Across Mid-America Mensa (MAM), Americans are being asked to wear a cloth face mask when out in public settings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. In addition, some of us will be going back to school if our communities wish to adopt the guidelines and governmental decisions which regulate this swath of the population. Here’s what else you can possibly expect to see happening around MAM during the month of August and beyond.

1/ Our local group normally provides testing for membership about once a month. Currently we have suspended our in-person testing program due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Normally we hold our tests in conference rooms provided to us by the Johnson County (Kansas) Library at a couple of their locations. Currently they have suspended the use of all meeting rooms until at least January 1st, 2021.

We are continuing to monitor the local situation, and if we see that circumstances improve before that time, we will consider other testing locations. Mensa also offers membership through the evaluation of prior testing evidence. Here is a link to that website which discusses that process:

Please contact Rhonda Johnston, MAM’s Testing Coordinator, with any concerns or questions that you have. We appreciate your interest in Mensa!

2/ MAM’s executive board has met virtually for several months now. If you use a computer and/or phone and you want to join a Zoom-facilitated Board meeting, you just need to contact a MAM Board member (or another MAM officer) who may have the details about joining it. In addition, it was decided that MAM should have our own Zoom account for hosting meetings and other virtual MAM events. This account has been secured and is available for our activities as of the end of July. Check the August Mension for more of the details, like how to contact Rob Swenson to access this virtual meeting tool, if interested.

3/ While CultureQuest® might be considered a trivia game or competition, its intent has always been to promote and test cultural literacy. Facing questions that range from film to politics, from literature to geography, from music to history and farther afield, Mensan teams of up to five members gather in their neighborhoods on a single day across the U.S. and Canada and, for ninety minutes, compete for cash prizes and cultural literacy bragging rights. It was postponed from spring of this year until Sunday, October 18th, 2020. Remember to register your team by August 31st, 2020.  Go to the national Mensa website to register: or contact Paul Hough for more information.