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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.

Cabin Fever 2020

Cabin Fever 2020

Do you feel the lethargy that winter weather can bring on us all and, maybe, do you have that feeling of being pent up indoors? Can you see a weird change in the way that people – including yourself – function while getting along with something of a daily routine? Is winter’s colder, more inclement weather making your daily life (& moods) more difficult than when being on a beach vacation? If so, then, consider joining us by registering early for and coming to Mid-America Mensa’s Cabin Fever Winter Retreat Event scheduled for next month.

Saturday, February 22nd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Meadowbrook Park Clubhouse
9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS

Cabin Fever this year will offer board game tournaments, a crochet demonstration, puzzles, a soup tasting contest, candy tasting, cheese tasting, beer tasting, a genealogy presentation, charades, karaoke, Werewolf (a social deduction game), and more!


Time Rosewood Room Birch Room
10 AM – prep Volunteers setup
11 AM – opening Registration opens
Board games and puzzles
12 PM Lunch and Soup judging
Volunteer provided soups in Crock pots, salad bar, bread and peanut butter/ jelly
Volunteer recognition
1 PM Ticket to Ride Tournament Crochet demonstration
2 PM Clue Tournament Candy tasting event
3 PM Monopoly Tournament Werewolf game
4 PM Karaoke Salon Event
5 PM Scrabble Tournament  Genealogy presentation
6 PM Dinner 
Pizza, hot dogs, salad bar, and Indian food
Indian Culture presentation
7 PM General game play Cheese tasting
8 PM Werewolf game Beer tasting
9 PM General game play Trivia
10 PM General game play
11 PM – Close Cleanup

Admission is for Mensans and their guests and children: Adults are $30 and youngsters to 18 years-old are free. Check out the Mension for more of the heart-warming details as they become available. Please keep an eye on MAM’s Facebook events page for more information as well. Registration will be handled through Eventbrite: <>. Admission at the door will be $35.

In addition, volunteers are always welcome and needed – sign up here: <>. Do you want to show off your soup-cooking skills and get a discount on the event tickets? If so, please contact Susannah Sulsar. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a real ‘diagnosis’, not unlike hibernation, and it is not automatically or easily remedied. So, think of MAM’s Cabin Fever 2020 as your invitation to beat the winter blues, to get away and out of the funk you’re in, and to let your seasonal hormones know that you are thinking about them too!

News & Notes

January, not unlike the entire calendar that we know, resulted from a great amount of political juggling (and work) by Romans including the highest priest(s) of Roman religion, political rulers of the age like Julius Caesar, and astronomers of the time. It was/is more than a whim. January is the first month of the year – and, thus, it gives each of us a fresh page on which to propagate some of the many new opportunities and interesting challenges which lie ahead. Here’s a look at a few of the happenings going on in Mid-America Mensa during January.

Mid-America Mensa will be having its third-ever Cabin Fever event on Saturday, February 22nd at Meadowbrook Clubhouse, 9101 Nall Avenue, Prairie Village, KS. Cabin Fever this year will offer board game tournaments, a crochet demonstration, puzzles, a soup tasting contest, candy tasting, cheese tasting, beer tasting, a genealogy presentation, charades, karaoke, Werewolf (a social deduction game), and more!

Admission is for Mensans and their guests and children: Adults are $30 and youngsters to 18 years-old are free. Other volunteer discounts are available. So, check out the Mension for more of the heart-warming details as they become available. Please keep an eye on MAM’s Facebook events page for more information as well. Registration will be handled through Eventbrite <>. Admission at the door will be $35.

Cabin Fever is still very much being planned before its Saturday, February 22nd date. If you are wanting to get involved in helping out with this event, then head on over to the Cabin Fever planning meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 8th at 5:30 pm in Tabard’s Ale House, 12030 Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park, KS. RSVPs can be left on MAM’s Facebook events page or at [email protected].

Also, Ethnic Eats resumes in January because we all want and need something to warm us up – like Korean fried chicken. We’ll be going to Koko Dak, 14856 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS on Saturday, January 11th at 1:00 pm. An RSVP would be appreciated if you are interested in being there and to ensure that the proper seating arrangements are made. See MAM’s Facebook events page or the Mension for more of the details and who to contact.

News & Notes

Symbolic trapping or shopping fun, whichever way you approach the month of December it can be a much appreciated, beautiful time of the year. Decorative lights and ornaments go up on celebrated trees. Children prepare their wish lists for the approaching visit by that jolly, old elf, Santa Claus. Gifts are exchanged by the rest of us as this is the season for tying up loose ends and putting a bow on things. So, here’s what’s going on around Mid-America Mensa.

First of all, there is a holiday fun two-for-one. Join up with the LUSH SwIG group for a filled flask ‘white elephant’ exchange at the Parlor, 1707 Locust St., KCMO, on Tuesday, December 17th, 7:00 pm. Then, stick around and join in with our Millennial/GenX/Trivia group when we play trivial pursuit with the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz. Parlor is a new food hall concept in KC with two bars and seven restaurants on three floors. Check out the MAM Facebook group page for more details:

Next, MAM’s Annual Christmas Dinner & Party is scheduled to be held on Saturday, December 21st at 5:30 pm. Supper will begin at about 6:15 pm. This year’s Christmas Dinner Party will again be a pot luck style supper to go along with the usual good conversation and a gift grab. Whether new or long-time member, all are welcome. Check out your copy of the Mension for more of the details and for how you need to RSVP — to ensure we prepare enough for the main course.

KC Annual Gathering 2020 Note: Kansas City is a revolution of creativity, music, food, art, and spirit… and we get to enjoy it all week long! The Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center will serve as the main event hotel, with a limited number of additional rooms available at the adjoining Westin Kansas City. Programming will be split between both hotels. Attendees will need to travel between them daily via an indoor skywalk. Event and room reservations began on November 1st.



Mensans from Topeka, Lawrence, and the Kansas City area met at the Spencer Museum of Art on the KU Lawrence campus on October 27th to visit the exhibit knowledges, rethinking the roles university research and art play in our collective consciousness.

Four installation artists created art consisting of holograms of faculty committee members arguing issues while projected above elementary school desks, stacks of textbooks sculpted as geological formations, the elements of a human being distilled in containers and categorized and an electronic LED tapestry representing spoken words of immigrants recorded and digitized for volume. The artists were Assaf Evron, Danielle Roney, Fatimah Tuggar and Andrew S. Yang.

We then visited Stephen Johnson’s exhibit of 81 small mono-prints called Ninth Street Rhythms at the Lawrence Art Center. Stephen’s exhibit showed everyday objects from ground level near Ninth Street and a nine-block square. Vines, power meters, trash, painted fences, trees, sidewalk designs and church architecture were portrayed in color and each framed in black. Red dots by the frame meant the print was already sold. Mary Johnson joined us there and then we toured Stephen’s art studio where we saw some of his art previously displayed at the Spencer.

We retired across the street to the Lawrence Beer Company for a dinner and lots of beer varieties to savor. Professor Ted Johnson and Mary Johnson dined with Brad Lucht, Karin Miller, John Scheirman and David and Coleen Routh. David and Coleen first met in Professor Johnson’s French Stylistics course in 1977. ~ David Routh

Editor’s note: This article has been reprinted from the Mension December 2019 (pg. 23).

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]