Thanksgiving Dinner!

Thanksgiving Dinner!

Sunday, November 24th at 1:30 pm
Lenexa Senior Center
13425 Walnut Street, Lenexa, KS

Turkey, ham, and soft drinks will be provided. (No alcoholic beverages are allowed on the premises.) Bring a dish to share and a donation for Harvesters.

The doors will open at 1:00 pm for set-up and decorating. If you can come early – and it will be appreciated – then be prepared to help with the prep activities.

We’d be happy to set up an extra table for kids’ games if we know ahead of time that Young Ms and their young sibs and friends will be there.

For questions and to RSVP, contact:
Diana and Shawn Dyer

(816) 765-8407 or [email protected]

News & Notes

November is another rock-solid month which can be full of traditional activities. Starting with what remains left of Halloween night – candy, costumes, and All Saints’ Day – then Election Day, Veterans Day, ending with Thanksgiving weekend and St. Andrew’s Day, Mensans of Mid-America Mensa have much for which to be grateful and to feel happy and blessed. We have accomplished much throughout most of 2019, so far, besides all that which is ahead of us. Now, let’s take a look at what else is happening across MAM.

Paul completes his brief stint at hosting Ethnic Eats, in November, when we head to Zona Rosa’s Swagat (7407 NW 87th Street, KCMO) and their daily lunch buffet. You’ve got to help wrap up Ethnic Eats with this event if – in Paul’s words – you’ve “been wanting to do Indian food”. And if that’s you, see the November Mension for details and RSVP with Paul.

Editor’s note: Thanks for a job well done, Paul!

Some of us are familiar with Kansas City’s fascinating and rich history of barbecue, jazz, and baseball. Well, did you know that engineering (which is another one of Kansas City’s claims to fame) has deep roots in the brewing process of beer – in other words, the distillation process of alcoholic libations has given KC another claim to its international fame? In October, the Lush SwIG (MAM’s Special Interest Group) took a tour of Tom’s Town Distillery. Those who attended were able to see the spirit-making process and ask numerous questions about bourbon, gin, and vodka. The chemistry of their setup was interesting and so was hearing an interpretation of the flavors and aromas of each beverage as they were sampled in the tasting room. If you like checking out various distilleries, brew pubs, and wineries then please consider joining us at one of the Lush SwIG meetups!

Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 pm
Oak and Steel, 120 W 17th Street, Kansas City, MO

Halloween Party!

Halloween Party!

Games: Trivia, Mensa Bingo, Balloon Drawing, Kids’ Corner & More

Prizes: Will be awarded for costumes & games!

Food & drinks: Chili, hot dogs, wine, tea, and lemonade will be provided. You bring a side dish or dessert to share.

Fun: See games and prizes mentioned above.

Also, stimulating conversations (because we’re Mensans).

No kitty — except maybe a black cat or two. But you can bring a donation for Harvesters.

Finally, there probably will not be any dancing skeletons unless you want to get up and rattle your bones!

RSVP to Cynthia Heller, [email protected] or 913-706-2768. Volunteers are needed to come early to help set up and decorate.

News & Notes

Part of the great fun that October offers is the changing (new) season of Autumn which befalls upon us – always whether we are ready for it or not. Can you also feel the added pressure of the approaching holiday season which arrives toward the end of this and every year? Well, take some advice from this web editor: Let all worries fall off to the side sometimes and just enjoy the moment(s) today as a gift from above. Here’s some of what we can expect to happen in and around Mid-America Mensa during this October.

First, planning for MAM’s Cabin Fever Regional Gathering (RG) is on-going as September’s meeting had six of us in attendance. We are hoping to see more MAM members participating at the October meeting. Some of the ideas being tossed around include: board games, video games, soup contest, snacks of chips and candy, werewolf games for kids, local candy tasting event, local cheese tasting event, local beer/wine tasting, and karaoke. No RSVP is required to attend this October’s planning meeting, but a reply on MAM’s Facebook (event) page would be appreciated.

Since we are closing in on Halloween, let’s have some fun and do a “Science fiction … Woo-woo-woo … double feature”. You might have guessed it that we are going to visit the lair of everyone’s favorite transvestite-alien scientist: Dr. Frank N. Furter. So, “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” and screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Come on up to the lab and see what’s on the slab! Check out the October Mension for more details of this Full Moon SciFi SIG event — and please RSVP to Bentley.

Finally, there is an event planned, sponsored by Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and other nearby environs), for late in October – Sunday the 27th to be exact. Conversations Turning Around Knowledges and the Arts will be hosted by and with our resident humanities expert, Professor Emeritus Ted Johnson. Come and join us in exploring the implications of the current exhibition “knowledges” at the Spencer Art Museum at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. We will continue exploring “knowledges” and the “arts” with a visit to Stephen Johnson’s,, exhibition in the Lawrence Art Center, followed by a visit to the artist’s studio in the new Warehouse Arts District, and then dinner at the Lawrence Beer Company. Please check the October Mension for more details of this event, and be sure to let Ted know if you plan to come to participate in some or all of these ‘artsy’ activities. Don’t miss this Mensa fun!

Annual Gathering 2020

What is Mensa?

Mensa is a social club and educational organization for people who have scored in the top 2% on a recognized and accepted standardized (IQ) test.

What does Mensa stand for?

Yes, it is possible to think of Mensa as a social organization with something of an intellectual auspice, or intoxicating aura, around it and where everybody learns something and goes away pleased. Actually, though, the term Mensa comes from the Latin words meaning mind, table, and month. Today it simply means a somewhat regular (monthly) meeting of minds around a table.

What is the American Mensa Annual Gathering?

Something of a tradition since 1963, this ‘residential’ sort of convention (or, national meeting) has evolved from a two-day meet-and-greet at the New York Belmont into an exciting and diverse sprawl of talks, games, and other forms of entertainment.

Historically, “members of Mensa seem to like having arrangements made for them and they do not want to be consulted over details. They like to be told what someone is willing to organize then vote with their feet.” (Serebriakoff, Mensa, pg. 31)

Now, Annual Gatherings can be “well-organized, intellectual, social and gustatory feasts which leave many members, who are normally slightly starved of intellectually stimulating company, with a warm glow when they reluctantly and lovingly break up when the weekend is over.”  (Serebriakoff, Mensa, pg. 31)

Held in a different city each year, and typically spanning around the July 4th weekend, the Annual Gathering gives Mensa members an opportunity to meet new friends, catch up with longtime friends, eat, drink, and make merry, while enjoying speakers and presentations which we know have something important to say to ‘tweak’ our thinking.

Where is it?

The American Mensa Annual Gathering in 2020 will be in Kansas City, Missouri, and held at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center during the several days, July 1-5, around the first weekend in July.

What is the Mensa Foundation Colloquium?

Sponsored by the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, the Colloquium is a one-day educational symposium which provides a forum for Mensa members and the general public to explore, discuss, and evaluate a major issue of long-range importance to society.