News & Notes

Call for Mensa Scholarship Judges

We’re looking forward to another fun and rewarding judging season for Mensa scholarships. In case you missed it, one of our local submissions last year won a coveted $7,000 STEM Scholarship for Women in its inaugural year. We couldn’t have been any prouder. The number and dollar amount of the Mensa Educational Foundation scholarships are growing every year. It’s very exciting to be associated with the program.

MAM local group scholarship judging for the coming year will be conducted solely online. If you were a judge last year, we will be contacting you and urging you to repeat! If you have never judged before, please let us know that you want to get involved. We need and value your contribution. Judging will take place from January 16 to February 15, 2022. As in previous years, there will be two separate rounds of judging, so we should be able to fit your schedule.

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting

Wednesday, December 8th at 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We continue to refine our plans for Cabin Fever 4.0 scheduled to be held February 4-6, 2022. We will review the planned agenda and discuss potential presenters, board game tournaments, and other entertainment options. Please join with us on Wednesday, December 8th. We welcome your input and comments! Also, please check the December Mension for contact details and then RSVP so we can arrange appropriate seating at the restaurant if you plan to attend.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, December 11th at 1:00 pm
Legends of Asia
1853 SW 7 Highway, Blue Springs, MO

In November, Nepalese seemed to appeal to many as a dozen MAM-bers joined us at Yuva Eats in Olathe. In December, Coordinator Karin Miller extends a special invite to all members to attend a holiday celebration hosted by Ethnic Eats during their usual SIG meeting. While the usual plan circles around comestibles and conversation, in honor of the season, we will have a box for Harvesters donations and a bag for Toys for Tots, and we would welcome any MAM-ber and their family to join us. RSVPs are appreciated because, although the place is large enough for all of us, we’d like to arrange tables together. We hope you can make it. Happy holidays!

Ad Astra Mensa

Monday, December 13th at 6:00 pm
Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant
417 SW 27th Street, Topeka, KS

Ad Astra Mensa (Topeka, Lawrence, and environs) met Monday, November 8th, in person at the Blind Tiger Brewery and Restaurant, our first gathering at the Blind Tiger since early 2020 (and only our second in-person meeting since then). Everyone seemed to enjoy seeing each other in person for a change. In December, the Blind Tiger has agreed to reserve the Den for us again, and thereafter on a regular basis, so we will meet there Monday, December 13th at 6:00 pm. Please check your copy of the December Mension for contact details and then RSVP so we can let them know how many of us to expect.

Plan to Attend Cabin Fever

Plan to Attend Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever 4.0

February 4th – 6th, 2022
Radisson Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS

Speakers! Board and card game tournaments!
Food and beverage tastings! And more!

Early bird registration per adult is $75, which raises to $90 after January 7, 2022. Registration is $25 for anyone under 18 years of age. Find the Cabin Fever registration form in the centerfold of the December Mension — or register online at For night owls who want to play games into the small hours, or anyone who doesn’t want to worry about driving home after the other late night activities, hotel reservation information is also given on the centerfold registration form.


We will have two Hospitality suites from Friday evening through Sunday morning. One will be for adults only and the other will be more family friendly. Snacks and soft drinks will be served in both, but alcohol will be available only in the adult suite. In the family friendly suite, we will also play board/card/social games, including Werewolf if we have enough players. If you are staying at the Radisson, your Friday and Saturday breakfasts are included with your registration. If you’re not staying at the Hotel, you can still join us either day for breakfast for $8.99 person person.

Friday Evening

On Friday evening in the adult suite our own brewing expert – Curt Krambeck – has agreed to lead a beer tasting. We will have various snacks to pair with the beers.

Saturday Activities

Gamesters and board game aficionados will want to gravitate to the Prairie Room, where they can play to their hearts’ content. Or, we may want to head over to Salon A to check out the line-up of speakers and presentations being prepared for us. For Saturday lunch, the great MAM Soup Contest returns in the family friendly suite. From past experience, we’re in for a great taste treat. If you would like to participate in the soup contest, please indicate that on your registration form.

Saturday dinner is included in your Cabin Fever RG registration. Enjoy fine dining and a fascinating address by our keynote speaker, Jim Lammers, of Trinity Animation fame. Jim will show how his company produces animation for the hit series Archer as well as for a variety of other clients worldwide. He will take questions on any related topic. There will be a cash bar during the dinner and keynote presentation for those who want more than coffee, tea, or water with their dinner.

