News & Notes

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting
Saturday, December 6th, 7:00 pm
Via Zoom

We got a lot accomplished at the November 15th Cabin Fever planning meeting, but it’s not over till it’s over. There is a lot involved in making a successful event like an RG. We need help and value your ideas! We have some speakers and some volunteer positions filled, but we’ve still got a way to go. What did you like best about Cabin Fever 2022? What would you like to see on the agenda for 2023? Tune in and tell us. Questions? Send an email to: [email protected]

Ethnic Eats
Saturday, December 10th, 1:00 pm
Tokyo Grill & Sushi
617 SW Highway 40, Blue Springs, MO
RSVPs are appreciated. Happy Holidays!

In November, Viona’s Italian Bistro was very popular. In December, we’re going to Blue Springs as requested by folks who live in eastern Jackson County. Tokyo Grill & Sushi does not take reservations so plan to arrive somewhat early so we can pull some tables together.

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting
Saturday, December 17th, 2:00 pm
At a private residence.

Is this a Cabin Fever Planning Meeting disguised as a Christmas Cookie Exchange? Or is it a Cookie Exchange disguised as a Cabin Fever meeting? However you may see it, bring Christmas Cookies to exchange and share a little seasonal cheer with us. There were 11 people at the November 15th Planning Meeting and there may be more this time, so plan your baking accordingly. If you don’t bake, come along anyway. This will still be a working meeting and by December 17th Cabin Fever is less than two months away.

Mensa Scholarship Judges Needed!

We’re looking forward to another fun and rewarding judging season for Mensa scholarships. Please see the full list of the many types of scholarships available. The number and dollar amount of the Mensa 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, I will be contacting you and urging you to repeat! If you have never judged before, please let me know that you want to get involved. We need and value your contribution. Judging will take place from January 16th to February 15th, 2023. As in previous years there will be two separate rounds of judging, so we should be able to fit your schedule. If you would like to be included in scholarship judging, have questions, or just need some more information, please contact Rhonda Johnston at (913) 671-8736 or [email protected].

Cabin Fever 2023

Cabin Fever 2023

Mid-America Mensa invites you to get out of the winter doldrums and join us in Kansas City for our annual Regional Gathering — Cabin Fever! Games galore, a wide variety of speakers to pique any interest, and of course, the camaraderie of great minds. Cabin Fever 2023 is scheduled to be held February 10-12, 2023, at the DoubleTree Hotel, 10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS. Registration is open at the link below.


Early Bird registration per person is: $99 till December 15; $109 till January 15; $119 till January 31; $129 in February. For youth under age 18 as of February 10, 2023, registration is $40. Full refunds are available by written request before January 30, 2023.

Visit our website to provide the names of attendees, select your meal choices, and submit your payment (electronically via the website, or via mail to the address provided on the website):


For night owls who want to play games into the wee small hours, or anyone who doesn’t want to worry about driving home after beer and wine tastings, the DoubleTree is giving us a very good room rate of $129 per night. Hotel registration information is available here:


We will have a Hospitality Suite from Friday evening through Sunday morning. Snacks and soft drinks, as well as alcohol, will be served. Lunch on Saturday will be a soup contest served and judged in the Suite. This is one of our favorite events, as the offerings are always palate-pleasing! If you would like to participate, we are pleased to offer a $15 registration rebate. Other activities in Hospitality will include a beer tasting on Friday and wine tasting on Saturday.

If you are staying at the DoubleTree you may choose to add on a breakfast option to your room cost or partake of a light continental breakfast served up in Hospitality.

Friday Evening

Join us in Hospitality for a board game tournament, some good old Kansas City BBQ and a beer tasting hosted by none other than our LocSec Curt Krambeck. Light snacks will be offered to pair with the beers. The games rooms are scheduled to be open for the duration of the weekend.


Expect Saturday to be a smorgasbord of fun!! Games tournaments, speakers, a soup competition — all rounded out by our Saturday evening meal and keynote speaker. And then attend a wine tasting conducted by a presenter who is yet to be arranged. There are even opportunities to visit some nearby Kansas City attractions!

Sunday Morning

Sunday will wind down with recognition of our tournament winners, volunteers, and a big thank you to all who came to join in the fun. And then we’ll start looking at next year!

New Member Party!

New Member Party!

Sunday, November 6th, 2022
4:00 pm in the Wheat Room
Barley’s Kitchen + Tap
16649 Midland Dr, Shawnee, KS

Buffet style dinner and soft beverages are free for new members and one guest per each. For seasoned members the cost is $20, which includes taxes and gratuities. There is a cash bar available for those who might want a glass of wine (or something else) to go with dinner.

If you’ve been a member for a couple of years and you wonder if you’re a new member for this party, then these are the guidelines:

  • If you joined or transferred your membership to MAM after August 31st, 2019, then you’re a new member to us.
  • If you rejoined MAM since that date, you’re a new member if your membership had been lapsed for five years or more.
  • If you’re not sure about any of this, please contact Sara Barber so we can check it out for you.

