News & Notes

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The weeks ahead will likely pose unknown challenges as we deal with the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Imagine if you will how the limitations of this new normal will continue to effect MAM’s scheduling interests. For example, the Board conducted a vote on March 15th and they have decided to cancel the Spring New Member Party which was scheduled for March 29th. It will be rescheduled when such social gatherings are allowed and conditions improve. Because some of Mid-America Mensa’s social events may be cancelled for health concerns, cancellations can be found posted on this website’s Google calendar and on Facebook. Please do check with the host of any up-coming event before you attempt to attend!

Next, Mid-America Mensa is joining the Mensa Cares! program this year. In coordination with MUFFIN (Mothers United for Families in Need), MAM will be sponsoring a donation drive mainly during the week of April 19-25 to collect needed hygiene supplies. MUFFIN is a group that seeks to provide assistance to children in need so they can pay attention to their education instead of worrying about the basics of life. MUFFIN works closely with counselors at several schools in Olathe to fill a variety of needs to these students. More info on this Mensa Cares! project is available in the April Mension (see page 3). If you are someone just sitting at home and you like the idea of helping, but can’t get out to purchase or drop off items, please consider making a donation to MUFFIN on the Olathe Public Schools Foundation website: Just be sure to choose MUFFIN when you select a fund. Also, thanks for taking part in Mensa Cares!

Finally, from a letter by RVC7 Rich Olcott, our nationwide team trivia contest, CultureQuest®, is approaching – now scheduled to be held May 3rd – and is needing participants who know something about history, literature, science, and other trivia. Entry fees go to support the MERF Scholarship fund; so, get a team together and register at:



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.


Annual Gathering 2020 is scheduled to take place, as planned, July 1-5 in Kansas City, MO. American Mensa continues to monitor developments around Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on meetings, travel, and public health of attendees. If any changes occur to the event, we will communicate them directly to attendees.

News & Notes

The leaves around here show that Spring is about to spring upon us. March brings the vernal equinox for us in the Northern Hemisphere. So, day and night should be exactly twelve hours long in terms of our clocks. Now, let’s take a look at what is happening in Mid-America Mensa during this March.

For March, our Ethnic Eats group is headed to Browne’s Irish Marketplace & Deli. Because St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th, we are bound to find something special by attending this event on Saturday, March 14th at 1:00 pm. Browne’s Irish Marketplace is located at 3300 Pennsylvania Ave., Kansas City, MO. RSVP to Karin Miller, <[email protected]>, if you are interested in going.

Later on, new (and not-so-new) MAM members are welcome to join us Sunday, March 29th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers & Brews, 7111 W 95th Street, Overland Park, KS, for our spring New Member Party. If you are interested in attending this event, RSVP to Cynthia Heller at (913) 706-2768 or email <[email protected]>.

Finally, two friendly reminders:

  • Do you want a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon? CultureQuest® is being held on Sunday, May 3rd. If you need help forming a team or you are looking for a team to join, contact Paul Hough before March 29th. See the March Mension (or the national website) for more CultureQuest® info and all of the contact details.
  • Mid-America Mensa has been flooded with scholarship essays this year. Essays are up by almost a 50% increase in the number that will make it through to the final round. Thus, we urge all interested Mensa members and non-members to help out with judging the (final) 40-50 best essays to be presented for judging. Please contact Rhonda Johnston at (913) 671-8736 or email <[email protected]> with your questions or for more info about participating in this event.

News & Notes

Once falling at the end of the Roman year, February was made with less days than the other months. This year, while February is still frosty and cold, it offers an extra day just so we can all ‘leap’ into the next month with a good measure of levity and luck. Here’s some of what is happening around Mid-America Mensa in February.

First, Cabin Fever 2020 is happening this month on Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm, at the Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. Among the full schedule of events now being planned are events such as a Salon with a Twist event and an Indian Dinner & Culture presentation:

  • A Salon is where/when a topic is selected and everyone is asked to offer their two-cents’ worth on the subject. The Twist: comments will be limited to one minute at a time. Everyone will have multiple opportunities, in turn with everyone else, to offer their own insights and wisdom. Contact Diana Dyer at [email protected] or (816) 765-8407 with something you’d like the Salon attendees to talk about with their usually insightful and intelligent wit in dialogue.
  • Another special treat at Cabin Fever is some delicious Indian food and a presentation by Manjari Srivastava who will describe the culture behind the cuisine she offers to please your finer culinary taste. Manjari is the driving force behind a non-profit organization called MUFFIN (Mothers United for Families in Need). One of the ways they earn money (& awareness) is to sell Indian food at local events such as the KC Metaphysical Health Fair, and in the past, at India Fest.

Next, CultureQuest® is in an early stage of planning for this year. CultureQuest® is an annual trivia contest where a team gathers in someone’s home and works together for 90 minutes to answer a packet of trivia questions. The contest will be on Sunday, May 3rd with a filing deadline at the end of March. This year, Mid-America Mensa has voted to fund two adult teams and a youth team. You can contact Paul Hough with your interest in participating or questions about CultureQuest®.

Finally, the election results for the new slate of candidates to be MAM’s Board of Directors for the April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021 term have been declared by acclamation. The newly elected Board is as follows:  LocSec – Kim Jackowski, 1st VP – Larry Cork, 2nd VP – Brad Lucht, Secretary – Curt Krambeck, Treasurer – Shawn Dyer, 1st Member-at-Large Jean Plumb, and 2nd Member-at-Large Susannah Sulsar.