After dinner, stay for the ballroom dance class led by Rachel Szmed. Rachel is a regionally known dance choreographer and she has worked on numerous musicals in our area. On Saturday night in the adult suite, an internationally known wine sommelier from Phoenix Area Mensa – Richard Poole – has agreed to lead a wine tasting. This will be accompanied with a cheese tasting to pair with the wines.

Sunday Morning

We will wrap it up on Sunday morning with a breakfast buffet in the Hotel atrium. After breakfast, our LocSec Kim Jackowski will give her closing remarks and announce the contest award winners. Board games and puzzles will continue in the Prairie Room until 10:30 am, at which time, we will wrap up the RG. And we will start planning for the next Cabin Fever!

News & Notes

Oral History Project

By now most, if not all, of our members have received information about the Oral History Project. The initial contact was by email, with follow-up postcards and email, with a return address of American Mensa, Ltd, Oral History Project, and signed by Executive Director Trevor Mitchell. The communications asked members to call a number to verify their membership information and share their stories. When users call the number listed, they are greeted by an operator who goes through a lengthy series of questions, and then ends with an invitation to purchase a book package for the yet-to-be-published book. The official description of the project can be found on the national Mensa website:

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting

Monday, November 1st, 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We continue planning with the Radisson Hotel for Cabin Fever 4.0 to be held on February 4-6, 2022. We will review the planned agenda and discuss potential presenters, board game tournaments, and other entertainment options.  We would welcome members’ input and comments! Check out your copy of the November Mension for more information about this – like how to RSVP so we can schedule appropriate seating at the restaurant.

Walkabout KC

Saturday, November 6th, 10:00 am
Leawood Park
10601 Lee Blvd., Leawood, KS

Meet at the swimming pool parking lot on the left just inside the gate. We will walk along part of the Tomahawk Creek Trail.

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, November 13th, 1:00 pm
Yuva Eats
14967 W 119th Street, Olathe, KS

Grunauer in October was lovely and not very expensive. Half a dozen of us gathered for a nod to Oktoberfest. COVID has been hard on German restaurants in town. Among the tastes that tempted us were: a cheesy spaetzle, a very filling steak sandwich, a quinoa salad, Hungarian goulash, and the alpine meat and cheese tray with spicy mustard, red cabbage, pretzel roll, and rye toast. Several of us tasted the German beers. Overall, it was a tasteful adventure with great service. Join us at Yuva Eats, a progressive Nepalese Indian kitchen, in November — and please RSVP.

Happy Thanksgiving!

News & Notes

Many, if not all, of our acclaimed Mid-America Mensa members make important and generous contributions in their professions and to Mensa. Clive Sinclair (1940 – 2021) was a well-known member and hero of British Mensa; and, at one time, his achievements were publicized in magazines around the world. He started out by making match box radios, then the first, really pocket-sized calculators. He and his company, Sinclair Research, made other important innovations and had many industrial triumphs – much from his Mensa contacts which he often said to and of his Mensa friends. Finally, his personal computers were well-recognized because they were, at one time, sold more than any other brand in the world. It takes someone like a Clive Sinclair to confirm my belief that it is truly apex-to-apex how contributions are made when near the top of any profession and when belonging to an educational organization such as Mensa – the High IQ Society.

Games Night
Saturday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm

Come join with us for an evening of board games, Mexican Train Dominoes, and whichever other games you may want to play. Please bring along your favorite games too. In addition, light beverages will be provided. Please bring a snack to share. Masks are recommended for those who are not fully vaccinated, and you are welcome to wear one even if you have had your shots, if that makes you feel more comfortable. Check out the October Mension for the RSVP contact information and location details.

Book Lovers SIG
Sunday, October 10th, 2:00 pm

Book Lovers SIG continues to meet at the home of a member pod. At our last Book Lovers meeting, all the people in attendance had been vaccinated – so hopefully that will continue to be the case. Please look in the October Mension for the RSVP contact information and location details.

Cabin Fever 4.0 Planning Meeting
Wednesday, October 6th, 7:00 pm
Radisson Hotel, 12601 West 95th Street, Lenexa, KS
RBG Bar & Grill in the Atrium

We have begun discussions with Radisson Hotel (located at 12601 W 95th Street, Lenexa, KS) to host our Cabin Fever 4.0 in their conference center during the weekend of February 4-6, 2022. We welcome input and comments from our Mid-America Mensa members as we continue our planning. Please RSVP (see your Mension) so we can schedule appropriate seating at the restaurant.

Happy Halloween!

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.