to themed items (use your creativity in interpreting the theme). We would like pictures, estimated worth (what you would sell this item for), a description, and your charity choice by August 1, 2016. Feel free to also add a description of why you chose that charity. We know you have great stories to tell!  Catch the fun: it’s infectious.


Note: We are devising a way to allow those not at the RG to still put in a bid for the auction. Look for more details to come in a future post and the FAQ section of the site.