RSVP to Sara Barber: [email protected]

The Wheat Room at Barley’s has a maximum seating capacity of 64, so RSVPs are required. Unpaid reservations for seasoned members are not guaranteed. If you wish to make sure your place is reserved, you can send a check to MAM c/o Treasurer Diana Dyer, 10804 Hickman Heights Road, Kansas City, MO 64137. Or, you may choose to use MAM’s PayPal account to guarantee your reservation. If you prefer this method, then Sara will have PayPal send an invoice for payment to you. Either way, RSVPs should go directly to Sara so she knows immediately who is coming without having to wait for the periodic accounting process to take place.

It has been over three years since our last New Member Party in September 2019. Before COVID we hosted these events in spring and fall. We hope we will now be able to get back on that schedule. We have a lot of new members with which to get acquainted. We hope you can join us!

Hunting for the Haunted

Editor’s Note: This article was previously published on this website on October 13th, 2018. Happy Halloween!

So, as to not cast any shadows on the whole concept and theory of occult studies, let me begin by introducing you to a psychic investigator and a former member of Mensa, Maurice Schwalm. Maurice Schwalm passed away on January 3, 2001 at the age of 72 years. Yet, he spent many years and much of his life as a member of the American Society of Psychical Research and the Mensa Education & Research Foundation (MERF). His Occult Studies Special Interest Group (SIG) was somehow connected with Mensa – but his bright fame was from the mark, or impression, he placed upon the public through radio, literature, and other news outlets. Something of a ghost was nearly always present in his work whether in pictures that he captured with his camera (with a “ghost hand” inside, he felt) or in the writings he left to us. Supernatural images could be found from premonitions of the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse to Polaroid shots of people dancing where there was no one physically present.

During the ‘70s and ‘80s, the spirits must have been more active. A series of Mr. Schwalm’s occult studies were published as articles in the Mension (the official newsletter of Mid-America Mensa). Around Halloween every year, local news reporters would consult with our resident expert, Mr. Schwalm. Also, the Johnson County Library has multiple copies of Maurice Schwalm’s collected papers in the vertical files at the Central Resource Branch. Just look for the folder marked ‘Haunted Places – KC Area’. Or, check out his book ‘Mo-Kan Ghosts: The Casebook of a Kansas City Psychic Investigator’. Whether it’s fact or fiction depends upon your own system of belief and your best perception of things.

In the meantime, have some fun this Halloween with whatever you are wanting to do. Oh, and by the way, Mid-America Mensa is hosting a Halloween party as it does almost every year at this time. Gather up your friends, grab a costume and a few props (and maybe a good, reliable recording device!), and search for yourself for that which has never been seen or heard before. Whether the supernatural is a paranormal haunting or something else entirely is going to be strictly a matter of your interpretation and opinion.

Sources (which are no longer available):

LibAnswers –
Ghost Dance –
Haunted Kansas City –

News & Notes

Ethnic Eats

Saturday, November 12th at 1:00 pm
Viona’s Italian Bistro
7933 Marty, Overland Park, KS

In November, let’s do something warming and comforting. Some of Viona’s house specialties include Fettuccine Alfredo, Pasta Primavera, and Lobster Ravioli. Other selections cover chicken, seafood, pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salads, and desserts. How could you not find something to your liking? Still undecided?

Check out the menu here:

RSVPs are appreciated so we can sit together. ~ Karin Miller, Ethnic Eats coordinator

Cabin Fever Planning Meeting

Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 pm
Trofi Restaurant at the Doubletree Hotel
10100 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS

We are organizing MAM’s next Regional Gathering (RG) scheduled for February 10-12, 2023, at the Doubletree Hotel in Overland Park, 10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS. There is a lot involved in making a successful event like a Mensa RG and we need your help! Do you like board game tournaments? Are you hospitable for hospitality? Can you think of fab prizes? What other ideas are you sheltering? Come and share the fun with us. Hope to see you there!

Questions? Send an email to: [email protected]

Thanksgiving Dinner

Sunday, November 20th at 5:30 pm
Tallgrass Creek, Cottonwood Room
13800 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS

MAM will serve turkey, ham, and soft drinks. Although not provided by MAM, alcoholic beverages are permitted. In addition, bring a side dish to share and a donation for Harvesters.

The doors will be open at 4:30 pm for set-up and decorating. If you can come that early (and it would be much appreciated), we would welcome your help with the prep activities.

We’d be happy to set up an extra table for kids’ games if we know in advance that Young Ms and their siblings and/or friends will be there.

RSVPs are required. See the Mension for more details and contact information.

October Theodore Talk Information

NOTE: The FINAL Theodore Talk of 2022 will occur on Sunday, October 23rd; the topic is The Evolution of Voting in the United States.

Voting is a foundational activity for democratic countries. However, at the birth of our nation, voting rights were quite exclusive. Stacey Webb, League of Women Voters, will review the numerous struggles for long sought voting rights as we have slowly progressed to include more citizens as voters and more people as citizens. The United States has a complex voting system; Webb will review the many new voting laws enacted this year.

Register for this October Theodore Talk at:

Theodore Talks take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm CT. You must register for each lecture with an email address associated with your Zoom account. If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at:

A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the Mensa National Events Calendar. There are already seven talks scheduled for 2023, so be on the lookout for the full list in the January issue of the Mensa Bulletin.

Please contact Theodore Talks host Brad Lucht with any questions you may have.