Mid-America Mensa (MAM) received some well-deserved recognition during the recent 2018 American Mensa Annual Awards. In Class II, MAM was awarded a SAPPHIRE for a variety of its activities and accomplishments – earned by the local group as a whole. Basically, groups can earn points for “active participation in all that Mensa has to offer to positively impact the experience of the local group members”. The award was the culmination of points earned during the fiscal year just completed for April 2017 – March 2018. For more about this see: Jewel Awards Criteria, https://www.us.mensa.org/recognize/group-awards/local-group-jewels/jewel-awards-criteria/
Awards like this one from America Mensa are like a precious gemstone because they show a degree of bright, active participation and glowing vitality that are so greatly needed by a living, breathing social organization. Slowly but surely, MAM is building its own story of success upon the past as it goes forward into the future. Also, hosting the American Mensa Annual Gathering in 2020 will be a big generator of points, and so is the hosting of all our other local and regional activities and events. Communication among our members is another important key metric. Membership renewals count, too, as they show that we like each other well enough to stick around in MAM. Really, it was time well spent by our members that is what we have to show for winning this award for ourselves.