News & Notes


Have you participated in or attended an organized social event recently? Were you happy with how people behaved according to COVID guidelines and restrictions OR were you hoping for something stricter? It seems like local school districts are addressing these and similar issues and questions as schools open up for their students and regular classes. We continue to hope & work for the best outcomes. Good luck to everyone!

MAM Picnic 2021

This year’s MAM Picnic & Auction will be remembered as simply amazing! Some 50 attended, including several who had never been to a MAM event before. The weather was (almost) perfect. Because it was an outdoor event, COVID worries were somewhat decreased. Two volunteer chefs – John and Andy – ensured a great meal for us. The nearby playground was a hit. Many interesting and unique items were sold at the auction, and the money (both raised and donated) was added to MAM’s scholarship fund. Several flats of mostly canned goods were donated to Harvesters. All in all, it was a great afternoon. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the picnic & auction happen.

Ethnic Eats

Ethnic Eats in August brought almost 15 of us together at Aixois Bistro and everyone seemed to enjoy investigating a taste of French cuisine. There were escargots la bourguigonne, moules marinieres, crepes au marron, omelet, salade d’avocat et crevettes, chicken paillard, croque madame, pommes frites with truffle oil, royale with cheese, and, of course, desserts like: chocolate mousse, a meringue swimming in crème anglaise. Even the French fries (pommes frites) were tastefully authentic! In September, join Ethnic Eats at Sahara Café, 705 SE Melody Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO. Please RSVP so we can arrange a table for all of us. See the September Mension for more event details and contact info.

Tiki Party with Bonfire
Saturday, September 25th, 6:00 pm
See Mension for location details

Roast hot dogs, brats, and marshmallows and whatever Luau-Tiki fare you or we can think of. Sip a little rum punch. We’ll have some soft drinks, too. Bring a dish to share; and make it Tiki-style if you can manage it. Dress up (or down, within good reason) in Tiki style. There will be prizes for the best costumes. In addition, there may be a limbo bar and one or two other games. While the seating area is spacious enough, please do bring your own camp chairs. If this late summer, early autumn outdoor party sounds like fun to you, see your copy of the Mension for event details & contact info.

News & Notes

Picnic and White Elephant Auction
Sunday, August 8th at 2:30 pm
Auction at 4:00 pm
Shelter #10 at Shawnee Mission Park
7900 Renner Road, Shawnee, KS

Like everything else in the time of Covid-19, things will be a little different at our first all-M, in-person event since the start of the pandemic. MAM will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and buns, condiments, individual bags of cookies and potato chips, bottled water, canned drinks, and hand sanitizer. Please bring a donation for Harvester’s rather than a contribution to a kitty.

Although there is no potluck, there are plenty of opportunities to share in other ways. Shelter #10 has many tables for gathering and safely renewing friendships. Our auction takes shared items, sells them in a fun way, and uses the money for scholarships in our area. Our donations to Harvester’s share food with those who are in the most need in our community.

Please see the August Mension (pp. 4-5) for more of the details about this event and especially if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

Walkabout KC
Saturday, August 7th at 10:00 am
Line Creek Community Center
5940 NW Waukomis Drive, Kansas City, MO

There is paved parking on the left behind the community center and unpaved parking closer to the trailhead. This is also the location of the Kansas City Northern (miniature) Railroad if you or a little one who comes with you wants to ride the rails.

Games SIG
Saturday, August 7th at 7:00 pm
RSVPs would be helpful, but they aren’t required.

Before the pandemic, we had a tradition of moving Games from home to home each month. For August, in-person Games will be returning, and a MAM member will host at his own place. Guests are encouraged to bring their own games because our host’s selection is VERY limited. Some snacks and light beverages will be provided, but guests are also invited to bring along another snack that they might want to share.

Please see the August Mension (pg. 7) for more of the details about this fun event and especially if you plan to attend. We hope to see you there!

News & Notes

Walkabout KC

In July, we’ll head over to Corporate Woods Founders Park and then go south along the greenway linkage. A greenway linkage is a wonderful open space of land that is set aside for public use and which connects two or more locations via a course through natural or man-made features. The point-of-beginning address for us is given as 9711 W. 109th Street, but the parking lot is actually in the 9400 block of Indian Creek Parkway (about halfway between Antioch & College Blvd.) on the north side.

Ethnic Eats

Ethnic Eats is face-to-face again. In June, despite enduring some bumps in the road, about half a dozen of us enjoyed mucho Mexican cuisine at K-Macho in Olathe. It was great to catch up and chat in person instead of via Zoom. ~ Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats Coordinator

Ad Astra Mensa via Zoom

Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and environs) met Monday, June 14th, via Zoom. Various topics were discussed including considerable conversation about COVID-19 and the related guidelines. Discussions have taken place about returning to in-person meetings. One disadvantage of meeting only in-person would be that we would lose some of our participants from outside of the Topeka area. Options being considered are a hybrid meeting (in-person and via Zoom simultaneously) and also going to two meetings per month — one that is in-person and another via Zoom. We also have to keep in mind the American Mensa COVID-19 policy and the CDC guidelines, and we’ll continue to function within their recommendations. Therefore, Ad Astra Mensa will meet again next via Zoom on Monday, July 12th at 7:00 pm. ~ John Scheirman, Ad Astra Mensa Coordinator

Scholarships Awarded

Mid-America Mensa (MAM) is very proud to announce the results of this year’s Mensa Education & Research Foundation scholarship competition. A STEM Scholarship for Women award worth $7,000 was given locally. Also, a Diana Mossip Memorial Scholarship worth $600 was awarded. In addition, MAM is awarding four $300 local scholarships this year. All of the scholarship winners will be reported in the July Mension along with publication of their winning scholarship essays. We wish to thank all of the applicants from our area who participated, as well as give thanks to our local judges.